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Members of the Commission on Judicial Selection

 

Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, Chairwoman
Ms. Velazquez-Aguilu is currently Medtronic’s litigation and investigation counsel. As a former Assistant United States Attorney for nearly six years she worked in the white-collar and public corruption section of the criminal division. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Velazquez-Aguilu was an associate at Dorsey and Whitney where she represented civil litigants and criminal defendants. She also clerked for retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan C. Page and U.S. District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery. She has served in various organizations such as the Infinity Project, Minnesota Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and more.

  • B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 
  • J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI

At-Large Attorneys

Nate LaCoursiere, At-Large Member
Mr. LaCoursiere is a senior lecturer in the Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Program at the University of Wisconsin – Superior. Previously, he was an assistant city attorney for the City of Duluth and an associate attorney with Hanft Fride, P.A., where he handled civil litigation and civil rights cases. Additionally, Mr. LaCoursiere was a clerk for Judge David Minge at the Court of Appeals, was a recipient of Duluth’s 20 Under 40 Award, and was named as an Up and Coming Attorney by The Minnesota Lawyer for his role in prosecuting the former Duluth head shop Last Place on Earth.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, MN
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN

Mary Knoblauch, At-Large Member
Mary is a shareholder at Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie P.A., a business litigation law firm where she has been practicing law since 1987. Previously, she was an associate attorney at the former firm Maun & Simon, PLC and a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Daniel M. Kammeyer, Minnesota Tenth Judicial District; the Honorable D. D. Wozniak; and the Honorable Doris Ohlsen Huspeni, Minnesota Court of Appeals. She is a board member and former chair of The Fund for the Legal Aid Society, a member and former chapter president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and a member and former Vice President for the Eighth Circuit Federal Bar Association.

  • B.A. College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN    
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN

Keiko Sugisaka, At-Large Member
Ms. Sugisaka is the chair of the Tort & Product Liability Practice Group at the Minneapolis law firm Maslon, as well as a partner and trial lawyer in the firm’s Litigation Group. She is responsible for handling state and federal cases nationwide involving product liability defense, intellectual property, trade secret misappropriation, commercial disputes, and business torts. Previously, she was an assistant attorney general for the state of Minnesota, an intellectual property litigation associate at Robins Kaplan, and a law clerk to former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan C. Page. Sugisaka serves as the vice chair of Minnesota’s 4th Judicial District Ethics Committee and is a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and the Federal Bar Association Diversity Committee. She is also a volunteer attorney for the Pro Se Project, The Advocates for Human Rights, and others.

  • B.A. Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
  • J.D. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Joshua Tuchscherer, At-Large Member
Mr. Tuchscherer is a partner and trial lawyer at Meshbesher & Spence, Ltd., where the primary focus of his practice is catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and medical negligence litigation on behalf of injured patients and families. Previously, he was a partner at Sieben Polk, P.A. He is on the executive committee of the Minnesota Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has volunteered with Legal Assistance of Dakota County.

  • B.A. Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • J.D. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN

Katherine Barrett Wiik, At-Large Member
Ms. Wiik is an appellate partner and strategic legal counsel to businesses and individuals at Best & Flanagan. Previously, she was a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP, an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, and a law clerk to Judge Karen Nelson Moore. She is a member of the board of directors of the Infinity Project and a volunteer attorney with The Jeremiah Program, The Advocates for Human Rights, and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.

  • B.A. Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
  • M.A. Queen’s University Belfast
  • L.L.M. Queen’s University Belfast
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

At-Large Non-Attorney

Sheree Curry, At-Large Member
Ms. Curry is a manager of public relations and communications for Travel Leaders Group. She is a communications strategist who has 10 years of public relations and marketing experience following her career as an award-winning business journalist. Previously, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for Adath Jeshurun Congregation, an adjunct instructor of journalism at the University of Minnesota, a staff reporter at Fortune, and a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Curry is also the secretary of Twin Cities Black Journalists and a member of the editorial board at Jewfolk Media.

  • B.A. University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • M.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign IL

Patrick Mader, At-Large Member
Mr. Mader is a retired classroom teacher from Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Public Schools, where he taught grades 4-6 for 23 years. Previously, he was a teacher at St. Joseph School in Waconia and worked for the Better Business Bureau. Mader also runs a small family dairy farm and is the author of Minnesota Gold, a book profiling 57 Olympic athletes from Minnesota.

