Meet Our Board of Directors
The Edina Community Foundation is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of individuals who live and work here. These civic leaders offer diverse backgrounds in business, philanthropy, investments and community leadership.
Tom Gump, President
Tom Gump is a lawyer and real estate developer serving as "of counsel" with Stier Law Offices. He is President-Elect of Edina Morningside Rotary Club, which recently named him "Rotarian of the Year." He was Chair of the Community Involvement Programs Board of Directors and served on the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota Board. He also chaired Edina's Construction Board of Appeals. Tom and his family live in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Edina.
Carolyn Jackson, Vice President
Carolyn Jackson has served as an Edina community leader for 18 years, as president of the Countryside PTO, chair of the Valley View Middle School Site Council, vice chair of the Edina Energy and Environment Commission and as a leader with other community organizations. She is a self-employed attorney with experience as a public interest advocate on behalf of the needs of Minnesota communities and their residents’ civil liberties. Carolyn has business experience as the Founder and President of Chalet Cheese Production. Carolyn has a B.A. in history from Northwestern University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
She and her husband, Bruce, have lived in Edina since 2000. Their two daughters are Edina High School graduates currently attending college.
Jeff Ohe, Secretary
Jeff and his wife Alley live in the Heights neighborhood of Edina with their four children. Jeff is very active in the Edina community as a member of the Rotary Club of Edina, served as club President in 2015-15 and currently serves on the board of the Edina Rotary Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Normandale Lutheran Church Foundation and the Goal Line Club.
He is a member of the Edina Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of the Southdale YMCA. Jeff is the President of Cahill Advisors.
Sheila Healy Berube, Treasurer
Sheila is an investment professional with more than 20 years of experience helping individuals and institutions define and reach their investment goals while identifying and managing market risk. After employment with organizations including 3M, American Express and Allina, she founded Sheila Healy Berube Consulting, which provides investment management due diligence, sourcing, and oversight for foundations and high net-worth families.
Sheila's active community service includes board membership at CFA Society MN, Campfire MN, and Sr. of St. Joseph Investment Committee. She is serving her second term as an Edina Planning Commissioner and was Communication Lead for the 2018 Edina Senior Party.
Sheila and her husband Brian, an Edina Fire Inspector, live in Country Club area with their triplets who are 2018 Edina High School graduates.
Robert Blanton is an entrepreneur and the owner of the Kiddie Academy of Edina (in the Pentagon Park neighborhood) since 2017. Robert moved to the Edina area after six seasons as a professional National Football League player, including four years as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Robert holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Miami School of Business Administration. Robert and his wife Erin live in Edina with their two children.
Sandy Bodeau is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty law firm. She practices in the areas of franchise law, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions. As an attorney, she enjoys problem solving to reach achievement of targeted goals.
Sandy and her spouse Geoff have four children, all of whom attended Edina Public Schools. Sandy has been very active in volunteering in fundraising, educational and service roles benefiting Edina High School, Valley View Middle School and Creek Valley Elementary School. She has also worked as a parent volunteer for band, cross country running, track, speech, debate, football, lacrosse, soccer and free-style skiing teams. In addition, Sandy has served on the Deer Lake Conservancy board. She and Geoff are members of Our Lady of Grace church in Edina.
Sandy holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Caroline leads Business Development for BeEvents an innovative event design company based in Northeast Minneapolis. Her background is in fundraising and event management. She has worked for foundations and nonprofits in Connecticut, Seattle and Minneapolis.
Caroline volunteers as a puppeteer for PACER Center, co-founded the Meal Fund for Edina Public Schools, and currently serves on the Legislative Action Committee for Edina Public Schools.
Caroline received her BA in English Literature from Union College in New York. She lives in the Country Club Neighborhood.
Steffen Hovard is the President of a global business unit of Coloplast, a Danish medical device company. In addition to twenty years of experience at Coloplast, Steffen serves on the board of directors of Medical Alley Association (the Minnesota-based association for companies in health innovation and care) and AdvaMed (the national medical device trade association).
He holds an MSc and two BAs from Copenhagen Business School.
Steffen, his wife Therese, and their three sons moved to Edina in 2011 and have fully embraced their new hometown and community. Residents of the Country Club neighborhood, they enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling the U.S. and internationally.
Jim Hovland, the Mayor of Edina, has served over 20 years on the Board. He is a partner in the Edina law firm of Hovland & Rasmus and a member of the I-494 Corridor Commission and the Regional Council of Mayors. He also belongs to the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and was recognized by the Edina Chamber of Commerce as its Business Person of the Year in 2004.
