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    Jun 21, 2018

American Swedish Institute Elects Five Board Members and Announces a New Finance Director

American Swedish Institute Elects Five Board Members and Announces a New Finance Director

MINNEAPOLISThe American Swedish Institute (ASI) today announced that five new members were elected to its Board of Trustees during its recent June membership meeting. In addition, ASI announced that Erik Sorensen has joined the staff as the Director of Finance/CFO. The newly elected Board Trustees are Dr. Margaret ‘Maggi’ Adamek, Aimee Richcreek Baxter, Mary Dee Hicks, Dr. John Litell and Elizabeth Olson. Members of the ASI Board of Trustees serve three-years and can be elected for two consecutive terms. Candidates for the Board are nominated by ASI members, and confirmed during the annual meeting. ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. For additional information, visit or call 612-871-4907.

The 2018-19 ASI Board is: Dr. Maggi Adamek, Dr. Philip Anderson, Aimee Richcreek Baxter, Karl Benson, Michael Bjornberg, Dr. David Carlson, Terri Carlson, Brad Engdahl, Barbara Linell Glaser, Ed.D, Mary Dee Hicks, Diane Hofstede, Joe Hognander, Laurie L. Holmquist, Laurie Jacobi, Herbert (Ted) Johnson, Alexander Källebo, Dr. John Litell, Russ Michaletz , Elizabeth Olson and Linda Wallenberg.

Erik Sorensen joined the ASI staff as Director of Finance/CFO in March 2018. Sorensen previously was Director of Financial Systems at Hillenbrand, Senior Manager of Finance at Boston Scientific, and Global Financial Planning and Analysis Advisor for Guidant. He began his career with a CPA firm specializing in government and non-profit audits and is pleased to return to the non-profit sector. Sorensen holds an active CPA license, an MBA in Finance from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a B.S. in Accounting from Bradley University.

“We are very grateful for the expertise, talent and service of our American Swedish Institute staff and board members. The Trustees represent many aspects of our community and are an invaluable part of fulfilling our mission of being a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring ties to Sweden,” commented Bruce Karstadt, ASI President and CEO

New ASI Board Members*:

Dr. Margaret (Maggi) Adamek is CEO of Terra Soma, a strategic services firm that works with clients at the intersection of food, health, and agriculture, providing strategic planning, organizational development, program design and evaluation, meeting design and facilitation, coaching, and customized training for clients in higher education, philanthropy, government agencies and large-scale public partnerships. Her career has focused on racial justice with an emphasis on Native American nations.

Aimee Richcreek Baxter is a systems professional who has served as Financial Systems Specialist at Macalester College since 2012. She has also an accomplished freelance photographer, who has owned her own photography business, Baxtercreek Photography, since 2010.

Mary Dee Hicks is a former Senior Vice President at Personnel Decisions International where she consulted with organizations on the selection and development of their leaders. Hicks and her husband George (co-founder of Värde Partners) have an ongoing involvement in several initiatives at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Dr. John Litell is a physician practicing critical care at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. He was born in Sweden and moved with his family to Minneapolis as a child. Dr. Litell completed his medical training at Penn State and Mayo Clinic and has previously held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and the University of Michigan.

Elizabeth Olson currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Caring Bridge Inc. Over the past 25 years, she has been a leader in financial management in the for-profit and non-profit arenas, including leading the finance and accounting function for Volunteers of America, a diversified social services agency and managing all financial and HR interests for Grassroots Solutions, Inc., a nationally-known engagement and advocacy consulting firm.

*Full biographies of each new Trustee are located on

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THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE: (ASI) is a vibrant arts and culture organization, historic mansion and museum founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI’s mission is to be a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring ties to Sweden. ASI was named Minnesota’s “Best Surprise” by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and The Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.” For more information, visit

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