Leadership

Board of Directors
The Link’s Board of Directors has a variety of expertise and skill sets that provide critical guidance and governance for the organization. The board members include people from the fields of social work, academia, the legal field, real estate and housing, public relations and marketing, local government, finance and past program participants who have lived experience of homelessness, involvement in the juvenile justice system and/or sexual exploitation.

JASON A. MARVIN
Chair
Boeckermann Grafstrom & Mayer, LLC
CPA, Partner

TOM ARNESON
Board Member
Hennepin County’s Attorney’s Office Juvenile Division
Senior Managing Attorney

DAVID BEHRENS
Board Member
Graco
Engineering Director

CRAIG A. KEPLER
Board Member
Best & Flanagan LLP

SARA DURHMAN
Board Member
Mall of America
Senior Manager Community Relations

JADE JORGENSON
Board Member
Fredrikson & Byron
Attorney

KENDRA J. GARRETT, Ph.D.
Board Member
St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

JAMAR HARDY
Board Member
Edina Realty

BRETT NELSON
Board Member
Keller Williams Classic Realty

MICHAEL O’NEIL
Board Member
Target
Merchandising and eCommerce

REASHONDRA WALKER
Board Member
Past Program Participant of The Link
Licensed Graduate Social Worker

CHRISTINE YOUNG
Board Member
Choice Bank

Community Advisory Board
The Link’s Community Advisory Board is comprised of professionals in nonprofit, government, philanthropy, business and our founders, Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed. This board provides input and oversight in strategic planning, development and administration.

TOM NORDYKE
Chair
Nordyke Inc.

JUDGE DIANE ALSHOUSE
Community Advisory Board Member
Retired Ramsey County Judge

RICK BRAKKEN
Community Advisory Board Member
Oracle

SENATOR SCOTT DIBBLE
Community Advisory Board Member
State Legislator from District 61

REP. LAURIE HALVERSON
Community Advisory Board Member
Minnesota House of Representatives District 51b

KELLEY LINDQUIST
Community Advisory Board Member
Art Space

JIM MARSHALL
Community Advisory Board Member
Founder
Former Vikings Player

OSCAR REED
Community Advisory Board Member
Founder
Former Vikings Player

GENE SCAPANSKI
Community Advisory Board Member
Former The Link Board Chair
Retired Professor St. Thomas University

Youth Leadership: The Link’s Youth Advisory Committees
The Link is a youth and adult led organization and operates all programs in the model of Positive Youth Development. The Link has five youth advisory committees that are made up of youth that have experienced homelessness, sex trafficking and/or involvement in the juvenile justice system. These committees members are paid part-time The Link staff members. They design and oversee our programs, staff hiring, community conduct training and specialized projects such as the Youth Participatory Action Research Project with the University of Minnesota. All committees and members are essential in gaining true expert insight and voice. The committees also offer the opportunity for youth to gain career development and leadership skills.

Project Live Out Loud designs and oversees our culturally specific housing program for youth who are experiencing homelessness and identify as LGBTQ.

Power of Youth Advisory Committee designs and oversees our programming for youth who are experiencing homelessness in suburban communities.

Survivor Advisory Committee Youth who has experienced sexual exploitation who design and oversee our programs for sexually exploited youth in our Safe Harbor Division.

RILE Advisory Committee designs and oversees programming for youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.

The Peris Advisory Committee designs and oversees programming for youth who are exiting foster care.