Executive 2015 Saint Paul Police Foundation Board

The Saint Paul Police Foundation Board of Directors pools the wisdom of business and community leaders from a wide sector of the east metro area. Our board is made up of leaders in restaurant, non-profit, corporate, family-owned businesses as well as individual citizens. The board is a working board with several active committees, including Executive Team, Communications, Development, Recruiting and Finance.

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Saint Paul Police Foundation Board Members and Executive Committee– Click on name to read full bios

Nancy Haas, Past Chair

Nancy Haas is a Lawyer/Lobbyist/Shareholder with Messerli & Kramer, P.A. where she provides direct representation to clients on legislative matters.

Since June of 2013 she has served as a peace officer, licensed by the Minnesota POST Board of the State Fair. As a former Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Saint Paul, Office of the Mayor, she has a strong understanding of policies and procedures.

Kathy Beck, Chair

Kathy Beck is the Manager of Corporate Security Operations and Investigations at Securian Financial Group. In addition, Kathy leads the Company’s incident management planning efforts.

Prior to joining Securian in 2006, Kathy worked for Target Corporation in the department of Assets Protection. Kathy’s background encompasses over thirty years in the security and loss prevention field in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis area.

She is a member of several security organizations, including American Society of Industrial Security and the Association of Fraud Examiners. Kathy is actively involved in Saint Paul BOMA, and has served as chairperson of the BOMA Security Steering Committee. In addition, she was involved in the Saint Paul Safe City initiative in 2007 where she developed a strong working relationship with the Saint Paul Police department.

Greg Bachman, Director

Shelley Rose, Secretary

Shelley K. Rose is the president and CEO of Login, Inc. She began her tenure with the company in 1988 as a sales representative, went on to work in customer service, technical support and company management. She was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1997.

Rose earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and served on the board of directors of a number of small businesses including chairing the Small Business Development Committee for the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. She remains an active volunteer with various organizations and is a member of the international association of Chiefs of Police.

Mike Zipko, Director

Mike Zipko is president of Zipko Strategy, a strategic consultancy based in Saint Paul.  Zipko Strategy provides public affairs, media relations, crisis communications, grassroots advocacy, online content management, and marketing support for businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and advocacy organizations.

Mike served as communications director for Saint Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, deputy communications director for Governor-elect Jesse Ventura’s transition office, deputy communications director for the Minnesota Republican Party during the 1998 campaign season, and deputy press secretary for Minnesota Governor Arne H. Carlson.  He has also provided media relations counsel to a number of political campaigns and elected officials. Mike has strong connections with Twin Cities media that he uses to help clients identify and work with the right media outlets and contacts.

Sheila Lambie, Director, Federation

Jeff Warner, Director

Jeff Warner is married to Linda (Klein) Warner, they have five children and nine grandchildren. He resides in the Como Park neighborhood where both his grandfather’s and  father’s families were raised. Jeff is a graduate of Saint Thomas Academy and attended UMD.  Jeff is in his 39th year of employment in his family’s business, Warners’ Stellian Co. Inc.  Interests include Golf, American History, Gardening, Antiquities and Travel.

John Bennett, Director

Todd Vandervort, Director

Binh Le, Director

Amy Roberts, Vice Chair

Joe Kasel, Director

Jeff Duffy, Director

Erica Schumacher, Director

Todd Axtell, Director

Assistant Chief Axtell has been honored to serve the citizens of Saint Paul for over 25 years. He is a resident of Saint Paul and serves on the board of directors for Visit Saint Paul and the Saint Paul YWCA. Todd has a Master’s Degree in Police Leadership, Administration and Education from the University of Saint Thomas. Assistant Chief Axtell has worked in all three Saint Paul Police Districts in addition to various specialized assignments including Vice, Narcotics, Special Investigations, FORCE and Gangs. Assistant Chief Axtell is responsible for the 465 members of the Operations Division which consists of Saint Paul’s three patrol districts and Citywide Services.

Paul Iovion, Director

Rick Vazquez, Director

Donna Swanson, Executive Director, (Non Voting Member)

DonnaDonna Swanson Executive Director, Saint Paul Police Foundation

Education Improvement / Political Strategy / Collaborative Leadership / Fundraising

As a former educator, St. Paul legislative assistant and outreach director who’s committed to inspiring our community, I see myself as a lifelong leader both within government and outside of our public institutions. In all my roles, I have come to deeply respect the mission of not only the Saint Paul Police Department but police departments all over the country. And because I know of the countless wonderful things that police officers do, I love that my job as Executive Director for the Saint Paul Police Foundation involves supporting and shedding light on these terrific activities.

I am proud to lead an organization that’s changing lives for the better. Through initiatives like the Explores Program, Cops and Kids, the Police Athletic Program, Shop with Cops and Safe Summer Nights, the Saint Paul Police Foundation ensures that the SPPD can raise up our community and help those most in need. It receives no tax-levy dollars, but relies on gifts from corporations, individuals, foundations and other organizations. Since its founding in 2005, the Foundation has provided more than $4.5M in support to the SPPD.

Years of working towards positive social change, as well as my deep connection to educational improvement and social activist movements, paved the way to my role at the Foundation. Over the years, I’ve led successful education funding campaigns, helped pass historical public health legislation, developed educational plans for front-runner state political candidates, and successfully lobbied elected officials on educational policies.

I’ve had a sense of honor about public service since my childhood, when I proudly helped my parents prepare our South Dakota home to welcome Senator George McGovern to celebrate the announcement of his bid for President. I feel that same kind of pride directing the Foundation. Whether I’m returning phone calls, inviting people to support the Foundation with time or funds, or promoting the first-rate work of the SPPD, I never shy away from the work required to be successful, and to make the Foundation successful, every day.

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