Meet the Foundation’s Volunteer Leaders
A volunteer board of directors with wide-ranging backgrounds — including representatives from the city, schools, chamber of commerce, clergy, and civic organizations — oversees the Eden Prairie Community Foundation.
Board members typically serve two, three-year terms and have a number of specific governing responsibilities, including duties to exercise reasonable care when making decisions, comply with governing documents, and assure the financial accountability of the organization.
Here is your Board of Directors for 2021-22:
Carlos Berger, Board Chair
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 Corporation.
He has also served as the head of business development for Shelter for Life International, a disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization.
Carlos 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. Carlos and his wife love gardening, travel, and family time.
Jay Lotthammer, Vice Chair
For the past nine years, Jay Lotthammer has been the Parks and Recreation director for the City of Eden Prairie. Previously, he spent nearly 19 years working for the City of Brooklyn Park. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University.
Jay is currently the past president of the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association and has also served as the MRPA’s president, board member and chair of the Continuing Education Committee. He also currently serves as the treasurer for the Star of the North State Games.
Jay and his wife Shannon have lived in Eden Prairie for more than 10 years.
Tom Wargolet, Treasurer
Tom Wargolet is currently vice president and chief financial officer at Christensen Farms, in Sleepy Eye, Minn.
Previous to that he was the senior vice president and chief operation officer at Eden Prairie’s Lifetouch, Inc., and CFO at several Twin Cities-area companies, including Ciprico Inc., TeeMaster.com, and EnStar Inc. He became a certified public accountant in 1985.
He and his wife, Cindy, have lived in Eden Prairie for 27 years and they have three grown children who all attended EP schools. His involvement includes service as a board member and treasurer at PROP, the social-services agency serving Eden Prairie and Chanhassen.
Mary Jayne Crocker, Secretary
Mary Jayne Crocker has been with Bridgewater Bank since its origin and has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2014. Prior to her role as COO, she was the bank’s Senior Vice President of Communications, where she was instrumental in building awareness of the Bridgewater Bank brand, creating the branch network, introducing banking solutions and helping develop a strong positive culture.
In her current role, Mary Jayne is responsible for directing the implementation of all strategic initiatives. Each day she ensures BWB delivers on its promise to be the finest entrepreneurial bank in the Twin Cities to clients, investors and BWB team members alike.
Mary Jayne has been a resident of Eden Prairie since 1992. Her three children all attended EP schools. She is incredibly grateful for all the community has to offer.
Tina Palmer, Past Chair
Tina Palmer, MA, CFRE has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years with significant leadership experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, management, and board governance.
Currently, she is the Senior Development Officer, Neurosciences and M Health Fairview, for the University of Minnesota Foundation. Previously, she has worked in leadership positions at Avivo, Catholic Charities, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Volunteers of America, and Scholarship America.
Tina and her family have enjoyed living in Eden Prairie since 1998. She is actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and provides regular speaking engagements and consulting on behalf of nonprofit organizations throughout the metro area.
Pastor Rod Anderson, Director
In 1977, Pastor Rod Anderson and his wife, Julane, and their three children – Nathan Ben and Chelsea – moved to Eden Prairie, where he was the first called pastor to a new congregation named St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Back then the community was more akin to the rural and small-town Cannon Falls community where Rod and Julane grew up, but it was poised to grow up to become the top place to live and work, learn and play, and worship that it is today.
Serving the community as pastor for 34 years, Pastor Rod played key roles in establishing and growing “philanthropic” programs and services, including PROP, St. Andrew Job Transition Networking Group, and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. He is a founder and board member for Eden Prairie Local News.
Currently he has part-time “encore” employments as ambassador coordinator for Gustavus Adolphus College and as chaplain for The Waters of EP Senior Living. Rod and family spend time at the lake for fun and for maintaining his collection of one 1948 John Deere tractor.
Mary Battista, Director
Mary Battista is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, certified personal trainer, and the sole proprietor of Prairie Health Companion, a private health coaching business located in Eden Prairie since 2011. She began her career working on stroke and cardiac rehabilitation.
