Mental Health is Community Health

Give to People Incorporated!

There’s simply no better way to promote hope and independence for people with mental illnesses.

Give Today

Client Testimonial

I wanted to live. I just didn’t know how to. Without People Incorporated, I think I’d probably be dead somewhere. They cared about me when I didn’t even care about myself.

— Marlin

Board of Directors

Sr. Sue Ernster is Chair of the People Incorporated Board. Ernster serves as the Vice President for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin, which is a role she has held since 2013. Her responsibilities include the finances, investments and oversight of all of the facilities for the congregation. She serves on several other non-profit boards as well. Before becoming the Vice President for the FSPA, she served as a parish administrator in the Twin Cities for several years. Ernster has a BA in Accounting, from Loras College and practiced in public accounting for several years, attaining her CPA. She has a Masters’s in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Heidi L Fisher

Heidi L. Fisher is Vice-Chair of the People Incorporated Board. She was elected to the board in 2020. Fisher has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years with a focus on philanthropy. Fisher is currently serving as Director of Special Projects for Larson Companies. Fisher is a member of our board’s Finance and Development Committees. Having a passion for mental health and health equity, she became involved because she believes in the integrated and outcome-driven work of People Incorporated.

Fisher is an active member of St. Paul Rotary, currently serving as the Chair of the Membership and Club Experience team. Fisher received her B.S. degree in Learning and Cognitive Disabilities from UW-Eau Claire in 1990. She also holds an M.A. in Nonprofit Management and a Certificate of Advanced Public Administration from Hamline University.

Bob Hennessey is Secretary of the People Incorporated Board. Hennessey is a retired attorney of Lindquist & Vennum LLP.

Ken Duncan is Treasurer of the People Incorporated Board. Duncan is a retired Chief Financial Officer of the Homeownership Preservation Foundation. Duncan joined the board in 2013 and became board chair in 2015 — a role that he held until 2021. In 2019, he was named NonProfit Pro’s Board Member of the Year. His primary responsibilities include managing the governance structure, strategic leadership, executive consulting, and building the board’s learning and understanding and skills through continued education. Duncan’s instrumental leadership has fueled our organization’s growth, giving us the opportunity to take an even more introspective look at our mission, vision, and strategy for the future. Through his ability to bring in more resources, talent, and ideas, he has helped ensure our positive impact in the community will be sustained for the next 50 years. 

Jennifer B. Anderson is a member of the People Incorporated Board. She was elected to the board in 2020. Anderson has held various leadership roles throughout her career in finance. She is currently the President and Chief Financial Officer at Community Reinvestment Fund, USA – a company that is committed ‘to empower people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities through innovative financial solutions.’

Active in community service, Anderson serves on the Board of the Family Housing Fund as the Finance Committee Chair; a Board Member of the Twin Cities Land Bank, and a mentor at WomenVenture. Anderson earned her B.S. in economics with a mathematics emphasis from the University of Minnesota.

Ellen Ewald is a member of the People Incorporated Board. Ewald is skilled in seeing the overall position of an organization and in finding strategic ways to maximize opportunities. She is a co-owner of and executive advisor at Tysvar LLC and mobileAxept. She became involved with People Incorporated because she believes that our work reduces the suffering of those living with mental illness by providing practical, integrative and appropriate medical care, which gives hope and health to many in need. She is also committed to reducing the stigma often association with mental illness as well as supporting scientific research to help find better treatments and cures. As an experienced Mental Health First Aid trainer, she is committed to helping police officers, teachers, community leaders, politicians, people in service industries and non-profits, and others learn how to identify and assist people struggling with a mental health issue. Her goal is to help people understand that a mental illness is like a physical illness and requires understanding and treatment.

Other Boards served include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Alumni Association, M.I.T. Club of Minnesota and Norway, Norway House MN, University of Minnesota Neuroscience Advisory Committee, Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, and Minnesota Federal Court Merit Selection Panel. She earned a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in International Relations and Scandinavian Studies, and an M.S. from M.I.T. in Political Science.


