The American Swedish Institute (ASI) announced the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees for 2013-2016. Terri Carlson, Joe Hognander, Jamal Hashi, Alexander Källebo were elected by ASI members at the ASI Annual Meeting on June 11, 2013. These four leaders represent a strong commitment to enhancing ASI’s role as a vibrant arts and cultural center and community partner. Members of the ASI Board of Trustees serve three-year terms and can be elected to two consecutive terms of office.
Background on New ASI Board Members
Carlson is an ASI docent and life member. Her family has been involved at ASI for the past three generations, starting with her great-grandfather, Aaron Carlson, who led the European craftsmen of the exquisite carving through the historic Turnblad Mansion. Carlson has worked in variety of professional areas, including marketing and real estate and has served a number of organizations, including the Junior League of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Christ Presbyterian Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Teens Encounter Christ, Cursillo, and Prison Ministry.
Hashi was born and raised in Somalia, and lived in Sweden for a number of years before immigrating to the U.S. with his family as a teenager. He is the Chef/Co-owner (with brother Sade Hashi) of Safari Express, an East African restaurant located at the Midtown Global Market. Hashi gets his inspiration from traveling, and speaks five languages fluently (including Swedish). Jamal and his wife, Khadro, are residents of the West Phillips neighborhood.
Hognander is a retired member of the U.S. Navy. He has served on the board of a number of key Minneapolis organizations including: the Westminster Church Board, Minnehaha Academy Board, Minneapolis Foundation Donor Advisor Board, and the Nordic Center Board. ASI’s Hognander Tower is dedicated to Joe’s Swedish forefathers and their wives.
Källebo is a native Swede who first came to the United States as a high school exchange student. He later continued his studies at the University of Central Florida where he earned a degree in finance and met his wife, Lisa, a native Minnesotan of Swedish descent. Källebo has lived and worked primarily in the U.S. for the past 20 years with many extended trips home to Sweden, including a two-year period where the couple lived and worked in Stockholm. In 2011, he relocated to Minneapolis and joined U.S. Bank and the Private Client Reserve as Vice President and Head of the Traditional Investments Group. Alexander makes his home in Plymouth with his wife and two children, Linnea and Sofia.
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