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Staff Testimonial

People Incorporated really is focused on People – clients as well as staff!

— Robert, Mental Health Professional

Board of Directors

Ken Duncan is Chair 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. 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. 

Bill Mahlum is Vice Chair of the People Incorporated Board. He is a retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Ever-Green Energy.

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

Marc Hadley is Treasurer of the People Incorporated Board. Hadley is a financial adviser and the Senior Managing Director at Nicollet Investment Management. He helps clients in the areas of retirement planning, investment planning, college funding, estate and tax planning.

Sr. Sue Ernster is a member of the People Incorporated Board. Ernster serves as the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer 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 Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer 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 in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s University in Collegeville, 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.


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.

Kelly Puspoki is a member of the People Incorporated Board. Puspoki is the senior marketing consultant at Puspoki Consulting. She utilizes her education and years of experience to provide high quality health care, which creates a positive impact on people’s lives.



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.

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.

Sherry Walling, Ph.D, is a member of the People Incorporated Board. She was elected to the board in 2019. Dr. Walling has a long history of helping people find clarity, health and connection as a clinical licensed psychologist, author, and founder of ZenFounder, LLC. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and Fuller School of Psychology. She has a Ph.D in clinical psychology and master’s degrees in both psychology and theology. Dr. Walling completed a predoctoral fellowship in clinical research at Yale University School of Medicine. She then went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder which is affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine. She is an expert in treating trauma and stress-related problems. Dr. Walling has held faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, at the California School of Professional Psychology, Azusa Pacific University, and Fresno Pacific University. She is published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals.

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.