EngAGE Heartland (MN) Advisory Board

EngAGE Heartland (MN) Advisory Board


EngAGE Heartland (MN)


Stuart Albert, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Minnesota  Stuart is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Management and Organization Department at the University of Minnesota, and a frequent visiting Professor at Harvard University and MIT. Stuart is an expert on the topic of timing, working with leaders in many sectors, helping them determine and manage issues of timing for their most critical initiatives. Some of his major publications include The Timing of Dissent and Towards a Theory of Timing: An Archival Study of Timing Decisions in the Persian Gulf War. Stuart’s newest publication is When: The Art of Perfect Timing, on how timing affects all aspects of business, including how to determine the right time to act.


Kyle Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer, McPhail Music Center – Kyle began his tenure at MacPhail in September 2011, bringing 35 years of business experience coupled with significant nonprofit board experience to the organization. Carpenter previously served as senior vice president for strategy and business development for Capella Education Company, an online graduate university serving 38,000 students. In this role he established the company’s first-ever growth venture, Sophia Learning LLC, a social media teaching and learning website. Carpenter’s experience includes 12 years serving as president and CEO for Electrosonic Group, an international digital media company, and three vice president positions during a 20 year career with Honeywell. In the community, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the St. Thomas University School of Engineering, a former board chair and trustee for Twin Cities Public Television, and a former board member of the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Carpenter also serves as a director for CompView Systems, a Portland, Oregon based audiovisual systems and service company, and recently completed service as a director for the Harlem Globetrotters after 15 years.


Wendy Holmes, Senior Vice President, Consulting & Strategic Partnerships, Artspace – Wendy Holmes grew up in Illinois and moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College, from which she graduated cum laude with a BA degree in music. Before joining Artspace in 1999, she worked in the development departments of Minnesota Public Radio, Walker Art Center, Macalester College, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she co-directed a successful $100 million capital campaign for a new museum overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul. Ms. Holmes has held three positions at Artspace, leading fundraising efforts, new project development, and, currently, serving as Senior Vice President for Consulting and Strategic Partnerships. She oversees a staff of five that responds to new communities and new opportunities for arts-related community development work across the country. This work includes sharing best practices for creative district development, customized technical assistance to nonprofit arts organizations with real estate challenges, citywide strategies for creative placemaking, and most recently a statewide creative spaces rural initiative, the first of its kind, in the state of Colorado. Wendy has been active on local and national boards and advisory committees, including Cantus, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, the Urban Land Institute, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She has been a speaker at numerous national arts, economic development, and urban affairs conferences and convenings. Wendy has taken a leadership role at Artspace by establishing a consulting practice that provides technical assistance and hands-on creative placemaking work with nonprofit cultural organizations, cities, state agencies, housing authorities, neighborhood groups, and more.  She has worked in more than 250 cities across the U.S.



Sylvia Kaplan, Community & Political Activist/Fundraiser – Sylvia turned 77 recently and looks forward to her “calling” in the coming year, as she has every year, and figures if she pays attention, and lives an intentional life, this may be the year. Currently she continues her commitment to food, social justice, and political organizing, not necessarily in that order. She also keeps busy with her six children and 13 grandchildren, all of whom are doing amazing things. A strong supporter of the University of Minnesota, Sylvia is indebted to the U for her Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s in American Studies and another Masters in Social Work. Professionally she has been employed as a journalist, an editor, a family therapist, a restaurateur, and in real estate management. She was an early community activist in civil rights and anti war efforts, and continues efforts to change the world through philanthropy and political activism. Since returning from Morocco in 2013, where her husband, Sam Kaplan, was the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, and she had the opportunity to cook and speak to youth and women about the United States of America, Sylvia has been involved in Mill City Commons, and has been interested in their efforts to make growing older getting better.


Chuck Leer, Real Estate Developer  Chuck has a passion for placemaking. For more than 30 years he has had a hand in the redevelopment of the downtown Minneapolis riverfront. Award-winning projects include the Guthrie’s Laboratory Theater (1987), Minnesota Opera Center (1990), Ruby’s Cabaret (1991), Open Book (2000), 801 Washington Lofts (2003) and Tower Lofts (2005). He was co-founder and chair (2006-2014) of 2020 Partners, a civic enterprise of private-public stakeholders that supports city building around Target Field in the North Loop. He has served on the boards of a number of arts and nonprofit organizations, including the Minnesota Dance Alliance, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Children’s Development Corporation and North Washington Jobs Park Steering Committee. Mary Kelley Leer, his longtime partner and wife, is the principal and producer of the Lab Theater. Their two adult sons are chasing their dreams all over the world. He is a recovering attorney, with a J.D. from New York University School of Law and A.B. from Dartmouth College. In 2009 he discovered Tim Carpenter and EngAGE at the Burbank Senior Arts Colony and has been trying to figure out ever since how to bring artful aging to Minnesota.


Kelley Lindquist, President, ArtSpace Projects – Kelley has been president of Artspace Projects since 1987. Under his leadership, Artspace has grown from two full-time staff members and an annual budget of less than $100,000 into the nation’s leading nonprofit developer of space for artists and arts organizations, with a staff of 33, and stewardship of properties containing more than 1 million square feet of residential, studio, office, rehearsal, and performance space with a total value of more than $200 million. Mr. Lindquist’s expertise has made him much in demand nationally and internationally as a consultant and speaker on the role of the arts as a catalyst in urban redevelopment. Before joining Artspace, Mr. Lindquist held managerial positions with the Dayton Hudson (now Target) Corporation, J. B. Hudson Jewelers, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Guthrie Theater, where he was senior manager of facilities from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Lindquist graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in European history. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Terri McCarthy, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Univ. of Minnesota – Terri is faculty at the Minnesota Area Geriatric Educational Center. She served as the physician team lead for the inter-professional geriatric education program at Walker Methodist Health Center Transitional Care Unit. McCarthy’s research experience includes falls, urinary incontinence, osteoporosis, care transitions/re-hospitalization, and inter-professional teams. Terri’s expertise also includes: geriatric syndrome assessment and management, geriatric education, long-term care medical direction and comprehensive geriatric assessment.


Faye Price, Co-Artistic Producing Director and Co-Center Director of Pillsbury House + Theatre – Faye has helped to lead the transformation of Minneapolis’ Pillsbury House, a 135 year old community service center, and Pillsbury House Theatre, a 22 year old professional theatre, into a one-of-a-kind, arts-integrated social service center providing more than 24,000 people a year with affordable day care, afterschool programming, and more while also offering high-quality arts experiences that strengthen community cohesion and social capital and inspire connections and change. Faye is the current chair of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts board of directors. An alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar, Faye has also served on numerous panels including: the National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Fellowships for Theater Artists and 3Arts in Chicago. Faye is the recipient of the 2006 Catharine Lealtad Service to Society Award from Macalester College and the 2012 Sally Irvine Ordway Award for Initiative from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Awarded the August Wilson Fellowship to study Dramaturgy and Literary Criticism, Faye received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota.


Robert L. Ryan, CFO, Medtronic (Retired) Robert was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 1993 at Medtronic; he retired from on April 29, 2005. During his tenure, he was responsible for the following functions at Medtronic: treasury, tax, controlership, internal audit, investor relations, corporate development, public and media relations, IT, facilities, and strategic sourcing. Before coming to Medtronic, Ryan was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Union Texas Petroleum Corporation in Houston, TX, where he worked from 1982 as Treasurer, became Controller in 1983, and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1984. Prior to that, Ryan was Vice President at Citicorp responsible for Citibank’s relationships with all companies engaged in the broadcasting and cable television industries. From 1970-1975, Ryan was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York, New York. Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 1966. In 1968 he was awarded the Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering degree by Cornell University, and in 1970, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, MA. Ryan is currently on the board of directors of Citigroup/Citibank, General Mills, and Stanley Black and Decker. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University. He lives with his wife, Sharon, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have two children: daughter Lesley, and son Eric and three grandchildren. He was born April 15, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan.


Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts Springboard  for the Arts operates Creative Exchange, a platform for sharing free toolkits, resources, and profiles to help artists and citizens collaborate on replicating successful and engaging community projects. An economic and community development agency run by and for artists, Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists. Based in Minnesota, Springboard’s projects include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program; artist entrepreneurial development and professional consultations; incubator fiscal sponsorship to support artist-led projects; and irrigate artist-led creative placemaking, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges. Laura has spoken at leading conferences and events including the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Urban Land Institute, and Americans for the Arts. A 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow, her work has been featured in outlets from The Guardian to The New York Times. Laura serves on the board of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. She is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband and their 9-year old daughter.