ST PAUL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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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 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.
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.
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.
Adrianne Benton Furniss
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 travelling the world for Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) where she served as VP of International Television.
Currently, Adrianne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), which represents a wide range of public and private interests who support the authority of local communities to make the broadband Internet choices that are essential for economic competitiveness, democratic discourse, and quality of life in the 21st century.
Adrianne received her BA at Yale University in Art History and an MA in Radio, TV and Film from Northwestern University. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois, with her husband, Bob Furniss. They have two daughters: Lily, 21, is studying fine arts at University of North Carolina, Asheville; Carrie, 25, just received her Master’s Degree in vocal jazz performance from New England Conservatory of Music and is teaching voice in Boston and performing with her band, Birthing Hips.
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. He lives in Mahtomedi where he serves on the City's Planning Commission.
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 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.
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 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.
Heath Walker is the Director of Sale Operations & Development for Best Buy for Business / Education division at Best Buy Inc. Heath has extensive corporate and field leadership experience with a track record of driving strategic growth, operational development and enterprise financial performance. He spent nearly 13 years in finance and strategy roles before spending the last 4 as the Director of Inside Sales and Sales Operations & Development. Heath believes strongly in the PCs for People’s mission of narrowing the digital divide, empowering people with access and technology, while growing a fiscally sustainable operating model. Prior to Best Buy, Heath began his career with KPMG LLP and subsequently held management positions at Northwest Airlines Inc. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. As a native Minnesotan, Heath enjoys the summers and vacations with his wife and spending time with their three kids.