Susan Bartlett Foote is a member of the People Incorporated Board. She was elected to the board in 2019. Foote is a Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she served as Head of the Health Policy and Management Division from 1999-2010.  She spent ten years in Washington DC as Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, counsel to the U.S. Senate on health policy, and as an independent consultant representing many health organizations on health policy issues. She has served on the board of a major hospital system and several medical technology companies. Widely published in the field of health policy, she is the author of The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions 1946-1954, the winner of the Minnesota Book Award.  She holds a JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.A. and M.A. in History from Case Western Reserve University.

Bill Frels is a member of the People Incorporated Board. Frels is a retired chairman of Mairs and Power, Inc., a respected leader in the national mutual fund world. Frels has a long track record of success in fund growth for Mairs and Power clients.

Karen Gulliver, Ph.D, is a member of the People Incorporated Board. She was elected to the board in the fall of 2018. Karen is a retired MBA Program Chair at Argosy University in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Humphrey McKenzie is a member of the People Incorporated Board. He was elected to the board in the fall of 2018. Since 2016, Humphrey has worked as the Audit Director of Operational Risk at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis. Humphrey works with other teams across Audit, providing additional thought leadership on Wells Fargo’s continued growth towards strengthening Operational Risk audit function. He has more than 20 years of demonstrated success in operational/enterprise risk management, audit and finance. Prior to Wells Fargo, Humphrey served as an Audit Manager, Director – Internal Audit, and Director – Operational Risk, with Ally Financial (formerly GMAC). He also worked at TCF Bank in the role of Audit Manager and Controller – North Star Title. Humphrey has an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. He also holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. Johns University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Nancy McKillips is a member of the People Incorporated Board. She worked in marketing and development at Metropolitan State University for 25 years and retired in 2005. Other boards she has served on are as follows: Junior League of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Rehabilitation Center, Friends of the Saint Paul Library, Voluntary Action Center, Ramsey County Historical Society and the Rotary Club of Saint Paul. McKillips was named the Outstanding Fundraiser for Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2005. She has a BA degree in Education and MA in Management from the University of Minnesota. 

Seth Paradis, Ph.D, is a member of the People Incorporated Board. He was elected to the board in the fall of 2018. Dr. Paradis is also the Chair of the Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science Department and founding Director of the Biokinetics program at Bethel University. Dr. Paradis and the program’s diverse healthcare faculty have built one of the fastest growing and top new revenues of Bethel University. The program is known for strategic cross-department curriculum, clinical hands-on work, award-winning student research, and strategic outreach that leads to top placement rates of employment and graduate school acceptance. Paradis has extensive consulting and research experience within injury prevention and the development of neuromuscular facilitation. He is starting to examine the body’s endocrine response to daily stress and how it relates to chronic disease and the dimensions of well-being.

Chad Saunders is a member of the People Incorporated Board. He earned an M.B.A. in Marketing and currently works at Blue Cross Blue Shield as a client executive. Saunders utilizes his education and experience to bring quality and affordable health care to everyone.

Trisha Stark

Trisha Stark joined the People Incorporated Board in 2021. She is a licensed psychologist and is active in advocacy at the state of Minnesota and national levels for quality mental health care. In addition to her doctorate in psychology, she has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School and a Master’s of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University of Chicago.

Kyle Thomas is a member of the People Incorporated Board. Thomas is a Senior Associate General Counsel at Optum, Inc. Thomas is a licensed attorney with more than twenty-one years of experience in all facets of civil litigation including legal analysis and research, trials, and appellate practice. He has twelve plus years of practical knowledge managing a wide variety of class action and other complex litigation matters throughout the United States of America. He has significant expertise in claims handling, litigation management, and with supervising claims adjusters in the resolution of professional errors and omissions claims. Prior to joining Berkeley Technology Underwriters,Thomas was corporate counsel for a national company where he gained valuable experience performing corporate governance and compliance audits and conducting investigations into data breach, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance matters.

Kathy Wellington, Ph.D, is a member of the People Incorporated Board. She is a retired Professor in the Department of Communication, Writing and the Arts at Metropolitan State University where she taught for 23 years. Dr. Wellington received her Ph.D in Education from the University of Minnesota. Kathy joined the People Incorporated Board in 2013 and is the Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Kathy has served on various boards and has participated in many community service initiatives, including the Park Bugle Board; St. Paul Central High School Foundation Board; Wellington Management Habitat for Humanity, Brush with Kindness day; Hmong American Partnership, literacy tutor; One Village Partners Education Committee and the St. Anthony Park Reflective Circle.