Wells Foundation Board Members as of May 2017
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
- Lynette Reini-Grandell ~ Vice President & Grants Committee Chair
- Tom Brandt ~ Treasurer
- Karen Sandness ~ Secretary
- Nancy Arguedas
- Lee Brant
- James Davies
- Martha Hoover
- Bill Nelson
- David Schwarz
- Holly Woodhull
- 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. ⇑
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. ⇑
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. ⇑
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 northern Wisconsin woods. ⇑
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 it 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. ⇑
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. ⇑
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. ⇑
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.
David is a Certified Financial Planner™ and a vocalist in the Minnesota Chorale. He has sung with many other choruses in the Twin Cities and New Orleans. He has formerly served on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a board member of Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and NO/AIDS Task Force. David is a member of the usher team at St. Mark’s. He and his late husband Dan Hayes have been members of St. Mark’s since they moved from New Orleans in 1999. ⇑
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. ⇑