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Young Professionals Board Members

Lindsay Krempely, President

Lindsay Krempely works at Thrivent Financial and is currently serving as an executive on loan with focus on strategic execution for a new anti-trafficking initiative in Minneapolis while additionally functioning as the Director of the Off the Streets 5K. Over the years she has worked on a variety of new business ventures as well as both early stage and established nonprofit boards. Lindsay received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. A passionate humanitarian and world traveler, her life’s purpose is to move the dial globally on the eradication of violence against women and children. It is that same passion which brings her to advocate for Cornerstone, drawn to it by their proven track record of bringing about systemic and lasting change for what are truly complex, challenging and noble causes.

Julia Reiland, Vice President

Julia Reiland is an attorney at Gray Plant Mooty in the Health Law and Nonprofit Organizations practice group. She counsels providers on HIPAA and state privacy, confidentiality, reimbursement, enrollment, and participation issues. Julia also advises a variety of nonprofit organizations on governance, contracting, and other matters. Julia attended the University of Minnesota and received a BA in psychology and sociology. Following undergrad, she worked as a mental health practitioner for Nystrom and Associates. In this role she referred numerous clients to Cornerstone and witnessed firsthand how influential Cornerstone can be for an individual and a community. Julia graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014.

Alexandra Williams, Treasurer

Alexandra is an Associate Accountant at Bridgewater Bank. She attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and received her BS in Economics and Business Administration. Alexandra was introduced to Cornerstone in 2015, initially volunteering in child care. After learning about all of the resources and services Cornerstone provides, she became interested in ways she could be an advocate for Cornerstone’s mission. She is committed to creating communities without sexual and domestic violence.

Hillary Pountney, Secretary

Hillary Pountney is a Supply Chain Consultant for a division of C.H. Robinson. Her corporate logistics experience at a large retailer fueled her passion to focus her efforts in the specifics of Transportation. Hillary attended Michigan State University where she received a BS in Food Marketing as a 3rd generation Spartan. Her involvement at Cornerstone started through a former business partner, and has since grown to give her rewarding purpose. The relationships, knowledge, and personal growth Cornerstone has indirectly provided her thus far drives her to continue and more passionately share and participate in their mission.

Julia Breyer, Resource Development Lead

Julia Breyer is an independent business consultant. She specializes in business analysis, process improvement, and program management.  Former roles have included project portfolio manager, program manager, and business analyst in a large healthcare, not-for-profit organization. She earned a MBA with an emphasis in strategy from Carlson School of Management and a BA in Business Administration from Augsburg College. Julia has been involved with Cornerstone since 2015.

Chet Funk, Recruitment Lead

Chet Funk is the Director of Property Development for The Reserve, a professional shared office space. In addition, Chet is an active investor and property manager in multi-family residential properties. Chet attended the University of Minnesota and received a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. Chet was introduced to Cornerstone in 2013, and he and his wife spent two years volunteering in child care. Having been deeply impacted by the need that Cornerstone is addressing in this city, he looks forward to continuing to serve the mission of Cornerstone on the YPB.

Samantha Mehrotra, Marketing Lead

Samantha Mehrotra works for Weber Shandwick as an Account Supervisor in the Corporate Affairs practice. Before working in PR, she spent three years as a news anchor in North Dakota and Minnesota. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2009 with a degree in political science and media studies. Um Ya Ya!

Stephanie Altman, member at large

Stephanie is a Trade Planning Associate at General Mills and works in Golden Valley, MN. Stephanie received her BA in Business Administration at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Kate Fay, member at large 

Kate Fay is a Case Coordinator for two alternative high schools in south Minneapolis. Kate is employed by PPL and has over 10 years experience in the social services field in Minneapolis. Kate graduated with a BS in Human Services from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Kate has been involved with Cornerstone since 2015. Kate has public speaking experience about domestic violence as well as group facilitation experience around dating violence and healthy relationships.

Vanessa Graetz, member at large

Vanessa Graetz is the Online Engagement Manager at Twin Cities In Motion. She manages social media strategy and various marketing tactics for TCM’s 21 year-round running and fitness events. Vanessa graduated from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. She was first introduced to Cornerstone by the Holiday Box a coworker brought to the office in November 2014 and has been involved with Cornerstone ever since.

Briana Ludwig, member at large

Briana Ludwig is a Paralegal for a private law firm in Downtown Minneapolis where they primarily practice School Law, Municipal Law, Environmental Law and Land use as well as Investigations. She attended the University of St. Thomas and received a BA in English and continued her education at Hamline University where she received her American Bar Association approved Paralegal Certificate. Briana was introduced to Cornerstone in 2013 because she was invited to attend one of their annual breakfasts and decided to stay connected to the organization through their adopt a family program for Christmas. After working for and with several different non profit organizations throughout the Twin Cities she decided that her passion was to be involved with organizations that are making a difference in her community. She believes strongly in the importance of the services Cornerstone provides and wanted to get more involved, and that’s why she decided to join Cornerstone’s Board of Young Professionals.

Keziah Ojika, member at large

Keziah Ojika is a Community Partnership Team Lead with the Girl Scouts of River Valleys ConnectZ program. The ConnectZ program developed in response to the need to reach more girls in diverse and low-income communities when their need for positive role models is vital. Keziah works in a capacity building role developing standard operating procedures, managing the department cookie program and supporting event planning. She attended the University of Southern California where she earned a BA is Communication and a minor in Spanish and is currently in grad school at Hamline University to obtain a Master’s of Nonprofit Management. Keziah is passionate about building stronger communities and supporting families who need it the most. That’s why she decided to join Cornerstone’s YPB.

Sara Parke, member at large

Sara Parke is a young professional in the fine jewelry industry, specializing in accounting administration at JB Hudson. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. Sara has served as an advocate for victims rights and has worked to update the resources available to individuals who’ve suffered from abuse. 

Marion Parke, member at large

Dr. Marion Parke is a podiatric surgeon and luxury footwear designer. After completing her surgical training in South Florida in 2012 and practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, her husband’s professional opportunities lead her and her family to the Twin Cities in 2013. Dr. Parke is the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Marion Designs, LLC, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Member At Large on the Minnesota Board of Podiatric Medicine. Since joining the Minneapolis community, Dr. Parke and her family have been enthusiastic supporters of Cornerstone and its mission.

Colleen Ritchie, member at large

Colleen Ritchie is an attorney at US Bancorp specializing in International Anti-money Laundering compliance. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in marketing and continued on to law school and the University of St. Thomas. During this time Colleen volunteered with various organizations with missions that align with Cornerstone and became passionate about this cause. She is excited to join an organization with such a great impact in our community.

Matt Steele, member at large

Matt Steele is a Leadership Assistant in the Minnesota Senate where he provides counsel as well as research on legislative proposals and meets with stakeholders to develop policy. Matt attended the University of Minnesota and received an undergraduate degree in political science and history as well as a graduate degree in public policy. Matt was introduced to Cornerstone in 2013 while working with a local anti-human trafficking organization and joined the YPB to help create communities free of sexual violence.”

Alexis Steward, member at large

Alexis is an Account Executive at Futura Marketing in Eden Prairie, MN. She received her BA in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago and earned her MBA (with an emphasis in Project Management) through Lakeland University. When Alexis first learned of Cornerstone in the fall of 2016, she was immediately inspired and enthused by the opportunity to advocate on behalf of Cornerstone –  and those who benefit from it’s services – in any way she was able.