  • B.A. St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI

Karin Stone, At-Large Member
Ms. Stone currently serves as chief of staff to the executive chair of Värde Partners and the interim head of Resan Partners, the partner/family office. Previously, she spent five years as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Most of her career has been in financial services – IDS, American Express, Ford Credit, National City Bank – in a variety of roles ranging from mutual fund accountant to Chief Marketing Officer.

  • B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
  • M.B.A. University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, MN


District Members

Sarah Wheelock, First District Attorney
Ms. Wheelock is a special staff legal counsel for Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. She represents the community in SMSC Tribal Court and manages a caseload that includes conservatorship, guardianship, and child welfare matters. Previously, she was an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline College of Law, an appellate judge for White Earth Band of Chippewa Court of Appeals, and a prosecutor for Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska. She is a member of several boards and committees including the Division of Indian Work, American Indian Parent Action Committee and others.

  • B.A. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • J.D. University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA

Bridget Nason, First District Attorney

Dan McElroy, First District Non-Attorney
Mr. McElroy retired in July 2018 after seven and a half years as president and CEO of Hospitality Minnesota, a coalition that includes the Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging, and Resort & Campground Associations. Previously, McElroy was commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Chief of Staff to Governor Tim Pawlenty, and also served as Pawlenty’s Commissioner of Finance. Prior to his service in the executive branch, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, as Mayor of Burnsville, and on the Burnsville City Council. In the private sector, McElroy spent 23 years running travel agencies and consulting companies. He is a member of the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club, the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and the Citizens League of the Twin Cities.

  • B.A. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

David Metzen, First District Non-Attorney
Mr. Metzen is a motivational speaker and previously served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Additionally, he has served as the Superintendent of South St. Paul Public Schools, as regent and chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, and as the Executive Director of the Dodge Nature Center. Metzen was a captain of the University of Minnesota’s hockey team, is in the University of Minnesota Athletic Hall of Fame, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • M.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ed.D. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Angela Beranek Brandt, Second District Attorney
Ms. Brandt is a partner and trial lawyer at Larson King in St. Paul representing large companies in high exposure product liability, employment, and commercial cases. She is a former president of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Ramsey County Bar Association. Brandt has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. She has been recognized yearly as a Minnesota SuperLawyer and was named a 2017 Minnesota Attorney of the Year.

  • B.L.S. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • J.D.Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN

Maya Sheikh-Salah, Second District Attorney
Ms. Sheik-Salah is an attorney at Ballard Spahr, LLP, where she represents clients in employment and immigration matters. Previously, she was a former prosecutor with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and a former investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the City of St. Paul Department of Human Rights. In 2016, she was recognized for her volunteer legal work by being named a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Additionally, she is a founding member of Somali American Bar Association and serves as Board Vice President of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.

  • S. University of Maryland, Adelphi, MD
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD

Adrianna Alejandro-Osorio, Second District Non-Attorney
Ms. Alejandro-Osorio is a major gift officer for UNICEF USA, where she creates opportunities for civil society members to be engaged in issues that pertain to children. She is also the founder of Alejandro Consulting Group. Previously, she worked as a director of global engagement for Global Impact and a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She also serves on the Minnesota Advisory Committee focused on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the MacArthur Foundation, and has volunteered for various councils and boards.

  • B.S. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Jan Ballman, Second District Non-Attorney
Ms. Ballman serves as principal of the Minnesota and North Dakota platforms for Veritext Legal Solutions. She started her court reporting career in St. Paul, MN in 1981 and later opened her own agency in 1990 which was acquired in 2018 by the leading provider of court reporting services in the nation.

  • Norther Technical School of Business

Bob Gilbertson, Third District Attorney
Mr. Gilbertson is a trial lawyer at Greene Espel PLLP, where he handles litigation and arbitration across the United States in cases involving intellectual property, commercial disputes, insurance, industrial catastrophes, and product liability. He has also represented refugees seeking asylum in the United States, and previously was a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Laura Baker Services Association, an organization that serves people with developmental disabilities.

  • B.A. Carleton College, Northfield, MN
  • J.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

William L. Hoversten, Third District Attorney
Mr. Hoversten is a founding shareholder of Patton, Hoversten and Berg, PA, a general practice law firm with offices in Owatonna, Waseca, Faribault, and Janesville, MN. His current practice focuses on estate and business planning, estate and trust administration, and civil litigation. Previously, he has served as chairman of the District Ethics Committee, a member of the MSBA Board of Governors, president of the local and district bar associations, as well as in local service clubs and community organizations. Hoversten has served for more than 20 years as the attorney for Waseca Public Schools and the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center and also serves as the Waseca County Examiner of Titles.

