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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

Rice County Ready for Kindergarten

  1. Convened by Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) (
  2. Partners:
    • Pediatricians (Allina Health, Nfld Hospital + Clinics, District One)
    • Rice County Public Health (i.e. home visiting program staff, etc.)
    • Rice County Social Services (including Childcare Licensors)
    • Three Rivers (Energy Assistance, Hiawathaland, Early Head Start Home Visiting and Parent Ed)
    • YMCA of Northfield
    • Community Action Center
    • Growing Up Healthy
    • ParentChild+
    • HealthFinders
    • Help Me Grow
    • Paving the Way
    • Rice County Area United Way
    • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council
    • Buckham Memorial Library
    • Northfield Public Library
    • Faribault Cradle2Career
    • Northfield Promise
    • Somali Community Resettlement Services
    • Other early childhood program representatives
    • Parents/caregivers

Northfield Ready for Kindergarten Network

  1. Convened by Sara Line, Early Childhood Coordinator, Northfield Public Schools and Erin Bailey, Director of Community Education, Northfield Public Schools
  2. Members include Northfield area daycare center directors/staff and Northfield area preschool directors/teachers (see Northfield Area Preschool and Childcare Center Directory), as well as NPS/private/charter school Kindergarten teachers and early childhood screening staff from NPS

Faribault Ready for Kindergarten Network

  1. Convened by Olivia Sage, Early Learning Coordinator, Faribault Public Schools and Becky Ford, Director, Faribault Youth Investment
  2. Members include Faribault area daycare center directors/staff and Faribault area preschool directors/teachers (see Faribault Area Preschool and Childcare Center Directory), as well as FPS/private/charter school Kindergarten teachers and early childhood screening staff from FPS

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 Board+

Rahmah Abdulai (Co-Chair)
Junior, Northfield High School

Keith Argabright (Co-Vice Chair)
Chief Sales Officer, Roundbank-EVP

Erin Bailey
Director, Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division

Claudia Bauer
Latino Youth Coordinator, Office of Latino Ministry
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

Cari Duba
PreK-12 Systems and Instructional Coach, Northfield Public Schools

Natalie Ginter
Director of Community Engagement and Development, Allina Health

P.T. Haider
Deputy Chief of Police, Northfield

Amira Haileab
Junior, Northfield High School

Oden Hoff
Junior, Northfield High School

Stefany Huerta Ochoa
Senior, Northfield High School

Ellen Iverson
Director of Evaluation, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton

Alyssa Herzog Melby
Assistant Director of Academic Civic Engagement, St. Olaf

Anna Kochevar (ex officio)
Past HCI Board Co-Chair; Arcadia Class of 2019 graduate

Mark Mohlke
Bremer Bank Owatonna President

Connie Nelson (Co-Vice Chair)
Master Coach, Minnesota Reading Corps

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

Stefany Perez Dorantes
Junior, Northfield High School

Tanner Schieck (Treasurer)
Co-owner, Schieck Orthodontics

Betsy Spethmann
Director of Communications, Northfield Hospital + Clinics

Laura Stelter
Executive Director, Arcadia Charter School

Linda Thornton
Comptroller, Carleton College