Our Leadership

At the Helm: Management 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.

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.

Mary Lacey, Secretary
Since joining Paul’s Pals in 2010 as Event Chair, Mary has contributed to organizational growth of 150% while providing strategic vision, succession planning, leadership development, and volunteer recruitment. She has fostered relationships with other non-profits such as Wilderness Inquiry, PACER Center, and Children’s Hospital. A licensed real estate agent, Mary has also served as the Event Chair of Children’s Hospital benefit and is currently Vice President of the 1006 Summit Avenue Society at the Governor’s Residence.

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 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 nearly 10 years on numerous boards and committees, and now serving as Interim Executive Director of Jewish Housing and Programming (J-HAP). Previously, Barb spent five years fundraising at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation as Young Leadership Director, before moving to New York City to work as Assistant Director of External Relations at Yeshiva University Museum, overseeing fundraising, membership, and marketing.

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.