Wells Foundation Board Members as of January 2020
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
- Molly Bott ~ Treasurer
- Harriet McCleary ~ Secretary
- Barbara Knowles Hanson ~ Grants Chair
- Lee Brant
- Dave Nickel
- John Nuechterlein
- Gene Sandler
- Robert & Katherine Goodale ~ Honorary Members
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. ⇑
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 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. ⇑
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. ⇑