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Young Professionals Board Members

Hillary Pountney, President

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.

Allissa Erdmann, Vice President

Allissa is employed at Thomson Reuters as a financial analyst and volunteer at Cornerstone in childcare. I’m passionate about equal opportunities specifically related to women and underprivileged children.

Zackary Leslie, Treasurer

Zackary grew up in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and moved down to the Twin Cities where he recently graduated from the Carlson School of Management. He works as a Business Analyst for Optum and part-time as an Usher for the Fitzgerald Theater. He keeps himself busy indulging in fantasy and sci-fi novels and tv shows and volunteering for social justice causes.

Sarah Bassett-Kim, Secretary

Sarah Bassett-Kim is the Learning and Development Manager at Foss Swim School, where she develops and implements training curriculum to best support staff effectiveness across all 16 (and counting!) FOSS schools.  Sarah earned her graduate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota, and her undergraduate degree in music and English education from St. Olaf College.  Sarah believes in and is excited to support Cornerstone’s efforts to make our community a safer place without violence.

Kaity Berg, member at large

Hana Brodeur, member at large

Hana Brodeur grew up in Cass Lake, MN and received a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She now lives in St. Paul and is a Recruiting Manager for Robert Half Finance & Accounting in Bloomington, MN. She loves helping both accounting candidates with their career goals and clients with their hiring needs on a direct-hire basis. In her personal life she is a cat mom and an identical twin with great passion for nature, guitar, EDM, poetry, essential oils, fitness, food, meditation, and family. When Hana learned about Cornerstone from a coworker she got involved right away, first attending Cornerstone’s annual breakfast and later volunteering for Make-A-Meal and attending the Bauhaus Brewery fundraiser. As a survivor of rape, emotional abuse, and domestic assault, Hana felt strongly motivated to become a part of Cornerstone in any way possible. She admits she feels lucky to be where she is at in life, having been on the receiving end of services like Cornerstone’s when she needed it most. When her coworker told her about the Youth Professionals Board she jumped at the opportunity to get involved even further. She is excited to give to the community and to help spread the word about Cornerstone’s mission, services, and resources.

Makara Fairman, member at large

Makara has always been interested in domestic and sexual assault issues. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Women and Gender Studies, as well as a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. She has worked individually with survivors of sexual assault and is very passionate about domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. She has volunteered at Cornerstone through various community groups and looks forward to getting involved at a deeper level.

Laura Fagen, member at large

Laura Lyndall Fagen is a digital marketing specialist and storyteller who moved to Minneapolis in 2016 from Kansas City. She currently works at Hennepin Theatre Trust, where leads and implements email, website and social media content for all Trust activities. Laura holds a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in digital content strategy and she graduated in 2015 from the University of Kansas with degrees in strategic communications and theatre, and was named a 2015-2016 University of Kansas Woman of Distinction. Laura has volunteered directly in with survivors of domestic violence and has seen the impact organizations like Cornerstone can make for families firsthand.

Jennifer Getter, member at large

Jen grew up in Lakeville, MN and graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Biology and Religion. In addition to being a busy mom of two young kids (and another on the way!) she works at St. Paul Radiology as the Client Operations Manager. Jen was introduced to Cornerstone by a friend who works for the organization and strongly believes in Cornerstone’s goal to reduce domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking within our community, which is what motivated her to become a part of their mission.

Elena Gustafson, member at large

Lauren Kraemer, member at large

DyeShia Lee, member at large

DyeShia is a full-time student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He is currently serving in the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Simultaneous Membership Program Cadet. Upon graduating with my bachelor’s DyeShia will be commissioning into the MN Army National Guard as a 2nd Lieutenant. Some hobbies are playing guitar, singing, and playing volleyball. DyeShia is excited to be a part of the YPB for Cornerstone and making a difference in the community!

Laura Linder-Scholer, member at large

Laura Linder-Scholer is the Campus Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Coordinator at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. In her work, she provides colleges and universities across the state with guidance and coordination around issues of sexual violence prevention and Title IX–often referring survivors and professionals to Cornerstone as a resource. Laura is deeply grateful for the important services Cornerstone provides to our community, and has witnessed the organization’s positive impact in action. Laura holds a BA in English from St. Olaf College, an MA in English from Marquette University, and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

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.

