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Northfield Promise

Our Structure

Structured for Success

Northfield Promise’s structure is intentionally designed for broad community participation, engagement and leadership. The key bodies within Northfield Promise include:

  • Council of Champions
  • Steering Committee
  • Action Teams
  • Data Team
  • Healthy Community Initiative
  • Community Volunteers

Council of Champions+

This group, composed of leaders of the largest community institutions, meets quarterly and provides key leadership to Northfield Promise. Champions are committed to using their “organizational muscle” to advocate for Northfield Promise and access resources to help achieve Action Team plans.

Steering Commitee+

This group is composed of committed community partners, HCI board members and the chairs of the Action Teams. The committee oversees day-to-day efforts, assists with framework development, leads communications efforts and recruits members and stakeholders.

Action Teams+

Each Action Team is composed of any individual or institution interested in the Action Team’s focus area. Each team is charged with developing a plan to help see community change in 1 or 2 of the Northfield Promise benchmarks. Northfield Promise is rolling out teams to cover all 10 benchmarks over the next two years.

Active Action Teams include:

  • Ready for Kindergarten
  • Reading
  • Career and College Readiness
  • Social-Emotional Action Team

Teams are open to anyone who is interested in being involved. Contact us to learn more and sign up!

Ready for Kindergarten Action Team

Reading Action Team

Career and College Readiness Action Team

Social-Emotional Action Team

Data Team+

This group is composed of individuals with expertise in evaluation and data analysis. They work with the Action Teams to review and analyze data to assist each team’s work. Data Team members also assist with the annual compilation of data into Northfield Promise’s Report to the Community.

Northfield HCI+

Erin Bailey
Northfield Public Schools, Community Services Division

Barry Carlson
Retired, Senior Development Officer, St. Olaf College

Willy Conde
Northfield High School Student

Bridget Conway
Doctor, Cannon Pointe Chiropractic

Kris Estenson
Associate Director, Piper Center for Vocation and Career, St. Olaf College

Elsa Hoff
Northfield High School Student

Anna Kochevar (Co-Chair)
Arcadia Charter School Student

Lisa Malecha
Social Worker, Arcadia Charter School

Mark Mohlke (Co-Chair)
Senior Business Banker, Wells Fargo

Anne Meyer-Ruppel
Retired, RN, CNP, Allina Clinic

Connie Nelson
Master Reading Coach, Minnesota Reading Corp.

Monte Nelson
Chief of Police, Northfield Police Department

Randy Olson (Co-Vice Chair)
Senior Vice President, Community Resource Bank

Olive Omoro
Northfield High School Student

Athena Pitsavas (Co-Vice Chair)
Northfield High School Student

Claudia (Román Jiménez) Bauer
Latino Youth Coordinator, Office of Latino Ministry
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

Tanner Schieck (Treasurer)
Co-owner, Schieck Orthodontics

Betsy Spethmann
Director of Community Relations, Northfield Hospital & Clinics

Marnie Thompson
Assistant Principal, Northfield High School

Linda Thornton
Comptroller, Carleton College

Brisa Zubia
Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural and International Life, Carleton College