Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.


Staff and Board


Board Meeting Dates

HCI board meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. by Zoom. In-person meetings (noted below) are held at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC), unless otherwise noted. If you would like to attend a meeting, email

  • May 17, 2023
  • June 21, 2023 (in person)
  • July 19, 2023
  • August 16, 2023
  • September 20, 2023 (Annual Meeting)
  • October 18, 2023 (in person)
  • November 15, 2023
  • December 20, 2023
  • January 17, 2024
  • February 21, 2024 (in person)
  • March 20, 2024
  • April 17, 2024
  • May 15, 2024 (in person)
  • June 12, 2024 (one week earlier due to Juneteenth holiday the following week)

HCI Board Members

Erin Bailey
Director, Northfield Public Schools Community Education

Claudia Bauer
Administrative Assistant, St. Dominic School

Carrie Duba
PreK-12 Systems and Instructional Coach, Northfield Public Schools

Kris Estenson
Community Volunteer

Irene Fuentes
Freshman, Arcadia Charter School

Natalie Ginter
Director of Community Engagement and Development, Allina Health

Eric Guth
Controller, Northfield Hospital + Clinics

P.T. Haider
Deputy Chief of Police, Northfield

Ellen Iverson (Co-Chair)
Director of Evaluation, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton

Katlyn Katra (Co-Chair)
Senior, Faribault High School

Anna Kochevar
Arcadia Class of 2019 graduate, Community Volunteer

Alyssa Melby
Assistant Director of Academic Civic Engagement, St. Olaf

Kirk Muhlenbruck
Market President, Merchants Bank

Randy Olson
Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, Community Resource Bank

Harker Perez
Senior, Faribault High School

Parker Sneary
Junior, Northfield High School

Betsy Spethmann
Director of Communications, Northfield Hospital + Clinics

Laura Stelter
Executive Director, Arcadia Charter School

Val Svenby
Family Literacy Specialist, Faribault Public Schools

Linda Thornton (Treasurer)
Comptroller, Carleton College

HCI Executive Committee 2022-2023

Chairs: Ellen Iverson & Katlyn Katra
Vice Chairs: Kirk Muhlenbruck & Parker Sneary
Treasurer: Linda Thornton
Northfield Hospital & Clinics Rep: Betsy Spethmann
Northfield Public Schools Rep: Erin Bailey