Meet Our Staff
At the Edina Community Foundation, you’ll meet professionals who are accomplished in many ways, from education to professional achievements. Though we have varying backgrounds and skill sets, we all share a deep commitment to the Edina community, as well as passion and enthusiasm for the work we do.
Dick Crockett, Executive Director
Dick began his career in the nonprofit sector with his work as in-house legal counsel at North Dakota State University in the 1970's and 1980's. He continued his work as a higher education attorney with a law firm in Syracuse during the 1990's, and finally with Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis from 1999 through 2003.
Dick has enjoyed participating in many community nonprofit organizations and foundations in North Dakota, New York, and Minnesota through board leadership positions, as legal counsel and as a volunteer consultant on organizational development and strategic planning issues. This included service on the Board of Governors and as Chair of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, as well as Board service with the North Dakota State University Development Foundation, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry Foundation, and the Gray Plant Mooty Foundation.
This experience in the nonprofit and foundation world led to a career transition in March 2003 to a new position as the Executive Director of the Edina Community Foundation and the challenge of working with the Foundation's Board of Directors to enhance its positive impact in the Edina community.
Dick is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and Stanford Law School, and he has completed a Harvard University Institute in Educational Leadership and the University of St. Thomas Institute in Executive Director Leadership. He lives in Edina's Killarney Shores neighborhood with his wife Suzie, and their family includes two sons, their wives and six grandchildren.
Edie Opdahl, Donor Services and Office Manager
Edie joined the staff at the Edina Community Foundation in September 2012.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University and is a former elementary school teacher. Edie has enjoyed applying her organizational and managerial skills at home and in various volunteer organizations, most notably Moms In Prayer International and the Minneapolis Southwest High School Lakers Baseball Boosters. She and her husband Steve have five children.
Tina Bohrer, Communications
Tina is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA from the School of Journalism. She brings communications experience from two Twin Cities non profit organizations as well as the University of Minnesota.
An Edina resident since 2000, Tina has served on the board of the Westwood Women's golf league at Braemar and has volunteered extensively in the Edina School District. Tina was a six-term board member of the Edina Parent Communications Network (PCN) and has volunteered at Countryside Elementary, Valley View, and Edina High School. Tina has two children, one a recent graduate of EHS.
Patty Dronen, Connecting with Kids, Edina Challenge
Patty has lived in Edina for 20 years with her husband Dave, son (Junior at the University of North Dakota) and daughter (Freshman at the University of Minnesota). Soon after moving to Edina, she became the administrator of the Edina Baseball Association which segued into a similar position with the Edina Basketball Association, where she spent 16 years. Patty also does administrative work for the Edina Athletic Booster Club and the high school baseball team.
Patty was active in PTO leadership when her kids were at Countryside Elementary and was on the planning committee for the 2016 and 2018 EHS senior parties.
Patty leads the Connecting with Kids Program and the Edina Challenge.
Annie Schilling, Development
Annie Schilling joins the staff of the Edina Community Foundation bringing a background in corporate sales and marketing as well as experience as a local entrepreneur. Annie most recently served as the Program Director of Edina's Historic Cahill School. That position allowed her the honor of being named a "Hometown Hero" by the City of Edina. In addition to her career work, she has extensive volunteer experience with the Edina School District's "Art Explorers" program and within her faith community. Annie was appointed by the Edina City Council in 2018 to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission.
Annie is proud to call the city of Edina home along with her husband and two daughters. Her oldest daughter is a graduate of Edina High School, and her youngest daughter attends Edina High School. Annie is thrilled to be able to contribute to the community through her work at the Edina Community Foundation.