Gayle Ober, President
Ms. Ober is the president of the George Family Foundation where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the grant making process, advising and assisting the trustees in meeting their grant making goals and serving as the Foundation’s first point of contact to the community. She previously served as the managing director of Classical Music Programming for American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio (APM/MPR); director of Arts, Culture and Entertainment for the City of Saint Paul in Mayor Randy Kelly’s administration; and was the executive director of the Dale Warland Singers.
Andrea Specht, Vice President
Ms. Specht is the executive director of Artistry (formerly Bloomington Theatre and Art Center). Prior to this appointment she worked as an attorney, clerking for the Honorable Paul H. Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme court and practicing in the public finance department at Dorsey & Whitney (Minneapolis). She has also held management positions with the Girl Scouts, culminating in her role as director of marketing and communications for the Girl Scout Council of St. Croix Valley. She played a key role in helping the council raise over $8 million through its For All Girls capital campaign.
Ty Inglis, Treasurer
Mr. Inglis is a Certified Public Accountant, currently working as an independent instructor and consultant. He was a Partner (Auditing and Accounting) at Eide Bailly, LLP (located in Minneapolis and Sioux Falls) for thirty years. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. His additional service to the community includes Metro Meals on Wheels (Board Treasurer), membership on the Downtown Committee to End Street Homelessness, and membership on the Minnesota CPA Legislative Issues Committee.
Pete Parshall, Secretary
Mr. Parshall taught for thirty-four years at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, thirteen of them as department head. Prior to that, he held teaching positions at Western Illinois University and Morehead State University (Kentucky). Besides bringing experience with administration and personnel management, he has authored or co-authored successful grant proposals to Lilly Endowment, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Indiana Committee for the Humanities, The Matsushita Foundation, The GTE Foundation, and The Japan Foundation.
Ms. Messick is vice president and communications manager for Wells Fargo Corporate Media Relations. She leads a team and has responsibility for the national media relations strategy of Consumer Deposits, ATM Banking, Human Resources, Technology and Operations, Customer Connections and Distribution Strategies and Services. She has twice received a Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award, and in 2012 was named to PRWeek’s annual 40 under 40 list.
Anne Jin Soo Preston
Ms. Preston has been working as a consultant for arts and cultural nonprofit organizations for six years. She has worked with small, medium and large sized organizations to identify and respond to local and national fundraising opportunities, and has served as both a grant making artistic site evaluator and grant making advisor panelist. She has also conducted extensive research, stakeholder interviews and focus groups, and surveys analysis in the arts, culture, science, education, health care and social services fields.