Michael Vekich, Chair
Michael Vekich has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010, and has served as chair since 2015. He also previously served from 1996 to 2002 including four years as chair. He is CEO of Vekich Chartered in Minneapolis, chairman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (U.S. Bank Stadium), and director of BNC National Bank. He currently serves as president and board member of the Bank Holding Company Association, as president of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and as a member of the Hennepin County Capital Budgeting Task Force. Previously, he served as acting director of the Minnesota Lottery; chairman of HF Financial Corp (NASDAQ: HFFC) and Home Federal Bank; executive chairman, president, and chief operating officer of Skyline Exhibits in Eagan; CEO of Vekich Arkema and Company; chair of the Minnesota Board of Accountancy; member of the Rochester Higher Education Development Committee; and a founding member and vice chair of the Minnesota Higher Education Services Council. He earned an associate degree from Hibbing Community College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Widely known as the "go to" guy. He is an experienced senior executive known for innovative and effective leadership of complex organizations. With a proven track record of providing business and financial counsel, especially in the areas of strategic refocusing organizations, creating capital for companies and mergers and acquisitions. He has consistently demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, finance, compliance, governance, succession planning and resource alignment. Chair Vekich was reappointed on February 22, 2019, and his term expires on January 2, 2023.
Bill McCarthy is a Minneapolis native, a Vietnam War veteran and a University of Minnesota alumnus. He joined Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 17 in 1985, became a business representative and then was elected president of the local. In 2002, Bill was elected President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation; the largest central labor body in the state. After serving as Minneapolis RLF President for more than 13 years, Bill McCarthy was elected President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO in 2015. Additionally, Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way. In March 2012, Bill was named as the winner of a national United Way award for labor leadership, the Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award. Bill is a board member of Meet Minneapolis, Convention + Visitors Association, which works to market, sell and maximize the visitor experience of Minneapolis for the economic benefit of our community.
Bill is committed to organizing, mobilizing and reaching out to community allies in order to build partnerships and create jobs that can sustain a family and strong communities.
Barbara Butts Williams, PhD
Dr. Barbara Butts Williams is the Dean of Business, School of Business and Technology at Capella University, Minneapolis Minnesota. Dr. Butts Williams’ professional experience spans the public, private and academic sectors to include the following positions; President of Growth Partners Consulting, a firm she founded to provide strategic planning, talent and change management, and organizational development to small and medium sized organizations; Director, Training and Development, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Director, Executive Programs at the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business Administration; Director, Executive Education and Human Resources Planning, Control Data Corporation; Principle Consultant and Director Marketing for Human Resource Products and Services, Control Data Business Advisors, Inc.; Vice President Marketing, Vice President Sales and Key Accounts, Project Director for Curriculum and Product Development, Wilson Learning Corporation; Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness, Rath & Strong, Inc.; Officer, Education and Skilling, and Officer(VP), Education and Global Leadership Development, The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers).
Dr. Butts Williams’ prior community and professional service included; Harvard University’s Media & Publishing Group, a charter and corporate advisory board member; University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Executive Education Advisory Council member; The University of Michigan’s School of Business and Administration’s Human Resource Program Corporate Advisory Council member; Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, former foundation board chair and trustee emeritus; Dr. Butts Williams also served on the Hennepin County Library Foundation and Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation Boards. Dr. Butts Williams also served as the Minneapolis representative (North and Downtown Minneapolis) on The Metropolitan Council during the Carlson Administration. Currently, Dr. Butts Williams serves on the Board of Trustees at The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, California and The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tony Sertich is the President of the Northland Foundation—a rural non-profit in northeastern Minnesota. The Northland Foundation is a resource for people, businesses and communities in Northeast Minnesota working toward prosperity through economic and social justice. Through grant making and programmatic activities, the foundation focuses on youth and families, seniors, self-reliance, leadership and small business development.
Sertich spent over a decade in elective office in the Minnesota House of Representatives. At the age of 32, he became the youngest Majority Leader in the state’s history. Sertich served in Governor Mark Dayton’s cabinet as the commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board—a rural economic development agency. Sertich has been an instructor in the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership program and has a lengthy list of board service experience, including with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute and the Center for Rural Policy and Development.
Angela Burns Finney
Angela Burns Finney is a marketing professional with a career that spans over 20 years across private, public and nonprofit sectors. Angela has managed marketing and advertising for small business owners, authors, artists and several local nonprofits including Greater Twin Cities United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Minnesota Children's Museum. Most recently, she directed the creative vision and developed strategic marketing/communications plans for both Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College. Angela is currently focused on strategy & business development for PwC's tax practices in Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
A St. Paul native, Angela was raised in the Rondo Community and infused with a generational legacy in community service. She proudly serves as vice chair for Summit-University Planning Council; and as a board member for the YWCA St. Paul, the City of St. Paul's Neighborhood STAR program, and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Angela is committed to creating opportunities and shaping communities where people can thrive!
James Farstad, Executive Director
Mary Fox-Stroman, CPA, Director of Finance
Elizabeth Proeitz, Project Coordinator
Sue Arcand, Accountant