Welcome to Our Newest Board Members

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We are excited to welcome Jason Hertel, Margaret McDonald, and Bob Striker to our Board of Directors.

Jason Hertel
Jason is a Senior Director of Information Technology for BlueCross and BlueShield of Minnesota. In his role he leads the departments that provide innovative IT services and support for the company, ensuring that all who work for BlueCross can be as efficient and effective as possible by utilizing modern technology experiences and interactions. He began at BlueCross and BlueShield in 2012 and specifically sought to work there due to its strong mission to make a healthy difference in people’s lives and due to the strong presence BlueCross has in the community. Jason has been involved in the Twin Cities IT community for over 15 years in various leadership positions. Jason received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Information Systems, and a minor in Communications Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Jason enjoys spending his personal time bicycling, running, traveling, walking his dog, Gus, and spending time with his family and friends.

Margaret McDonald
Margaret is the Corporate Catering Manager for Lunds & Byerlys. Prior to joining Lunds & Byerlys, Margaret spent 25 years as a corporate marketing executive for several Twin Cities companies.  From 2004-2008 she owned Let’s Cook, a cooking school, event center and retail shop in NE Minneapolis. Upon graduating from the College of St. Benedict, Margaret was a social worker working with victims of domestic violence and mental illness.  As a social worker she developed and launched a county–wide women’s advocacy program to assist victims of domestic violence through the legal system.  Before entering into corporate business she obtained her MBA in business and marketing from The University of St.Thomas. Her passions include traveling and spending time with her husband Kirk and stepdaughter Heda, cooking and entertaining, mentoring and occasionally skydiving or zip lining.  She shares her home with her husband and feline companions Fiona & Seymour.

Bob Striker
Bob is an attorney in the Minneapolis office of Stinson Leonard Street, LLP, where he practices in the area of real estate development and finance for clients primarily in the energy and transportation sectors. In addition to his service on the Bridge for Youth board, Bob volunteers for the Volunteer Lawyers Network and has served on the boards of other non-profit organizations. He has had an interest in issues related to housing and homelessness since working with the homeless in New York City in the early 1990s. Bob lives in St. Paul with his wife and two teenage boys and enjoys camping and biking.




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