ST PAUL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Learn more about our board and their roles.

Andrew Elofson
Chairman of the Board / Founder

Andrew Elofson, the founder of PCs for People, has worked as a licensed social worker for Blue Earth County for over 25 years. In this time, Andrew has developed an expertise in the areas of Youth Development, Child Mental Health, Adult Mental Health, and is currently working with adults and families who are homeless. Andrew utilizes his efforts as a social worker to help distribute computers to those most in need. Andrew has a Masters degree in Education and lives in St. Peter MN with his wife and 6 children. In 1998, Blue Earth County gave Andrew the first computer to be donated. After 4 months, 30 more computers were donated and Andrew knew he needed help to grow the program. He obtained a county-owned house, developed relationships throughout the community, found a group of interested high school students and established PCs for People. Since then, PCs For People has donated thousands of computers to those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to easily access technology and own a computer.

John Burns
Vice Chairman

John Burns is currently a professor at South Central Community College in North Mankato, MN. John specializes in computer security, networking, hardware and software. John currently lives in Mankato with his daughter.

Jeff Shellberg
Treasurer

Mr. Shellberg is a founder of the Company and founding director of the board. He has worked in the regulatory and commercial banking industry for over 30 years. As Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Mr. Shellberg is responsible for all aspects of the Bank’s credit policies and risk management systems. Prior to 2013, Mr. Shellberg oversaw the lending division in addition to his responsibilities as Chief Credit Officer. He currently chairs the loan and appraisal committees and plays an integral role in credit actions on the Bank’s largest lending relationships. He serves as the primary contact with all regulatory agencies. Mr. Shellberg’s extensive experience in community banking includes strategic planning, policy formation, risk management, asset and liability management, as well as external/internal audit. Prior to joining Bridgewater Bank, Mr. Shellberg was Senior Vice President of Klein Bank and began his banking career at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1985, where he worked for 15 years. He is a frequent guest
panelist at commercial real estate forums across the Twin Cities. Mr. Shellberg received his B.S. from Iowa State University and is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Boulder.

Srilekha Akula
Board member

Srilekha Akula is currently with UnitedHealth Group (Optum) as Director of PMO, Shared Services. Srilekha started her career as a Software Engineer and now enjoys strategic problem solving and bringing order to the chaos in software development. Srilekha finds giving back to the community fulfilling. She lives in Shakopee with her husband and two daughters.

Zeb Anderson
Board Member

Zeb Anderson is currently in the Corporate Strategy / Channel Management function of Medtronic PLC where he uses data analytics to drive strategic insights. He has a Juris Doctor and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Information Systems Auditor with a passion for strategy, data, security, and process efficiency. He lives in NE Minneapolis and loves walks through the neighborhood with his wife and kids.

Adrianne Benton Furniss
Board member

Adrianne is Executive Director, Board Member and Trustee of the Benton Foundation, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, IL.Benton believes that communications policy rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity has the power to deliver new opportunities, strengthen communities, and enliven democracy. Benton experts make knowledge and analysis accessible to include more people in communications policymaking.

Adrianne spent her professional career in the media business, specializing in distribution and marketing strategies, management, strategic planning and acquisitions. For 13 years, she worked at Chicago-based Home Vision Entertainment (HVe), a publisher and distributor of classic and independent films on DVD. She rose from Executive Vice President to President/CEO and majority owner before selling the business in 2005. Before that, Adrianne spent fourteen years in New York City, the last eight traveling the world for Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) where she served as VP of International Television

Bill Coleman
Board member

Bill Coleman leads Community Technology Advisors, a consultancy focused on community broadband and economic development services.  With his advice and facilitation, community-based leadership teams assess and improve their access and use of technology to improve community vitality, including initiatives in network deployment, application development, and digital inclusion.  Bill has worked extensively in greater Minnesota throughout his career – with a regional planning commission in Mora, with the State of Minnesota as staff to the Star City Program, and with a regional telecommunications provider working in market development.  Bill has a degree in Urban Studies from MSU-Mankato.

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Veronica Descotte
Board member

Veronica leads channel strategy for Medtronic, where she focuses on expanding access to healthcare around the world. She has worked in healthcare her entire career, first as a scientist at the University of Minnesota, later as venture capital investor in Biotech and most recently as part of Medtronic, the number one medical device company in the world. In addition to her passion for improving lives through healthcare, Veronica is very passionate about her non-profit work, having started her own organization, Cakes on Wheels, to help low-income and at-risk kids celebrate their birthdays. In addition, Veronica is a very active volunteer member of the Twin Cities community, spending time with organization such as House of Charity, Springboard for the Arts, as well as a regular contributor to charities and foundations around the world.

Jeffrey Kannas
Board member

Jeffrey Kannas is a Director in the Manufacturing Practice at Deloitte Consulting. Jeffrey has spent more than 12 years leading global large scale ERP implementations and has over 17 years of Manufacturing Industry expertise. Beyond developing quality solutions that drive value for his clients Jeffrey is a family man interested in helping his community by serving on PCs for People's board.

Kathy Rasmussen
Board Member

Kathy Rasmussen is the Vice President of Human Resources at Dominium, one of the leading affordable housing property management companies with over 30,000 apartment homes and 1,000 employees nationwide. Key areas of responsibility include: staffing, compensation, benefits, talent management, training, employee relations and risk management. Kathy has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Human Resources supporting high growth, fast paced environments. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Metropolitan State University and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. Kathy enjoys volunteering in the Twin Cities area, including chairing the auction committee for The Arc Minnesota’s gala. Working in the affordable housing industry has been especially rewarding. Kathy feels that being a PCs for People Board Member would provide an ideal expansion of her fulfilling work. Born and raised in Minnesota, Kathy now resides with her family in Chanhassen where she spends time watching her kids in high school sports or going out to see live music.

Brendt Rusten
Board member

As Partner and Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Dominium, Brendt Rusten is responsible for the firms owned portfolio representing more than 3.5 billion in multifamily assets and approximately 30,000 apartments. Mr. Rusten has been actively involved in multifamily acquisition, development and management for more than 35 years. He began his career managing a portfolio of multifamily units for a Midwest-based development and management firm. He initially joined Dominium in 1984, eventually running its Property Management Company. In 1994, Mr. Rusten began providing private consulting services to the multifamily industry, and asset management reviews on more than 5,000 multifamily assets throughout the United States.

In 2008, he re-joined Dominium as Senior Vice President of Asset Management. He serves on Dominium’s Executive Committee, providing oversight of all dispositions, refinancing of existing assets, and quality control of its assets. In addition, Mr. Rusten serves as a member of Dominium’s Credit Committee bringing his 35 years of affordable and market rate housing experience to the underwriting of new developments and acquisitions.

Terrell Towers
Board member

Terrell Towers brings 30-plus years of experience in economic development, business, financing, workforce development, and building relationships to strengthen communities. Bringing government, businesses, and key stakeholders to the table, Terrell supported a wide range of initiatives in the State of Minnesota’s trade and economic development efforts. He later led the charge to revitalize Minneapolis’ downtown, riverfront, and commercial districts as the Director of Economic Development for the City.

With a longstanding commitment to diversity, Terrell has also championed the enterprises of minorities, women, and disadvantaged businesses. His efforts have been both professional and personal, with a long list of community service positions on non-profit boards that enhance the quality of life in the city of Minneapolis and throughout the state.