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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

  • Budget and Finance - Katherine Kardell
  • Communications - Carolyn Marinan
  • Community Corrections - Courtney Hougham
  • Community Works - Melissa Illies
  • County Attorney - Christy Dording, Jodie Wierimaa
  • County Administration - Melissa Booth
  • Environment and Energy - Paul Kroening, Halston Sleets
  • Health - Linda Berglin
  • Human Resources - Mai Xiong
  • Human Services - Erik Erickson, Barb Johnson, Lisa Thornquist, Jodi Beckstrom
  • Information Technology - Bob Kelly
  • Innovation and Excellence - Alisa Salewski, Meg Knodl
  • Internal Audit - Kalin McCormick
  • Library - Christy Mulligan
  • Northpoint Health & Wellness Center - Amy Kodet, Helene Woods
  • Property Services - Michael Tupy
  • Public Works, Administration, and Information Technology - Erik Broberg
  • Resident and Real Estate Services - Dana Colestock, Michelle Sorenson
  • Transportation - Nick Peterson

Cohort Members - no longer active

  • Ron White - Community Works
  • Bob Sorenson - Public Defender
  • Alison Schubring - Examiner of Titles
  • Leanne Rajtar - Human Resources

Download the Cohort Member List

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