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Hennepin County Cohort

Purpose Statement

The Hennepin County Cohort was created in 2011 to increase the level of productive partnerships between Hennepin County and The University of Minnesota. Members of the Cohort are liaisons within their departments and work to catalyze greater levels of connection in areas that benefit both Hennepin County and the University. Specifically, Cohort members:

  1. Provide information, updates, and access to University resources
  2. Act as the key point of contact with the HUP office
  3. Support efforts to measure and communicate about results

Cohort Members

County Administration

  • Human Resources - Scott Vargo
  • Human Resources - Mai Xiong
  • Office of Budget & Finance - Thomas Rupp


  • Hennepin Health - Mark Brooks
  • NorthPoint Health & Wellness - Helene Woods, Leah Post-Ratliff

Human Services

  • Access & Case Management - Jodi Beckstrom
  • Community-Based Services - Erik Erickson, Lisa Fleming
  • Housing - Lisa Thornquist, Lexi Prahl


  • Audit, Compliance, & Investigation Services - Jeremy Lostetter
  • Center of Innovation & Excellence - Alisa Salewski, Meg Knodl
  • Communications - Carolyn Marinan
  • Facility Services - Michael Tupy
  • Resident and Real Estate Services - Michelle Sorenson

Public Safety

  • Community Corrections & Rehabilitation - Courtney Hougham
  • Sheriff's Office - Major Tracey Martin

Public Works

  • Community Works - Melisa Illies
  • Environment & Energy - Paul Kroening
  • IT - Erik Broberg
  • Management Support - Alison Bong
  • Transportation Operations - Trudy Elsner
  • Transportation Project Delivery - Jessa Trboyevich, Kristy Morter
Former Cohort Members

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