2016 Family Pathways Board of Directors
Kathy Lentz, Secretary
Kathy’s professional career in strategic planning, community building, program creation, youth development and grants management spanned over 25 years, including top leadership positions with the Girl Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis and Greater Twin Cities United Way. In addition to her board membership on Family Pathways, Kathy serves on the board of Ignite Afterschool. For the past two years, she has been a consultant to Greater Twin Cities United Way during their Education and Safety Net grants review processes. Kathy graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and received her Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of St. Catherine. In addition, she received a degree in Radio-Television Broadcasting and Broadcast Journalism from Brown Institute. Kathy retired from Greater Twin Cities United Way in 2013. She lives in Linwood Township (Stacy, MN.) with her husband Tom and enjoys gardening, quilting, working out and reading.
Mark Karnowski, Vice Chair
Mark is a resident of Lindstrom and is currently employed as City Administrator of Princeton. He also served as City Administrator for the city’s of Chisago City and Lindstrom. His background includes time as a high school teacher in Puerto Rico, working at local radio stations, the Chisago County Press, Committee Administrator for the Minnesota Senate and a Victim/Witness Advocate for Chisago County Attorney’s Office. He’s formerly and currently involved in various community organizations and has served on various Boards of Directors. Mark enjoys his family and friends, going to the cabin on weekends, and is a collector of old music records, political buttons. He also enjoys reading books on trivia as well as cooking for family and friends.
Tim MacMillan, Treasurer
Tim and his family live in North Branch, MN. Tim is employed with Isanti County as Director of Probation. Tim previously sat on the Refuge Board and when the Refuge Network merged with Family Pathways Tim was happy to stay on board with such a great organization. Tim has been involved in other board work with Community Recreation organizations and is current Vice Chair of the North Branch School Board. Tim enjoys spending time with his family and is passionate about youth sports, fishing, hunting, hockey, soccer and enjoys assisting coaching when he gets the chance.
Susan Morris has served as Isanti County Commissioner since 2006. Commissioner Morris is passionate about making systems efficient and productive. She is the Chair for Health and Human Services Policy Committee for Association of MN Counties. Susan is married to Karl, they have 5 children. Their family are active members of Lakeside Christian Church, serving as Kid's Against Hunger packing leaders. This background has given Susan a heart for families and how Counties serve these clients, working to get desired outcomes. Susan is the founder of isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, which is often held up as the most successful BYR's in the State. She has served on the Refuge Network Board since 2007, and has worked tirelessly to keep the doors of the shelter open serving women and children. Susan serves on over several Boards and committee's as commissioner. Susan is a Caterer, loves cooking and serving others. Also enjoys gardening and chopping wood and anything to do with farm life.
Pastor Douglas Larson is a retired Senior Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora, Minnesota. He served on the Board of Directors of the Refuge Network for seven years before it merged with Family Pathways. He grew up in eastern North Dakota, graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead and Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul. He likes to travel and has hobbies of woodworking, matting and framing, locksmithing and fixing on cars. He is married and has two children who live on opposite ends of the country. He has concern for people in need and likes to be part of groups that seek to make a difference in the world.
Brian is a resident of Cambridge, MN. He has been employed 30 years in the banking field and currently works as a Vice President/Business Banker with Bremer Bank in Princeton MN. Brian has been active with numerous non-profit organizations, both as a volunteer and as a board member. Brian and his wife have 3 children. He enjoys fishing, golfing and spending time with family and friends.
Jake, a Duluth native but transplant to East-Central Minnesota, works as an attorney at McKinnis & Doom, P.A. in Cambridge, Minnesota, where he specializes in real estate matters and commercial litigation. He graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University in 2008 and with distinction from the University of Iowa in 2011 before clerking for a district court judge in the Tenth Judicial District. Jake also serves as a board member for Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless based out of Minneapolis. In his free time, Jake enjoys reading, being outdoors, camping, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.
Terry is currently a Senior Information Technology Manager at Medtronic, leading a team of technical professionals that support and secure the communications network for the global organization. He has worked at Medtronic since 2004. He attended St. Could State University earning a degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Teaching. He earned his MBA at the University of St. Thomas. Terry is a resident of Scandia, MN and has been married to Colleen for 23 years. He is a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Marine on St. Croix. He is also a City of Scandia - Parks and Recreation Board Member and has served as board member and vice-chair of the National Youth Leadership Council.Terry enjoys biking, being outside and on the water, golf, and working in his gardens at his home.
Steve is retired from the Pine County Sheriffs Office of 33 years and served the last 10 years as Chief Deputy. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Steve served on the city council for Pine City for 4 years, was EDA and planning commissioner for Firstlight Health, and volunteered at Pine Community Food Shelf for six years. Steve has two adult children, two grandchildren, and is an avid gardener and has five antique automobiles.