Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Ed.L.D., Board Chair
Superintendent, Hopkins Public Schools
Dr Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed has served in public education for over 15 years. Improving the lives of others has been a driving force throughout her life. During her time as a student at Bloomington Kennedy High School, she became intrigued with community service while in the role of a candy striper for the Minnesota Masonic Home for the elderly. While attending Yale University, she became even more involved in the community through tutoring adolescents, volunteering weekly at the local Head Start, and serving meals at the homeless shelter. These experiences helped her realize the impact that quality education can have in young people’s lives, and she decided to make education her lifelong ambition.
After graduating from Yale with her teaching license, she returned to Minnesota to begin her career as an educator. She taught social studies at Highland Park Junior High in Saint Paul, and later served as an assistant principal at her alma mater Bloomington Kennedy High School, and then as a high school principal for five years at Champlin Park in the Anoka-Hennepin District. She was soon after admitted into Harvard University’s new doctoral program in Education Leadership, which resulted in a doctoral residency with District of Columbia Public Schools, building a principal training program. Finally, right before moving back to her home state, Rhoda served as Associate Superintendent in the Monterey Peninsula Unified District for three years.
Rhoda is thrilled to lead Hopkins Public Schools from great to world class. She and her team are strengthening E-12 excellence by developing a strategic innovation vision for the future, emboldening an already strong district identity, and transforming learning experiences to cultivate students who will be leaders around the world.
Rhoda lives with her husband, Frank, and their two children, Sterling (10) and Sawyer (7). Although she loves to work, she spends weekend hours exercising, bargain shopping, watching reality TV and playing with her kids.
Virginia Arthur, President of Metropolitan State University
Ginny Arthur began her appointment as president of Metropolitan State, Minnesota State’s urban, comprehensive, minority-serving university, in July 2016. She joined Metropolitan State in 2012 as provost, and has co-chaired the university’s strategic planning process, forged new baccalaureate completion partnerships with Twin Cities area community colleges, created the Center for Faculty Development, revamped the governance process to be more effective, and developed the role of associate provost for Student Success.
Previously, Ginny served the University of Northern Iowa as associate provost for faculty affairs from 2009 to 2012, and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University from 1985 to 2009 where she served as chairperson of the Management Department for seven years, chair and vice chair of the joint faculty assembly, and faculty member for over 20 years.
President Arthur is a member of the Board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), Minnesota Campus Compact, the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership and a Board officer for Communidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), the largest Hispanic serving non-profit in Minnesota.
Ginny holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Syracuse University and a juris doctor (JD) degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. She has presented at numerous conferences and authored dozens of publications.
Terri Bonoff, CEO Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta and Former Minnesota State Senator
Terri Bonoff currently resides in both MN and Atlanta GA as a result of her husband joining Delta Airlines. She became the CEO of Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta in June 2019. Bonoff leads the social service agency that delivers 26 best-in-class programs in six services areas which include intellectual and developmental disabilities, seniors, mental health, career services, Ben Massell Dental Clinic and support services. Upon first coming to Atlanta, based on the success of the MN PIPELINE Project, she joined Georgia Tech CEISMC to launch an Atlanta based PIPELINE Project. This pilot program partnered Purpose Built Schools, an Atlanta based non-profit committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through high performing schools and leading companies in the Atlanta area to facilitate internships and apprenticeships for high school students. Twenty-eight high school students successfully completed their 2018 summer internship and the program is continuing in house.
Terri Bonoff served as a MN State Senator from 2005-2016. Prior to her time in the Minnesota Senate, Bonoff had a successful 20 year business career in the private sector.
Bonoff made her first run for political office in 2005 in a special election. She was reelected in 2006, 2010, and 2012. In 2016 Bonoff made an unsuccessful run for Congress.
Terri made education and workforce development a major focus of her work in the MN Senate. As Chair of the Minnesota Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee she championed legislation to create the Minnesota PIPELINE Project; The PIPELINE Project expands dual training and apprenticeship programs in Minnesota in emerging and high-demand occupations by partnering employers and students. This program was featured two separate times in Forbes as a nation-leading and innovative approach to address student debt and the skills gap. Bonoff was honored for her work to promote equity in education after she successfully led the effort to enact the MN Dream Act by MN Education Equity Partnership.
Joshua Crosson, Executive Director at EdAllies
From local neighborhoods to the State Capitol, Josh Crosson advocates to ensure that all Minnesota students, especially those most under-served, have access to a great education. He previously worked in D.C., where he transformed his passion for public policy into a fulfilling vocation, or as his friends put it, made a living out of doing something “activisty”—first at the Human Rights Campaign and later on Capitol Hill. At HRC, Josh spearheaded student outreach operations and expanded the organization’s mission to incorporate LGBT students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He then spent four years writing legislation and advising his hometown congressman, Rep. Adam Smith (WA-9), on labor, health, budget, and tax issues. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religion from Santa Clara University. When he’s not working for Minnesota’s kids or spending time with his partner Jon, in their North Minneapolis home, Josh operates an adult LGBT kickball league that benefits local homeless youth.
Michael Goar, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis
Michael Goar will start as CEO of Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis in January 2021. Previously he was CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities, since June 2016. He has an extensive background in education and youth development, including serving as CEO and Interim Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools prior to leading Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. Goar’s work at the school district included launching the office of Black Male Achievement. Previously, he was executive director of Generation Next, a Minneapolis-based youth development organization that works to close the achievement gap. Earlier in his career, Michael held executive positions and COO roles for both Boston Public Schools and Memphis City Schools.
