2021 Community Thread Board of Directors
Chris Dressel, Past Board President, Senior VP & Chief HR Officer, First State Bank and Trust
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Catherine University. She also attended the Graduate School of Banking, at the University of Colorado. Additional education includes Advanced Leadership Studies at St. Catherine University, and Leadership Twin Cities. Chris serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at First State Bank and Trust. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Western Insurance Agency and also on the Board of Directors for Workforce Development in Washington County. Chris, her husband and two children live in West Lakeland Township.
Eric Salman, Physician Assistant, Midwest Spine and Brain Institute
Eric graduated from Iowa State University where he earned a BS in Biology. He attended the Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program and has worked as a PA for 23 years, currently at Midwest Spine and Brain Institute in Stillwater. Eric and his wife Stephanie have one daughter, and live in Stillwater, MN.
Fred Anderson, Board Treasurer, Community Volunteer
Fred earned a Masters of Public Health in Environmental and Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He worked as an infectious disease epidemiologist for Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment for nearly 32 years. Over his career, he served on several boards and committees, including the Lakeview Hospital Infection Control Committee, and the American Red Cross. His international volunteer experience includes three community health services trips to rural Tanzania. Fred and his wife Renae live in the Stillwater area and they have two grown daughters.
James P. Schoenecker, Regional Vice President, Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance
Jim is a graduate of Bethel College where he earned a BA in Business Management. He currently works as the Regional Vice President at the Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA), an insurance agency network. Jim and his wife Melissa have three children and live in Hudson, WI.
Josiah Hill, President, St. Croix Education Association
Josiah earned a BA in English at UW, Madison and attended UW, River Falls for his masters in secondary education and Hamline University for his doctorate degree in educational leadership. For the past 20 years, he has taught high school English and for the past 10 years has served as the President of the St. Croix Education Association. Josiah and his wife Emily have three children and live in Stillwater, MN.
Julie Swedback, Swedback Law, PLLC
Julie graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a degree in Humanities and earned her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. She is a solo practitioner attorney whose legal experience spans 25 years. Her current practice focuses primarily on family law, and her past experience includes clerking at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, representing the State of Minnesota as an assistant attorney general, and working as a senior attorney for a nonprofit student loan guaranty agency.
Kate Kasten, Andersen Corporation
Kate is a native of River Falls, Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She joined the Andersen Corporation in 1998, where she has worked in a number of positions involving accounting analysis. In her current role, she is involved in finance business improvements and transformation initiatives that ensure financial controls and fiduciary responsibility. One of her strengths is project management.
Kate’s volunteer service includes Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, and Valley Outreach, serving on their Board of Directors. She currently leads the team at Andersen that supports our Holiday Hope program with sponsorships.
Lisa Bevens, Home to Sweet Home
Lisa is a native of Afton, Minnesota. Prior to being a business owner, she attended the American Institute of Banking and worked in banking for over 30 years, holding a number of leadership roles. Lisa’s management experience includes training and development, performance management, product development, operational compliance, strategic planning, financial reporting & budgeting, business development and community outreach.
Lisa is the owner of Home to Sweet Home, assisting older adults and their families as they navigate the process of downsizing and transitioning to a new home. Her volunteer experiences include serving as a Sunday school teacher and Youth Advisory Council Chair; the Lions Club in Lake Elmo; and the Eagles Aerie as their Auxiliary’s Treasurer. Lisa’s board experience includes the University of Minnesota’s Wesley Foundation and the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, where she just relinquished her two-year stint as Board Chair. She continues to serve as Past Chair.
Lisa lives in Stillwater with her husband Mike, and has 2 daughters and 2 grandsons.
Renae Pominville, Board Secretary, Personal Banking Officer, Lake Elmo Bank
Renae is a graduate of Stillwater High School and Century College. Her volunteer experience includes St. Michaels Church as chair of the hospitality committee, the Stillwater Project Life Center, Knights of Columbus, and Relay for Life; she has also served as a Girl Scout Troup leader. Renae currently works at Lake Elmo Bank as a Personal Banking Officer. She represents the bank at Boutwell’s Landing, providing notary services after normal business hours for nursing home and other senior residents. She was awarded the Tradition of Service Award by Lake Elmo Bank for her customer service in 2012. Renae and her husband Mark live in Stillwater and have two daughters.
Richard McDonough, RM Realty
Richard earned a BS in Fine and Studio Arts from UW, River Falls. He has been a realtor for 28 years, opening RM Realty in 2018 which proudly supports the schools, nonprofits and local business community through a video series that they produce. Richard lives with his wife Mimi in Stillwater, MN.
Ruth Hjelmgren, Past Board President, Director of Community Outreach, Artis Senior Living
Ruth is a graduate of Stillwater High School, Hamline University (BA) and Antioch University (MA). She attended The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC and has experience on stage and screen. Her board and volunteer work include St. Paul Public Schools, United Hospital, Minnesota Boys Choir, The Oratorio Society, church committees and Healing Haiti. Ruth currently works as the Director of Community Outreach at Artis Senior Living, an assisted living residence with a special focus on Alzheimer’s and related memory disorders. She also developed the “Silver Group” at Jay T. Sold Me, a real estate team she co-owns with her husband. She and Jay Theriault live in Maplewood and have two children.
Samantha Schindler, Board Vice President, Scientific Project Manager, DiaSorin
Samantha is a graduate of UW, River Falls with a BS in Biotechnology. She is a Scientific Project Manager at DiaSorin. Samantha has volunteered extensively for Community Thread in addition to Valley Outreach, Feed my Starving Children, MN Academy of Science and Success Beyond the Classroom. She lives in White Bear Lake, MN.
Sarah Stivland, Community Volunteer
Sarah has a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from St. Olaf College. Her volunteer work includes serving on the Stillwater Area School Board, a position that she intends to pursue again in 2020. Sarah and her husband created Bluestone Physician Services, a workforce of nearly 300 people, located in Stillwater.
Sharon King, Board President, Director of Financial Shared Services, Andersen Corporation
Sharon has a BS in accounting from Metropolitan State University and a MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. She is also a graduate of the Executive Development Center at the University of Minnesota. Her volunteer work includes Community Thread (Holiday Hope), Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the United Way of Washington County. Sharon currently works at Andersen Corporation where she is the Director of Financial Shared Services, overseeing fiscal policies, programs and transactions in 12 distinct operations. She and her husband Patrick Deuschle live in Maplewood and have one son.
Terry Mistalski, Healthcare Solutions Pro
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.