DISTINCTIVELY LOCAL:

The Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation’s board members live and work here and they know the community well. It’s our greatest desire to partner with you in giving back to the community we know and love.

 

 

Foundation Executive Committee: (l to r): Eunice Cote, Secretary and Chair, Asset Development Committee: Ryan Steen, Chair, Governance Committee; Carol McFarlane, Vice Chair; Bob Schneeweis, Chair, Investment Committee; Bill Foussard, Chair; Brady Ramsay, Treasurer; Jackie Reis, Executive Director

The Board

Bill Foussard, Chair
bill@whitebearcountryinn.com
(651) 429-5393

Bill grew up spending his summers in White Bear Lake. He purchased the Best Western Plus White Bear Country Inn and Rudy’s Redeye Grill in 2000. Bill is passionate about White Bear and the tourism industry. He is an active member of the White Bear Rotary Club, Chair of Explore White Bear, Chair of White Bear Events and Past Chair of the Governors Fishing Opener in White Bear Lake. Bill enjoys spending time with friends and family, skiing, tennis, horseback riding as well as time at the cabin.


 

Eunice Cote, Secretary
eunicecote@gmail.com
(651) 779-7943

Eunice is a resident of White Bear Lake and a graduate of the White Bear High School class of 1973. She and husband, Pete, have lived in White Bear since 1988. Eunice made her career in Finance, Banking and Product Management. She worked for US Bank, Wells Fargo, and Metris. Since retiring, she has devoted time to non-profits. She sat on the boards of the Minnesota Literacy Council and the St. Paul Parks Conservancy before deciding to turn her attention towards home. She is now a board member of the White Bear Lake Educational Foundation and the White Bear Lake Historical Society. She is also a member of the Hill Legacy Award committee. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and watching British mystery shows. Eunice is looking forward to the challenge of being part of getting the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation to be a thriving community foundation.

Carol McFarlane, Vice Chair
(651) 429-6511

Carol has served the community in numerous capacities – as Minnesota State Representative, White Bear Lake School Board, White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, 916 Foundation Board, White Bear Lake Alumni Association, White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce, White Bear Lake Economic Development Coro., and numerous other civic and nonprofit organizations. She is the 2011 recipient of the J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award for service to her community. Carol has lived in White Bear Lake most of her life. Both she and her husband Pat graduated from White Bear High School as did their three children. They are the proud grandparents to eight grandchildren. As small business owners, Pat and Carol have contributed in many ways to the local community.


 

Brady Ramsay, Treasurer
brady@ramsayCPA.com
(651) 429-9111

Brady is a CPA and owner of Ramsay & Associates in Mahtomedi, MN.  Brady was born and raised in Mahtomedi and has a deep devotion and love of his community.  Brady and his family currently live in Dellwood, MN.  Brady is an active member of the Rotary club of White Bear Lake where he is a board member, and has served as President. He is a current board member of the White Bear Area YMCA, Treasurer for the White Bear Lake Historical Society, and Treasurer for Bear Boating of White Bear Lake. Brady enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and their two sons, as well as boating, fishing, and gardening.

 


 

Karen Alnes

Karen is a long time resident of Mahtomedi. She attended Mahtomedi Public Schools K-12 and graduated from the University of Minnesota.  She recently retired after a lengthy career with Wells Fargo. Karen enjoys outdoor activities, the lake, sailing, kayaking, golf, skiing. She currently serves on the board of the White Bear Sailing School.


 

Jesse Bengtson
Jesse.bengtson@rbc.com
(612) 834-5180

Jesse is a lifelong resident of Minnesota and the White Bear Lake area. Active in the community, Jesse is involved with the Make-A- Wish Foundation in addition to the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation. Jesse and his wife Natalie reside in Dellwood and have three children:  Benjamin, Olivia, and Thomas.  Outside of the office, Jesse enjoys spending time with his family fishing, golfing, skiing or hanging out at the lake. Jesse is a White Bear Lake High School and St. Olaf College grad with a degree in economics. He is in investment sales with RBC where he is a member of the Chairman’s Council. Prior to RBC, Jesse worked at Merrill Lynch where he was also a member of their Chairman’s Council. In 2014 Jesse was named to the Financial Times Top 400 Advisors list in the U.S.

