A program of the Blandin Foundation

Staff

Blandin Community Leadership Programs are carried out by a dedicated team of Blandin Foundation staff.

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Shangreaux, Valerie

Director of Leadership

Direct: (218) 327-8710

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Valerie directs the Foundation’s Leadership program area, which has served more than 6,500 rural leaders in over 400 rural Minnesota communities for over 25 years. Valerie most recently worked with the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program on the Oklahoma State campus in Stillwater, Okla. She also has b…

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Adams, Becky

Recruitment Coordinator - Leadership

Direct: (218) 327-8736

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Becky has been an employee of the Blandin Foundation since January 2004. She has been a member of the Foundation’s leadership team where she is currently responsible for managing the design and implementation of recruitment for the all Blandin Foundation community leadership training programs. She spends many hours traveling the state of Minnesota getting to know rural communities. …

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Bahr, Malissa

Sr. Training and Curriculum Design Manager - Leadership

Direct: (218) 327-8715

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Malissa has been on staff with the leadership program since 1999. Currently she is responsible for the development, design, and implementation of the Blandin Foundation leadership programs. Additionally, Malissa manages and coordinates activities of internal and external program consultants, and she has been a trainer with leadership since 2003. Prior to working with the Blandin Foundatio…

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Morque, Senja

Recruitment Assistant - Leadership

Direct: (218) 327-8732

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Senja provides support to all Blandin Foundation leadership programs in the areas of recruitment: data entry, assisting with recruitment program development and design, coordinating off-site facilities for recruitment meetings, and communicating program information to alumni, community leaders and participants. Along with Becky Adams, she also facilitates community leadership meetings. S…

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Sippola, Tom

Multi-Media Assistant - Leadership

Direct: (218) 327-8737

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As a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, Tom handles the layout and design of training materials, preparation and implementation of multimedia content and assists in the production and execution of training programs. He also is responsible for working with training staff and participants throughout the process of carrying out our leadership training programs. Tom earned a …

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Smith, Amber

Production Assistant - Leadership

Direct: (218) 327-8745

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As a member of the Foundation’s Leadership team, Amber provides advanced administrative support for all community leadership training programs. This includes program development and design as well as ensuring program logistics and materials are delivered appropriately. She also communicates with over 300 Leadership program participants each year to ensure that their needs, expectati…

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Smith, Michele

Program Assistant, Business - Leadership

Direct: (218) 327-8735

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Michele handles the business side of the leadership training programs. She coordinates logistics for all off-site training facilities, manages accounts payable, and develops and monitors program budgets. She also provides administrative support to the leadership program director. Michele earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a minor in communications, from the University of Minne…

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Weyer, John

Data Systems Coordinator

Direct: (218) 327-8727

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As a member of the Foundation’s Leadership team, John handles the installation, configuration, development, administration, monitoring, and maintenance of the Foundation’s data systems. He is also is responsible for the access and integrity of data contained in those systems. John earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from St. Cloud State University. He lives in Hill C…

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