Member Profiles

“Featured Friend” is a regular installment in the quarterly Friends’ newsletter Among Friends.  These profiles offer great insight into the talent and dedication Friends bring to NAZ year-round.

July, 2016

Tim Manning

Tim Manning believes in the importance of eliminating the racial and socioeconomic disparities that exist in our community.
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March, 2014

Christine Levens and the Ruff Family

The story of how Friends of the Future Leadership Team member Christine Levens and her extended family came to join the Friends is a favorite at NAZ.
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November, 2013

Laysha Ward

Laysha L. Ward is President of Community Relations for Target Corporation. Both she and her husband, Bill, are active supporters of NAZ and their partner organizations.
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July, 2013

Elizabeth Foy Larson and Walter Schleisman

Elizabeth Larsen and Walter Schleisman live in south Minneapolis and have three children in third, sixth and ninth grade. Walter is the principal at Lake Harriett Upper School. Elizabeth is a journalist specialized in family issues and education. She is also the author of Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun.
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Kate Mortenson
Founder, Friends of the Future

Dedicated NAZ supporter, Kate Mortenson, was recognized with the 2012 Engaged Philanthropist award, given by Social Venture Partners and MN Community Foundation, for her leadership as founding member of Friends of the Future.
[View a video of the award]