Jim lives with his wife LaRae, a French teacher, in West Edina. One of his two daughters lives in Edina, and his grandchildren attend Edina Public Schools.
Brad is an Investment Advisor and Partner in Tradition Wealth Management, with an office in the Centennial Lakes area. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services field, he has built lifelong, trusting relationships with individuals, corporate executives, and business owners that involve the full range of financial planning stages: wealth accumulation, wealth preservation, income creation, and wealth transfer strategies. Brad has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and the Accredited Asset Management designation from the College for Financial Planning.
Brad resides in the Highlands neighborhood of Edina with his wife and their two children. He has been serving his local community during the past year as a founder of Art of Edina and Tradition Pass It On in the ECF Community Impact Program.
Jody Kern is a Private Mortgage Banker with 25 years of experience in mortgage lending, including extensive relocation and construction lending. Jody is an active world traveler and also enjoys golf, hiking gardening and outdoor activities. She holds a masters in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas.
Jody is a member of the Rotary Club of Edina and an Edina Rotary Foundation board member. She has volunteered extensively, including serving on the boards of BATC-Housing First Minnesota Foundation, Cornerstone Advocacy Services, and the Southdale YMCA.
Rich Meyer became president of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in 2007. Previously, he was vice president of organizational advancement for Minnesota Masonic Homes and director of the Children's Theatre Company's development program. He has a B.S. in political science from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
His skills, experience, and interests include personnel and HR, nonprofit and community service, policy development, program evaluation, communications and PR, special events, fundraising and grant writing, outreach and advocacy.
Richard and his wife Annie live in Edina's Country Club neighborhood.
Abby Power is an experienced Management Consultant, Organizational Change Consultant, and Marketing Professional. In these roles, she has had extensive experience recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training recent undergraduate and graduate students. She recently joined College Bound Mentor, LLC, to head up its Minneapolis office. She is passionate about helping students prepare and position themselves for the future.
Abby holds a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She and her husband Doug live in Edina's Sunnyslope neighborhood.
Kara Rios has spent more than 20 years in various accounting, finance and operations executive roles, primarily in the health care industry. In her current role as CEO of delt, LLC, Kara is leading the launch of its first product—deltPRO, which is focused on improving how candidates are assessed for fit during the interview process. She has previously served as Chair of the Lawson's Legacy Golf Tournament for Children's Hospitals and Clinics Foundation from 2004-2011.
Kara has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas and lives in the Brookview Heights neighborhood with her daughter.
Elena Brito Sifferlin
Elena Brito Sifferlin is a licensed social worker and community volunteer dedicated to finding solutions to issues affecting gender and racial equity. As a Latina, she is especially devoted to supporting underrepresented communities. Elena recently served as Vice Chair of the Facilities Committee of the Edina Race and Equity Task Force. She is a trustee of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota where she is Vice Chair of the girlsBEST Committee. Previously she chaired its Governance Committee and served on the MN Girls Are Not For Sale Committee. Elena was a Life Skills Facilitator with the Jeremiah Program and a Racial Justice Facilitator and member of the Public Policy Committee with the YWCA of Minneapolis.
Elena graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration and a Master’s degree in Social Work.
Elena and her spouse Mark reside in the Arden Park neighborhood of Edina where they raised two daughters.
Rebecca Bell Sorensen
Rebecca is a Massachusetts native who moved to Edina 15 years ago following a career in cultural public relations and now helps transplants like herself make Minnesota home as a Relocation Specialist with M. Culligan & Associates. She lives for building community by creating opportunities to bring people together and is co-founder of the popular live music and storytelling series, Morningside After Dark. Mpls./St. Paul Magazine recognized her extensive involvement in charitable fundraising by describing her a "The Connector" in a 2011 cover story.
She and her family live in the Morningside neighborhood.
Dick Ward is Senior Vice President of Dougherty & Company and brings years of experience in the financial services industry, specifically in nonprofit organizations, banking, credit analysis, securities, and bonds. Dick holds a masters in business administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School and a bachelor’s from Drake University.
Dick is active in the Edina community, having served as Parish Trustee and a founder of the men’s club at Our Lady of Grace Church. He served as board member and President of the Edina Basketball Association. Dick also served several years as a youth basketball and football coach in Edina. Dick and his wife Susan live near Edina High School.