Management and Structure

NAZ manages with multiple levels of leadership, including NAZ Board of Directors, collaborative partner leadership, our parent leaders, and NAZ Central leadership staff.

NAZ Leadership Staff

Sondra Samuels, President and Chief Executive Officer (Founding Leader) (biography)
Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, Chief Operating Officer (biography)
Karen Casanova, Chief Development Officer (biography)
Candra Bennett, Vice President of Human Resources and Operations (biography)
Andre Dukes, Senior Director, Collective Impact – Early Childhood (biography)
Michelle Palo, Senior Director, Collaborative Learning (biography)
Michele Pletcher, Senior Finance and Data Innovation Director (biography)
Nancy Gaschott, Interim Finance Director
Danielle Bylund, Director of Marketing and Communications
Robert Droddy, Director of Individual Giving
Jaton White, Director of Community Wellness
Tiffany Wilson-Worsely, Family Achievement Program Director (biography)

NAZ Board of Directors

Board Officers

BOARD CHAIR, Deb Burke, SVP, West Region Leader – State & Local Government Relations and Public Policy, Wells Fargo
VICE CHAIR, Arthur J. Rolnick, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
TREASURER, Peter Kellenberger, Finance Committee Chair, Managing Director, PNC Corporate Banking
SECRETARY, Anne Long, Governance Chair, Executive Director, Plymouth Christian Youth Center

Tawanna Black, CEO, Center for Economic Inclusion; Executive Director, Northside Funders Group
Tom Borman, Of Counsel, Maslon L.L.P.
Kenneth Charles, Retired SVP Global Talent, U.S. Bank Corp
Michael Ciresi, Founding Partner, Ciresi Conlin L.L.P.
Earl Ellis, SVP of Finance, Multi-channel, Services and Procurement, Best Buy Corporation
Kim Ellison, Vice-Chair, Minneapolis School Board
Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis
Annie Gillette Cleveland, Owner, Extra Paddle Consulting
Karen Grabow, Retired SVP, Business Development Services and Chief Human Resource Officer, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Dianne Haulcy, Senior VP of Family Engagement, Think Small
David Hough, County Administrator, Hennepin County
Rasheda Jenkins, Parent Representative, GIG Services, LLC
Miesha Lewis, Parent Representative, Massage by Miesha
Tim Manning, Development Committee Chair, Corporate Counsel, SunOpta, Inc.
Geoff Martha, President, Medtronic
Ann Masten, Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
Patty Murphy, NAZ Investment Campaign Chair
Kim Nelson, Retired SVP of External Relations; Retired President, General Mills Foundation, General Mills
Michael O’Connell, Retired Pastor, Church of the Ascension
Arthur J. Rolnick, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
R.T. Rybak, CEO & President, Minneapolis Foundation
Chad Schwitters, Executive Director, Urban Homeworks
Brian Taylor, Founding Partner & CEO, Pine River Capital Management
Michelle Walker, Impact Committee Chair, Executive Director, Generation Next
Karen Wilson Thissen, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ameriprise

Parent Advisory Board Members

Ethrophic Burnett
Nancy Burns
Tamara Campbell
Ogi Carter
Charise Curry
Marquita Haynes
Dominique Mays
Calahena Merrick
Taya Morgan
Gregory Wheeler

NAZ Executive Leaders

*DeAnna Cummings, Executive Director, Juxtaposition Arts
Ann Marie DeGroot, Executive Director, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
Pastor Alika Galloway, Pastor, Kwanzaa 21st Century Academy
Molly Greenman, President & CEO, Family Partnership
*Matt Halley, Executive Director, Cookie Cart
*Dianne Haulcy, Director of Family Engagement, Think Small
Anne Long, Executive Director, Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC)

*Chad Schwitters, Executive Director, Urban Homeworks
*Maureen Seiwert, Executive Director of Early Childhood EducationMinneapolis Public Schools
Paul Williams, Executive Director, Project for Pride in Living
Suzanne Kelley
Julie Brekke
Tom Streitz
Laurie Ohmann
Phyllis Sloan
Clare Sanford
Karen Kelley-Ariwoola
Benito Matias

*NAZ Action Team Chair or Co-chair