Board of Directors

Mary Dutra is a senior financial services executive with a broad range of payment system, sales and operations experience. She served as Vice-President of MoneyGram International. Mary attended Lakewood Community College in White Bear Lake with primary studies in business management.

Howard Gochberg received a B.S. degree in Social Sciences from the City College of New York and a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. Before retirement, he was Vice-President, Logistics/Custom Products at Land O’Lakes, Inc. with responsibility for three operating divisions and the supply chain management function for dairy-based foods.

Robert Hines attended Grinnell College and graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in political Science. He is a former radio and television host and was President of a broadcasting company.
Robert has also served on the board of several non-profit organizations dealing with health care issues.

James Reed is software engineer who retired after thirty years in the computer industry. The majority of his work was with Control Data Corporation as a lead designer and software architect, a role in
which he wrote documents leading to software development for products and/or customized solutions for customers. James earned a B.A. in chemistry from Purdue University.

Barbara Kaufman has spent nearly 45 years in management positions in human services. She retired as executive director of Genesis II for Women, a program that offers day treatment to women who are chronic child abusers. In addition she has served in leadership positions for organizations including the Minnesota Senior Federation, the YMCA, Health Partners, the National Association of Social Workers–Minnesota Chapter, and Ethics Committee and National Association of Social Workers. She earned an M.S.W. from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.

Jerry Irsfeld was an elementary school teacher for 32 years in Crookston and Roseville school districts, with stints as principal and assistant principal. For over 30 years he was a board member, secretary, and president of the Ramsey County School Safety Patrol Foundation.  He earned his B.S. and M.S. from Moorhead State University.

Frank Pleticha is Senior Manager of Client Experience and Strategic Insights at Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis. His work focuses on helping clients increase their probability of making successful marketing decisions via well-designed and highly actionable research. He has over 15 years of experience leading project teams to deliver insightful, value-added research. Frank has an M.B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago.

Ex Official Members

Lee Graczyk currently serves as CEO of Mature Voices Minnesota.  Previously he was Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Senior Federation.  He attended St. Cloud State University and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elective Studies.

James Garlough practices law in the Minneapolis metropolitan Area where he specializes in estate planning, family law and non-profit management and civil litigation. He graduated from the North Dakota School of Law and is admitted to practice in Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the United States Supreme Court.