Board of Directors.
Chris Bubser. Chris is a Registered Architect in the State of Minnesota, and works for a major commercial construction company. He lives in the Windom Park neighborhood, where he and his wife own and manage several units of rental property. Chris previously served on the Central Avenue Small Area Plan Steering Committee (2007-08), and has served on Windom Park Citizens in Action’s Community and Land Use Committee for several years. He was also on the Board of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis from 2002-2007, including two years as chair. During that time, he maintained the organization’s budget and started a Strategic Planning committee. Chris is the chair of NEIC’s Property and Tenant Committee.
Linh Do, Vice President. Linh has been a resident of Northeast Minneapolis since 1999 and is a licensed Realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet. Her business experience includes technology implementation, project management, leadership, customer relationships, accounting processes, and facilitation. Linh holds a Master of Organizational Management and a Master of Business Administration. Linh joined the board in 2017.
Brandon Hallstrand. Brandon is a Financial Analyst at a small Twin Cities non-profit where he works on budgeting, forecasting, and data projects. His background includes brokerage operations, manufacturing, and agriculture. He holds a BBA in Finance, Investments and Banking from the University of Madison, and is currently enrolled in an MBA program through Capella. Brandon has lived in Minneapolis for 5 years, and while new to Northeast as of May 2015, NEIC intrigued him from the start. He has been consistently active in the Finance and Governance Committee since joining NEIC in the summer of 2015. Brandon joined the board in 2016 and chairs the Finance and Governance Committee.
Colleen O’Connor Toberman, President. Colleen works at the Northside Funders Group where she manages community engagement programs focused on economic development, transportation, and equity. Thanks to years working in nonprofits and now at the University of Minnesota, she has experience in community engagement, project management, writing and social media, public speaking, and volunteer recruitment. Colleen has spent time serving on all three of NEIC’s committees. She has really enjoyed doing outreach on behalf of NEIC, including speaking at conferences, writing newsletters, and planning events. Colleen has lived in the Audubon Park neighborhood since 2010 and has owned and renovated several properties in Northeast. Colleen has served on the NEIC Board of Directors since 2013.
Loren Schirber. Loren is one of the owners of Castle Building & Remodeling, which is a professional, award-winning, design/build firm with three design showrooms (Minneapolis & St. Paul) specializing in residential remodeling. Since acquiring Castle Loren has utilized his marketing and management skills to grow Castle to one of the largest and most successful residential design build remodeling firms in the Twin Cities. Loren attended the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, and received his MBA in 2005. He attended the University of North Dakota where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and received a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. Loren lives in NE Minneapolis and is married. Loren currently chairs NEIC’s Marketing and Membership Committee.
Sam Toberman. Sam has been a resident of the Audubon Park neighborhood since 2006. He has renovated two of his own homes in the neighborhood and also owns and manages three rental homes, two of which are in Northeast. He is a Senior Project Manager at Target Corporation where he leads technology development and implementation projects. Sam became an NEIC member in 2012 and was active on the Property and Tenant Committee before joining the board in 2017.
Alexander Vasatka, Treasurer. Alex and his wife have lived in Waite Park since 2009. Alex has undergraduate degree in Business and Philosophy, with a minor in German, from the University of St. Thomas and is currently working towards a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Alex has spent six years working in various roles in commercial banking. He has experience in financial forecasting, capital allocation, profitability analysis, and portfolio management. Alex also currently chairs NEIC’s Finance and Governance Committee.
Jill Wilhelmi, Secretary. Jill holds a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and undergraduate degrees from University of North Dakota. From 2002-2004, she worked as the office manager of Castle Building & Remodeling; more recently, she drafted and advises the company on its construction contracts. Jill was the business liaison to the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council from 2008-2010, where she served on the certification team for businesses who were applying for a certification as a minority-owned business. She currently works for a large health insurance company where she helps business teams draft and negotiate contracts and manage risk. Jill and her husband have lived in the Waite Park neighborhood since 2003.