2016-17 Community Thread Board of Directors
Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a 1982 graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN. From 1980 to 2004, he was employed by The St. Paul Companies (now part of Travelers) in a variety of management positions. In 2004, he was named President and CEO of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company in Minneapolis, MN. During his years with St. Paul and MLM, he participated in volunteer activities and as a result held a number of volunteer positions. Steve is retired and lives with his wife Nancy in Lake Elmo.
Connie is a graduate of of Austin Community College with a nursing degree. She is the owner/director of Pony Preschool in Bayport, Minnesota. Connie is very involved in St. Charles Church where she served as the youth director for 10 years, parish council for 3 years and president of the Council of Catholic Women for 4 years. She is currently serving on the Bayport Library Board, the Croixdale Board of Directors, is in her third term on the Bayport City Council. She resides in Bayport with her husband and has 3 grown children who all live in the St. Croix Valley.
Chris is a graduate of St. Cloud State University in Public Relations/Marketing Communications and is the Vice President of Marketing for Lake Elmo Bank. As an SAHS graduate and lifelong resident of Stillwater, Chris has participated in various community groups over the years, including Sunrise Rotary, the St. Croix Area United Way Board, the Stillwater Hockey Association and Lake Elmo Baseball. Professionally, Chris is responsible for the Bank’s community relations efforts including the management of the employee United Way campaign, providing her with a good understanding of various community organizations in the Valley. Chris and her husband reside in Stillwater with their three children.
Aaron Drevlow is currently one of three assistant principals serving at Stillwater Area High School. He has been a member of the Stillwater/Woodbury community for the past 15 years and in this time has managed a number of community service oriented projects with students at the Minnesota Business Academy, Great River School and Stillwater Area High School. Aaron worked with Community Thread’s Sara Pennebecker to establish a first in the east metro: the Varsity Letter in Community Service. Aaron is from Anoka, MN and attended University of St. Thomas, Bethel University for his masters in educational leadership and University of Minnesota where he earned his doctorate degree. Aaron lives in Woodbury with his wife and their three children.
Todd is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and has been in the financial services industry since 1995. He earned his Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP) designation and specializes in growing investments, protecting those assets from volatility, and making sure the clients do not outlive their money. Todd is active with his church and serves as a Recreation Director for the Kids 4 Christ program. He also has attended two mission trips to Minot, N.D. to assist with rebuilding homes destroyed by flooding. Todd is a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a Charter Member and Board Member of the Stillwater Area Kiwanis Group. Todd lives in West Lakeland township with his wife and three children.
As founder of Wahoo! Adventures, Kerri Kolstad inspires friends, families, adults, and children to get outside and play. Using the St. Croix River both personally and through her business, Kerri understands and appreciates the beautiful community we share. Prior to building her own outdoor adventure company, Kerri worked in sales at Hewlett Packard and Dell Computer for over 10 years, so she brings a well-rounded experience in budgeting, planning, and execution. She lives in White Bear Lake with her husband.
Rachael Kozlowski is an experienced marketing executive with consulting, training and project management experience. She is the VP of Operations at DemandQuest Marketing Institute in Minneapolis, which offers training in marketing and advertising. She is Google AdWords & Google Analytics certified. Rachael is originally from St. Paul, MN and attended UW-Madison and the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. She is a classically trained professional actress who has performed Off-Broadway in New York as well as in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Mobile and Madison. She currently lives in Stillwater with her husband and two daughters.
Terry attended Wayne State University. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Digital Dental Solutions and previously held leadership positions at Medivators (endoscopy equipment and related products and services) and Ecolab. Terry has extensive sales, marketing and business development experience. Terry is a 25 year resident of the St. Croix Valley with impressive volunteer experience. Terry is passionate about identifying and providing local services and support to people in need, to help them maintain healthy, safe and dignified lives. Terry and his husband Daryl live in Marine-on-St-Croix.
Karen has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Accounting from University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. She also has a CPA. Her professional experience includes positions at Touche Ross, Allianze Life Insurance, and Morrow Partners in various auditing, internal control and accounting roles. Karen is involved in her church and she was instrumental with helping the Saint Croix Catholic School establish an endowment fund. Karen lives in Lake Elmo with her husband and two daughters.
Scott is currently a materials manager with Tennant Company where he is responsible for a team that handles inventory control, forecasting, scheduling and purchased part planning. Prior to working at Tennant, he was a supply chain manager at Andersen Windows as well as a financial analyst at Andersen and West Group. He holds a CPA and CMA (both inactive). He received a MBA from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management and a degree from UW-Eau Claire with a major in both Accounting and Finance. He sits on the board of directors of the Mississippi River Fund. Scott lives in Stillwater with his wife and his two children.
Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. She worked for 29 years at 3M in various technical and management positions including product and process development of industrial pressure sensitive adhesive tapes and medical electrodes; technology and business process analysis; six sigma trainer and analytical chemist. She is now retired and remains involved as an active volunteer with the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program; Minnesota Tree Care Advisor; United Way of Washington County-East fund allocation panels; Carpenter Nature Center; and various projects associated with 3M CARES. Lynn lives in Stillwater with her husband.
Gina attended the College of St. Thomas and graduated with a degree in social work. After working in adolescent group homes and as a domestic violence victim advocate and counselor, she chose to become a stay at home mom. This choice led to years of volunteering at area schools, PTAs, VAA athletics, church programs, and the City of Oak Park Heights. Gina currently works for the City of Oak Park Heights as the Summer Park Activity Coordinator. She also serves on several city committees. Gina lives in Oak Park Heights with her husband and their three daughters.