Executive Board

Mary E. Bolkcom

Officer, Chair of Board

Ms. Bolkcom has been a licensed attorney for 32 years, has been actively teaching law school or practicing law continuously since 1984, has been involved in law firm management for the past 16 years, has been and is a member of community boards of non-profit organizations, and has worked as a volunteer in the St. Paul Public Schools and youth organizations.

Aaron Rosenthal

Officer, Vice Chair of Board

Mr. Rosenthal is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Minnesota, where he is working to understand how government policy shapes political behavior. Prior to graduate school, he worked as the Midwest Field Organizer with J Street. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, St. Paul Central, and attended St. Paul Public Schools for his entire pre-college education.

Margaret Mcinery

Officer, Secretary of Board

Kristin Cajacob

Officer, Treasurer of Board

A 1983 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School,  Kristin Cajacob is a shareholder in the St. Paul firm of Heacox, Hartman, Koshmrl, Cosgriff & Johnson, P.A..  She has practiced in the area of insurance defense and workers’ compensation for 25 years. Prior to entering private practice, she represented the Department of Labor and Industry Special Compensation Fund.

Zak Prauer


Mr. Prauer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration, focusing in Marketing and Economics. He was the president of a service-based honors organization, founder of the scuba club, and an officer of the club soccer team. Mr. Prauer currently works at Ovative/Group, a digital consulting firm in Minneapolis. He is a 2007 graduate of St. Paul Central High School.


Russell Belk


Mr. Belk is a 1974 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has owned and managed Museum Services, Inc. since 1985, a company that provides art and antique moving and storage, art conservation, framing services, and art collection documentation and maintenance. His prior experience included employment at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as Chief of the Works of Art crew. He also owns Circa, a local successful art gallery. He served as a Board member of the Minneapolis Logan Park Neighborhood group from 1990-2002,received a 1998 Community Involvement Award from the City of Minneapolis, shared with the Minneapolis Public Schools a 1994 Kennedy Center Award for Educational Curriculum Development, and serves as a consultant to St. Thomas University and The College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Claire E. B. Smith


Ms. Smith is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, a campus community service fraternity. From August 2009-June 2010, she was employed by Americorps in its City Year program, and tutored and mentored middle school students from diverse cultural backgrounds. She was an Outreach Coordinator for City Year, obtained donations for school projects, and was the Operations Manager for a week long Heroes Project sponsored by City Year. She played a key role in the creation of a monthly Math Times newsletter celebrating student achievement. Ms. Smith’s other community service includes sustained involvement in public school tutoring, youth sports coaching, and work in a homeless shelter.


Danielle N. Mullen


Ms. Mullen moved to NYC in 2007, and, apart from stints in Beirut, her love of the city has kept her there. She graduated from New York University in 2011 with degrees in Environmental Studies and History. During that time, she danced professionally and worked as an instructor with non-profit organizations focused on artistic education. She has spent the last five years working as an analyst in the energy/environment industry. However, she is currently pursuing her love of the performing arts and the New York community. She, Devin, and their best friend shared tall tales and a cat named Gucci.

Caleb Olson


Mr. Olson is a 2007 graduate of St. Paul Central High School, and received an associate of arts degree from the Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College in 2009 with his Associate of Arts. He is an arborist, specializing in plant pathogen diagnosis and control, and plant health care. He maintains continued connections with enrolled Central High School students and staff.


Neal Wehrwein


Neal Austin Wehrwein graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife. Since then, he has worked in the Sante Fe National Forest and Brazilian Amazon while studying forest management and sustainable farming practices. Neal is now training to be an arborist in the Twin Cities. By far, the best things about DSSF for him are staying in touch with the friends he grew up with and meeting the future faces of Saint Paul.


Karen K.O. Parker


Office Administrator and legal assistant for the Minneapolis criminal law firm of Wold Morrison Law. Originally from Minnetonka/Deephaven, Minnesota. Lives in the Saint Paul/Highland Park area and is a 1975 graduate of Highland Park High School, Saint Paul. Attended Inver Hills Junior College in an associate of arts program. Was a volunteer licensed respite foster parent for several years with the Dakota County Crisis Nursery, and also did some community work for local battered women’s shelters providing services for women and children of abuse. Currently and for the past several years volunteers for the Dorothy Day Center’s program “Loaves and Fishes” preparing and serving meals for the homeless in downtown St. Paul. Loves living in St. Paul with all it’s cultural diversity and opportunities for all young people.

Kumar Balasubrahmanyan


A St. Paul native, Kumar Balasubrahmanyan graduated from St. Olaf College in 2011 with degrees in History and Exercise Science. He served as an Americorps member with College Possible for two years as a Junior and Senior Coach at Robbinsdale Cooper High School. He then transitioned to College Possible's Leadership Team, where he worked as a Program Coordinator and Program Manager.  He now works as the Manager of Advancement at College Possible.


Tom Lancaster


Tom graduated from St. Paul Central in 2007.  He went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Discourse from Beloit College in 2011 and is currently working on his MBA at Augsburg University. He is the communications associate at the Minnesota Private College Council where he, among other things, contributes to communications that advocates the increase in the Minnesota State Grant, a grant that provides support for low- and middle- income college students in Minnesota. Tom has a passion for higher education, St. Paul, Central and was a very close friend to Devin. 


Charlie Brower


Born and raised in St. Paul, Charlie Brower graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  He then spent two years researching antibiotic resistance in New Delhi, India as a Fulbright Research Fellow affiliated with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economic and Policy.  Upon returning to the United States, he worked as a Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, a strategy and managerial consultancy that partners with companies globally to drive sustainable growth.  However, as of July 2017, Charlie is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School where is pursuing his passion for public health and public health policy.


James Michael Granse


James Michael Granse graduated from Ferris State University in 2012 with a Business degree focusing in Music Industry Management. He is currently working as a registered paraplanner at Ameriprise Financial where he assists several financial advisors in New Brighton. In his free time he also volunteers at KFAI Fresh Air Radio and The Cedar Cultural Center.  He is a 2007 graduate of St. Paul Central High School.