MINNEAPOLIS (April 30, 2015) — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota welcomes four new trustees to its Board on May 15. Their three-year terms begin under the leadership of Board Chairwoman Jean Adams, the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Operator of The Minneapolis Foundation.
The new trustees are as follows:
Cindy Kent (St. Paul) is currently the President and General Manager for the Drug Delivery Systems Division of 3M, and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Conference. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President and General Manager of the Gastro/Urology Therapies business unit for Medtronic and chair of the Global Women’s Leadership Network. Cindy holds an MBA in Marketing, as well as a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Leadership, both from Vanderbilt University. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.
Rebecca Parsons Klevan (Minneapolis) is a wealth manager at Accredited Investors, Inc., where she helps individuals with their financial planning, including estate and tax planning, insurance planning, and wealth creation and preservation. She previously served on the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s Financial Leadership Committee from 2008-2014, and currently serves on the MinnPost Board of Directors. Becky earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and graduated from Northwestern University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology.
Gail Polley-Nordhaus (St. Louis Park) is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Insurance Services, where she is responsible for business development and client management to entities engaged in the medical device and private equity sectors. She is also the Minneapolis chair of Wells Fargo’s Insurance Services Global Resource Team. Gail has been actively engaged in finding solutions to issues affecting women and girls since 2004, as a founding trustee and former president of the Women of Influence Giving Circle; a co-chair of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s Corporate Sponsorship Committee; and a donor advisor of the Amy and Mary Fund at the Foundation.
Pheng Thao (St. Paul) is a mental health practitioner at The Link and OneT, providing individual and family therapy to youth and adults who have experienced trauma, commercial sexual exploitation, and/or abuse and violence in their lives. He also serves as co-coordinator for Txivneej Yawg Program, where he facilitates group discussions with Hmong men to reduce their use of violence within family, personal, and interpersonal relationships.
Pheng has been a member of the Women’s Foundation’s Social Change Fund Committee since 2011. He holds two Master’s degrees: one in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, and one in Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law Enforcement.
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is a statewide community foundation that invests in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota. The Foundation makes grants, conducts and reports research, advocates public policy, builds philanthropy for gender equality, and educates the public about the successes and challenges of Minnesota’s women and girls. Founded in 1983, it is the oldest statewide women’s foundation in the country. More at wfmn.org.