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Three Join Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees

January 3, 2020

Matt Varilek, president of the Initiative Foundation, announced that Teri Hoggarth, Edward Jones financial advisor, and Tim Nelson, chief deputy Isanti County attorney, have been appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Dan Weber, Sherburne County assistant county administrator, will join July 1, 2020.

“We are thrilled to welcome Teri, Tim and Dan to our distinguished board,” Varilek said. “All three are doing important work that contributes to the vitality of our region, and are exceptionally well-equipped to help lead the Initiative Foundation.

Hoggarth grew up on a farm near Valley City, N.D. She was introduced to the Initiative Foundation about nearly two decades ago when the Morrison County Area Foundation, a Partner Fund of the Initiative Foundation, was taking shape. She and her husband, Tom, live in Little Falls.

Teri-Hoggarth_Low-Resolution_Web.png“At a young age, I was taught to give back and make this world better than I found it,” she said. “In my career, I have been able to help hundreds of families with their financial goals and want to expand that mission to a larger audience.”

Hoggarth has worked at Edward Jones for nearly three decades. She is excited to do more work to make Central Minnesota even better through more job opportunities in the professional, trade and service sectors. She also serves on the Community Development of Morrison County board.

In her free time, Hoggarth enjoys travel, golf, craft projects, yard work and time with friends and family, including her two children and five grandchildren.

Tim Nelson grew up in Braham and was introduced to the Initiative Foundation through his work in Isanti County, where he currently serves as chief deputy county attorney. He has been connected to the Initiative Foundation for many years, most recently as chair of the Braham Area Education Foundation.

Tim-Nelson_low-resolution.png“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve,” Nelson said. “I look forward to doing a lot of listening; to learning from my board colleagues, the Foundation’s talented staff, and the communities we serve; and to do my best to add to the Foundation’s innovative and important work.”

Nelson looks forward to supporting the Initiative Foundation’s work in raising up community leaders. As Central Minnesota grows and changes, he also wants to “help ensure that the relationships among the many communities in our region are defined by the things that we share, rather than by our differences.”

Nelson says he loves being surrounded by family and to have the opportunity to serve local organizations. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Cambridge with their two children, Nora and Andrew.

Dan Weber has been working with the Initiative Foundation for many years, most recently in his role as assistant Sherburne County administrator.

Dan-Weber_Low-Rez.png“Being part of a strong team has always motivated me, and there is no better team than the Initiative Foundation,” Weber said.

The Initiative Foundation’s work in Sherburne County has intensified in recent years as regional leaders work to ease the transition as Xcel Energy decommissions three coal-fired power plants in Becker—one in 2023, another in 2026 and potentially a third in 2030. Xcel’s decades-long presence in Becker provides 300 jobs and three-fourths of the city’s tax base.

Weber looks forward to continuing to support this work and helping mitigate the effects of labor shortages throughout the Foundation’s region.

Weber grew up in Kimball, Minn., and now lives in Sauk Rapids with his wife, Susan, and twin sons, Lucas and Gavin. They enjoy baseball and spending time visiting baseball stadiums throughout the country. Weber also cherishes his time coaching his sons’ little league team.

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