Marie has over 17 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) field. She is currently working for Optum Healthcare on their IT Mergers & Acquisition team. Prior to working with Optum, Marie held positions with Travelers Insurance and Ecolab. Marie was born and raised in Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and her Master’s in Business Administration from the College of St. Scholastica. She is currently pursuing a degree in Global Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Marie lives in Lino Lakes with her husband and daughter.
John is an attorney with the Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc. in St. Paul. He practices criminal defense and represents individuals who are charged with crimes. John is originally from Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin before moving to St. Paul to attend William Mitchell College of Law. John currently lives in Vadnais Heights with his wife and daughter.
Danielle is a Manager at CliftonLarsonAllen, working as a controller/CFO in the Public Sector Group. She has 12 years of experience working exclusively with nonprofit organizations ranging between $1M and $50M in revenues. Danielle is a Certified Public Accountant and attended college at St. Catherine University, earning a bachelor’s of Business Administration. She lives in Blaine with her husband and two daughters.
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Abera immigrated from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2011. He studied accounting for two years at Addis Ababa University College of commerce. He is a father of three and lives with his wife and kids in Saint Paul, MN. Abera currently works at Seagate, one of the top technology leading companies in the country as a machine operator and also works part-time at the MSP airport as a customer service agent. He likes working with people and the community. Abera has organized his fellow airport workers to form a labor union and helped to change the state minimum wage at the airport as well. In his spare time Abera likes to admire nature and take walks through forests.