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  • Jun 13, 2014

ASI ELECTS FOUR NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Stinson Leonard Street LLP Partner Tom Nelson Elected Chair of the Board of Minneapolis’ Fastest Growing Museum and Cultural Center

The American Swedish Institute elected four new members to its Board of Trustees at the ASI All-Members Annual Meeting on June 11, 2014.  ASI Board of Trustees members serve three-year terms.  

The Minneapolis museum and cultural center is experiencing a benchmark period of growth.  Museum admission to the historic Turnblad Mansion and Osher Gallery has increased by 55% since the opening of the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center in 2012. In 2013, ASI attracted more than 100,000 people through innovative exhibitions, programming, language and craft class offerings and it’s critically acclaimed café, FIKA.

ELECTED TO THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE BOARD OF TRUSTEES (2014-2017)

  • Dr. David Carlson (Edina, MN) is a retired internist who practiced medicine at Allina Medical and in private practice for over 30 years.  Dr. Carlson’s previous board positions include Abbot Northwestern and Gustavus Adolphus College.  
  • Jennifer Dalquist (Minneapolis, MN) is Brand Manager – Consumer Products at Nordic Ware, a family-owned company.  Dalquist holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. 
  • Barbara Linell Glaser, Ed.D. (Minneapolis, MN and Saratoga Springs, NY) holds a PhD in clinical psychology and has a long history of community involvement.  Dr. Glaser’s previous board positions include the Saratoga Spring Preservation Foundation, the Nordlys Foundation, Open Plan, and the Saratoga Arts Center. 
  • Russ Michaletz (Edina, MN), past Partner at Deloitte Tax LLP in Minneapolis.  Michaletz’s previous board service includes Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota Private Colleges. 

STINSON LEONARD STREET PARTNER TOM NELSON NAMED CHAIR OF ASI BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Tom Nelson, partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP law firm, has served on the American Swedish Institute Board of Trustees since 2010.  He was the 2008 recipient of the Hennepin County Bar Association Attorney Professionalism Award, and was the law firm’s recipient of the 2009 Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Legal Service in the Public Interest. Nelson is also President-elect of the Hennepin County Bar Association. He recently served on the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, upon his appointment by then U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Rosenbaum. Prior to practicing law, Nelson was a founder, teacher and administrator of an innovative public high school in New Haven, CT, called High School in the Community—a school still working successfully and creatively to educate the students of New Haven. Nelson began his legal career with the Connecticut law firm of Tyler Cooper and returned to Minnesota in 1983. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Norway House, a past member of St. Olaf College Alumni Association, past member of the Minneapolis Arts Commission, past and founding chair of the Arts Law Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and a current member of the Bloomington Charter Commission.

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2014-2015

  • Thomas Nelson, Chair
  • Dean Erickson, Vice Chair
  • Carline Bengtsson, Secretary
  • Randal Monson, Treasurer
  • Rev. Rodney Anderson
  • Helen Bergren
  • Martin Bertilsson
  • Dr. David Carlson
  • Terri Carlson
  • Jennifer Dalquist
  • Ann-Kristin de Verdier
  • Barbara Linell Glaser, Ed.D.
  • Jamal Hashi
  • Joe Hognander
  • Alexander Källebo
  • Beth Lundquist Jones
  • Russ Michaletz
  • Lena Norrman
  • Jerry Sjogren
  • Roland Thorstensson
  • Veronika Torarp 

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