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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)Vanee Dusoruth, Lisa Thornquist, Julie Nielsen,Kari Boe-Schmidtz, Michael Noonan, Michael Tupy, Paul Kroening, Jodie Wierimaa, Kathie Doty. From left to right (Front Row): Brittany Kellerman, Nancy Skilling, Melissa Illies, Jodell O'Connell, Karen Marquardt, Michelle McGraw, Amy Luedtke, Nick Peterson, Kate Kingery, Meg Knodl. Cohort Members Not Pictured: Kathy Kardell, Charlene Hatcher, Jeremy Jones, Alison Schubring, Ron White, Leanne Rajtar, Vanessa Bailey, Barb Johnson, Bob Kelly, Michael Rossman, Bob Sorensen, Melissa Barker, Derwin Ellis, and Paul Buschmann.

Members of the Cohort include representatives from the following Hennpin County departments:
  • Budget and Finance - Katherine Kardell
  • Community Corrections -
  • County Administration - Kate Kingery
  • County Attorney - Jodie Wierimaa and Charlene Hatcher
  • Environmental Services - Paul Kroening
  • Health -
  • Housing, Community Works & Transit - Melissa Illies, Ron White
  • Human Resources - Leanne Rajtar and Kari Boe-Schmidtz
  • Human Services - Jodell O'Connell, Barb Johnson, Lisa Thornquist
  • Information Technology - Bob Kelly
  • Innovation and Excellence -
  • Internal Audit - Kalin McCormick
  • Library - Amy Luedtke and Michele McGraw
  • Medical Examiner's Office - Michael Rossman
  • Northpoint Health & Wellness Center - Julie Nielsen
  • Property Services - Michael Tupy
  • Public Affairs - Carolyn Marinan and Meg Knodl
  • Public Defender - Bob Sorensen
  • Public Works Management Support -
  • Sheriff's Department - Derwin Ellis
  • Strategic Planning and Resources - Michael Noonan
  • Resident and Real Estate Services - Vanessa Bailey, Dana Colestock
  • Transportation - Nick Peterson
Click here for Information on Cohort Meetings and Resources


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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