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Mill City Commons' leaders are dedicated to connecting you with resources to enjoy a strong community of members and programs.
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Sara Foster
Executive Director
Mary Texidor
Business and Member Services Administrator
Betsy Wray
Program and Events Manager
A native of northwestern Minnesota, Sara Foster now calls the Twin Cities home. Her experience includes more than twenty years of building relationships in long-term health care and at the University of Minnesota, most recently as a development officer. Sara lives in south Minneapolis with her husband Jason, their three kids, and two dogs. A proud alumna of the U of M, Sara earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in linguistics. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making music, and cooking with her husband. She is hoping to retire in the central Riverfront neighborhood someday.
Mary Texidor joined Mill City Commons with a background in public health education and social work. Mary has worked in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors before moving to the Minneapolis area and joining MCC. Mary is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former AmeriCorps Member, and has been actively involved as a volunteer for many organizations. Mary has her Master's degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Tulane University. She lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and their two children.
Betsy Wray is a former magazine editor and communications professional with more than 30 years’ experience, all in the food industry or media. She’s also been on several professional organization and volunteer boards, where she’s done everything from developing programming to serving as president. A lifelong Minneapolitan, Betsy and her husband live in an “heirloom” home built by her great-grandfather. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Iowa State University.

Village Board of Directors


Mill City Commons board members provide strategic leadership to help us stay a thriving Village.

Bob Callahan
Chair
Bob Callahan is a former HR professional with more than 30 years’ experience in a number of Honeywell divisions before retiring in 2000. And for the better part of the past 30 years, his avocation has been helping people navigate career transitions as a volunteer in a church job support group and after retiring, as a part-time career coach with Lee Hecht Harrison. In 2007 he and his wife, Carol Jordan, moved downtown from the suburbs and then joined MCC in 2010. Since moving downtown, Bob spends time volunteering as a Board member of the Friends of Minneapolis Central Library, and as a job change coach for HIRED and East Side Neighborhood Services. In addition to enjoying time with 4 grandchildren, membership in MCC has been an enriching part of his life.



Nancy Reed
Vice Chair

Nancy Reed has lived in the North Loop area since 1998 when she and her late husband bought a townhome at the Landings. She has decided to continue living in the riverfront area because of the many opportunities - such as friends, walking paths, restaurants, and most of all, the sense of community.  She joined Mill City Commons in 2015, which has added many dimensions to her life.  She looks forward to becoming more active in MCC and participating in initiatives so that all members can age well in grace and in optimal health.  

 

Nancy practiced as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner before working in management positions in public health, home health care, and other health care companies the last 15 years of her professional career. She has served on several boards of non-profit health care organizations.  She currently spends her time with volunteer activities, family, friends, and enjoying her relationships with three little grandsons.




Ginny Craig
Secretary
Ginny Craig spent most of her career with the Minneapolis Public Schools: English teacher, communications coordinator, and finally, liaison to the School Board and Assistant to the Superintendent.  Other careers included being executive director of People for Parks and running a small catering business.  Volunteer activities include serving as editor of community newspapers and the local League of Women Voters, board member and president of the Minneapolis Branch of the American Association of University Women, and tutoring at a Ascension School through Reading Partners.  She enjoys her seven grandchildren, yoga, time with friends, old and new, reading, cooking, and MahJongg. Ginny and husband, Will, love MCC because of its vibrant programming and meeting interesting new friends committed to urban life and aging with gusto!



Dick Kavaney
Treasurer
Dick Kavaney used his civil engineering and law degrees to create an interesting and rewarding career. His background includes revamping an atomic power plant; constructing Minute Man Missile structures; constructing structures on the Mississippi River and a tunnel under Lake Street from the river to Hiawatha. In law, Dick has represented matters involving the IDS Center in Minneapolis, a joint venture contract in the Sharjah on the Arabian Gulf and with the architect for the Mall of America. From 1997-2004, Dick was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota teaching Legal Issues for Construction Professionals.


Bill Davnie
Past Chair
Bill Davnie and his wife Charlotte have lived in The Carlyle since 2007, when Bill retired from twenty-seven years with the U.S. Foreign Service. During his career, Bill served principally in Southeast Asia and the former Soviet Union, as well as in Washington, and spent some time in Baghdad. They both have roots in Minnesota and Wisconsin, leading to the decision to move to Minneapolis. Since 2007, Bill has spoken frequently to community groups on foreign affairs topics through the Great Decisions program, managed the 2010 census office for the city of Minneapolis, and been involved in Presbyterian Church affairs. He currently works part-time for the Presbyterian church body in southeastern Minnesota. Charlotte and Bill have two daughters, one a nurse-educator in Florida and one with USAID in Sri Lanka. Twin granddaughters in Sri Lanka lead to frequent travel in that direction. Bill and Charlotte have found MCC to be a welcoming and stimulating community as they have built their new life in the Twin Cities.



Mary Bednarowski
Mary Bednarowski began her career teaching English at a junior high in Milwaukee where she encountered realities she hadn’t experienced at a Catholic girls’ school in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After moves to Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee again and back to Minneapolis in 1975, she spent 30 years on the faculty of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities teaching courses in American religious history and culture. Most of the board work she has done has focused on ecumenical and social justice organizations. She continues to be as intrigued by the mysteries of goodness as she is bewildered by the persistence of evil, a fact that no doubt explains her love of murder mysteries.

