New CSB Board of Trustees members named

Seven new members have been appointed to the CSB Board of Trustees.

Dana Badgerow, James Graves, Laura Kelly Lovdahl, Kathleen Mock, Judith Poferl and Donald Pyatt each began serving a three- year term at the beginning of July. The new faculty trustee, Anna McKenna, will serve a two-year term. The Board of Trustees consists of a total of 44 members.

Badgerow is currently president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. Prior to that, she worked as the commissioner of administration under Govs. Tim Pawlenty and Arne Carlson. She has also held senior administrative positions for MTS Systems, Inc., an industrial motor and drive business and Honeywell, Inc. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Principia College, a law degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and a master's of business administration in operations from Loyola College, Baltimore. She has also studied at the United Theological Seminary in the masters of divinity program.  

Graves is president of Graves Hospitality Corporation which owns, develops and manages hotels and resorts. These include the St. Cloud Radisson Suite Hotel and Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis. He founded the AmericInn Motels franchise, which he has since sold. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, and received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State University.

Lovdahl graduated in 1985 from CSB with a degree in liberal studies, and currently is an active community, church and school volunteer. She served as president of the CSB Alumnae Council from 2006-09. She has worked for School District #279 in Maple Grove, and also held several social work positions, most recently as a unit manager for the Department of Human Services in St. Paul.

Mock is the senior vice president of public affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. In this role, she also serves as president and CEO of Blue Plus, its managed health subsidiary. She received her bachelor's degree in English and business management in 1984 from CSB and also holds a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Mock is an active volunteer and was recognized in 2008 by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as an "Industry Leader."

Poferl is president and chief executive officer of Northern States Power Company-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy Company, and is responsible for the company's electric and natural gas operations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Her previous experience includes leadership positions at the Minnesota Department of Public Service (now Office of Energy Security) and Minnegasco (now CenterPoint Energy - Minnegasco). Poferl currently serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. She has a bachelor of arts degree in government from CSB and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She was recognized by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as an "Industry Leader" in 2010.