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People Incorporated helped me to process my depression – to get out of my head and talk about it. That was so empowering.

— Maia

Board of Directors

Ken Duncan is Chair of the People Incorporated Board.

Bill Mahlum is Vice Chair of the People Incorporated Board.

Bob Hennessey is Secretary of the People Incorporated Board.

Marc Hadley is Treasurer of the People Incorporated Board.

Sr. Sue Ernster serves as the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, WI. 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 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.  She 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, MN.

Ellen 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.

Puspoki is the senior marketing consultant at Puspoki Consulting. She will use her education and years of experience to provide high quality health care and create a positive impact on people’s lives.

Nancy McKillips is serving as a return board member to People Incorporated.  She worked in marketing and development at Metropolitan State University for 25 years and retired in 2005.  Other boards served 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.  She was named the Outstanding Fundraiser for Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2005.  Her BA degree in Education and MA in Management for the University of Minnesota.  Her son, Dan is served by People Incorporated. 

Saunders earned an M.B.A. in Marketing and currently works at Blue Cross Blue Shield as a client executive. He will utilize his education and experience to bring quality and affordable health care to everyone.

Susan T. Rydell is a founder of Metropolitan State University where she has held a variety of faculty and administrative positions. She is a past-president of the Minnesota Psychological Association and currently oversees the association’s continuing education programs for psychologists and other mental health professionals.  She is a peer reviewer and team chair for the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Rydell holds a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Kyle 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.  Kyle has twelve plus years of practical knowledge managing a wide variety of class action and other complex litigation matters venued 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 Berkley Technology Underwriters, Kyle 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.

Ann is a retired physical therapist having worked for 30 years at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and Fairview facilities.  Ann worked in a variety of specialties, moving eventually to the neurological population and chronic disease, specifically multiple sclerosis the last 13 years of her career. She holds a BA from Southern Methodist University in political science, and a certificate in physical therapy from the University of Iowa.  She and her husband, John, have two sons; their older son is developmentally delayed with epilepsy, autism and depression.  This experience propelled Ann into the world of advocacy for the developmentally delayed, serving on the board of Northeast Residence, Inc., as well as advocating with Minnesota Families and Advocacy Coalition, an organization protecting the rights of the disabled population as the Olmstead Law is implemented in Minnesota.  Ann continues to volunteer at her church and with Global Minnesota, a non-profit connecting individuals, organizations, and communities to the world.

Wendy Waddell is a member of the People Incorporated Board.

Kathy Wellington retired as a Professor in the Department of Communication, Writing and the Arts at Metropolitan State University where she taught for 23 years. She 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.