After buying a “practice” condominium in 2000, Mary and her husband moved downtown permanently in 2010. She rejoices at living long enough to hear her spouse Keith say, “You were right.” They love being near their daughter and her family and visiting their son and daughter-in-law in Washington, DC. Mary and Keith spend time in Florida and Wisconsin, alternating views of a little urban bayou with the waves of Lake Michigan. Because Mary inherited what her father called his “natural inability” at sports, her major form of exercise is walking, although this year—she says this every year—she's going to start yoga. Mary considers MCC one of the great benefits of living on the river. She recently came across a volume of essays on aging called Fierce with Reality, as good a way as she can think of to describe the individual stories, the inter-woven networks, and the larger community that make up our wonderful organization.


Pam Berkwitz
Pam Berkwitz and her husband Bob joined Mill City Commons when they moved downtown four years ago from St Louis Park. They live at Mill & Main West.

Pam retired as Clinical Social Worker/therapist from Jewish Family and Children’ Service. Her earlier career was in government relations and lobbying for Wells Fargo and others. She has been active in numerous community and political organizations for many years.

Pam loves the many activities of MCC, including Great Decisions, other presentations, Happy Hours, book clubs and Sunday Soirées. She notes that her favorite MCC time is meeting MCC friends while walking in the neighborhood.


Michael Brennan


Michael Brennan is native of Dublin, where he received his MD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He received residency and fellow training at Mayo Clinic before joining the consulting staff as an endocrinologist. He was a professor of medicine and served in several leadership positions including vice chair of the Department of Medicine, medical director of the Mayo Program in Professionalism and Values and as President of the Staff.

Following retirement in 2015, he and his wife Rebecca Bahn moved to Minneapolis and soon became members of Mill City Commons. They have four children and six grandchildren.

He serves on the board of the Washburn Center for Children and on the advisory board of the RCSI Medical School in Dublin.


Sonia Cairns
Before and since her retirement, Sonia Cairns “advanced” into social activism and interests focused on the mindful life. She formerly founded two Minnesota-based consulting firms, Moss Cairns and Marecek & Cairns. Both firms facilitated high-stakes conferences, critical conversations, and governance issues for national corporations, professional service firms, colleges/universities and large non-profits. Sonia has extensive background in nonprofit board work.

Sonia holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Design from the University of Minnesota. Sonia is a downhill skier, an avid mountain hiker, and along with her husband, a serious traveler and political activist. After decades of living in several homes, they saw the bright lights and the attraction of intentional aging with Mill City Commons and moved downtown. They have four adult children and their spouses and are proud grandparents of 11 “above average” grandchildren in Atlanta, Washington D.C., NYC, Palo Alto, Chicago, and Austin, Texas.


Keith Halperin

Keith Halperin is currently a Senior Partner for Korn Ferry Leadership Advisory business, thinking about retiring but not there yet.

Keith has been designing and conducting programs to enhance leadership skills in managers and executives worldwide for three decades. In addition, he designs leadership development systems for organizations as well as coaches individual executives and leadership teams. He has worked with senior leaders in a broad range of industries. Prior to Korn Ferry, Keith was the Senior Vice President of PDI Ninth House and the human resource planning and development manager for Honeywell.


He has served on the boards of directors for Instructional Systems Association, the Illusion Theater, Mill City Commons, and on the Governing Committee of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.


Keith has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. He teaches a leadership and strategy to graduate students, and Industrial Organizational Psychology to undergraduates.


He enjoys running, biking, theater, orchestra, and travel He has successfully not run a marathon.



Pat Hoven
Pat Hoven is a recent new neighbor in the Mill City district after being a resident of East Isles neighborhood for many years. Pat initiated the consulting business Corporate Community Partnerships after she had served in community and foundation positions at Honeywell. Her responsibilities at Honeywell for over twenty years included the Honeywell Foundation, Community Relations, Local Government Affairs and Social Responsibility.

Pat has served on the Board of many local and national nonprofits and remains active with several organizations. Community involvement is one of her passions as well as friends and family. Her volunteer work also includes volunteering in classrooms where her grandchildren attend school.

Mill City Commons has enriched her life educationally and socially and she thoroughly enjoys her involvement.


Barbara McBurney
Barbara McBurney has extensive experience in marketing including 16 years at Pillsbury as Manager of Sales Promotion followed by three years as Marketing Consultant. Barbara brings with her extensive nonprofit board experience including four terms as president of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts where she co-chaired a major capital campaign. At the Library Foundation of Hennepin County, she served on the board as president, chair and originator of PenPals. Barbara moved to the Riverfront in 2012 shortly after joining Mill City Commons.


David Plimpton

David Plimpton is a native Minnesotan, having been born in Rochester and growing up in the Wayzata/ Plymouth area. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota and he is a 1966 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. He and Susan married 41 years ago, having met after Susan moved to Minneapolis following graduate school to work in marketing at General Mills. They have two sons, one lives in London, UK, and one has recently moved back to Minneapolis.

He is a retired Internist/Gastroenterologist, having practiced at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital for 40 years. They joined Mill City Commons in December 2010, then moved into the Stone Arch Lofts one year ago, after many years of living in the Kenwood/Lowry Hill neighborhoods, to more fully share the enhanced socialization created by MCC.

His post-retirement interests focus on "stuffing the mind" and end of life issues, including choices.

Bob Whitlock

Bob Whitlock is Senior Counsel at Fredrikson & Byron law firm with extensive financial and banking experience. His nonprofit experience includes pro bono work with Phyllis Wheatley, Dignity Center and Veterans Standdown. Bob is enthusiastic about his membership in Mill City Commons and is especially interested in MCC’s role as a resource and expert on quality aging to better serve members as we build community and member connections. He is Chair of Lake Bank Shares and a member of the board of its subsidiary, Security Bank Minnesota and is a former Chairman of the Minneapolis Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Bob is in his ninth year as a consultant to the Northeast Bank board. Bob served in the active duty and reserve Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain.