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Matt Varilek | President | mvarilek(at)ifound.org (320) 631-2005

"For more than 30 years, the Initiative Foundation has empowered local people to build thriving communities across Central Minnesota. The Foundation’s staff—working in conjunction with a diverse array of partners—plays a critical role in the important work of making our region an ideal place where people choose to live, work, give and play."

 
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Brett Anderson
Associate Trustee
Sentry Bank 

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John E. Babcock

Board Chair
Bank of Elk River

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Rick Bauerly
Granite Equity Partners

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Jessica Bitz

Falcon National Bank

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Charles Black Lance

Central Lakes College 

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Santo Cruz
CentraCare Health

Kim Ellingson

Kim Ellingson
Bremer Bank

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Larry Korf

 DeZURIK 

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David Monroy

Monroy Law Office, PLLC

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Joe Nayquonabe Jr. 

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

  Steve Shurts

Steve Shurts
East Central Energy

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Traci Tapani

Board Vice Chair
Wyoming Machine

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Robbyn Wacker

St. Cloud State University

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Kristi Westbrock

Consolidated Telecommunications Company

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Wayne Wolden

MN State Community and Technical College 

Emeritus Board of Trustees

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Jim Anderson
Brainerd

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Cal Clark
St. Paul

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Reggie Clow

Merrifield

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Linda Eich DesJardins

St. Cloud 

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Don Engen
Crosslake

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Kathy Gaalswyk
East Gull Lake

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Pat Gorham
Mora

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Dave Gruenes
St. Cloud

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Lee Hanson
Rice

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Arnie Johnson
Lakeshore 

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John Kuester
Elk River

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Mary Sam
Onamia

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John Schlagel
Andover

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Dorothy Simpson
Minneapolis 

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Pat Spence
Rice

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Gene Waldorf
Grey Eagle

What is the Selection Criteria? Emeritus trustees are former board members who have served with excellence for at least one three-year term. While on the board, they contributed at a high level and served in leadership and advisory roles. Upon leaving the board, they've remained engaged with the Foundation as a donor, advisor or volunteer.