Wells Foundation Board Members as of June 2019
Board members are listed with officers first followed alphabetically by others. Click on their names to see a photo and biography. To return to the top click on the upward arrow [⇑] at the end of each narrative.
- Inez Bergquist ~ President
- Bill Nelson ~ Vice President
- Martha Hoover ~ Treasurer
- Karen Sandness ~ Secretary
- Barbara Knowles Hanson ~ Grants Chair
- Nancy Arguedas
- Molly Bott
- Lee Brant
- Harriet McCleary
- Gene Sandler
- Robert & Katherine Goodale ~ Honorary Members
Nancy has been a member of St. Mark’s since childhood. Her parents transferred to the Cathedral from St. Stephens during Dean Hancock’s tenure, and she remembers Dean Fontaine making an impromptu visit to their home when he first came to St. Mark’s. Over the years Nancy has been a Sunday school teacher, was a member of the Friday morning Book Group, has served on various committees including Stewardship, and she is currently the glue for the Saturday Morning Book Group.
Outside of St. Mark’s Nancy has been in technology at Wells Fargo since 2000. Most recently she has been involved in information security where she is a project manager for an enterprise level program installing new hardware and software for access management. ⇑
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. ⇑
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. ⇑
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
Bob (at right) 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 left) 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 has continued her support of the Wells Foundation and its board. ⇑
Barbara Knowles Hanson
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. ⇑
Martha is broker/owner of 3 ReMax offices – Hayward, Wisconsin as well as Prior Lake and St. Louis Park, Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota in Economics she has been on previous church and school foundations, and she served on the ISD 719 School Board and her local MADD board. Her father, the late Henry Hoover, was a Deacon and Canon at St. Mark’s and her aunt, Judy Hoover, is a retired Episcopal priest. ⇑
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. ⇑
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. ⇑
Gene became a member of Saint Mark’s in Spring 2017. He volunteers weekly at the bag lunch ministry and prepares food for the Sunday Night Supper when it is held at St. Mark’s. He also reads lessons and prayers at the 8:00 AM service.
Gene was born and raised in Los Angeles, and lived in Berkeley, San Diego, and San Jose before moving to Longmont, Colorado in 2001, and then to Minneapolis in 2005. Gene is a former computer hardware engineer who retired in 2016. He currently lives with his partner in downtown Minneapolis, where they enjoy the many restaurants, the riverfront, and cultural attractions, especially the Minnesota Orchestra. ⇑
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 freelance 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.