At the Helm: Leadership with Heart, Vision, and Strategic Wisdom.
Professional leadership is dedicated to ensuring that Paul’s Pals has a strong foundation for decades to come. In partnership with donors current and new, here are the experienced people at the helm of our mission. Interested in getting involved with Paul’s Pals? We have many opportunities for getting involved: join our team, volunteer, become a Paul’s Partner, or sponsor our various events throughout the year.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Floyd Adelman, President
Floyd is a lifelong entrepreneur with more than 40 years of expertise in running privately held companies and family owned businesses. He has served on the boards of 17 public, private, and non-profit organizations, most recently as the President of TrueFriends, where he led the strategic merger of three related non-profit organizations. Floyd and his wife Andrea are the proud parents of Paul, the namesake of Paul’s Pals, in loving memory.
Rick Chaffee, Vice President
Rick, owner of Chaffee and Associates, has more than 35 years experience in estate planning and wealth transfer for individuals and families. As a fourth generation financial services professional, he has developed a foundation for building long-term relationships. A member of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Rick also serves on the Board of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.
Paul Stephenson, Treasurer
Paul has worked in the financial field for 40 years, more than 20 as Chief Financial Officer for Twin Cities organizations in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. He was CFO for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation from 2009 until 2014. Paul is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Christian Bame, Member-at-Large
Chris is Chairman and CEO of Lubrication Technologies, Inc., a global manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals. He is President of four other industry-related businesses and serves on the Board of an industry partner. Passionate about giving back to the community, he also serves on the Board of a non-profit organization assisting with recovery from drug and alcohol addictions and is the Managing Director of Bame Foundation, another organization serving those in need.
Barbara Adelman Herstig, Member-at-Large
Barb has been in the non-profit field for the majority of her 10-year career, currently serving at Jewish Housing and Programming (J-HAP) as their Interim Executive Director. Previously, Barb spent five years working in fundraising at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation as Young Leadership Director, before moving to New York City to serve as Assistant Director of External Relations at Yeshiva University Museum, overseeing fundraising initiatives, membership growth, marketing plans and event coordination. Barb lives in Minnetonka with her husband, Brian, and their dog Winnie.
Esperanza Guerrero-Anderson is the founder and president of GUERRERO-ANDERSON, Inc. and has more than 25 years of experience in corporate governance and in service to nonprofit organizations. She has developed a proprietary method of creating, recruiting and leading boards that produce exceptional results for fast-growing privately held companies. She currently serves on the boards of Great Lakes Educational Loan Services Inc., NorthStar Educational Services, Inc. and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Serving as the President of the Marketing Division for FLW since 2010, Trisha Blake has been a key contributor to the success and growth of the organization in her tenure with the company. FLW Fantasy Fishing allows anyone, regardless of ability, to compete, follow the sport and win great prizes. Blake has two children with her husband, Robert. Her significant and lasting contributions to the sport were recognized in 2015 when she was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Trish is also on the board at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Groves Academy.
Scott Evert, Managing Director and owner of Sunbelt in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Chicago is a licensed business broker, with over 28 years experience of buying and selling businesses. As managing director, Scott Evert specializes in facilitating the acquisition and sale of middle market businesses in the manufacturing, service and franchise sectors. Scott has served as a member of the Board of Sunbelt since 2002, and negotiated the sale of Sunbelt corporate in 2006. He founded the Sunbelt Franchise Re-sale program in 2002, (which partners with large franchisors to transition franchisees) and continues to direct that initiative.
Tony served as the campaign coordinator for People Serving People (PSP), the largest homeless shelter for families in Minnesota, where he worked with then-Crowley, White & Associates to coordinate PSP’s successful $7 million capital campaign. After five fruitful years as a staff consultant, Tony became a partner in 2007. Tony has worked closely with many non-profit agencies to help them navigate the altered landscape of philanthropy and provide guidance and support in considering facility options and organizational capacity. Tony currently serves as a board member for The Link and the Charities Review Council of Minnesota.
Joe is a seasoned business attorney and partner with the law firm of Winthrop & Weinstine. Joe has extensive nonprofit and volunteer experience, which includes serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, Chair of the Community Service Committee at Winthrop & Weinstine, and on the boards of the Minnesota Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Creative Arts Resource and Network. Joe has an adult brother with autism and is committed to improving the lives of all disabled individuals.
JENNIFER LEWIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
For 15 years, Jennifer has led non-profits that serve Minnesotans with disabilities, bringing a strong track record of growth in partnerships, programs, and funding. She was co-founder and Executive Director of both Jewish Housing and Programming (supportive, independent housing for adults with disabilities) and The Whole Learning School for students with learning challenges. Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a mini-MBA in Non-Profit Management. She has been active in many other philanthropic organizations and also co-owns a small business, Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School.