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and urban studies from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a master’s degree in public administration from Mankato State University. He holds a superintendent licensure and has participated in multiple intensive leadership development programs at Harvard University. An active community member who is passionate about given back, Michael serves on several boards of directors, including Genesys Works and MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Arts).
Paul Gunderson, Vice President/Human Resources, Coca-Cola Enterprises, retired
Paul Gunderson is a native of Minneapolis, a graduate of Edison High School and the University of Minnesota, holding a BS in Secondary Education. Paul began a career with Coca-Cola Enterprises in 1977 as a Delivery Salesperson and years later was appointed Vice President, Human Resources for a company that had grown to $15B with 70,000 employees across seven countries. In 2004 Paul led the creation of Camp Coca-Cola, later renamed C5 Youth Foundation, a youth leadership/college access program that Coca-Cola brought to five cities across the U.S. In 2006, Paul retired from Coca-Cola Enterprises and worked directly for the Foundation as its executive director until 2012.
Paul and his wife, Beth, live between Minneapolis, their hometown, and Atlanta, where they have a married daughter and grandchild. They also have a son in Colorado. Paul and Beth have a passion for helping under-served youth in educational settings and have participated in numerous volunteer activities in both cities.
Peter Hutchinson, Former Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools
Peter Hutchinson focuses on solving the toughest problems faced by top decision makers wanting to deliver better results in government, nonprofit organizations and education. Most recently he led management consulting strategy for Accenture’s State, Provincial and Local Government practice throughout North America. In his career he has served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance, Superintendent of Schools in Minneapolis, a deputy mayor, corporate vice president at the Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Target) and as president of the Bush Foundation, one of Minnesota’s largest independent foundations. In 2006, he was a candidate for Governor of Minnesota. In all of these roles Peter has championed delivering better results with whatever resources are available through strategies that challenge the status quo and lead to the resolution of tough policy problems. Peter has captured many of the lessons he has learned along the way in The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis.
Mark Irvin, Chief Inclusion, Diversity and Talent Officer / Best Buy Co. Inc.
Mark Irvin is the chief inclusion, diversity and talent officer for Best Buy Co. Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy and the programs intended to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive work environment for its 125,000 employees.
Mark has spent most of his 30-year career in supply chain leadership. But he has always had deep value and passion for people and the development of leaders, dating back to his time as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Mark has a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in Nashville and an MBA from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He was commissioned through the ROTC program at Vanderbilt University and served in the U.S. Armed Forces for eight years. Mark and his wife Evelyn have 5 adult children who now live in various cities across the United States which affords them with the opportunity to travel to visit them and their grandchildren. Mark also serves on the board of the Page Education Foundation, as well as, the Best Buy Foundation.
Anthony Lando, Board Vice Chair
Sr Vice President – Private Client Division at Bank of America
Anthony Lando works with very successful business owners, ultra high net worth families, and philanthropic institutions, tailoring strategies to address their needs.
Anthony is a Sr Vice President and Private Client Advisor II with Bank of America – Private Client Division. He works with very successful business owners, ultra high net worth families, and philanthropic institutions, tailoring strategies to address their needs.
Anthony has an extensive credit and business banking background. Prior to joining U.S. Trust he led Bank of America’s strategic expansion efforts in the Minnesota market and previously helped lead expansion efforts for Fifth Third Bank into the Florida market. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Business & Finance, and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Leadership from the University of Florida. Anthony serves on multiple non-profit boards and is a member of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce- Small Business Policy Committee.
Jesse Mason, PhD Provost/VP, North Hennepin Community College
Dr. Jesse Mason currently serves as Provost/Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at North Hennepin Community College. He has been with the Minnesota State Colleges and University System for 17 years. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, he understands the power of how education changes lives. His personal mission “is to create transformative experiences for students that will lead to success and a better quality of life.” His dedication to enhancing the lives of others is emphasized by both his practical and educational experiences. These includes the practical nature of his work such as his work in drug addiction treatment, children with emotional and behavioral disorders, working on teacher pathway programs, and young men transitioning from the justice system to his educational pursuits like serving as faculty and department chair/coordinator, in psychology at both 2-year and 4-year institutions, and progressive administrative roles such as an Academic Dean at Century College. Dr. Mason is the founder of the African American Education Empowerment Program at Minneapolis College. A retention and leadership development program that has been successful in both retaining students of color and developing leadership skills. Dr. Mason received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Psychology (Cognitive and Brain Science) with a specialty in Psychopharmacology. He has also served as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Programs in Health Disparities Research and a policy-fellow for both the Minnesota Equity Partnerships and the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Politics and Governance. Dr. Mason currently has served and serve on other boards that aim to eradicate homelessness, empower youth, and improve the lives of men living with trauma.
Darrell Thompson – President, Bolder Options
Darrell Thompson is the President of Bolder Options, an innovative organization focused on healthy youth development. Uniting one-on-one and group mentoring with goal setting, physical activity, tutoring and leadership opportunities, the program builds confidence, maximizes potential and encourages healthy life skills in 10-14 year olds. Darrell is a respected leader in the youth development field having been with Bolder Options for 23 years. As President, Darrell has grown the organization to over 4,500 youth in St Paul, Minneapolis and Rochester. He leads a professional staff and volunteers as they work to achieve Bolder Options’ mission: Teaching youth to succeed in ALL of life’s races.