Board of Directors
The Board of Directors are a group of skilled, talented and committed individuals who are deeply dedicated to the mission and vision of The Grief Club.
Susan has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic community most recently as the Executive Director of the WCA Foundation at the Minneapolis Foundation. Additional philanthropic roles Susan has held include leadership with the Valspar and Pentair Foundations, Thrivent Charitable, Flint Hills Resources and United Way. Susan holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas, and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management/Public Administration from Hamline University. She was also selected as a Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota in 2018. Susan serves on the Allina Health Patient Experience Advisory Board and as a Member of the Minnetonka Coalition for Equitable Education. Previous service includes the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation Board, Allina Health Quality Council and as a Minnetonka City Council Member. Susan is at her best with her husband, Matt, and children, Justin and Hilary, by her side.
Dennis is the Chief Financial Officer at Pohlad Companies. Dennis has over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting roles in both public and private companies, including Carlson Companies, Buca di Beppo and United Sports Brands. Prior to Pohlad, he was the founder and principal of Boyd Consulting Group, LLC. Dennis is a Certified Management Accountant and has his MBA from the University of Minnesota. He is also active in the Boy Scouts of America through leadership in the Twin Cities Northern Star Council. Dennis was born and raised in west-central Wisconsin. He is married to Michelle and has four amazing children.
Geoff, a University of Minnesota graduate, spent the first 20 years of his career as an employee benefit consultant for multiple national consulting firms. He then worked in executive positions within United Health Group and following his retirement he co-developed a successful e-commerce business. Over the past 15 years Geoff has served on the Board of multiple non-profits including the Bloomington Theater and Arts organization and Milkweed Press in which he currently serves on their Executive Committee and is the HR Committee Chair. He is also on the Board of a small for-profit technology services company. Geoff loves spending time with his kids and grandkids and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time on the golf course.
Janny Schall Gothro
Janny Schall Gothro
Janny greatly enjoyed her long career as a Nurse Practitioner in OB-GYN and the intimate privilege it provided in helping women bring a life into this world. After retiring she changed her focus to the other end of the life cycle. Studies in bioethics and counseling led to a certification in grief & bereavement and end-of-life planning. Her own and her children’s experiences with death strengthened her appreciation for the value of professional support, education and guidance in processing grief. Janny also leads end of life ministries at her church. Janny and her husband Geoff have four children between them and five grandchildren. She enjoys golf and yoga and is a devoted lover of golden retrievers.
Susan enjoyed a career centering on supporting grieving children. She received her M.A. in professional psychology from the University of St. Thomas and was certified as a spiritual director through the Wayzata Cenacle. She served on the founding Board of Directors at Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners. Susan has practiced as a children’s grief therapist for several organizations in the metro area and was integral in the start up of two of them. Following her retirement, Susan has volunteered with her pet therapy dog, Maya, a sweet golden retriever. She also volunteers in the IOCP food shelf, and as a gardener at Noerenberg Memorial Gardens. Susan and Mick have been married 55 years, and have two daughters and five incredible grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, practicing yoga, long walks with friends, reading, gardening, cooking, studying the Enneagram and welcomes opportunities to learn, grow and serve.
Mike brings a wealth of public relations experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. At International Dairy Queen, he ran its international magazine, corporate contributions and Children’s Miracle Network cause marketing programs. Mike has also worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Pinky Swear Foundation, Second Harvest Heartland, March of Dimes and Northfield Shares. His roles have ranged from marketing communications and grant making to fundraising and executive director. Mike, and his wife Jill, have two sons and enjoy volunteering for their activities.
Chad has nearly 30 years of experience working in executive roles for nonprofits. He is the former Senior Vice President of Operations at YMCA, and currently is the Chief Operating Officer with Fishing for Life. Chad has served on several Boards of Directors including Youth Intervention Program Association, Sioux YMCA Board of Trustees, Peacemaker Center, Northwest Community Health Council and the Anoka County Child and Family Council. He is married to Lisa, a first grade teacher, and together they have 2 adult children.
Amy has been the director of communications and community engagement for the Wayzata Public Schools for the past 10 years. She brings over 30 years of experience in education, non-profit and small business communications and public relations. After the death of her husband Charlie in 2006, when her children were young, Amy knows first hand how crucial it is to have high-quality grief support for kids and their families. Amy’s greatest joy is being mom to Laura, Kelly and Ben and she loves traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Eric joined KARE 11 in November of 1996 as a sports reporter and in 2012 was named weeknight sports anchor and sports director at KARE. As a sports reporter Perkins gained much attention with his “Perk at Play” segment. He has also covered major sporting events including 5 Olympic Games. Eric is the creator of Perk’s Pinky Swear MessFest. He has served as an event emcee for organizations like Pinky Swear, Children’s Minnesota, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Second Harvest Heartland, St. Jude, SpareKey and more. Eric is married with two daughters and a son. Of all the great athletic events he’s covered, he says nothing compares to sitting in the stands and cheering on his kids as they pursue their passions.
Marty previously worked as an Administrative Assistant and Special Needs Paraprofessional in a metro area middle school. She has always enjoyed helping families with a new found passion for those navigating their way through grief. She played basketball for Augustana University and graduated with a degree in Social Work. In 2016, Marty’s husband died unexpectedly, leaving her and their five children to grieve his death. She loves spending time with her family and especially enjoys their time at their Canadian cabin.
Mary Beth Roane
Mary Beth Roane
Retired airline employee, Mary Beth has been a devoted mother and wife to her family of five children, husband of 35 years and new grandson. Following the 1999 drowning of her 11 month old son, The Jack Alexander Roane Memorial Endowment Fund was established at Ronald McDonald House Charities-Upper Midwest. Mary Beth served on and was the chair of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House. She was instrumental in helping establish the partnership with RMH Charities for the vision and building of Faith’s Lodge, as well as, funding and designing the RMH inside of Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.