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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

Cohort Photo

From left to right (Back Row): Emily Mueller, Lisa Thornquist, Kathie Doty, Alisa Salewski, Susan Fritze (standing in for Vanessa Bailey and Dana Colestock), Erik Erickson. From left to right (Front Row): Kari Boe-Schmidtz, Melissa Illies, Nick Peterson, Leanne Rajtar,Christy Dording, Spectra Myers.

Cohort Members Not Pictured: Vanessa Bailey, Linda Berglin, Erik Broberg, Dana Colestock, Courtney Hougham, Barb Johnson, Katherine Kardell, Bob Kelly, Meg Knodl, Paul Kroening, Carolyn Marinan, Kalin McCormick, Christy Mulligan, Julie Nielsen, Michael Noonan, Alison Schubring, Halston Sleets, Bob Sorenson, Michael Tupy, Jodie Wierimaa, Ron White.

(Members as of December 2015)

Members of the Cohort include representatives from the following Hennepin County departments:
  • Budget and Finance - Katherine Kardell
  • Communications - Carolyn Marinan
  • Community Corrections - Courtney Hougham
  • Community Works - Melissa Illies, Ron White
  • County Attorney - Christy Dording, Jodie Wierimaa
  • Environment and Energy - Paul Kroening, Halston Sleets
  • Examiner of Titles - Alison Schubring
  • Health - Linda Berglin
  • Human Resources - Kari Boe-Schmidtz, Leanne Rajtar
  • Human Services - Erik Erickson, Barb Johnson, Lisa Thornquist
  • Information Technology - Bob Kelly
  • Innovation and Excellence - Alisa Salewski, Meg Knodl
  • Internal Audit - Kalin McCormick
  • Library - Christy Mulligan
  • Medical Examiner's Office - TBD
  • Northpoint Health & Wellness Center - Amy Kodet, Helene Woods
  • Property Services - Michael Tupy
  • Public Defender - Bob Sorensen
  • Public Works, Administration, and Information Technology - Erik Broberg
  • Resident and Real Estate Services - Dana Colestock, Michelle Sorenson
  • Sheriff's Department - TBD
  • Strategic Planning and Resources - TBD
  • Transportation - Nick Peterson

Download the Cohort Member List

Click here for Information on Cohort Meetings and Resources


Cohort Challenge

The 2015 Cohort Member Challenge is another way to engage with UMN resources that are relevant to your work. We are asking you to do each of the following tasks to represent your department. We will be checking in throughout the year on your progress. Those who complete the challenge will receive a great HUP give-away!

2015 Challenge

HUP Surveys

Are there any HC projects in collaboration with the University that you are working on? Any projects completed? Tell us about it!

Please follow the links here to complete surveys and help us document ongoing and completed projects between Hennepin and the University! This information is compiled in the HUP annual reports.

Initial Survey - Document a New Project Here

Follow Up Survey - Document a Project in the Works

Final Survey - Document a Project that is Completed

Any students working with you?

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