[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced the following appointments to the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design, State Arts Board, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council, Gambling Control Board, Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention, Board of Nursing, Board of Podiatric Medicine, and State Rehabilitation Council.

Biftu Bussa – Minneapolis, MN

Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

Yolonde Lee – Saint Peter, MN

Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: Debra Leigh

About the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage:

The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage advises the Governor and the Legislature on issues confronting the constituency of the council, legislative changes needed to improve the economic and social condition of the constituency of the council, and implications and effects of proposed administrative and legislative changes on the constituency of the council.

Additional information about the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Rachel Dwyer – Maple Grove, MN

Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design


Public Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

Eric Friske – Minneapolis, MN

Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design


Public Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

Sally Grans Korsh – Minneapolis, MN

Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design


Licensed Architect


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: Wayne Hilbert

Claudia Reichert – Minneapolis, MN

Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design


Certified Interior Designer


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

David Stenseth – Woodbury, MN

Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design


Public Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

Travis Thul – Winona, MN

Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design


Licensed Engineer


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: Dave Blume

About the Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design:

The Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design licenses and regulates architects, engineers, land surveyors, landscape architects, geologists, soil scientists, and certifies interior designers.

Additional information about the Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Anthony Gardner – Saint Cloud, MN

Minnesota State Arts Board


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

Dobson West – Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota State Arts Board


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

About the Minnesota State Arts Board:

The Minnesota State Arts Board encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state through administering a series of grants, programs, and services.

Additional information about the Minnesota State Arts Board can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Ngawang Dolker – Fridley, MN

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: Hafiz Munir

Khendum Gyabak Kumka – Minneapolis, MN

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: Sharon Lim

Chang Wang – Rosemount, MN

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

Hsakushee Zan – Saint Paul, MN

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: Tsewang Ngodup

About the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans:

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans advises the Governor and the Legislature on issues pertaining to Minnesotans of Asian Pacific ancestry and in doing so, advocates on behalf of this community on legislative and administrative matters within state government.

Additional information about the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Harmony Kuller – Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council


Member


Effective: July 1, 2021


Term Expires: July 1, 2023


Reappointment

About the Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council:

The Minnesota STAR Program’s mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. The Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council provides the STAR program with consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice for planning, implementing, and evaluating assistive technology activities.

Additional information about the Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Janet Lorenzo – Inver Grove Heights, MN

Gambling Control Board


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: June 30, 2025


Replacing: Kenneth Koch

James Nardone – Grand Rapids, MN

Gambling Control Board


Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: June 30, 2024


Reappointment

About the Gambling Control Board:

The Gambling Control Board regulates the lawful (charitable) gambling industry to ensure the integrity of operations and provide for the lawful use of net profits. The Board oversees an in-depth licensing process, monitoring of licensees’ gambling activities and expenditures, and providing education and guidance to lawful gambling organizations.

Additional information about the Gambling Control Board can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Sarah Dunne – St. Paul, MN

Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention


Department of Health Representative


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 2, 2023


Reappointment

About the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention:

The Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention advises and assists the Minnesota Department of Education with fulfilling federal and state Early Childhood Special Education obligations for children with disabilities from birth up to kindergarten entrance and their families.

Additional information about the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Lynette How – Cohasset, MN

Board of Nursing


Registered Nurse with Executive or Teaching Experience – Practical Nursing Education Program


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 3, 2022


Replacing: Dr. June McLachlan

David Jiang – Rochester, MN

Board of Nursing


Public Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 3, 2022


Replacing: Jan Rainey

Katherine Lynch – Roseville, MN

Board of Nursing


Licensed Practical Nurse


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: PaChua Vang

About the Board of Nursing:

The Minnesota Board of Nursing oversees and assures the safe practice of nursing in Minnesota by holding nurses accountable for conduct based on legal, ethical, and professional standards.

Additional information about the Board of Nursing can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Nicole Bauerly – Minneapolis, MN

Board of Podiatric Medicine


Podiatrist


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Reappointment

Ryan Peterson – Minneapolis, MN

Board of Podiatric Medicine


Public Member


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 6, 2025


Replacing: Margaret Schreiner

About the Board of Podiatric Medicine:

The Board of Podiatric Medicine licenses doctors of podiatric medicine, disciplines licensees, and registers corporations.

Additional information about the Board of Podiatric Medicine can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Delawoe Bahtuoh – Brooklyn Park, MN

State Rehabilitation Council


Current or Former Applicant for or Recipient of VR Services


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 2, 2023


Reappointment

Lindsey Horowitz – Roseville, MN

State Rehabilitation Council


Department of Education Representative


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 1, 2024


Replacing: Susan Benolken

Jillian Nelson – Saint Paul, MN

State Rehabilitation Council


Disability Advocacy Group Representative


Effective: June 23, 2021


Term Expires: January 1, 2024


Reappointment

About the State Rehabilitation Council:

The State Rehabilitation Council – General’s duties include guiding decisions about Minnesota’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), coordinating between VRS and centers for independent living and other state councils with interest in issues pertaining to disability and employment, and reporting to the Governor and the U.S. Department of Education on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs.

Additional information about the State Rehabilitation Council can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are seeking qualified and diverse individuals who are passionate about using their knowledge, skills, and lived experiences to serve the state of Minnesota. A list of boards and commissions, including open positions, can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website .

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