  • B.S. Morningside College, Sioux City, IA
  • J.D. Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Adenuga (Nuga) Atewologun, Third District Non-Attorney
Dr. Nuga is the President of Riverland Community College in Minnesota, with campuses at Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna. Previously, he was vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Prairie State College in Illinois. He also spent nearly ten years teaching physics and engineering at the College of DuPage in Illinois, and later took administrative appointments as associate dean of Natural Sciences and as dean of the division of Natural and Applied Sciences. Dr. Nuga is a pioneer of early college partnerships with high schools and is involved with several organizations including the National Council of Instructional Administrators, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Educators, and the Association for Institutional Research.

  • B.S. University of Ife in Nigeria
  • M.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Stephen Baumgart, Third District Non-Attorney
Mr. Baumgart is a retired Winona County Sheriff’s Deputy. Previously, he was an Air Force Veteran and worked at the Chicago Fire Department for more than ten years. For the last 3 years, he has been working as a Death Investigator with the Medical Examiner’s Office through Mayo Clinic covering Winona County.

Melissa Muro LaMere, Fourth District Attorney
Ms. Muro LaMere is a litigation associate at Maslon, LLP, where she counsels clients on a variety of legal issues, including unfair competition discrimination, torts, and medical device products liability. Previously, she was a law clerk and summer associate at Maslon, LLP, and was a constituent advocate and Latino community outreach coordinator in the Minneapolis office of Senator Amy Klobuchar. Ms. Muro LaMere represents ACLU-MN in litigation violations of the first, fourth, and fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. She is a member of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, Latino Legal Experience, and the Maslon LLP Diversity Committee.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN

Melissa R. Stull, Fourth District Attorney
Ms. Stull is a founding partner of Soule & Stull, where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation and products liability defense, with significant experience representing manufacturers of agricultural, industrial, and environmental equipment. Stull has a national civil litigation practice and has tried cases in five states. She is the current Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Litigation Section and serves on the Minnesota Federal Practice Committee.

  • B.A. Luther College, Decorah, IA
  • J.D. University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA

Erick Garcia Luna, Fourth District Non-Attorney
Mr. Garcia Luna currently works at the University of Minnesota as the director of community and local government relations. Previously, he worked as a Small Business Relations Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, Senior Policy Aide for Economic Development for Mayor Hodges, and Regional Political Director for Senator Klobuchar. His community involvement includes Meet Minneapolis Tourism Master Plan, Minneapolis Food Council, DFL Party Latino Caucus Chair, and Latino Advisory Committee in Minneapolis.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico
  • A.A. Bilingual Commercial Institute George Washington, Texcoco, Mexico

Lucy M. Gerold, Fourth District Non-Attorney
Ms. Gerold is a leadership and organizational consultant at LMG Consulting. Previously, she served as the executive director of the non-profit Jeremiah Program and as a deputy chief, precinct commander and commander for leadership and organizational development at the Minneapolis Police Department. Gerold created and led the implementation of Community Policing, where she developed the training and coaching for unique police/civilian work teams. She later became a member of a national team who trained and developed cops across the country to effectively implement innovative policing strategies. Gerold was named a 2015 Women in Business Honoree by the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • M.A. Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
  • Graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at the Kennedy School.

Lynn Johnson, Fifth District Attorney
Ms. Johnson is the owner and attorney at the Lynn Johnson Law Office, where she practices in family law, business law, probate and estate planning, and real estate. She has also served as an assistant public defender in the Fifth Judicial District. She is a past president and vice president of the 13th District Bar Association and is a former member of the Murray County Medical Center BoarAdditionally, Ms. Johnson has served as the president of the Chamber of Commerce and as a board member for the Murray County DAC and the Lake Shetek Regional Clinic.

  • B.S. Southwest State University, Marshall, MN
  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN

Matthew Berger, Fifth District Attorney
Mr. Berger is a partner with Gislason & Hunter LLP in New Ulm. He practices in the areas of administrative law, agricultural law, banking, civil litigation, and business and commercial law. Prior to joining Gislason & Hunter, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul Anderson, the Honorable G. Barry Anderson, and the Honorable Lorie Skjerven Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • J.D. University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN

James Hepworth, Fifth District Non-Attorney
Mr. Hepworth is the President of Door Solutions, Inc, in Lake Crystal, where he serves as a construction consultant, project manager, installation supervisor, and concept designer specializing in work at large stadiums. Previously, he was the Hangar Door Installation Manager and Fabrication Manager at Door Engineering Company.

