Lee Wallace - Chair

Queen Bean, Peace Coffee

Lee Wallace is the Queen Bean of Peace Coffee, a mission-driven coffee company based in Minneapolis. Founded in 1996 by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Peace Coffee works for economic justice for coffee farmers, promoting healthy local economies and sustainable business practices. Historically a wholesale company, Peace Coffee has been expanding into retail and is currently operating four coffee shops in the Minneapolis area.

Named one of Minneapolis’ 40 Under 40 in 2012, Lee speaks frequently about fair trade, ethical business and building a successful company. Lee’s professional background includes entrepreneurship, economic development, small business incubation, and natural foods.

In her spare time, Lee enjoys reading, gardening, playing ice hockey and collecting pets.

Bernhard van Lengerich

Former Chief Science Officer, VP Technology Strategy, General Mills

Bernhard van Lengerich studied food and biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and completed his dissertation entitled "Development and Application of a Systems Analytical Model for the Extrusion of Starches and Starch Containing Ingredients" in 1984 with summa cum laude. He worked at Werner & Pfleiderer in the United States as a process engineer and, subsequently, at RJR Nabisco, New Jersey, U.S.A., as director for extrusion research.

Van Lengerich joined the Buhler Corporation in Switzerland as vice president for research and development for the Food Group and was responsible for global R&D. In 1994, van Lengerich joined General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., and recently retired from his position as chief science officer and vice president, technology strategy.

Van Lengerich is the inventor of more than 70 U.S. and international patents of food products, processing, ingredients, extrusion, and microencapsulation and has several patents pending. He has published more than 50 international publications and four book chapters on food processing, systems analysis, and food extrusion.

Van Lengerich serves as honorarium professor at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Paul Healey - Past Chair

SVP Deputy Chief Credit Officer, TCF Equipment Finance

Paul is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who spent 2 years working as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. His first exposure to CTI was through an internship for CTI in the early 1990's prior to attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies where he studied development. In addition to an MA in International Policy Studies, he holds a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Paul joined GE Capital in 1998 and held a variety of positions in Operations and Risk Management. In December 2014, he moved to his current role at TCF Equipment Finance where he manages credit underwriting teams and coordinates enterprise risk management reviews for the business.

Paul, his wife Becky Dankowski, and their 3 young children live in South Minneapolis.

Al Sullivan - Treasurer

Managing Partner, Kinnan Capital

Al Sullivan is the Managing Partner at Kinnan Capital, a small private equity firm in Wayzata, MN focused on making acquisitions in the small-to-middle market. He has spent nearly a decade analyzing, investing in, and managing both public and private companies. Prior to his career in finance, Al was a software engineer with Minneapolis-based FICO. He has a breadth of experience in the financial service sector and beyond, including software development, marketing, sales, and consulting.

Al earned an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2010 and a BS in Computer Science from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in 2000. He currently lives outside Minneapolis with his wife and two sons. He enjoys playing hockey in the winters and pretty much anything gets him outside in the summer.

Appo Agbamu

Portfolio Manager Associate, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Appo came to CTI by first serving on the Pollinator Gala committee, where he has demonstrated enthusiasm, leadership and follow-though to help CTI succeed in our fundraising. Appo’s parents immigrated to New York, where he was born, from Nigeria. His father recruited him to support the activities of Books For Africa, where Appo was introduced to a Minnesota-based International Nonprofit. Like his family, Appo is interested in supporting the work of nonprofits that deliver quality programming to Africa.

Jared Brewington

Founder and President, United States Data Laboratories LLC

Jared is the President of United States Data Laboratories, of Minneapolis, MN, a private software development firm. He studied advanced technology in Minneapolis, MN. He has held senior business development and brand management positions in renewable energy technologies, cloud infrastructure management and business services; consulting with hundreds of businesses.

Jared was active in legislative affairs regarding renewable energy standard & policy, and an active collaborator with The United States Green Building Council. Jared is a native of Minneapolis, MN (5th generation) and a proud father of one (daughter).

Ronald L. Christenson

Retired, Corporate VP and CTO, Cargill

Ron retired from Cargill in 2009 after 38 years of service. During his career with Cargill he lived in Argentina and Canada and several locations within the USA while engineering, building and operating food processing plants. He had been responsible for Plant Operations, Food safety and Environment, Health and Safety and Engineering. 

Ron has an interest in continuing to help people in the developing world through technology and education. He is supporter of Engineers without Borders. Ron also chairs the Dean's Advisory Board for the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota. He has supported the University through scholarships, fellowships and by endowing a chair in renewable energy. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. He is a registered professional engineer.

Ron is a member of the Board of Trustees of Science Museum of Minnesota. An avid outdoorsman, he owns a small woodland that he stewards for wildlife.

Susan Cornell Wilkes

Founder and President, Adventures in Giving LLC

Susan is the Founder and President of Adventures in Giving, LLC. Her company provides management and consulting services to family and small foundations on effective international grant making and organizes trips for foundation families and groups to developing countries to meet potential partners and visit grant sites.

A Native of Washington, D.C. and educated at Harvard, Susan launched her career in the independent sector as a co-founder of internationally acclaimed Up With People Inc. She has since collaborated with corporate, private and community foundations in a broad range of philanthropic and international development activities in 30 countries, as well as in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York, Minnesota and Arkansas, where she worked with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Prior to creating Adventures in Giving Susan spent two years collaborating with members of the Rockefeller family in an innovative effort to involve foundations and corporations in stimulating the creation of venture capital funds in Africa and Latin America through profitable investments in entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development for positive social impact. An advocate of microfinance, Susan and her husband Jim Klobuchar, well-known Minnesota columnist, author, mountain climber and adventure travel leader, published "The Miracles of Barefoot Capitalism", the story of microcredit organizations, programs and clients whom they interviewed on three continents.

