Carolyn Schroeder, President, is a homemaker, nurse, and community volunteer. She and her husband Clint, an attorney, have lived in Edina for over 45 years, and their five children attended Wooddale Elementary, South View Middle School, and Edina High School.
Carolyn has served as Board Chair of the Minneapolis Children's Hospital, the Minneapolis Children's Foundation, and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Foundation.
Why Edina? Love and appreciation of the city where I (we) have lived and raised our family for over 50 years!
Why I am involved... It was time! I had been invovled heavily at Children's & UofM School of Nursing. Now I have time.
The way that the Edina Community Foundation makes a difference in my eyes... Building community through support of 60 groups in Edina - they do much of the work, but we are there to help. Being a community foundation where new projects have a home, such as the Pine Cone Sculpture and the proposed Vereran's Memorial for Edina. We want to work with Scott Neal, City Manager, to identify city needs. Then we'll raise money to help from the community.
Bonnie McGrath founded and managed a legal software training business for 20 years. She and her husband Lee have been Edina residents since 1993, and they are active in the Country Club Neighborhood Association. They have a child at Valley View Middle School and three other children at Blake School.
Edina is a great community and the place we call home.
My personal Edina story¦
We have lived in Edina for the past 16 years. It has been a great place to raise our children.
Why are you involved with the Board?
I enjoy community building and feel it is important to having a strong community.
In your eyes, what is one way that the Edina Community Foundation makes a difference¦
The 4th of July parade is a great tradition of family fun!
Dennis Maetzold, Director Emeriti, served on the Edina School Board for six years before being elected to the City Council in 1995 and then as our Mayor from 1999 through 2004. He is retired from M & I Bank, and he and his wife Linda live in the Arden Park Neighborhood. They have been Edina residents since 1972, and their daughter graduated from Edina High School. Dennis served as Chair of the Southdale YMCAâ€™s 2005 Y Partners Campaign and on the Board of Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP).
Frederick S. Richards has lived in Edina since 1945 and married an Edina Morningside High School classmate. He was the Mayor from 1988 to 1997, after having served on the City Council for the prior 14 years. Fred has also served on the Edina Park Board, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Environmental Quality and Transportation Commissions. Fred practiced law for 25 years and is now the President of General Office Products. He and Nancy have three children, two of whom now live in the community with their spouses and families. Fred notes that the third child may never realize paradise here in Edina, but we still love her.
Geof Workinger and his wife Betty are also long-term Edina residents (since 1968) and live in the Harriet Park neighborhood. Geof retired after a career in human resources and employee benefits that included work for Prudential, 3M, General Mills and Bemis Company. He has served on both the Edina Planning and Human Relations Commissions, and as chair of the latter. He has also provided volunteer service and leadership to the Storefront (Youth Action) Group and the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE).
Ron Erhardt is a self-employed financial planner with a long record of public service to the Edina community. Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1990, Ron has served Edina for 11 terms and received many awards for his leadership on transportation matters. He has served as Chair of the Edina Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee and on the Southdale YMCA Board of Management. He has academic degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Carlson School of Management. Ron lives in Edina's Sunnyside neighborhood.
Scot Housh is an insurance broker and the President and CEO of Willis of Minnesota. He was raised in Edina and graduated from Brown University. Scot served on the Edina City Council from 2001 through 2010 and joined the Foundation Board in July 2011. He has served on the Be The Match Foundation Board and as Co-chair of the Minnesota Bid Committee for the 2020 College Football Playoff Championship Game. He lives in the Country Club neighborhood with his wife Susie.
Maxine Wallin is a long-time resident of Edina and one of our community's leading philanthropists, continuing a strong tradition she began with her late husband, Winston Wallin. The Wallin's began a college scholarship program in 1992 for students at South High School in Minneapolis who come from low- to moderate-income families. Maxine attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. She became a librarian at the University of Minnesota and a medical research librarian while the family lived in Utah. Maxine has four children and 13 grandchildren. She lives in the Braemar area of Edina.