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Young Professionals Board Members

Lindsay Krempely, President

Lindsay Krempely is a Project Associate at Thrivent Financial. During her time there she has served on several new ventures, most pertinently the launch of their business incubation unit’s internal board where she led the planning and early management of all functions and facets therein. 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. It is that same passion which brings her to advocate for Cornerstone, for the impact they have in the communities they serve and their example for how to bring about lasting change for truly challenging and noble causes.

Julia Rieland, Vice President

Julia Rieland 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 Account Executive 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.

Shae Lambert, Secretary

Shae is a Customer Care Specialist at MidCountry Bank and works at the headquarters in Bloomington, MN. Shae received her BA in History at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is in the process of applying for a Public Policy and Administration Masters program. Shae has been involved with Cornerstone since January 2015. She started working at the Tuesday night dinners preparing and serving meals and also helping with miscellaneous events. Currently she volunteers in the day care center Tuesday evenings. Shae also attended all 52 hours of advocacy training and received her certification.

Julie Harper

Julie Harper is a singer/songwriter and consultant for the mission of L.A. based Beautycounter.  She attended the University of MN and the McNally Smith College of Music, where she received a degree in vocal performance.  In 2015 Julie founded I AM HER, a brand and social movement that strives to unite and empower women through the struggles we all face.  She was introduced to Cornerstone at the 2015 breakfast, and was deeply impacted by the brave individuals who shared their stories, along with the ability to relate through her own personal experiences. Julie feels passionate about the mission of Cornerstone, and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve and be a part of the love and healing that Cornerstone is committed to.

Julia Breyer, member at large

Julia Breyer is Project Portfolio Manager at Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, a global nonprofit helping patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases in need of a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. She has held roles in program management, business analysis and talent management. 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.

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. 

Chet Funk, member at large

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.

Vanessa Graetz, member at large

Vanessa Graetz is the Online Engagement Manager at Twin Cities In Motion, organizers of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. She manages social media strategy and execution, website content, and directs various marketing tactics for TCM’s 21 year-round events. Vanessa attended the University of Northwestern – St. Paul and received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Vanessa was introduced to Cornerstone by the Holiday Box a coworker brought to the office each November. After donating and being invited to a few of the annual Cornerstone breakfasts, she learned about their efforts to provide a safe place for families and children dealing with domestic abuse. It was an easy decision to become more involved and join the Young Professionals Board.

Samantha MehrotraLead – Marketing Committee

Samantha Mehrotra works for Weber Shandwick as a Senior Account Executive, where she provides PR and communications counsel to financial service clients across the country. 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!

Keziah Ojikamember at large 

Keziah Ojika is a Community Partnership Specialist 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. 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.

Marion Parkemember 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.

Hillary PountneyLead – Resource Development Committee

Hillary Pountney is a Supply Chain Consultant at CH Robinson. She gained most of her logistics experience working at the corporate office of a large retailer, but has since focused her efforts in the specifics of Transportation. Hillary attended Michigan State University and received a BS in Food Marketing. Hillary is fairly new to Cornerstone. Through a former business partner, she learned about Cornerstone and their involvement and influence in the metro communities. From there, she learned how to increase her individual efforts and found a passion for spreading knowledge about Cornerstone from increased personal awareness.

Jessica Walburg, member at large

Jessica is a Human Resources Specialist at St. Paul based company, Ergodyne. Jessica is passionate about developing and supporting a high performance culture at Ergodyne along with promoting individual empowerment and the ongoing development of creating a superior workforce. Jessica recently received her Masters Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Cornell and also holds a degree in Music from St. Cloud State University. Jessica is volunteering at Cornerstone because she wants to make a difference “rebuilding lives and restoring hope” of women who are affected by interpersonal violence. Jessica learned about Cornerstone through her older sister who currently serves on the Board of Directors and instantly knew she would be a valuable asset to the Young Professionals Board.