Alumni and Foundation

Board of Directors

The MCTC Foundation Board of Directors is an all-volunteer board dedicated to supporting the work of Minneapolis Community and Technical College in providing access to the transformative power of education.

Officers


Harry Davis Jr., Foundation Board President

Harry Davis Jr.
Foundation Board President

“I serve because I want to make contribution to enhancing the lives of our students. I come from a family of educators, my father was on the Minneapolis School Board for 21 years and my wife taught music education in the public schools for 15 years. By providing leadership and fundraising for MCTC we will provide any willing student the opportunity to finish their college education and have scholarship funds to achieve their goals.”

Harry Davis Jr. was the Principal Planning Analyst for Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (now retired). Harry has been an active supporter of Minneapolis Community and Technical College since his friend and mentor, the late Earl W. Bowman, was president. Mr. Bowman was the first African American president and became president in 1981.


Orlando Flores, Foundation Board Vice President

Orlando Flores
Foundation Board Vice President

Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Americas Region
Medtronic, Inc.

“As a first-generation immigrant and member of an underserved community, I know that MCTC Foundation does an incredible job reaching our poorest communities, helping people move from a path of relative poverty, without an education, to a path of educational achievement and employment.”

Orlando Flores’ own path to success began with a high-quality, low-cost community college option. Now, as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Medtronic, Orlando’s focus is to provide effective, efficient and ethical legal and business counsel to a complex organization. As a member of the Foundation’s board, he contributes rare and valuable experience as a first-generation immigrant who understands intimately the needs of traditionally underrepresented groups.


Jeffery Custer, Foundation Board Treasurer

Jeffery Custer
Foundation Board Treasurer

Director, Design & Construction
Xcel Energy, Inc.

“I work in the Twin Cities and want the community to be vibrant. MCTC’s programs, like the Power of You, help people become the best they can be. I also want people to know that there are many high-paying jobs that require a 2-year degree. MCTC is a very cost-effective, high-quality path for people to further their education and job prospects, and to contribute to the community.”

As Director of Design and Construction at Xcel Energy, Inc., Jeffery’s expertise in leading high-performance teams, and his ability to turn wishes into results, make him a tremendous asset for the MCTC Foundation’s Board of Directors. As a member of our finance committee, Jeffery’s talent for managing budgets, reducing costs and maintaining first-rate customer experience dovetail with the Foundation’s quest to make the best use of funds on our students’ behalf.


Ken Bradley, Foundation Board Secretary

Ken Bradley
Foundation Board Secretary

Renewable Energy Executive

“I see value in strengthening our community through combined environmental and educational efforts. MCTC puts a premium on creative, sustainable solutions to energy use while providing quality education that leads to jobs and careers.”

Ken Bradley is a renewable energy executive with more than 20 years’ experience working to influence public policy on energy issues. Ken has served as Director of Environment Minnesota, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, and of Minnesota’s Clean Water Action group, leading these organizations’ efforts to protect the environment and promote clean energy. Ken also serves on the Steering Committee for the Blue Green Alliance, an organization committed to finding commonsense solutions to environmental challenges while creating family-sustaining jobs across the economy. Ken’s long history of problem-solving and advocacy is a rich resource to the MCTC Foundation board.



Walter Chesley

Walter Chesley

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Hennepin County Medical Center

“I believe that our best resources are the human ones. That’s why education is critical to career success. MCTC offers so many avenues for people to learn meaningful skills, and to earn useful credentials for their own futures and the future of the community.”

Walter Chesley, J.D., is Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center. His career in health care administration, along with significant leadership roles serving Ronald McDonald House Minnesota and YMCA, have provided Walter with broad, deep experience in service to our community. A natural communicator, Walter pursued a Communications and Public Relations degree prior to earning his Juris Doctor at American University in Washington, D.C.


Mike Favor

Mike Favor

Executive Director of Student Services
and Secondary Schools
Robbinsdale Area Schools

“Whether I’m serving as a high-school principal, a district administrator, or an MCTC Foundation board member, I support public education and continuous improvement, with an underlying focus on the needs of each individual student.”

Mike Favor has a history of strong leadership roles in education. In fact, during his recent tenure as principal at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Mike’s innovation and led to a creative and results-oriented partnership with Anoka Technical College. The goal was to develop a program for Cooper students to earn free, transferable college credits while in high school.

Mike recently moved into an executive role with Robbinsdale Area Schools. A strong supporter of public education who believes there should be access to college for all students, Mike’s rich experience provides the MCTC Foundation with real-time, real-world expertise.


Jeff Goettl

Jeff Goettl

IT Manager
Enterprise Data Warehouse
General Mills

“There’s a need for a low-cost entry into higher education in every community, and MCTC offers amazing opportunities for high-school graduates in our metro area. The Foundation supports MCTC every step of the way.”

Jeff Goettl began his career as an IT intern for SPX Corporation (a multi-industry manufacturing firm) while a student at St. Cloud State University. After college, as a consultant for General Mills, Jeff pursued his Masters in Business Administration, which he completed in 2011. As an IT Solution Manager at General Mills, Jeff brings problem-solving talent and IT expertise to the MCTC Foundation Board.


Cam Hoang

Cam Hoang

Partner
Dorsey & Whitney LLP

“I believe in opportunity for everyone, and that’s what MCTC provides. Careers begin with education, and communities become stronger when individuals can find jobs and build stable careers. The MCTC Foundation brings opportunity to students who might otherwise have to settle for unstable futures.”

