Our Team

Our dedicated staff and leadership team are passionate about enriching communities and helping residents meet their goals. Meet some of our team below.

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  • Executives
  • Senior Leaders
  • Real Estate

CommonBond Board of Directors


Adam Bernier
Chief Operating Officer
O’Brien-Staley Partners

Tasha Alexander
Vice Chair
Senior Vice President Private Banker (Retired)
Wells Fargo Bank

Deidre Schmidt
President and CEO
CommonBond Communities

Barb Tretheway
SVP and General Counsel (Retired)
Health Partners, Inc.

Cindy Koch
Vice President, Finance
Wells Enterprises, Inc.

Jamal Adam
Achievement Specialist
Wayzata High School

Megan Remark
President & CEO
Regions Hospital


Shailja Ambrose
Executive Recruiter, Banking and Financial Services
Versique Search and Consulting

Nicole Brookshire
Brookshire Customized Solutions, LLC

R. Patricia (Trish) Kelly
EVP, Head of Commercial Banking (Retired)
Huntington Bank

Wade C. Lau
President & CEO
Founders Properties, LLC

Fatima Moore
Firefly Advocacy

Sita Morantz
President & Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer (Retired)
Marsden Holding, LLC

Mohamed Omar
Chief Administrative Officer
Washburn Center for Children

Mark Runkel
Sr. EVP, Chief Transformation Officer
U.S. Bancorp

Matt Schriner
Senior Vice President (Retired)
Bremer Bank

Valerie (Val) Spencer
Community Volunteer

Eva Stevens
President (Retired)
United Properties Investment

Jennifer Thao
Vice President of Strategy
Wilder Foundation

Jackie Turner
Executive Chief Administration and Operations Officer
St. Paul Public Schools

CommonBond Housing Board

Wade C. Lau
President & CEO
Founders Properties, LLC

Deidre Schmidt
President and CEO
CommonBond Communities

Angela Riley
Chief Financial Officer
CommonBond Communities

Cindy Bursell
VP, Regional Credit Officer
US Bancorp

Freddie Houston
Director, Performance Property Management Company

Taylor Smrikarova
Director, Property Development
Seward Redesign

James Solem
Commissioner of Minnesota Housing Finance & Metropolitan Council (Retired)

David Weiss
General Capital

Wisconsin Board of Managers

Kristi Luzar
Executive Director
Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin (UEDA)

Irma Yepez Klassen
Vice Chair
Director, Equitable Homeownership Solutions
Product Development at MGIC

Nicole Brookshire 
Brookshire Customized Solutions

Bill Cummings 
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Austin Mautz
Chief Financial Officer & Vice President
Fiduciary Real Estate Development, Inc.

Leo Ries
Community Development Consultant

Deidre Schmidt
President & CEO
CommonBond Communities

Joe Schwenker 
Development Consultant
Evergreen Partners

Marsha Sehler 
Director of Business Development (Retired)
Uihlein Wilson Architects

Daniel (Dan) Sell 
Finance Director
Continental Properties Company, Inc.

Our Impact

Every day, our supporters, volunteers, staff, and community members make our work possible. Below you can view our latest annual report with resident testimonials, stories of impact, program statistics, and financial information.