Kaleb McCulloch, member at large

Kaleb is a recent graduate from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and currently works at SFM Mutual Insurance as a Claims Representative. He hopes to move into the policy/compliance world when he grows up. 

Emily Niles, member at large

Emily Niles is a trial attorney at Robins Kaplan LLP in the Intellectual Property and Technology group. She received a J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Before that, Emily received a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Regis University. She also worked as a neuropsychology technician performing cognitive and psychological examinations at National Jewish Health. Emily believes that offering resources and support can improve the lives of individuals and the greater community. She is excited to support Cornerstone’s work through the Young Professionals Board.

Mary Palin, member at large

Mary is a Minnesota native and enthusiast.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations at Winona State University.  She is currently employed at St. Catherine University and is also attending school at St. Kate’s in the Master of Public Health program.  Within public health, she is interested in women’s health and safety, LGBTQ health and health equity, environmental health and infectious disease.  Mary is very active in volunteering in the Twin Cities and is excited to join Cornerstone’s young professionals board to reach out to and work with a community of people. 

Jacqueline Phanthavong, member at large

Jacqueline attended St. Catherine University, and while she majored in Accounting, thoroughly studied social justice and women’s studies. She working at Robert Half and she oversees two teams specializing in Direct Hire permanent placements, which is where she met the ED at EVOLVE and became a Board Member, now Chair. Her life passion is to give back to the community in areas she feel deeply about.

Kelsey Polcher, member at large

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.

Laura Sand, member at large

Laura Sand is a Senior Associate of Corporate Business Development at UnitedHealth Group. In her current role she is responsible for advancing enterprise-wide strategic initiatives, including mergers & acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, and long-range business plan development. Prior to her current role, Laura made stock investment recommendations to institutional investors as an Equity Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray. Laura received a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management from the University of St. Thomas.

Kate Schmidt, member at large

Kate is employed through Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis as the Children and Family Service Division’s Innovation Team Lead, where she works to design and develop trauma-informed programs for the children and families that Catholic Charities serves. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of MN, has her LICSW, and is a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. Her background is in providing trauma-focused therapy to children and families and in non-profit management. She is passionate about serving and advocating for those who have suffered from sexual violence and is passionate about supporting the services that Cornerstone provides.

Katie Sonnenburg, member at large

Katie is a Global Mobility Specialist at Plus Relocation in St. Louis Park. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BS in Business Management. Cornerstone is such a great organization and Katie is excited to be a member of the YPB. She looks forward to being able to give back to the community.

Krystina Stanley, member at large

Krystina is an Accounting Specialist and Licensed Cosmetologist. She received her business degree from Minnesota School of Business and works at Swanson & Youngdale in St. Louis Park. Krystina is a natural reformer and enthusiast. She is passionate about her humanitarian efforts and finds herself within her element when these efforts call for leadership or additional initiative. Her belief is that nothing is impossible and the power of love has made way for positive changes in both her life and others around her. 

Jason Stewart, member at large

Jason is an Events Coordinator at the Greater Twin Cities United Way where he manages donor stewardship and volunteer engagement events for the 9-county community. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH with a degree in sociology. He also serves as the District Administrator for the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Circle K, a collegiate club sponsored by Kiwanis International that focus on service to the community. Developing leadership skills, and providing fellowship opportunities. Jason is excited to bring his passion for volunteerism and event management to the Cornerstone YPB!

Ashley Tilley, member at large

Ashley Tilley is an Outreach Coordinator at the National Scholastic Press Association. She has worked for non-profits all of her adult life and is passionate about community service. When she is not at work, Ashley loves to spend time with her son, in nature and volunteering in the community.

Veronica Williams, member at large

Veronica is the Annual Giving Manager at CaringBridge, where she develops and leads a comprehensive annual giving program. Veronica attended Hamline University and earned her Master of Nonprofit Management degree. Following graduate school, she received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification. Veronica is passionate about making her community a safe place with a path to healing and hope for everyone. Veronica is also a Community Partner with Social Venture Partners Minnesota (SVP) an accelerator that works alongside innovative nonprofits that support underserved teens in the seven-county metro area.