Craig Drake
Drake.craig@principal.com
(612) 868-1457

For the past 30 years, Craig and his wife Gloria have lived in White Bear Lake, enjoying all that the area has to offer. They raised two children: Ryan, an engineer at Ecloab, and Rachel, in a MD/PhD program in Portland, OR.  Craig is a financial advisor with The Principal, specializing in individual planning and business solutions for succession, protection and key-person retention. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with BSME and MBA degrees.  Craig is credentialed as a RICP®, Retirement Income Certified Professional.  Craig is active in the White Bear Rotary (board member) and  the White Bear Area Chamber (former board member). He was named ‘Businessperson of the Year’ by the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and “Best Financial Advisor” by White Bear Lake magazine in 2016.  Craig is an avid sailor, camper and biker. He also enjoys entertaining and traveling. 


 

Kate Huebsch

 

Kate and her husband, Rob, have lived in downtown White Bear Lake for 30 years. In addition to raising two sons, she has been president of the Historical Society and is an avid supporter of the many area organizations such as the Center for the Arts and the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries, where she currently serves on the board. Since 1988, Kate has led High Point Creative, a marketing communications agency based in White Bear Lake. She is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. In 2014, she received the CSB/SJU 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award. Kate’s a big fan of live music, innovative thinking, and people who share her passion for this remarkable place to work and play.


 

Carter Johnson
cjohnson@presspubs.com
(612) 599-1729 

Carter is owner and publisher of Press Publications, a group of eight community newspapers located in White Bear Lake. He is the fourth owner of the White Bear Press in its 120-year history.  He was born and raised in White Bear Lake, graduated from White Bear Lake High School, and holds a degree in marketing management with an emphasis on communications from Bethel University. Carter has served as chair of the White Bear Lake Manitou Days and of the YMCA board of directors.  He also sits on the boards of the Johnson Center for Journalism at Bethel University and the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation and is a member of the White Bear Lake Lions Club, Rotary Club of White Bear Lake and multiple Chamber of Commerce organizations. Carter lives in Birchwood with his wife Amy and their two children.  He cares passionately about community and is an avid promoter of local businesses and organizations, both through the paper and in his own personal interactions.  His favorite sport is on a boat in the middle of the lake with his family.  


 

Lisa Hiniker Pocrnich
lpocrnich@comcast.net
651.492.8800

Lisa was raised in White Bear Lake and is a graduate of the White Bear High School class of 1976. She and her husband, Bob, have lived in Mahtomedi since 1993 and their two children, Tom and Emily, both graduated from Mahtomedi High School. Lisa is a Trust Managing Director for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank; she leads the personal trust team in the St. Paul office. Lisa began her career in the banking and financial services industry in 1989. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law and her Bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family anywhere but particularly enjoys the time at their cabin up north.


 

John Redpath
jsredpath@trcomputersales.com
(651) 762-2440

John and his wife Victoria both grew up in Mahtomedi, graduated from Mahtomedi High School and raised their three daughters in Mahtomedi.  All three of them live in Mahtomedi with their families. John is the owner of TR Computer Sale, LLC in White Bear Lake that sells computers and outsources IT services to small and medium sized businesses. This long history in the community is why John and Victoria feel so strongly about helping the foundation create a tool for people to give resources back to these great communities that surround the lake.


 

Mike Ruether

 

Mike has been employed by Premier Banks for the past 36 years, as president of the White Bear Lake office, a director and shareholder. He is a graduate of St. John’s University in Collegevillle. Mike has been active in the White Bear Lake community for most of his career, serving as a past director of the WBL Chamber of Commerce, past treasurer of the WBL Main Street organization, past president of the former WBL Optimist Club, director and treasurer of the WBL Food Shelf, and is currently the secretary/treasurer of the WBL Economic Development Corporation. Mike and his wife, Julie, who he met at St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict, reside n Shoreview where they have raised four boys, including a set of twins! Whenever possible, all year round, they enjoy their lake home on the Whitefish Chain, north of Brainerd. Hunting, fishing, golf, boating and travel are their favorite things to do.


