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Nexus Board of Directors:
Providing Leadership for the Future

Brock Wolff, President and Chief Executive Officer

Appointed CEO of Nexus 2017
Brock Wolff joined Nexus as Chief Operating Officer in November 2012, and was promoted to CEO of Nexus in 2015. In this capacity, he reports to the Nexus Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall direction of the organization within the framework of policies established by the Board. Mr. Wolff assesses Nexus' operational and developmental needs and takes appropriate action to meet the company's strategic, operational, and financial objectives.
 

Reed Robinson, Chairperson

Year Elected to Board: August 2009
Reed Robinson, NCARB, CID is Principal/Architect, Managing Partner with Winther Johnson Robinson Architects, specializing in Architecture and Interior Architectural Design. He has broad experience in space utilization planning, building new or renovating buildings and human & animal dental and medical clinics. He assists Nexus in optimizing its campus space utilization.
 

Natalie McGrady, Vice Chair & Development Committee Chair

Elected to the Board: November 2013
Natalie McGrady is currently the Director of Strategic Sourcing for Cargill, Inc., and is responsible for $400 million in five spending categories: Corporate Materials & Services, Plant Materials & Services, Chemicals, and Ingredients & Packaging. In her role as the North America Team Leader for these duties, Ms. McGrady identifies ways for Cargill Salt, De-Icing, and Animal Nutrition business to continuously save move and drive down costs for the organization. Ms. McGrady has spent the last 25 years working in strategic sourcing or procurement services, finding repeatable, sustainable savings for companies such as Winn-Dixie, Pentair, Deluxe Corporation, Corning, and Honeywell. She brings a wealth of cost-savings knowledge to Nexus operations.
 

Laureen Carlson, Secretary & Finance Committee Chair

Year Elected to Board: October 2007
Laureen Carlson is President and Founder of Portage Marketing, a marketing and media placement agency in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Carlson brings Nexus a wealth of experience in marketing and media planning, as well as nonprofit professional and volunteer experience. Her background helps Nexus develop its strategic marketing, tactical marketing execution, media planning and placement, and website development activities.
 

Peter Freeman, Program Committee Chair

Year Elected to Board: February 2005
Peter D. Freeman, Ed.D., LICSW, is a former faculty member and Director of Alternative Learning Initiatives for the College of St. Catherine and the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. Dr. Freeman is now in private practice with Full Circle Dynamics, where he provides counseling and professional development coaching for individuals and organization development consulting and training to organizations, leaders and their teams.
 

Laurie Zenner, HR Committee Chair

Year Elected to Board: March 2001
Laurie Zenner is a communications consultant who specializes in helping communications teams set sound strategies and maximize their influence within their clients. She is a former executive of several Fortune 500 companies, where she served as Global Head of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Zenner provides Nexus assistance in the creation of business plans, analysis, product development, and policy and procedural development.
 

Darnell Allen

Year Elected to Board: June 2007
Darnell Allen is the former Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for SUPERVALU, Inc., in Eden Prairie, MN, where he directed diversity and inclusion functions by developing recruiting and retention initiatives and partnering with community organizations. Mr. Allen provides Nexus with extensive experience in policies and procedure, career counseling, turnover reduction, salary and benefit plans, and individual development.
 

Lisa Dugan

Year Elected to Board: March 2009
Lisa Dugan currently serves as Chair of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee, Vice-Chair of the State Government Administration Committee, and is a member of the Elementary and Secondary Education, Health Care Availability and Accessibility, Tourism and Conventions, Veterans Affairs, and Appropriations Human Services committees. She serves on the Illinois Veterans Advisory Council and the Bipartisan Task Force on Local Government Consolidation Commission. Dugan also co-chairs the Illinois Fire Caucus and has served as co-chair of the Illinois EMS and Health & Facilities Planning Task Forces. Ms. Dugan provides Nexus with extensive experience in community planning, education initiatives, and nonprofit fundraising.
 

Tom Emig

Year Elected to Board: January 2016
Tom Emig is currently Director of Human Resources for Life Fitness, a division of Brunswik Corporation, where he leads the Human Resources function for Life Fitness manufacturing’s 5 global locations. Prior to joining Life Fitness, Mr. Emig was Area Human Resources Director for Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Fluid Connector Group manufacturing and distribution facilities. Mr. Emig offers Nexus extensive experience in developing, aligning, and implementing Human Resource strategies and systems to achieve business objectives.
 

Victor R. Patterson

Year Elected to Board: October 2016
Victor Patterson currently serves as the Regional Human Resources Manager at The Home Depot in Illinois, and operates VRP Group Consulting, LLC., in Minneapolis. As a Board member, Patterson shares his experience in talent acquisition and development with Nexus’ growing organization. He is also deeply committed to giving back to the community, and is inspired by Nexus’ mission of Strengthening Lives, Families, and Communities.
 

Larry Riesselman

Year Elected to Board: March 2001
Larry Riesselman served as Senior Information Systems Director supporting human resources technology for St. Paul Travelers until his retirement in 2006. He has conducted several office automation studies for nonprofits such as AMICUS and the Frogtown Action Alliance, and his IT background provides essential support as Nexus utilizes new technologies in its patient care.
 

Francis Smith

Year Elected to Board: March 2008
Francis Smith currently serves as Chairman of the Board of HomeStar Financial Group and as Executive Vice President of HomeStar Bank, a community bank with offices in five Illinois communities, a full-service insurance agency, a trust company, a title insurance company, and an investment services division. Mr. Smith provides Nexus with extensive experience in banking, business development, and finance.
 

Paul Zimmer

Year Elected to Board: June 2016
Paul Zimmer is an attorney and shareholder in the Minneapolis law firm Courey, Kosanda & Zimmer, P.A. His law practice represents higher-net worth individuals in connection with estate and wealth-transfer planning matters, as well as closely-held and family-owned businesses in business law matters that include, but are not limited to, mergers and acquisitions and business and ownership succession planning. Mr. Zimmer was admitted to the Minnesota Bar and the U.S. District Court of Minnesota in 1991, the U.S. District Court of Wisconsin in 1992, and the Wisconsin Bar in 1996. He provides Nexus with legal expertise on mergers and acquisitions.
 

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Nexus Names Hilke S. Riechardt-Martinez as Incoming CFO
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Nexus Names New Director of Information Technology
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Kyle Locke Joins Woodbourne Center as Development Coordinator
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Nexus CFO Alan Nordby Announces Retirement
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Nexus CEO David Hutchinson Announces Retirement; Brock Wolff named as Successor
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Victor Patterson Joins Nexus Board of Directors
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