Originally published November 20, 2020. Updated to reflect additional new board members.
The Board of Directors at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity welcomed five new members in fall 2020. They join the board as we weather the challenges of COVID-19 and hone our organization's focus on racial equity.
The newest board members are:
- Anne Behrendt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Doran Companies
- Bill Gould, Senior Vice President, Affinity Solutions, Securian Financial
- Bob Israel, Vice President, Global Sustainability, The Sherwin-Williams Company
- Cole Miller, Vice-Chairman, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
- Michelle Robinson, Vice President of Business Development, Advocate Aurora Health Systems
The Executive Committee members of the Board are:
- John Walbrun, SVP Supply Chain & Properties, Caribou Coffee, serving as Chair
- Nikki Sorum, Senior Vice President, Membership, Thrivent, serving as Vice Chair
- Mitch Bleske, EVP & Chief Financial Officer, Bremer Bank, serving as Treasurer
- Keiko Sugisaka, Partner, Maslon LLP, serving as Secretary
More About the Newest Board Members
Anne Behrendt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Doran Companies, one of the leading commercial real estate companies in the upper Midwest and a trusted leader in development, architecture, construction, and asset management.
Setting Doran Companies’ strategic direction and overseeing an executive leadership team of eight, Anne is responsible for ensuring the development-led company is well positioned to maintain its competitive edge and continue its strong growth trajectory. Since Anne joined the company almost 10 years ago, Doran has grown from 25 to approximately 300 employees, expanded to include an office in Denver, CO, developed, designed, or built dozens of luxury multi-family and mixed-use projects, managed millions of square feet of commercial space and luxury residential communities in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods throughout the Midwest, and secured $1 billion in business.
Named a “Business Titan and Top Person to Know in 2020” by Twin Cities Business Magazine, a “Twin Cities Power Woman” by BisNow, one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” as well as one of the top “Women in Business,” and presented with a “Best Place to Work Leadership Award” by the Star Tribune, Anne is held in high esteem by Doran employees and industry peers and partners. A native Minnesotan, Anne received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children.
Bill Gould is Senior Vice President, Affinity Solutions at Securian Financial. Bill manages Securian’s Group Insurance and Financial Institution Group businesses. He oversees sales, business development, financial management, strategic planning, marketing, compliance, and operations. He is also responsible for the financial institution insurance business in Canada.
Bill has over 25 years of insurance industry experience and started his career at Securian Financial in 1995. He has expertise in financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions, product development, strategic planning, and risk management. Additionally, Bill has extensive knowledge of individual life insurance products, broker dealers, affiliated distribution, individual annuity products, and corporate functions.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in strategy and finance, both from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, and a Life Management Institute Fellow.
Bob Israel, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Global Sustainability & Advocacy at The Sherwin-Williams Company.
At the time of the Valspar acquisition, Bob served as Vice President, Global Product Stewardship since 2011 and briefly led the Valspar Foundation and its relationship with Habitat for Humanity. Prior to Valspar, Bob spent 14 years at Diversey as Vice President of sustainability and stewardship programs. Bob has also held positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a regulatory consultant to the chemical industry.
In his career spanning more than 30 years, Bob has played strategic roles in the area of corporate sustainability, product stewardship, and regulatory affairs. In these roles, he has focused on continuous improvement and being a change agent for the companies he’s worked for. He serves as an advisor to organizations such as the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3), leveraging his experiences in sustainability reporting and green chemistry respectively.
Bob earned his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from SUNY at Oswego, NY and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Delaware. He and his family reside in Minnetrista, Minnesota.
Cole Miller is serving his first term as Vice-Chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. As a member of the SMSC Business Council, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the tribal government and its relationships with its members, other governments and elected officials, and its more than 4,000 employees.
Before becoming Vice-Chairman, Miller served as the community liaison for Mdewakanton Public Safety, the tribe’s full-time fire department, paramedic-level ambulance service, and emergency management organization. He has been active in the Community for many years, including chairing the tribe’s Wacipi Pow Wow Committee.
Vice-Chairman Miller enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons.
Michelle Robinson is Vice President of Business Development for Advocate Aurora Health Systems. She is responsible for growing over $4 billion Gross Revenue for the South Chicagoland Patient Service area.
Prior to joining Advocate Aurora Health, she served as the President of Heartland Blood Centers, which provides blood to more than 75 hospitals in the Greater Chicagoland area. Michelle has held Global leadership roles with Covance, Baxter Health, and GE. In those roles, she successfully designed and led strategic plans yielding positive margins and improved efficiencies along with creating highly engaged workforces.
Michelle is a certified Master Black Belt in Quality, has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University West Lafayette, IN, and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg in Evanston, IL.
She serves on the Advocate Trinity Physician – Hospital Organization Board, Tinley Woods Surgery Center Board, and on the Chicago Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Board. She is married to Pastor Jon Robinson M.Div., who is the Head Pastor of St. Peter’s AME Church in Minneapolis. They work together, loving God, loving each other, and loving God’s People.