Get to know the MCFS board of directors
Rich Braden has a passion for excellence in training and education. He has successfully led commercial training organizations in multiple best in class Fortune 500 companies including Thomson Reuters and Medtronic in the TC market. Rich holds a BS and M.Ed degrees from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Honeywell. He resides in Shoreview with his wife, Sharon. They have three children.
Title:Global Leader, Training and Development
City of Minneapolis
As the Minneapolis CIO, Mr. Doll is responsible for all City IT services. Formerly South Dakota’s CIO for 15 years with responsibility for all state government computing, telecommunications, state radio, and public broadcasting. While with IT research firms, Mr. Doll has advised Fortune 1000, Federal, State, and Local Government CIOs on information technology assessment and alignment to business needs. He has served as a Director with the United States General Services Administration, developing information technology strategic plans and oversight policy. Mr. Doll received his Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech and is a Senior Executive Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a past President of NASCIO — a national organization of state CIOs. He also is a past President of the Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX) — a national organization of city and county CIOs. Mr. Doll was named to Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.
Title:Chief Information Officer
John currently oversees the payroll department at Land O’Lakes focusing on mergers and acquisitions, global payroll, compliance, and process improvement. Prior to Land O’Lakes, John has had roles of increasing responsibility at G&K Services, Ceridian, and Travelers Insurance. Before starting his career in payroll, John was a high school math teacher. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Kansas. John currently resides in Cottage Grove with his wife and two children.
Title:Payroll Center Manager
Independent Consulting (via CloudGen Systems)
Vinoth was born in India and after completing his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering came to the United States to pursue a Master’s in Computer Engineering in Wayne State University, Michigan. Prior to working at Land O’ Lakes in various different roles with in IT Delivery, Operations and PMO, Vinoth worked as an independent consultant implementing strategy, vision, process and systems. He is currently working as an independent consultant helping clients with strategy, vision and achievement for digital marketing, project management and optimization (logistics). Vinoth is passionate about entrepreneurship, digital marketing, Friendly Artificial Intelligence and being outdoors. His favorite quote is from the female poet ‘Avvaiyar’ – “What you have learned is a mere handful; What you haven’t learned is the size of the world.”
Marla Haley, Vice Chair
Previous to Ecolab, Marla spent 21 years with IBM and ADP, in both Sales and Sales Management Roles. Marla has served on a number of nonprofit boards, throughout her career including: LEHRN, Prairie Oaks Institute, Ecolab E3 Women’s Networking Group, Professional Women’s Network of St. Croix Valley, International Association of Human Resource Information Management and NorthStar Chapter of the American Payroll Association. Marla completed her degree at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with a double major in Life Sciences for Secondary Education, Communications and Advertising. Marla enjoys camping, motorcycling and bike riding. Marla lives in Maplewood, MN with her husband Dean and pets Harper and Riley.
Eric has 22 years’ experience in the financial services industry, most recently at Ameriprise administering an Oracle Service Cloud deployment. Prior to joining the MCFS Board, Eric served for as the Board Treasurer for East Side Neighborhood Development Company. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota and he has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Eric lives in Saint Paul with his wife and two children.
Title:Lead Business Systems Administrator
Title:Advanced Application Development Engineer
HR Options LLC
Deb McGahey, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Deb has more than 25 years of experience in human resources. Deb helps clients establish and implement human resources efforts that effectively communicate and support the organization’s strategic vision. Areas of expertise include succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, employee relations, compensation and benefits management, compliance and employee communications. Deb has a B.A in Human Resource Management and holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP credentials which make her a recognized expert and leader in the HR field. Deb has held various volunteer roles within HR professional associations and now wants to focus her volunteer time on community programs.
Title:Founder and Principal Consultant
Greg is an accomplished strategic Information Security leader with 20 years of Information Technology experience with the last 14 years focused on Information Security. In his current role, Greg partners with business leadership to protect company and customer data and to inject security controls into Merrill Corporation’s products to gain a competitive advantage. Prior to joining Merrill Corporation, Greg has held Information Security leadership roles in the Financial Services Industry as well as a boutique Information Security firm. Greg is also a Board member of the Minnesota Cloud Security Alliance Chapter. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and is CISSP certified (Member #67516). Greg lives in Stillwaterwith his wife and two kids and enjoys downhill skiing, cycling and running.
Title:Director IT Security
Erin Wait, Board Chair
Erin Wait has been with Travelers for 15 years in various roles. Prior to joining the MCFS Board Erin served for several years on the Board of Directors for East Side Neighborhood Development Company. Her undergraduate business degree is from Drake University and she has an MBA from Carlson School of Management. Erin lives in Stillwater with her husband and two children.
Title:Finance & Expense Management