Board of Directors

Chair

Bob Erickson

Bob Erickson
Senior Development Associate | Welsh Companies

Bob Erickson has been a member of the DCTC Foundation board of directors for more than six years. Erickson also serves as a board member for Citizens Bank Lakeville and the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Erickson has remained active within the Lakeville community and surrounding areas. In 2004, he retired as the city administrator for Lakeville, Minn., after 14 years of service. He was elected to the Lakeville Area Board of Education in 2009 and currently serves as treasurer. He holds positions as the board liaison for the Lakeville District Finance Advisory Council and is a member of the board of directors and legislative committee for the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. Bob Erickson earned an associate of arts degree in urban planning and attended the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. He resides in Lakeville with his wife of 39 years, Shelley, and enjoys spending time with his two children and three grandchildren.

Vice Chair

Lowell Stolte

Lowell Stolte
Environmental Director | Flint Hills Resources

Lowell Miller Stolte has nearly 30 years of environmental engineering experience that includes consulting for local and federal regulators, 10 years in environmental engineering with 3M, and nearly 15 years in petroleum refining with Flint Hills Resources, a leading supplier of petroleum fuels in the Midwest. As environmental director at Flint Hills, Stolte is responsible for environmental regulatory compliance programs and strategic planning for the site. He is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Minnesota and has previously served on the city of Lakeville Planning Commission, including the role of chairman. He has always had a strong interest in education as exemplified by previous volunteer work with SMART and Storybook Readers literacy programs, Engineers in Schools, Science Olympiad and University of Minnesota student mentoring.

Treasurer

Dale Olson

Dale Olson
Vice President of Finance | Smead Manufacturing

A native of Hastings, Minn., Dale Olson graduated from the DCTC Accounting program in 1977 before earning his MBA at the University of Minnesota.  A certified public accountant, Olson soon advanced to the position of vice president of finance at Smead, a multi-million dollar manufacturer of quality office products. He is responsible for accounting and finance at Smead as well as planning related to insurance, retirement and acquisitions.

Secretary

Ann Byre

Ann Byre
Allina Health Pharmacy Director | Allina Health

A resident of Dakota County, Ann Byre joined the board with a strong desire to help students prepare for the future. Byre has extensive pharmacy operations experience, including expertise regarding health-system based pharmacies, large-chain retail pharmacies and health system strategies. As the director for Allina Health Pharmacy, she oversees retail/outpatient pharmacy locations at Allina Health hospital and clinic locations across the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She earned her PharmD and Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences at South Dakota State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, ages four and one. Her interests include traveling, reading, volunteering, scrapbooking and visiting the family cabin. She looks forward to helping grow the Pharmacy Tech program at DCTC based on recent Minnesota Board of Pharmacy changes in training requirements.

Past Chair

Greg Miller

Greg Miller
President & CEO | Dakota Electric Association

A native of Rochester, Minn., Greg Miller graduated from Rochester John Marshall High School and went on to earn an Associate of Arts from Rochester Community and Technical College and bachelor's degrees in business and computer science from Minnesota State University, Mankato. After working 11years for the Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative in Jordan, Minn., he accepted the position of executive vice president at the Dakota Electric Association in  Farmington, Minn. He was promoted to CEO in 2001. He joined the DCTC Foundation Board in 1998 and has served as chair for many years. "Faculty and staff at DCTC may remember me as the bald 'Full Deal or No Deal Guy' or the very tall and very purple Willie Wonka," Miller said. "Future board members beware." Miller also serves on the Minnesota Zoo Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley. He has been married since 1983 to his wife, DeLonne. The couple has two children, daughter Chanel, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and son Connor, a senior at Apple Valley High School.

Directors

Tolu Adeleye

Tolu Adeleye
Director of Strategy | Thomson Reuters, Eagan

Tolu Adeleye was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up partly in Nigeria and partly across the east coast of the United States. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore in Maryland. He earned an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute Technology Sloan School of Management. He serves as director of strategy at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minn.  He’s also a co-founder of Café de la Pensée, a global idea exchange platform and Minnesota-based startup. Adeleye enjoys teaching, is a passionate tennis player and an avid traveler. He has visited more thanr 100 countries in the last several years.

Amy L. Diede, M.D.

