Board of Trustees
Blake's Board of Trustees is charged with protecting the mission and the values of the school, as well as providing guidance that ensures Blake's long-term health and vitality. The board is responsible for providing the highest level of leadership and support around issues of critical policy. The board works closely with the Head of School.
Blake's Board of Trustees for the 2020-21 School Year
John (Jeb) L. Morrison '90, Chair. is a co-founder of Callanish Capital, an investment partnership operating since 2001, investing in both public markets and private equity. He received his B.S. in economics and mechanical engineering from Yale University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University. He serves on the boards of several portfolio companies, in addition to serving on the board of the Positive Coaching Alliance-Minnesota.
Chad Abraham serves as CEO of Piper Jaffray and is a member of the firm's board of directors. He joined Piper Jaffray in 1991 as an investment banking analyst and served for 13 years on the West Coast as a banker in the technology investment banking group. In 1999, he became managing director and head of technology investment banking. In 2005, he became head of capital markets and in 2010, he became the global co-head of investment banking and capital markets. Chad serves on the board of the Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Northwestern University.
Mosi Bennett is a partner and senior consulting cardiologist specializing in heart failure and transplantation at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. Before joining the group in 2013, he trained in cardiovascular medicine and advanced heart failure at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, received a B.A. and B.A.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Jason Bowles, Treasurer, is a senior vice president and financial advisor for RBC Wealth Management. Before joining the company in 2000, he worked for the Pillsbury Company and Freddie Mac as a financial analyst. He earned his B.A. from James Madison University in Virginia and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
David Erickson ‘02, Alumni Association Liaison, is executive vice president and general counsel of Tundra Companies and a partner of Queenwood Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to that, he worked in debt capital markets and fixed income syndicate at Bear Stearns in London. He earned his B.A./B.S. from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Richard Higgins, Secretary, is an estate-planning attorney in his firm, Higgins Estate Law, PLLC, which he opened after graduating from William Mitchell College of Law. He attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, and earned a B.A. in history from Cornell University and an M.A. in teaching from the University of St. Thomas. He has taught social studies and coached football and boys' lacrosse at Benilde-St. Margaret's School. He serves as board president for Gracie's Room, a nonprofit that designs rooms for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. He serves as treasurer and board member for Bearstangs Club Girls' Lacrosse for Blake and Breck.
Brian Lipschultz is co-CEO and trustee of the Otto Bremer Trust, which owns Bremer Bank and is also a leading regional philanthropic organization. His previous work experience includes co-founding Eagle Street Partners and serving in executive positions at several companies including Pulse Mobile, DreamWorks SKG and the Walt Disney Company. He serves on boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. Brian earned his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and his M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Colleen May is the global managing director for Cargill Texturizers and Specialties. She began her career as a commodity merchant and has held a variety of merchandising and commercial leadership positions at Cargill. She is a member of Cargill's Commodity Risk Committee and serves on the board of directors of the Cargill Foundation. Colleen earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College in chemistry and economics.
William (Bill) Miller is a partner and leads the Upper Midwest Assurance practice at Ernst & Young (EY), where he has worked since 1989. He has led EY's Upper Midwest Strategic Growth Markets practice and the firm's Entrepreneur of the Year program. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Orchestra and previously served on the board of directors for the Washburn Center for Children. He served for eight years, including five as treasurer and one as president, on the board of directors for the Minikahda Club. Bill earned a B.A. in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of St. Thomas.
Kevin Myren is CFO at the American Academy of Neurology. Prior to that, he was CFO and vice president of CommonBond, the largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing in the upper midwest. He has served as CFO at Augsburg College and CFO at Madison Area Technical College and for various firms as a certified public accountant. Kevin earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Hema Nealon is principal, CFO and COO at Peregrine Capital Management. Previously, she worked as vice president at Nuveen Investments and as a founding member of Clean Technology and Industrials Group at Piper Jaffray. Prior to moving to the U.S., she worked at United Technologies and HCL Corporation in Singapore and India. She received a B.S. from the University of Madras in India and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Hema serves on the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Minnesota and has served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Children's Museum. She is an interviewer for Harvard College.