  • B.A. Morningside College, Sioux City, IA

Doran Hunter, Fifth Judicial District Non-Attorney
Mr. Hunter is an emeritus professor of political science at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Previously, he served as associate director of government affairs training in the U.S. Civil Service Commission, project director at the Minnesota Justice System Improvement Study, executive director of executive development and leadership training in the U.S. Veterans Administration, and co-chair of the Minnesota Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Hunter has received many grants including a Senior Fulbright Specialist Program grant and was hosted as a visiting professor by the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

  • B.S. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Fred T. Friedman, Sixth District Attorney
Mr. Friedman serves a District Court Referee, hearing conciliation court cases. He has been a public defender for over 45 years and has served as chief public defender for the Sixth District. Additionally, he is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, holding a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of Medicine. Friedman is a recipient of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chief Justice Douglass Amdahl Public Attorney Career Achievement Award, and the Duluth Bethel Lifetime Achievement award for Community Service.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN

Daniel Lew, Sixth District Attorney
Mr. Lew is the chief public defender for the Sixth Judicial District, where he oversees a team of 30 lawyers and 10 professional staff who provide public defense in the judicial district. Previously, he was the managing attorney for the Sixth Judicial District Public Defender's Office and an assistant public defender in Duluth and St. Paul. Lew is a past president of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a former at-large member of the Commission on Judicial Selection.

  • B.S. City University of New York at Queens College, Queens, NY
  • J.D. Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN

Phillip Drobnick, Sixth District Non-Attorney
Mr. Drobnick is a juvenile and adult probation officer with Arrowhead Regional Corrections. Additionally, he is the Director of Coaching and Head Olympic Coach of USA Curling, and won a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Drobnick is a member of the Opioid Abuse Response and Strategies Workgroup and the Curl Mesabi Board of Directors.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN

James Boyd, Sixth District Non-Attorney

Lisa Borgen, Seventh District Attorney
Ms. Borgen is the vice president of administration at American Crystal Sugar Company, where she manages safety, human resources, labor relations, training, public relations, and information technology. Previously, she worked as an attorney in Vogel Law Firm, a Seventh Judicial District Court Judge, Clay County Attorney, as well as an attorney at her own firm Borgen Law Office. Her community involvement includes serving as a member on the Board of Trustees for United Way of Cass-Clay, Board of Trustees for F-M Area Foundation, Board of Directors for Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation, and many others.

  • B.A. Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN
  • LPN Nursing North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND
  • J.D. University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Ann C. Cofell, Seventh District Attorney
Ms. Cofell has been the deputy director of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid for more than 30 years, where she supervises two offices that cover primarily rural service areas across central MinnesotThese offices, based in St. Cloud and Willmar, provide civil legal help to low-income people on issues related to basic needs. Special projects provide holistic legal representation to victims of felony-level domestic violence and other crime victims, help meet the needs of people with health issues through Medical/Legal Partnerships, and collaboratively address the needs of immigrants and refugees.

Hudda Ibrahim, Seventh District Non-Attorney
Ms. Ibrahim is a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where she teaches diversity and social justice. She is also the founder and president of Filsan Consultant LLC, where she provides consulting services, speaking engagements, and training services for employers. Ibrahim has authored three books, and sits on several nonprofit boards, including Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization, United Way of St. Cloud and others. She also mentors a group of young Somali women and has received several awards for her community service.

  • B.A. College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, St. Joseph, Minnesota
  • M.A. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

Sucharita S. Mukherjee, Seventh District Non-Lawyer
Ms. Mukherjee teaches economics and gender studies at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. She has published papers in the areas of gender and economics and specializes in feminist economics and economic development. Her academic work and professional engagement focuses on issues of gender justice in particular and equity in general.

  • Ph.D. University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA

Briana Zuber, Eighth District Attorney
Ms. Zuber is an attorney at Zuber Law, where she provides legal representation in many areas of law including estate planning/probate, real estate, business, immigration and family. She spent a year volunteering full-time at the Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture in Chicago, working with refugees and asylees. She currently does pro bono representation through the Volunteer Lawyers Network and Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota, and is a member and foundation chair for the Glenwood Rotary Club.

  • B.A. College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
  • J.D. University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN

Mark P. Wood, Eighth District Attorney
Mr. Wood has been a partner in a three-lawyer general practice firm in Litchfield, MN since 1985.  Practicing primarily in real estate, estate planning, and probate, he has also been the City Attorney’s Office for the last 23 years.

