Greater Minnesota Housing Fund board members represent every region of Minnesota and include elected officials, community advocates, architects, bankers, and housing finance experts.
Jane Barrett is the Executive Director of the Red Lake Reservation Housing and Redevelopment Authority and has served in that capacity since 1996. The Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority has developed a variety of on and off-reservation low income housing developments. She has also held positions in both Real Estate Services and Administration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Ms. Barrett is a member of the Minnesota Ojibwe tribe and represents the Target Market.
Kim Bretheim has more than 30 years architectural experience in residential design and has been the Housing Studio Leader at LHB since 2001. Mr. Bretheim is involved in affordable and supportive housing developments throughout Minnesota, including affordable rental housing, permanent supportive housing with services for homeless persons, affordable family housing, and mixed income, mixed use developments. Mr. Bretheim’s organization works to incorporate sustainable features into all developments and has been a strong supporter of GMHF’s Green Communities program.
Stephanie Cummings is Vice President of Retail Banking and District Manager of Wells Fargo Bank, Duluth, MN. She oversees all retail banking operations in the Duluth area and brings over 16 years of banking, underwriting and affordable housing finance. She is also the president of the board of West Duluth Community Development Corporation.
Joseph Errigo spent 35 years as President and CEO of CommonBond Communities, the largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing in the Upper Midwest, and one of the nation’s leading community development organizations. He has been an instructor in urban studies at the University of Minnesota and a guest lecturer at Macalester College, Metropolitan State University, the College of Saint Catherine and the business schools at the University of Saint Thomas and the University of Minnesota. Mr. Errigo holds a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Catholic University of America.
Joseph Johnson III has over 35 years’ experience as a community banker, primarily in the area of real estate lending. He is Senior Vice president of North Shore Bank/North Shore Mortgage located in Duluth, MN and was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for St. Louis Bank for Savings in Duluth. Mr. Johnson currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) as the vice chair. He also serves on and is former chair of the local advisory board of the Duluth Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC). Mr. Johnson holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Dale Roemmich has over 30 years of banking experience and has been the President of First Farmers & Merchants National Bank since 2007. Mr. Roemmich was formerly the President and Member of the Board of Directors of United Prairie Bank in Slayton, and Senior Vice President and Chief Lending officer at Union State Bank in Hazen, North Dakota. Mr. Roemmich has extensive experience in asset management as a member of the Property Management Committee of the SW Minnesota Housing Partnership and is knowledgeable in all aspects of multi-family lending. Mr. Roemmich has a BS Degree from North Dakota State University, Fargo and a Graduate of the Upper Midwest Bank Management School, Graduate of the National School of Ag Bank Management and Graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking.
Richard Roesler has over 45 years of banking experience and is a former OCC National Bank Examiner and is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Peoples National Bank of Mora. Formerly he was President/CEO of the First National Bank in Platteville, WI, and Executive Vice President of the First National Bank in Menasha, WI. Mr. Roesler was the President and Treasurer of the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Director of Government Relations committee for the Minnesota Bankers Association, the Vice President and Treasurer of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, the secretary of the Mora Improvement Association Board of Directors, a member of the Commercial Industrial Commission of Mora, and a Board member of the National Employers Committee and the Peoples National Bank Holding Company. He is a past President & Treasurer of the Mora Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Roesler was the President of the University of Wisconsin- Platteville Foundation and Rotary Club President in Platteville and Menasha, WI. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and former Commander of Mora American Legion Post #201. Founder and past director of Mora’s Paradise Theater, Director of Brighter Day, Inc.
Barbara Sanderson has been a member of the Grand Rapids City Council since 2013. Ms. Sanderson also served on the Council from 1996 to 2001. Selected Grand Rapids Citizen of the Year in 2004, Ms. Sanderson has worked on housing, poverty, education, health care and human rights issues for more than 45 years in the Grand Rapids area. A writer and facilitator by profession, she is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a journalism degree and has served as a writer and editor at the University of Wisconsin, a public relations director at several colleges and a grant writer in her community work. She has served as chairperson/consultant and/or grant writer to many successful community projects such as the public library, the hospital and clinic, the food bank, the civic center and numerous nonprofit buildings in the region. Sanderson helped initiate and served as president of organizations such as Itasca County Habitat for Humanity, Community Café and the Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission. Currently she serves on the boards of Itasca County Housing HRA, GRACE House Homeless Shelter, the Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission, the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Board and at the state level, was a board member of Minnesota Housing prior to her appointment to the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Board.
James Solem is a senior fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Solem is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Community Reinvestment Fund (a CDFI). He retired in 2000 as regional administrator of the Metropolitan Council, an agency that coordinates planning and development in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area and directly operates numerous regional public services including the Section 8 program, transit, and wastewater treatment. Mr. Solem earlier served as commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for sixteen years under several governors. He also served as director of the Office of Local and Urban Affairs for the Minnesota State Planning Agency, taught government and urban politics at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and worked as a financial analyst for the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Solem is recognized nationally for his expertise in housing issues and his work in urban affairs and public administration.
George Stone, Minnesota Director, CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing), has been a GMHF Board Member since 2009 and is a current Program Committee Member and prior Loan Committee Member. Mr. Stone is responsible for CSH’s supportive housing development programs and projects statewide, including project planning, technical assistance, predevelopment financing, innovative systems change to improve coordination between state and local government, and new supportive housing projects. CSH also conducts training, conferencing, and coaching for community organizations that develop and manage supportive housing. Mr. Stone has twenty-five years of experience in affordable housing, human services, and federal and state policy to advance supportive housing and end homelessness. He is a national leader on supportive housing and locally, a founding member of Heading Home Minnesota. He is a featured speaker at national forums on issues including developing supportive housing for homeless families, long-term homeless, and working with American Indian Communities to address homeless issues. Mr. Stone has also served as a board member of numerous local nonprofit agencies and community organizations.
Mark Voxland was Mayor of the City of Moorhead from 2001 – 2013. Mr. Voxland has provided leadership over the years on various local municipal, regional, statewide and interstate policy and development projects in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Mr. Voxland was president of the League of Minnesota Cities, served on the Board of Greater Minnesota Cities, and is a recipient of League of Minnesota Cities Ludwig Award for outstanding public service. Mr. Voxland is a past Moorhead City Councilmember, chaired the Metropolitan Council of Governments, Oakport Joint Powers board, and served on the Federal Railroad Commission on Relocation. He is the owner of Voxland Electric, a Moorhead Electrical Contractor.
Nancy Vyskocil has served as president of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation since January 1, 2008. Previously, she was chief financial officer and vice president of the Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Pelican Rapids, with over 25,000 members and $67 million in assets. She has also worked as assistant controller and director of administration for Arvig Enterprises, Inc., a family communication companies, and as general manager of Royale Leasing, Inc., a human resource consultant and employee leasing firm, both located in Perham. Ms. Vyskocil earned a master’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University, Fargo, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation invests resources, creates opportunities, and promotes philanthropy to make the region a better place to live and work. The foundation’s resources are used to develop the region’s assets through grantmaking, business financing, training and philanthropic services. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has adopted a concept called Quality of Place, which is used to focus resources on meeting the needs of the rural region.