Jana is responsible for the strategic direction of the Foundation and assuring the organization has the resources to meet its mission. Prior to her position with the Foundation, Jana served as the Director of other Twin Cities nonprofits and held positions in broadcast and print media. She is involved in the Twin Cities community and has served as a Board Member of Wings Financial, Stillwater Library, the U of M Tourism Center, the Learning Jet and is a Council Member of Explore Minnesota. Jana holds degrees in Psychology and Communications from the University of Minnesota.
Patty is responsible for internal organizational operations and support to the Executive Director including human resources, finance and budgeting, Board Member communications and departmental support up to and including supervision of staff. Prior to joining the Foundation, Patty was employed by Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines as a Buyer in the Projects Group. She was also a Vice President and Controller in New Jersey for an executive search firm.
DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATION PROGRAMS
Laura oversees the Travelers Assistance program, including nearly 600 Foundation volunteers, as well as key, strategic initiatives such as the Foundation’s Animal Ambassador Program, Minnesota Tourism and Community Engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, Laura worked for 13 years for Girl Scouts River Valleys, most recently as Senior Director of Volunteer Support. In that role, she developed strategic, research-driven plans to support 850 administrative volunteers and 11,000 troop leaders in 49 counties.
Ben leads the Arts and Culture program at both Terminals 1
and 2 at MSP International Airport. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ben was Program Officer for the Minnesota State Arts Board, where he managed the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program, acquiring works of art
for communities throughout Minnesota using up to one percent of state-funded
capital construction or renovation project budgets. He has more than a decade of experience in public art management for statewide public art agencies in the United States.
SENIOR MANAGER OF VOLUNTEER
Sara recruits, trains, retains, and recognizes Airport Foundation MSP volunteers and provides strategy and direction for volunteer program development. Sara has nearly 20 years of experience in volunteer management, program operations, community partnerships, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sara was in local youth social enterprise. Most recently, as Associate Director, she oversaw Cookie Cart’s youth program, bakery operations, and volunteers at both their Minneapolis and Saint Paul locations.