Susan is a family member Trustee of the Peter C. Cornell Trust, established in 1949 in Buffalo, New York by her great uncle, father of the famous American actress, Katharine Cornell.

Doug Dunlay

Vice President, Corporate Plant Operations, Cargill

Doug Dunlay was named Vice President of Plant Operations for worldwide Grain, Cotton, Salt  and Animal Nutrition businesses in 2004. He joined Cargill in 1985 as a production supervisor trainee at Cargill's port terminal in Tampa, Florida. Doug has held numerous plant and regional plant operation positions including Reserve, Louisiana, Southeast Missouri region, Portland, Oregon Export group and Operations Leader for U.S. grain business.

He received his bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984. Doug along with his wife Terry and three sons Zachary, Andrew and Benjamin reside in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

Todd Harper

ITQ Director, General Mills

Andrea Kajer

Deputy Director at Minnesota Historical Society

Andrea is a visionary leader, advocate, and lobbyist with three decades of success providing guidance to organizations in both the public and private sector. Represented, and met objectives for organizations as diverse as the Minnesota Historical Society, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minnesota WILD. Andrea is an exceptional relationship builder known for integrity, insight, clarity, and action that bring results, including legislative goals and funding success. Special expertise in government relations, capital projects, appropriations and public funding, public safety, economic development and professional sports. Andrea succeeds in delivering current initiatives while shepherding plans that strengthen an organization's future. She has succeeded in managing operations, staff and budget. In her current position at Minnesota Historical Society, Andrea provides executive leadership and direction for the Minnesota Historical Society's external programming, including current operations and future planning. Over the past nine years she has had responsibility for the Government Relations, Fund Development, Marketing, Communications and the State Historic Preservation Office. She advises and supports the Director and other members of the executive team and has direct accountability for a combined budget of more than $10 million. Andrea also represents the Society as a spokesperson and ambassador, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Moyenda Knapp

Partner, MWH Law Group, LLP

Moyenda Mutharika Knapp, an attorney, is a partner in the Chicago office of MWH Law Group, L.L.P., where she handles employment litigation matters on behalf of employers, business litigation disputes, and ERISA cases on behalf of plan administrators. Moyenda is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law, where she has been teaching since 2005; the 2014-2016 President of the Chicago Lincoln American Inn of Court; a member of the Women’s Board of Misericordia, which is home to over 600 adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities; a membership committee member of the Union League Club of Chicago; and has recently accepted an appointment to the Board of Visitors of Mary Institute St. Louis Country Day School, a private elementary, middle, and high school.

Moyenda graduated from Mary Institute and earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

In her spare time, Moyenda enjoys running and recently completed the 2015 Chicago Marathon. She also regularly travels to Malawi, where her father, A. Peter Mutharika, is President.

Benjamin Linden

Associate, Robins Kaplan LLC

Ben’s practice is focused in the area of intellectual property where he has represented a diverse group of clients—from solo inventors to Fortune 500 industry leaders—in a wide range of industries. He has experience in both patent monetization and patent litigation. Ben attended law school at the William Mitchell College of Law focusing his studies on intellectual property and international law. As a research assistant to Professor John Radsan, Ben helped research and write articles in the areas of international humanitarian law and constitutional law. At William Mitchell, Ben developed an independent research program which allowed him to travel to Cuba to meet and interview University of Havana faculty and intellectual property practitioners. While in school, Ben also served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Franklin L. Noel and the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, U.S. District Court, Minnesota. Ben came to law school after working four years in a number of federal agencies for the defense contractor, BAE Systems. There, he used his undergraduate degree in computer science to support federal biometric identification programs and information technology management. Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2016) Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2016) As a third year law student, Ben was recognized for his excellence in the study of federal law and practice by receiving the 2012 “Harry A. Sieben Award” from the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Scott J Montgomery

Director, Flour Fortification Initiative, A Private-Public-Civic Investment in Each Nation

Scott joined Cargill, Incorporated in 1980 as a trainee at Cargill's Oilseeds Processing Plant in Washington, Iowa. After serving in supervisory positions for Cargill Flour Milling in New York, Chattanooga and Kansas, he was named Regional Superintendent for Cargill Flour Milling 1989 and Manager of Operations for North American Flour Milling in 1993.

In 1996, Scott was named Vice President, Global Wheat Flour Milling Operations, which included flour mills in the United States, South America and India. In 1999, he was named Vice President, WorldWide Dry Milling Operations, which added the dry corn mills in the U.S. and U.K.

In 2002 Worldwide Citrus was added to Scott's responsibilities. Scott was seconded to Allied Mills, a joint venture acquisition in Australia, for just short of one year in October 2002 as General Manager. He then returned to the United States as Vice President, Dry Milling/Citrus Operations.

Scott was named Vice President, Corporate Procurement Leader, North America in November 2005. In July 2006 he was named Vice President, Global Procurement Leader. He retired from Cargill in June 2010.

In August 2010 Scott started working with the Flour Fortification Initiative as the Industry Liaison. In March 2011 he was appointed Director.

Scott received a B.S. degree in Milling Science and Management from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, in 1980.

René W. Steiner

CEO/President, Bühler Inc. North America

René has over 30 years with Bühler and has extensive knowledge in Executive Management, Sales and Engineering. Starting his work career in an Apprenticeship Program with Bühler in Switzerland, he earned Degrees in Mechanical and Process Engineering. He was also President of Bühler, South Africa and served on the Executive Board at Bühler Group, Switzerland for 8 years. Since 2005, he has been CEO/President of Bühler Inc., North America.