Mary joined the board in 2012. She currently serves as VP of Programs, overseeing the grant application process. Mary also serves as our volunteer coordinator and manager of The Closet. Mary is a retired Spanish teacher who worked in the district for 38 years.
Andrea Loppnow - Secretary
Andrea joined the board in 2014 and currently serves as Secretary. Andrea has over 25 years of experience in marketing. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Vadnais Heights and have two children in the district. Andrea co-chairs our BEAR Legacy event fundraiser.
Linda Maleitzke - VP Marketing
Linda joined the board in 2018 has over 28 years of experience in communications, marketing and project management in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including owning a successful marketing/communications consulting business. She has worked at the University of Minnesota since 2007 in a variety of communications, development, and project management roles. Linda holds a bachelor of business administration with a focus on marketing and finance and a minor in economics from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Linda resides in Hugo with her husband Dan. They have three children who have attended White Bear Schools, two who have graduated and one who will be a freshman next year. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering in the community.
Connie Menne - Board President
Connie joined the board in 2010 and currently serves as Board President. As an Executive Director for REM Minnesota, Connie oversees services to over 1000 individuals with disabilities in the state of Minnesota. With over 30 years of experience in the field Connie has also taken leadership roles in the state trade provider association as well as served as a provider representative on several Department of Human Services Task Force Initiatives. Connie and her husband Mike Weigel, reside in Vadnais Heights. They have two grown children that are WBLAS graduates.
Chris Suedbeck - Treasurer
Chris joined the board in 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer. As a retired investment professional, Chris enjoys volunteering his time on multiple investment and pension boards. He resides in Vadnais Heights with his wife Jennie. Their two children are proud graduates of White Bear Lake Area High School.
Deb Stender - Former VP Marketing
Deb joined the board in 2016 and served as VP of Marketing. Deb was a professional event planner and marketer and was actively involved in the WBL community, serving as Event Director of White Bear Lake Marketfest and Township Day as well as numerous other organizations. Deb will be forever remembered in our hearts.