Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership is led by an incredibly passionate, committed, and hardworking group of visionaries and executives that represent our five key sectors- business, education, government, congregations of faith, and philanthropy.

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) have a tri-partite board system that is composed of one-third representation from the community sector, one-third representation from the private sector, and one-third representation from the public sector.  From these sectors Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership recruits compassionate leaders who have a wide-range of expertise – finance, investment, early childhood education, human services, higher education, marketing, philanthropy, human resources, information technology and strategic planning.

Board of Directors

Scott County
Dave Menden

Lee Shimek, Vice Chair

Mary Korthour, Secretary

Perry Mulcrone

Carver County
Jim Ische

Jim Nash

Nate Bostrom

Tom Hughes

Mary Alice Mayerle

Gino Businaro, Treasurer

Dakota County
Chris Gerlach

Michael J. Mayer

Liz Carlson,  Chair

Loren Solfest

Beth Hersman

William M. Rudnicki

Senior Leadership

Carolina Bradpiece, President/CEO

“I love working at the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency because we empower people to achieve their best.  To do that we say you can begin where you are, start where you are.  Whatever your job or circumstance, you can bring new insight and new leadership to your team, family, and your group.”

In her role as president and CEO, Carolina is responsible for leading our staff of amazing professionals and our board of community leaders.  She ensures that the agency has a strategic vision and effective tactical implementation plans to meet human service needs of residents in Scott, Carver, and Dakota Counties.

Prior to joining our staff in 2010 and for over 20 years, Carolina held top leadership positions in corporate planning, nonprofit management, fundraising, program implementation, leadership development, managed multi-million dollar operational budgets, and directed philanthropic work with major community foundations.  She has been a mentor for many years and has served on several nonprofit boards including Workforce Investment Board, Girl Scouts, Rotary, and the YMCA.  Carolina holds a bachelor’s in Sociology from Macalester College.

Carolina loves to spend time with her husband and two children, traveling, camping, reading, learning, and visiting with the grandparents and family.

Gary Johnson, Vice President of Finance

Gary joined the Scott-Carver-Dakota Community Action Partnership organization in September of 2010 bringing with him many years of experience in senior financial leadership roles in both public and private for-profit companies as well as an experienced business owner.

As the senior financial leader in his prior positions, Gary developed a wide array of organizational experience ranging from directing acquisitions of companies and subsequent integrations, establishing infrastructure to support and sustain fast growing emerging businesses, managing transitions from ownership changes, as well as driving sound financial and operational best practices in day to day operations.

A CPA, Gary received his accounting degree from the University of Minnesota. After working as a CPA, he worked for several printing and publishing companies in the Twin Cities such as RR Donnelley, Banta, The Webb Company, and MCP Publishing.

He has a personal interest working with youth and has been involved in many capacities such as coaching, Scouting, and Junior Achievement dating back 30 years.

Barbara Marschall, Vice President of Programs

Barbara joins the staff of the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency as Vice President of Programs. She brings over 30 years of experience working with children, families, and community.  As a County Commissioner with Scott County since 1997, Barbara has served as Chair of the Board of Commissioners, Vice Chair of Board of Commissioners, County Liaison, and County Representative for numerous regional organizations, including the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency.

In her varied capacities, Barbara has provided input and direction to county administrator and division managers on annual county budgets, and has analyzed and approved policy changes for improved service delivery and communication.  Prior to that, Barbara worked as a teacher in the Prior Lake-Savage area schools, district 719.  She also worked as a Final Policy Title Examiner and proofreader in Real Estate, and as a branch Manager for over 10 years with Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

Barbara is a leader in the community who has served on a number of Boards:  Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, MN Department of Health, Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board, and Metropolitan Emergency Services Board to name a few.  Barbara is a great communicator, a member of Toastmasters, and writes a newspaper column on local government issues and information.  In 2008 Barbara received the Outstanding Woman in Government Award from MN Women of Today.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University, as well as certificates in Public Service Management and Human Resource Management.

Her personal interests are reading, gardening, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. She is also a firm believer and supporter of life-long learning and volunteering in the community to serve others.

Linda Shelton, Vice President of Community Relations

Born and raised in southwestern Minnesota, Linda Shelton has worked for the CAP Agency for more than a decade.  Linda manages the operations of the Thrift Shop, Food Shelf, and CAP’s community projects.  Linda’s technical training in the areas of merchandising and staff development, her experience as a senior manager with the K-Mart Corporation, and her passion and community involvement make her uniquely qualified to lead this area and have been central to the success of the Agency’s Community Service Programs.

Christie Rossow, Director of Human Resources

Christie joined the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency as Director of Human Resources in December 2012. Prior to joining the CAP Agency Christie worked in Human Resources at the Minneapolis Public Schools district.

Christie has over 14 years of HR experience from organizations such as Minneapolis Public Schools, Wal-Mart, Command Center (staffing company), and RR Donnelley (digital printer). Christie’s passion is to work for a mission driven organization like CAP where she can make a difference by providing outstanding HR support for employees and by helping the organization succeed through training and development.

Christie Rossow holds a B.A. in Sociology from North Dakota State University Fargo, a Human Resources Generalist from The University of Minnesota Continuing Education, and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Society of Human Management Certificate Institute.

Sharon Kennedy Vickers, Vice President of Technology & Information

Sharon joined the Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership in January of 2011 following her role as Lead Analyst /Developer  at the University of Minnesota. She brings more than 15 years of  information systems experience to her position.

She possess experience in enterprise systems development and support, process improvement and business re-engineering, project management, business intelligence, data management, systems analysis, and web programming. At the University of Minnesota, she served as lead developer for the Electronic Grants Management Systems (EGMS) a system that manages the university’s $500 millions grant awards – from pre-award to evaluation.

A graduate of the University of Georgia and Clayton State College & University, Sharon previously worked at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

As a woman of color and native of Georgia, Sharon infuses her rich cultural background into her committed professional involvement as an advocate for women, families and people of color. Her community service,volunteer, and professional affiliations include the Jeremiah Program Board of Trustees and Development Committee Member, The Spectrum Trust Multicultural Endowment, Past Board Chair, Marnita’s Table Board Member, and St. Peter Claver Catholic School “Black Girls Rock!” Initiative, Sponsor.

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