David Oxford is a partner at Game-Mill Publishing. He has held various leadership positions in the video gaming industry, most recently serving as executive vice president and as general manager of publishing for Activision Blizzard. He is an advisor to several technology companies and serves on the boards of for-profit and non-profit entities. He earned a B.A. in economics from the University of North Dakota.
Matt Peterson, is CEO at UnitedHealthcare of ancillary and individual markets. In his tenure with United, he has held positions in OptumHealth and co-directed corporate development at UnitedHealth Group in mergers and acquisitions. He is president of UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation, which focuses on healthcare for underserved children. Matt holds a B.A. in economics and management from Hamline University and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Melissa Raphan is a partner in the labor and employment group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. She handles arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and counsels employers on issues including performance management, selection and termination. She is a frequent lecturer on employment law and serves as general counsel for Minnesota Employment Law Council, as volunteer attorney for the Children's Law Center and as an interviewer for Duke University . Melissa received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Amy Saldanha, Chair-elect, is founder and CEO of Kiddywampus, a specialty toy retailer and art studio located in Hopkins. She has practiced law as a civil litigator in Chicago, followed by positions in operations and talent management at several digital startups. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in political science and speech communications. She holds a social sciences degree in political philosophy from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She earned her J.D. from Valparaiso School of Law.
Molly Simmons is a partner with McFarland Partners, where she is focused on business advisory and private capital investments for large families and founder-owned businesses. Her past career work includes private equity fund partner roles at Tonka Bay Equity and Gemini Investors, focused on growth capital and buyouts, as well as investment management at a large single family office, Pohlad Companies. She has served on the boards of over 20 public and private companies across diverse industries, along with the boards of industry associations such as Association for Corporate Growth and Small Business Investors Alliance. Molly also serves on the board of Microgrants. She earned a B.S. in education and social policy from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Christopher (Chris) Smith is president and CEO of Kipsu, a technology company he co-founded in 2010. He has worked as a venture capitalist with Coral Ventures, an associate with IBM's venture capital group and a consulting manager with Accenture. He co-chaired and co-founded Minnesota Comeback, a nonprofit addressing the educational achievement gap in Minneapolis. He has served on the board of advisors of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and on boards for a number of for-profit venture-backed technology companies in Silicon Valley. He received a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he was an IBM Venture Fellow.
Anne Stavney, President, has served as Head of School at Blake since 2012. She came to Blake from the Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington (her alma mater), where she served in several roles, including assistant head of school, middle school director, and academic dean. She currently serves on leadership boards for the Independent School Experiential Education Network, the Independent Metro Athletic Council and the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools. Prior to her tenure at Lakeside, she was an assistant professor and director of undergraduate English studies at the University of Tulsa. She holds a B.A. in government from Smith College and a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.
Kweli Thompson is vice president and general manager for Medtronic Cardiac Resynchronization Therapies. His previous roles at Medtronic include: vice president of clinical affairs for the cardiac and vascular group; head of the global marketing organization for endovascular therapies; vice president and director of global clinical research for coronary and peripheral business; and business development associate for the neurological and diabetes operating segment. Kweli completed a Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Public Health in a combined degree program at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Chemistry from Harvard College.
Mary Sue Vorbrich, Parent Association Liaison, is founder and owner of solVo, LLC, a provider of mediation and arbitration services for commercial disputes. She previously was a shareholder and trial lawyer at Fabyanske, Westra and Hart P.A. in Minneapolis. She lived in Japan for five years where she studied Japanese, architecture, culture, religions and taught English. She serves on the board of trustees for the Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota chapter of the Nature Conservancy and is on the Vestry (board of directors) at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina. She has a B.A. from Albion College in philosophy and political science and is a graduate of the Ford Institute of Public Policy. She earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Adebisi "Bisi" Wilson '97 is a partner at Ward & Wilson, P.C., a firm that focuses on neutral investigations, family law and litigation. Prior to Ward & Wilson, she was vice president of Innocent Technologies, an organization that enhances student-teacher relationships to close the achievement gap and worked as a litigator at Blackwell Burke P.A., where she practiced product liability, toxic tort, commercial and other litigation. She is experienced in education, affirmative action compliance and has developed training, spoken at conferences and authored articles on diversity in the workplace. She is president and co-founder of the Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association. Bisi holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from New York Law School.