She has lived in Eden Prairie for 29 years with her husband, Dr. Steve Battista, and they have four grown children, all of whom attended Eden Prairie schools, kindergarten through grade 12. Mary has served on health and wellness committees for the Eden Prairie Schools and the City of Eden Prairie.
Mary loves to be active, including practicing yoga, walking, biking, and paddle boarding.
Alfonso Chicre, Director
Alfonso Chicre is originally from Colombia and has been in the United States for 19 years.
He earned a master’s degree in business management from Hamline University and has 14-plus years of experience in merchandising, inventory, diversity and sales. Alfonso is currently working at BSH (Bosch Siemens Home Appliances group) as a senior national sales account manager.
Alfonso and his family have lived in Eden Prairie for 15 years and enjoy spending time with family and friends. He is also a member of the Eden Prairie Toastmasters Association.
Janet Eian, Director
Jan and her husband Nick owned Endurant Business Solutions and she previously was an owner and director of five Sylvan Learning and Technology Centers in the Twin Cities area. She started her career as a special-education resource teacher.
In addition to serving as an Eden Prairie School Board member for four years, Jan has been a board member for Onward Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary, including as president, and Southdale YMCA.
Mark Freiberg, Director
Mark Freiberg and his wife Patty have lived in Eden Prairie since 1981 and raised three children here. He spent 30 years in the real estate and housing finance industries and has been involved in a number of groups in Eden Prairie, including the City of Eden Prairie’s Heritage Preservation Commission, the city’s Planning Commission, the Eden Prairie Historical Society, the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club, and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s Development Committee.
Mark is serving his first term on the Eden Prairie City Council and is the city council’s representative to the Eden Prairie Community Foundation Board of Directors.
Tori Hill, Director
Tori and her husband, Leon, are longtime Eden Prairie residents and parents to Brandon, Toria, and Naya.
In addition to serving as a trustee/chairperson at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Tori has been a board member for organizations such as the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, Eden Prairie Magazine, C.O.P.E. Project, and Ripley Foundation. She has been active in the Eden Prairie Schools and served on the Eden Prairie Community Educational Services Advisory Council.
Astrid Mozes, Director
Astrid Mozes, an Eden Prairie resident, is vice president of power and motion controls, hydraulics business, at Eaton Corp.
Since joining Eaton in 1990, she has held a number of positions including chief technology officer of the company’s Hydraulics Group, and has contributed in the areas of strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions, among others. She was nominated and became the honoree for the Manufacturing Institute’s prestigious list of top 100 women in North America.
Educated in Sweden, she speaks six languages and holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
PG Narayanan, Director
PG Narayanan is the founder and CEO of SmiForce, Inc., and has more than 25 years of senior-level management experience in research and development, product marketing, marketing communications, channel development, operations, manufacturing, and customer service. He has managed budgets ranging from $1 million to $300 million.
He currently serves on the Eden Prairie City Council. Previously, he was a board member and president (2010) of the India Association of Minnesota, chair of the City of Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission, and chair of the Foundation’s board of directors. PG has also served as a board member of TPT Television and the Minnesota High Tech Association.
He resides in Eden Prairie.
Pastor Paul Nelson, Director
Paul Nelson is senior pastor for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, a calling he has gratefully served for the past 22 years.
Having grown up next door in Bloomington, Paul’s connections to Eden Prairie go farther back as he worked at Olympic Hills Golf Course in high school, served as youth worker previously at Immanuel, and intern-pastored at Prairie Lutheran Church. Paul also serves as vice chair for the board of Vibrant Faith Ministries, is past president of the Eden Prairie Ministerial Association, and is a member of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary.
He and his wife Karen, a native of Eden Prairie and teacher at the middle school, are proud parents of two daughters, and are thrilled to regularly spend time taking care of two granddaughters.
Jill Slipper Scholtz, Director
Jill Slipper Scholtz is a licensed attorney, mediator, and facilitator with 20 years of experience in racial equity work. Jill 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, Jill 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.