Jill Slipper Scholtz was elected as a new member of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s board of directors on June 17, and Carlos Berger was elected board chair for 2021-22.
Scholtz is a licensed attorney, mediator, and facilitator with 20 years of experience in racial equity work. She also served on the Eden Prairie School Board for two, four-year terms and has presented nationally on policy leadership for educational equity. As a conflict resolution specialist and consultant, Scholtz has facilitated multiple dialogues around race, police conduct, and equity in the workplace. Her article “Racially Diverse Community Conversations: Designing a Process That Includes All Voices” was published in 2020 by the Dispute Resolution Institute. She is also a fabric artist and her social justice quilts have been a part of local and national exhibits on race and equity.
Carlos Berger is the owner and operator of System4 Minnesota, a commercial cleaning and facility services management enterprise. Previously, he spent 22 years in international sales of complex B2B technology-driven solutions. Among other roles, he was director of sales – telecom segment at Cummins Power Generation, and manager global marketing and business development at Eaton Corp. He has also served as the head of business development for Shelter for Life International, a disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization.
Berger moved to Eden Prairie over 15 years ago, and lives here with his wife and two teenage sons. He has been actively involved in Menttium, Rotary International, STRIVE mentoring program, Prairie Lutheran Church, and Toastmasters.
Rounding out the Foundation’s team of officers for 2021-22 are: Jay Lotthammer, vice chair; Tom Wargolet, treasurer; Mary Jayne Crocker, secretary; and Tina Palmer, past chair.
Other community leaders currently serving on the Foundation’s board of directors are: Pastor Rod Anderson, Mary Battista, Alfonso Chicre, Jan Eian, Mark Freiberg, Tori Hill, Astrid Mozes, PG Narayanan, and Pastor Paul Nelson.
Primarily known as a grant maker, the Foundation has assisted individuals and families living in poverty, funded vital services to older adults and individuals living with disabilities, strengthened community services, and provided scholarships and access to after-school programs for local youth. For more information, visit its website at www.epcommunityfoundation.org.