Board of Directors

Board members listed are current as of January 2020

Inez Bergquist

Inez Bergquist

President

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.

Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

Vice President

Bill is a long-time parishioner at St. Mark’s along with his dear wife Marilyn. A former president and treasurer of Wells Memorial, Bill has had an extensive background in the Twin Cities non-profit community as well as holding administrative positions in the for-profit sector. Bill is a long-standing member of the St. Mark’s usher team.

Molly Bott

Molly Bott

Treasurer

Molly was introduced to St. Mark’s through her partner Julie Neal, a long-time St. Mark’s member and life-long Episcopalian. They were married in 2014 and have been together for over 24 years.

She was born and raised in North St. Paul, MN and has always lived in the Twin Cities area. After graduating from St. Mary’s University in Winona she began her professional career in customer service at US West and West Publishing. Earning a Master’s in Telecommunications took her career path in a new direction leading to consulting roles at GE IT Solutions and Maryville Technologies. However, ultimately, she found her niche spending more than 20 years in enterprise sales for BMC Software, CA Technologies and finally as an Enterprise Account Executive for ServiceNow.

She has also served as a board member for the Mixed Blood Theater since 2008.

Harriet McCleary

Harriet McCleary

Secretary

Harriet McCleary retired from St. Olaf College in May of 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Voice, Emerita. She still teaches voice at her home studio. She is a member of the Cathedral Choir, serves as vocal coach to the Choristers, and volunteers for Sunday Night Supper. Dr. McCleary has been a member of St. Mark’s since 1998.

Barbara Knowles Hanson

Barbara Knowles Hanson

Grants Chair

A life-long Episcopalian, Barbara first joined St. Mark’s in 1973. She sang in the choir for 20 years and also served on the Wells Board for 3 years until leaving Minneapolis for Dallas, where she lived for 24 years until returning to Minneapolis in February 2018. While in Minneapolis, she worked for 18 years for First Bank System, primarily in retail lending, but ending her career there in the FBS Foundation with responsibility for arts giving. She did some contract work for both the Bush Foundation and the Cowles Media Foundation before leaving Minneapolis. While in Texas, she spent 15 years in the Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center as a Clinical Coordinator. Her interactions with cancer patients and the 40+ physicians were a high point of her career there.

She eagerly anticipates her upcoming time on the Wells Board. 

The Very Reverend Paul Lebens-Englund

The Very Reverend Paul Lebens-Englund

Dean's Permanent Seat

Paul became Dean of the Cathedral in 2014 after serving in a number of leadership roles within the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane. He served as Priest-in-Charge of St. David’s Episcopal Church, Spokane, WA. Following seminary at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, Paul served as curate at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Spokane, WA. He then served as vicar of Holy Trinity, Spokane, where he spent 2 years re-starting this historic downtown church. After six years of congregational work, he served the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane as Canon for Congregational Development and then as Canon to the Ordinary. Prior to attending seminary, Paul worked in community mental health and addiction services.

Lee Brant

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.

Robert and Katherine Goodale (In Memoriam)

Robert and Katherine Goodale (In Memoriam)

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

He and his wife Kathie had four children. Kathie was a dancer, and she and Bob were major philanthropists and patrons of the arts in the Twin Cities area. They endowed the restoration of the Goodale Theatre at the Cowles Center, the former Shubert Theater.

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. Kathie was very involved with the social service grantees and supported many of them personally.

Bob died in 2014, and Kathie died in 2020.

Dave Nickel

Dave Nickel

Dave Nickel is a semi-retired marketing and advertising professional, who has served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and worked with Dayton Hudson Corporation and Medtronic.

Dave and wife Mary Nickel, a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Ob-Gyn health care, are long time members of St. Mark’s. They have two daughters, two grandchildren, and two “bonus” grandkids.

Dave is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa with a degree in Music Education. Dave has sung in many church choirs, including St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir and the Summer Singers. He has held board positions with the Minnesota Dachsund Club, as president, and the Summer Singers, and has been a volunteer with the Minnesota Reading Corps. Dave and Mary have bred and finished championships on more than 20 of their long haired dachshunds.

Dave is nominated for his first three-year term on the Wells Foundation board, for the January 2020-December 2022 term.

John Nuechterlein

John Nuechterlein

John Nuechterlein has been a member of St. Mark’s for 20 years. He served on the Church Council (Vestry) for three terms over that time, and the Stewardship Committee for four years.

He also co-chaired the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee in 2008, an effort that published significant Oral Histories of congregation members and commissioned the hymn Open Our Lips, O God, To Sing for the Anniversary Service of Celebration.

John has been an integral part of the Music Ministry for his entire 20-year history at the church. He served on the Organ Restoration Committee in 2012 and has been the lead volunteer for the Music Series for over 15 years. He has also been a member of the Cathedral Choir since 1998.

John recently retired as President/CEO of the American Composers Forum based in St. Paul, and lives in St. Louis Park with his husband Dan. John is nominated for his first three-year board term, 2020-22, on the Wells board.

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