Board members as of January, 2017

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Inez Bergquist ~ President, Executive Committee

♦ Robert Oganovic ~ Vice President, Executive Committees

♦ Thomas Brandt ~ Treasurer, Executive Committee

♦ Karen Sandness ~ Secretary, Executive Committee

♦ Lee Brant

 James Davies ~ President Emeritus and Non-Voting Committee Member

♦ Katherine and Robert Goodale (in memory)

♦ Richard Helling

♦ Lynette Reini-Grandell ~ Grants Committee Chair

♦ Holly Woodhull


bergquistInez Bergquist

Inez is a nonprofit consultant. She and her husband John have been members of St. Mark's since 1981. She has been senior warden of St. Mark's, president of the Wells Board, a member of the stewardship committee, chair of the Capital Campaign, leader of several Dickens Dinner events, and an usher and altar guild member.

Outside of St. Mark's she has been a representative for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota on the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches board, president of the University of Minnesota Library Friends, president of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Friends, and volunteer with several other nonprofits.

John is a bluegrass musician, editor, and Sherlock Holmes aficionado. He and Inez attend musical and University Library events when they are not bonding with four grandchildren and their two sons, Jim and Steve. [Return to top]



Tom Brandt

Tom has been a resident of Minneapolis and a member of St. Mark’s since 1982. At the Cathedral he has been a long-term volunteer in the nursery and has also been involved in music, youth and family activities. He is committed to the Wells Foundation in its mission of assisting organizations and in activities that can make a difference in addressing social and economic issues that affect Minneapolis and the larger community.

Tom has retired from the practice of law with Wells Fargo where he focused primarily on business and financial transactions. [Return to top]





Lee Brant

Lee and her family have been members of St. Mark's since 1970. She has served as both Junior and Senior Warden, has been a Director of the Altar Guild, and was a long time member of the Cathedral Choir.

Her work background includes being a real estate broker and operating a full service property management business. She is currently a board member of Senior Community Services.

Lee has a strong commitment to social outreach and is dedicated to the Wells Foundation's long history of giving assistance to community programs that provide basic needs, education, and strength and support to those who are less advantaged. She enjoys serving in this ministry.  [Return to top]



James Davies

James has been a member of St. Mark's since 2002. He believes that the Wells mission to support innovative social change which alleviates poverty follows the gospel mandate of social justice and helping our neighbor. James sings tenor in the Cathedral Choir and has gone on St. Mark's mission trips to Cuba and Mississippi after hurricane Katrina. He has been an RN at Abbott Northwestern hospital for 30 years, working since 1999 in mental health and HIV/AIDS care.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, James maintains licenses in both law and nursing. He has served on the boards of the Central Community Housing Trust (now Aeon) and the Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation (now Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative). Other interests include biking, hiking with his dog Maggie, playing trombone in the Minnesota Freedom Band, singing in the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, and family time in the north Wisconsin woods.  [Return to top]



b godale

k goodaleKatherine and Robert Goodale (in memory)

Bob (at left) was born in Boston in 1931, and after spending four years at an Episcopalian school, attended Princeton followed by Columbia medical school. He came to Minnesota after a stint as an Army doctor.

He and his wife Kathy (at right) had four children. Kathy was a dancer and she and Bob have been major philanthropists and patrons of the arts in the Twin Cities area. They gave $3.4 million to the Cowles Center to restore the former Shubert Theater that now bears their name.

Bob said that the Wells Board “offers involvement in social problems or ills which are beyond the help of just medical aid.” He found operating through the Board a rewarding experience.

Bob died in 2014 and Kathy continues her participation on the Board. [Return to top]



Richard Helling

Richard has been a member of St. Mark's since 1993. He served on the Altar Guild for three years and organized and traveled on the outreach trip to George, South Africa. He was instrumental in the formation of the St. Mark's chapter of the Cathedral Cross of Nails, and previously served on the Cathedral Council during the mid-2000s.

Richard has 35 years of international trade finance experience with Wells Fargo Bank and is currently Vice-President, Agricultural Commodities Trade Division. Richard's role in sales and marketing is to support the products and servicing needs of Wells Fargo’s large corporate and middle market clients engaged in importing and exporting.

Richard received his BA degree with a double major in Business Administration and History from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. [Return to top]




Robert Oganovic

Bob retired in April 2015 after working 33 years in the world of human resource computer systems for large organizations (Oracle, IBM, Carlson Companies, Honeywell and the US Government). He has attended St. Mark's since 1984 and has been a volunteer singer in the Cathedral Choir that entire time. At St. Mark's he has also been involved in missionary efforts on behalf of Episcopalians in Cuba as well as fund-raising, planned giving, multimedia presentations and event planning.

Bob also sings with the Minnesota Chorale, has composed music for chorus and concert band and is now maintaining the Wells website. [Return to top]




Lynette Reini-Grandell

A resident of Minneapolis’s inner-city Central neighborhood since 1986, Lynette often witnesses and is affected by the problems created by poverty and other kinds of community instability. She has been grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Wells Board and work to make a positive, lasting difference in people’s lives.

As a poet committed to the power of education she teaches English at Normandale Community College and has twice served as President of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English. She has been a member of St. Mark’s since 1995, participating in a wide variety of ministries such as ushering, the Choral Society, peace and reconciliation groups, and Cathedral Council. She is also active in GLBT and other social justice issues and is a volunteer programmer at KFAI community radio, co-hosting Write on Radio. [Return to top]



Karen Sandness

Karen is a native Minnesotan and a graduate of Augsburg College. After living on the East Coast, the West Coast, and in Japan she returned to Minneapolis and joined St. Mark's in 2003. Since then, she has sung in the Cathedral Choir as a second soprano, completed Education for Ministry (a four-year Episcopal education program for lay people), and participated in mission trips to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and Cuba in 2011. Her regular volunteer commitment is Monday Night Supper. While living in Portland, Oregon, she volunteered at a drop-in center for street youth and at a classical radio station.

After eleven years in higher education teaching Japanese she left and became a free-lance Japanese-English translator in 1994. When not translating or doing things at St. Mark's she enjoys attending cultural events, reading mysteries and non-fiction, and travel.[Return to top]



woodhullHolly Woodhull

Holly is a lifelong member of St. Mark's. She has served on the Cathedral Council, including representing the Council on the Wells Board, started the church's Habitat for Humanity involvement, served on past capital campaigns, and taught Sunday school.

She has served as a head usher for close to 20 years and now leads the usher program.

Holly retired recently from a long career with Wells Fargo. She held both management and staff positions in bank operations, technology and insurance.  [Return to top]