Our Leadership

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 one of our various events throughout the year.



Rick Chaffee, 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.


Floyd Adelman, President Emeritus 

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.




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.


JT Bernier

John Bernier is a seasoned Marketing leader, having spent time at organizations such as; Northwest Airlines, Marshall Field’s, Best Buy, and in his current role, oversees all of the Branding, Communications and Marketing Technology efforts at Lubrication Technologies in Golden Valley. John was drawn to volunteering with Paul’s Pals because he spent the majority of his childhood helping his mother strive to achieve a “normal” life while she battled a severe case of Multiple Sclerosis. John hopes that his professional and personal background can lend a unique point of view to Paul’s Pals, and looks forward to contributing in any way he is asked to help.


Scott Evert

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.



Haley Landherr

Haley is a communications and marketing professional, currently working as a Project Manager for UnitedHealthcare. Haley has been with Paul’s Pals for over four years, starting as a marketing intern and transitioning to marketing chair two years ago. She was an integral part of the Paul’s Pals rebranding efforts, and works closely with the marketing intern and executive director to execute Paul’s Pals communication strategy. Haley has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communication & Journalism and minor in Business Administration.


John McConkey

John McConkey serves as Market Research and Insights Manager at Landscape Structures. He brings over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, and offers a unique perspective on inclusion, health, fitness and children’s play on the playground.John develops and delivers IACET and LACES accredited continuing education programs throughout North America and internationally. The focus of his recent programs include playground universal design and inclusion with special emphasis on sensory-rich play environments, designing playgrounds to maximize physical activity, reconnecting children with nature, and designing literacy-rich play environments.


Julee Quarve-Peterson

Julee Quarve-Peterson founded Julee Quarve-Peterson, Inc. (JQP, Inc) in 1985 and has been involved exclusively in accessibility since 1979. Starting with an undergraduate paper “Housing Minnesota’s Handicapped”, work efforts led from a non-profit national developer that designs, builds and manages independent living units for young adults with disabilities to the MN State Council on Disabilities as an accessibility specialist and then forming her company as it is known today. JQP, Inc. focuses on clients requiring assistance in performing self evaluations, facilities and transition planning related to accessibility. JQP, Inc. has enjoyed national experience in accessibility ranging from site surveys, reports, product information, training seminars and formal presentations.


John Randolph

John has over 30 years of business experience and 14 years of wealth management leadership. John leads a wealth management practice of four advisors focused on the strategic wealth management solutions for high net worth, ultra high net worth, and corporate clients. John is a graduate of Denison University with a degree in Economics. John is a past Board Member and President of the Children’s Law Center and current Board Member and Treasurer of The Family Partnership in Minneapolis.

Joseph Windler

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.


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.