Board of Trustees

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is governed by its board of trustees. The board has fiduciary responsibility for the governance of the university.

Operationally, the board relies on a strong committee structure to oversee the important functions for which it is responsible. The president is the chief executive officer of the university and is also a trustee. The role of a trustee is not ceremonial. It involves serious work and a significant time commitment. The board meets three times a year for two days, on either the Winona or Twin Cities campus. Committees meet in conjunction with regular board meetings. The trustees are a highly accomplished, dedicated, and enthusiastic group of people who share a commitment to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Officers of the Board

Terry K. Russell '76
Mendota Heights, Minn.
Executive Vice President
Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC

Michael Laak '77, J.D.
Maple Grove, Minn.
Senior Legal Counsel
Medtronic, Inc.

Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D.
Winona, Minn.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Sandra (Kaiser) Simon CST'72
Jupiter, Fla.
KJ Investment LLC

Gregory Stevens '74
Roseville, Minn.
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Board Members

Jennifer Baryl '86
Chicago, Ill.
Vice President of Development
Kohl Children's Museum

Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC
Bronx, N.Y.

Mary Burrichter
Winona, Minn.

Robert Cerone '75
Wilmette, Ill.
Founder and CEO
Cognos HR, LLC

Mary Pat Cunningham Clasen '76
Sisters, Ore.

Brother Jack Curran, FSC, Ph.D.
Riverdale, N.Y.
Vice President for Mission
Manhattan College

John Domanico '77, DDS
LaGrange, Ill.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Brother Michael Fehrenbach
Burr Ridge, Ill.
Christian Brothers of the Midwest

Raffi Festekjian
Winchester, Mass.
Executive Chairman- Managing Partner
Empyrean and Nuarca

Marilyn Frost, Ph.D.
Winona, Minn.
Retired Faculty Member and Administrator
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Bobbie Smith Gostout '83
Rochester, Minn.
Mayo Clinic Health System

Roger S. Haydock '67, J.D.
Spearfish, S.D.
Professor of Law
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

James Horan '72
Chicago, Ill.
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Plate Catering

Mark Jacobs
Winona, Minn.
Chief Executive Officer
The Watkins Co.

Amy Johnson '93, J.D.
Monee, Ill.
HeplerBroom, LLC

Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC
Chicago, Ill.
Director of the Novitiate
Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN)

Brother Michael J. McGinniss, FSC, Ph.D.
Philadelphia, Penn.
President Emeritus and Professor of Religion
La Salle University

Brother Michael O'Hern, FSC
New York, N.Y.
President Emeritus
Christian Brothers Investment Services

Kaye O’Leary
Wayata, Minn.
River Rock Partners

John Smarrelli, Jr., Ph.D.
Cherry Hill, N.J.
President Emeritus of
Christian Brothers University

Angela Steger '76
Wilmette, Ill.
Retired, Financial Representative
Rabjohns Financial Group

Ann (O'Connor) Trauscht '77, M.D.
Mundelein, Ill.
Advocate Occupational Health

Marcy Van Fossen, Ph.D.
Winona, Minn.

John Wade '86
Rochester, Minn.

Mary Pat (Navins) Wlazik '73
Plymouth, Minn.
Retired, Vice President
U.S. Bank Technology and Operations Services

Trustees Emeriti

Michael Gostomski '62
Winona, Minn.

Thomas F. Meagher '53
Burr Ridge, Ill.

Joseph Ross '67
Bonita Springs, Fla.

Loras "Red" Sieve '60
Edina, Minn.

David Thies '59
Edina, Minn.

Bernie Wagnild
Minneapolis, Minn.

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