Amy Diede, M.D.
Family Medicine | Apple Valley Medical Center

Amy Diede, M.D., practices family medicine at the Apple Valley Medical Center in Apple Valley, Minn. Diede earned a Bachelor of Science and her M.D. at the University of North Dakota. She did her residency at Methodist Hospital and the University of Minnesota. Her professional focus is on family medicine, women's health, pediatrics and preventive health. She chose her field of medicine because she enjoys the rewards of taking care of an entire family. Diede belongs to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Twin Cities Medical Society, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians and the Minnesota Medical Association. She is certified with the American Board of Family Medicine, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She is actively involved with Crystal Lake Elementary Junior Great Books.

Al Eiden

Al Eiden
Business Development Manager, Safety (ret.) | CHS Inc.

Al Eiden has served in the U.S. workforce for nearly 60 years with more than 46 of those years at CHS Inc. A graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn. Eiden earned a B.A. from the College of St. Thomas and served in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps Medical Unit. He has done pro bono project consulting for the River Heights Chamber of Commerce and Independent School District 199 among others. He has served on the River Heights Chamber Board since 1981 and was on the ISD 199 Board of Education from 1978–1984. Eiden has belonged to the Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Commission since 1992, serving as chair since 2009. He has been a director on the DCTC Foundation Board since 1994, serving as chair for a number of years.

Scott Manwarren

Scott Manwarren
Supply/Marketing Manager | CHS Inc.

As a resident of Rosemount, Scott Manwarren can see DCTC becoming more visible in the community. He recognizes the college's ongoing commitment to students through the application of additional resources. Manwarren has a Masters of Business Administration–Management from the University of North Alabama and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Marketing with an Agronomy emphasis from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is a traveling board member for the Rosemount Area Athletic Association; his previously served on the Minnesota 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees; he is the U of M CFANS Scholarship Golf Tournament board chair; he serves as a committee member for the CHS-United Way Golf Tournament in 2011. Recognized with the U of M Alumni Association Alumni Service Award in 2008, Manwarren is involved with the university's College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.

Clint Schult

Clint Schult
Head of Distributor Development | Maximum Potential

With nearly 17 years of experience with Maximum Potential, Clint Schult has received the opportunity to excel in a wide range of roles. In his present position as head of distributor development, he works closely with current and potential distributors as well as with the company's personal client base. Being an integral member of a successful family business has proved very rewarding. Schult attended the University of Minnesota Duluth, earning a B.A. in business communication. Time away from the office is spent with his wife, Tammy, and the couple's two children, Weston and Violet. Schult also enjoys running, basketball and cycling.

Kerry Sutherland

Kerry Sutherland
General Manager | Life Time Fitness

Kerry Sutherland, a marketing major alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa, has held the position of general manager at the Life Time Fitness Crosstown location in Eden Prairie, Minn. since 1997. In 2010, he also took on the role of skills & development trainer and Crosstown program manager. Sutherland served as assistant head coach of boy's basketball at Saint Bernard's High School in St. Paul, Minn., from 2003 till 2009, helping take his team to three conference championships and three state tournaments.

Joel Trinkle

Joel Trinkle
Vice President, Senior Air Quality Consultant | Barr Engineering Company

Joel Trinkle assists clients with environmental permitting, compliance, and management projects. He has more than 15 years of experience in air quality permitting, regulatory applicability analyses, compliance audits, risk management planning, dispersion modeling, and regulatory-agency negotiation. He has assisted a broad range of clients—including petroleum refiners, renewable fuels producers, forest products companies, utilities, and manufacturers—at facilities in states from Alaska to Louisiana. Joel's assistance has included completing air permit and regulatory applicability analyses in 15 states, managing and preparing PSD and Title V permit applications for clients in a wide range of industries, and presenting instructional courses on air quality permitting to more than 200 clients including Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff, industry representatives, and environmental consultants.

Tony Werner

Tony Werner
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer | Comcast

As the CTO of one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, Tony Werner is responsible for developing and guiding Comcast’s technology strategy and product development. His duties include managing network architecture, next-generation consumer premise technologies, infrastructure and technical standards. Werner previously served as senior vice president and CTO for Liberty Global, Inc., in Englewood, Colo. He received the NCTA Vanguard Award for Science and Technology in 2000 and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2010. A graduate of Dakota County Technical College, Werner resides in Philadelphia, Pa., with his wife, Laurel, and their two German shepherds, Tazer and Xana. You can learn more about Tony Werner by reading the Real Magazine article, "In the Pursuit of Knowledge."