 

Mark Sather

 

Mark served as White Bear Lake’s City Manager for over 32 years and recently retired after 42 years in city management in three Minnesota cities.  He has served on the board of directors of the League of Minnesota Cities and the White Bear Lake Emergency Food Shelf. He served on the boards and as President of Metro Cities, Ramsey County League of Local Governments, Minnesota City Management Association and the White Bear Lake Rotary Club. He is also active in the White Bear Lake Lions Club and several other community organizations. After moving to White Bear Lake in 1984, Mark and his wife Maureen consider it their home.  Their two children, Monica and Elliot graduated from White Bear Lake High School. Mark enjoys wilderness canoeing, sailing, restoring wooden boats and area history.


 

Bob Schneeweis
rschneeweis@scapwealthadvisors.com
(651) 426-5854

Bob is President and Founder of S Capital Wealth Advisors, a local and national Registered Investment Advisor Firm. Bob and his wife Jane have lived in Mahtomedi for 34 years raising two children, Bob and Sarah, both of who are part of the S Capital firm. Bob has long been an active member of the area having been a School Board member in Mahtomedi, on the Mahtomedi Education Association Foundation (MAEF) board, a member of the Century College Foundation Board and been a youth baseball and softball coach and the first “traveling team” coach for both the boys and girls basketball programs in Mahtomedi. Bob also is a long time director on Tubman’s board of directors. Bob is a graduate of St. John’s University (Minnesota) and received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He enjoys almost all outside activities, but primarily spending time with his family including his grandchildren.


 

Ryan Steen
Ryan.steen@ipaper.com
(651) 426-6222

Ryan Steen is the Site Manager at the International Paper manufacturing facility in White Bear Lake. He and his family have lived in White Bear Township since 1992. He is a former Board Chair of the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce. Ryan enjoys traveling and camping and likes it best when both are accomplished at the same time.


 

Doug Wolgamot

Doug was born and raised in Mahtomedi, where he currently lives with his wife, Christy, and two daughters. Doug attended St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota Law School. He is an attorney with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. in the Tax, Trusts & Estates practice group, advising his clients on estate, tax and charitable planning, trust and estate administration, and estate and trust controversies. His focus is on business succession planning for closely held business owners. Outside of work Doug enjoys spending time with his family, coaching and watching his girls play youth sports, and spending as much time on White Bear Lake as possible. He enjoys waterskiing with friends on the lake and competing in waterski tournaments with his daughters in the summer.


 

Jackie Reis, Executive Director
JackieR@greaterwblfoundation.org
(651) 408-5412

In 1989 Jackie moved with her husband Peter to White Bear Lake where they live in the home his grandparents purchased in 1906 and in which Peter grew up. Jackie was president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations for 21 years and director of Minnesota Business Gives for 13 years. She has been an active volunteer and board member for numerous nonprofit groups and is the past chair and treasurer of the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf and a former chair of the White Bear Center for the Arts. In 2012, Jackie received the J. Stanley and Doris Hill Legacy Award for service to her community. She is currently working on a project to document the history of philanthropy in Minnesota and is passionate about the opportunities that a community foundation offers people in the greater White Bear Lake area. Spending time with her blended family of seven children and 12 grandchildren is her favorite activity!


 

Investment Committee

Bob Schneeweis, Chair*
S Capital Wealth Advisors

Tom Schneeweis
S Capital Wealth Advisors

Craig Mueller
Oak Ridge Financial

Jim Walline
Thrivent/Piper Jaffray (retired)

Steve Ritt
North Star Bank

 

Michael Ruether*
Premier Bank

 

*Member, Board of Directors