Cam Hoang has recently joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis as a partner, following ten years serving as Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary at General Mills. Cam received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.  She adds legal expertise to the MCTC Foundation Board, as well as experience in a diverse and challenging corporate setting.


David Hough

David Hough

Hennepin County Administrator

“The MCTC Foundation was created to facilitate educational opportunities and to provide real-world assistance to students at the College. It’s a privilege to play a part in this essential organization that is a community builder in Hennepin County.”

David Hough began his career in 1982 as a law clerk in Hennepin County Attorney Tom Johnson’s office and has been a Hennepin County employee for over 30 years. In 2014, David was unanimously chosen by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners to serve as Hennepin County Administrator, the County’s top leadership role. David also serves on the management team of the Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP), a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County. HUP works with students who seek to apply their academic learning in the County setting.


Marc Jensen

Marc Jensen

Chief Technology Officer and Managing Partner
Space150

“I believe in the mission and value of community college. It’s a privilege to serve on the Board of the MCTC Foundation, the organization that provides just the right financial and creative boost for students who seek education and professions with good, living wages.”

Marc Jensen leads space150’s Engineering and Experience teams, with a focus on educating and inspiring internal teams, external audiences, and clients about hardware and software innovation. Marc’s expertise has helped define and solidify a modern approach to technology teams. Before joining space150, Marc was a pioneer in console and PC game development, as well as 3D animation and special effects, motion capture, animation, and facial animation systems. He brings a wealth of leadership and innovation skills to the MCTC Foundation Board. 


M. Valeriana Moeller

M. Valeriana Moeller

President and CEO
Val Moeller Consulting

“I believe education should be accessible to as many people as possible. I’ve always been a champion of community college, and the MCTC Foundation is the kind of organization that makes higher education a reality for so many who might otherwise miss the opportunity. This is how we build a strong workforce for the future.”

Dr. M. Valeriana Moeller was born in India and raised in Portugal. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. But Val is not new to Minneapolis, though her career has taken her to leadership roles at colleges in Michigan and Ohio. In fact, Val worked for MCTC in the 1980s as dean of instruction and chief academic officer. As a champion of community building through community college opportunities, she brings administrative and strategic innovation to the MCTC Foundation.



Melissa Rahn

Senior Government Relations Specialist
Fredrikson & Byron 
Government Relations Group

“I am a graduate of Minneapolis Community and Technical College and went on to the University of Minnesota. I know, firsthand, that community college is an excellent launch pad for achieving education goals. The Foundation helps make that happen.”

Melissa Rahn is an attorney at Fredrikson & Byron LLP, where she is the Senior Government Relations Specialist. It’s a natural fit for Melissa, who has spent more than 15 years working at the Capitol. Melissa is involved in a number of civic and nonprofit organizations and has a leadership role on the board of REACH for Resources, an organization that focuses on inclusion and community integration for adults and children with disabilities and mental health challenges. She brings a passion for advocacy to the Foundation Board, where she supports efforts to provide accessible and affordable higher education for all.


Kimberly Spates

Kimberly Spates

Chief Operations Officer
Human Services
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center

“MCTC is a fundamental part of what makes a healthy community, and the MCTC Foundation provides an avenue for supporters to ‘pay it forward,’ ensuring a workforce for a strong community future.”

Kimberly Spates is a connector – a talented facilitator who works to create openness and cooperation among businesses, educators, employers, employees and neighbors.

Kimberly is Chief Operations Officer at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. She stresses that for the community served by NorthPoint, MCTC makes dreams of college come true by providing creative ways for people to enter college, then move into high-wage jobs or continue on a path toward education goals.


Candace Steele Flippin

Candace Steele Flippin

Vice President
External Relations and Public Relations
St. Jude Medical, Inc.

“I believe that communication is essential to a harmonious environment, and I believe that MCTC offers a wide range of classes to help all generations function at their best in the business world. I am happy to serve the Foundation, and to lend my communications experience and research for the benefit of students of any age.” 

Candace Steele Flippin is Vice President of Public Relations and External Communications at St. Jude Medical, Inc., providing strategic direction to the organization on a global scale. Her previous positions include leadership roles at a number of pharmaceutical companies. Candace has also worked with the American Red Cross and is chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Health Academy. She is pursuing her PhD in educational psychology at Case Western Reserve University with a focus on mentoring. Candace is considered one of the country’s foremost experts in the field of inter-generational communications in business.


Dominic Venturo

Dominic Venturo

Chief Innovation Officer
U.S. Bank Payment Services

“I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a high-quality education. MCTC does great work to help Twin Cities youth get the education they need to build lives. The Power of You program supported by the MCTC Foundation is innovative and exemplary.”

Dominic Venturo, a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University Of Washington Graduate School Of Banking, is Chief Innovation Officer for U.S Bank Payment Services. For the past eight years he has led the Payment Services Innovation Team, both setting strategies and developing new products to support those strategies. His 26-year history in financial services brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to the MCTC Foundation Board, where he hopes to build on the success of the Power of You program.


Paul Williams

President and CEO
Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

“I am passionate about the multi-faceted work of community-building. MCTC plays a key role in creating a community where people can get the education they need to find the jobs that support stable, secure homes and families. The Foundation helps make that possible.”

Paul Williams has a long history of creating partnerships through his work with nonprofit groups in order to strengthen communities. In addition to serving as St. Paul’s Deputy Mayor, Paul has served the St. Paul Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the St. Paul Area United Way. Paul’s passions for education, affordable housing, youth development, and employment led him to his current position as President and CEO of Project for Pride in Living. His interests and experience are ideal assets for the MCTC Foundation Board.

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