  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN

Michael Boyle, Eighth District Non-Attorney
Mr. Boyle is the executive director of the Meeker Memorial Hospital Foundation. He has 40 years of experience in the non-profit health care world - thirty years dedicated to senior services and the last ten to the hospital. He also serves on the senior management team at Meeker Memorial Hospital and is a Lifetime Honorary member of Leading Age-Minnesota, which serves the non-profit senior services industry. Boyle has been active in his community and currently serves on the Litchfield City Council, the Meeker Yellow Ribbon Committee, as chairman of the board of directors of Vaccker Place, and Cokato/Dassel Rotary.

  • B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Timothy Lindberg, Eighth District Non-Attorney
Mr. Lindberg is an assistant professor for the University of Minnesota. He is involved with various professional memberships such as Midwest Political Science Association, and Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisers. Lindberg is a board member of the Minnesota Political Science Association, President of the Friends of Morris Public Library, and a member of the 16th District Bar Association Ethics Committee with the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota – Morris, Morris, MN
  • M.A. University at Albany, The State University of New York, Albany, NY
  • Ph.D. University at Albany, The State University of New York, Albany, NY

Michael Garbow, Ninth District Attorney
Mr. Garbow is an attorney at Bailey and Garbow Law, where his practice focuses on workers’ compensation and personal injury representation. Previously, he was a Tribal Attorney with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and an Assistant County Attorney with Beltrami County. He was selected in 2012 as Minnesota Attorney of the Year for his work representing Red Lake school teachers that had developed PTSD from the 2005 high school mass shooting.

  • J.D. University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, OK

Candace Prigge, Ninth District Attorney
Ms. Prigge is the Assistant Crow Wing Attorney. She was appointed to the commission in by Governor Dayton in October 2018 to fill a vacancy in the 9th Judicial District. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Litigation Division.

Susan Beck, Ninth District Non-Attorney
Ms. Beck is the former human services director for Crow Wing County Community Services, where she was responsible for the administration of social services, income maintenance, child support, public health, and veteran’s services programs. Previously, she was a social worker and the social services supervisor for Crow Wing county. She is a current Pink Ribbon Cupboard board member, an Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center Patient Advisory Council member, and a Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen volunteer.

  • B.A. Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN
  • M.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Richard Sjoberg, Ninth District Non-Attorney
Mr. Sjoberg is the President and CEO of Sjoberg's Inc., a telecommunications company that has served the northwestern portion of Minnesota since 1962. He is a member of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's Board of Directors, vice president of the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, and president of the Hartz Foundation. Sjoberg is also the chairman of the Thief River Falls Planning Commission, is a Rotarian, and was recently named as a Cable Television Pioneer.

  • B.A. Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
  • M.B.A. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Ken Jorgensen, Tenth District Attorney
Mr. Jorgensen is partner in the Trial Group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Previously, he was a State District Court Judge in Washington County. He has also served as the director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, and as an adjunct professor teaching professional responsibility at Mitchell Hamline and the University of Minnesota Law Schools. Jorgensen is a frequent speaker on issues of legal ethics and loss prevention.

  • B.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • J.D.William Mitchell College of Law

Viet-Hanh Winchell, Tenth District Attorney
Ms. Winchell is a litigation attorney at Lawson, Marshall, McDonald, & Galowitz, where she practices in criminal law, personal injury, civil litigation, family law, and municipal law. Previously, she was a litigation attorney at Woods & Thompson, an associate attorney at the Gallagher Law Firm, and a judicial law clerk for Judge P. Hunter Anderson in Isanti County in the 10th Judicial District. Additionally, Ms. Winchell is the vice president of the Washington County Bar Association.

  • B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • J.D. Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN

Tom Adkins, Tenth District Non-Attorney
Mr. Adkins is the Washington County community corrections director, where he oversees adult and juvenile pretrial, probation and parole services. He has been in the corrections field for more than 40 years. During this time, he has worked in the 1st, 6th, 9th, and 10th Judicial Districts. Adkins has led various efforts to provide more effective probation services and to make systemic changes in Minnesota to improve the criminal justice field.

Sharon Van Leer, Tenth District Non-Attorney
Ms. Van Leer is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and DSO International Student Advisor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In this role she collaborates with administrator, faculty, and staff to create an environment where students feel safe and comfortable expressing their social and cultural identities. Previously, she worked at Mitchell Hamline as an administrative assistant, an academic and moot court programs coordinator, as well as an assistant director of multicultural affairs. Her community involvement includes serving as the director for South Washington School Board District 833 to advocate for children and provide a platform to empower residents.

  • A.A. Century College, White Bear Lake, MN
  • B.A. Metro State University, St. Paul, MN
  • Bethel University, Shoreview, MN

Tom Adkins, Tenth District Non-Attorney

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