Emily Fox Williams

Emily Fox Williams
Attorney |  Dakota Law, P.L.L.C.

Emily Fox Williams practices law with Dakota Law, P.L.L.C. in Lakeville, primarily in the areas of for-profit and non-profit business law; business succession planning; employment law; contracts; business mergers and sales; and wills and trusts agreements. She completed her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University, and received her law degree at Hamline University School of Law. Emily is licensed to practice law in the states of Minnesota and Iowa. She is also admitted to practice in the United States Court, District of Minnesota. Emily is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and Dakota County Bar Association. She is involved in Lakeville Rotary and the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce, where she also serves on the board.

Tim Wise

Tim Wise
Vice President of Product Support | Ziegler, Inc.

Timothy Wise graduated from Lake Superior State University with a B.S. in accounting in 1984 and was employed in the airline industry from 1984–2001. In December 2001, Wise joined Ziegler as the controller of the company's Engine Division and has held several positions in Ziegler's administration until he was promoted to vice president of product support in 2010. Tim Wise is married with two sons and one daughter and resides in Eagan, Minn.

Ex Offico

Tim Wynes, J.D.

Tim Wynes, J.D.
Interim President | DCTC

Tim Wynes, J.D., has served as president of Inver Hills Community College since 2010. He began serving as interim president at DCTC in July 2013. Previously, he served from 2002-2010 as chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District and from 1996-2002 as executive dean of grants and governmental affairs at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Wynes has served on the full-time faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law and as an adjunct at Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, St. Ambrose University, the University of Missouri Graduate School of Social Work and Missouri Southern State College.

Wynes holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, a juris doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., and has completed coursework in the doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University.

Tharan Leopold

Tharan Leopold
Executive Director of Foundation & Alumni | DCTC

Before starting at Dakota County Technical College in a newly created position in the fall of 2011, Tharan Leopold served as the assistant director of advancement at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn. Prior to Shattuck-St. Mary's, Leopold spent more than a decade as an account executive for KEYC-TV and KAAL, where he managed a $500,000+ account list, increasing the list by 6 percent or more in revenue each year for a decade. He also mentored new staff and grew new client lists. Leopold has a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He resides in Faribault, Minn., with his wife and three boys.

Adjunct

Erin Edlund

Erin Edlund
Director of Institutional Advancement | DCTC

Erin Edlund began working in Marketing and Communications at DCTC in February 2005, eventually becoming the department’s director and later DCTC director of institutional advancement.

A graduate of Algona High School, Edlund elected to attend Drake University, where she received her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication as an advertising and marketing major with an art concentration. She went on to earn a Master of Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas.

Meron Neguisse

Meron Neguisse
Student Senate President | DCTC

Meron is the current Student Senate President. She came from her hometown of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to pursue three associate degrees at DCTC: Management for Technical Professionals, Supervisory Leardership, and Human Resources Development. She joined the Student Senate to get involved in college politics and learn more about student life on campus. She is looking forward to the opportunity to practice her leadership skills and meet new people. Meron plans to pursue her bachelor's degree in Management and Human Resources after graduating from DCTC.

 
Bob Voss

Bob Voss
Board Faculty Representative | Business Entrepreneuer Instructor | DCTC

Back in 2002, after years as a powerhouse entrepreneur, Bob Voss began thinking that he was ready to pass on his knowledge. An expert in video production and duplication, Voss had founded two successful duplication companies in the Twin Cities. He had mastered the business of starting and running a business, but still wasn't satisfied. "I answered an ad in the Star Tribune looking for a business entrepreneur instructor at Dakota County Technical College," Voss said. "I had no teaching experience, but when I walked into the group interview I knew immediately that I had the job."

Voss beat out 50 other applicants that day and earned the chance to get a new program off the ground. As it turned out, the interview committee members must have known what they were doing. Just four years later, Voss was named DCTC 2005-2006 Outstanding Instructor of the Year. In January of 2008, he was named the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship Faculty Member of the Year, a national award that included $1,000 in cash and $1,000 in matching funds to support the DCTC Business Entrepreneur program.

Contact Information

Tharan Leopold
Barbara Seleski

Location

  • Room 2–207

Hours

  • Fall & Spring Semester
    8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday