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New board members

The Central Lakes College Foundation has welcomed four new members to its Board
of Directors. Tracie McFarlin (shown) and J.
Bradley Person of Brainerd, Ryan Luft of Staples, and Ronda Hopkins of
Crosslake and will serve terms on the non-profit organization responsible for
providing scholarships and other student financial support at the community and
technical college in Brainerd and Staples. McFarlin is a University
of North Dakota graduate who earned an accounting degree. Employed as
the finance director of the Brainerd Family YMCA, McFarlin has 11 years of
public accounting experience. Most recently a specialty was non-profit
organizations while employed by Kummet, Larson, and Bluth. She is a member of the
Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Person is an attorney who was admitted to the bar
in 1996 in Iowa and 1999 in Minnesota. He earned his law degree from the
University of Minnesota (1996) and graduated cum laude from the University of
Chicago (1993).
            Person’s practice areas
are real estate, business law, probate, municipal law, banking law, elder law,
and non-profit law. He has taught an ethics course for CLC and is past
president of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.

Luft has been the principal of Staples-Motley High
School since July of 2010. He had served as middle and high school principal in
the Southland School District in southeast Minnesota since 2007. He taught in
the Marshall and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg school districts.

            Luft has a bachelor’s
degree in psychology and master’s in educational leadership from Southwest
Minnesota State University, and his sixth-year degree in administration
licensure and superintendancy are from St. Mary’s University, Twin Cities
Hopkins is a community volunteer, serving on
several civic organizations here and in her previous community of Sioux City,
Iowa. One is a three-state Boys and Girls Home and Family Services Board.
            After raising five
children, Hopkins served on the Sioux City Art Center Board, the Sioux City
Symphony Board, and helped raise $13 million for the restoration of the Orpheum
Theater in Sioux City.
            At Crosslake, she has been
active with the Park, Rec, and Library Commission and the PAL (Park and
Library) Foundation.
“We welcome our four newest members to our board,”
said Pam Thomsen, director of resource development and the CLC Foundation. “Each
has a background that shows great depth of experience. Without their support,
the Foundation couldn’t provide
financial assistance to students at our Brainerd and Staples campuses.”
For information call (218) 855-8129 or visit the Web site at clcmn.edu/foundation

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