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Board of Directors

Adrienne Mason – President
Disability & Arts Advocate
St. Paul
Maggie Karli – Vice President
Behavioral Health/ Employee Assistance Prog. Acct. Specialist, Cigna
St. Paul
Stephen Danko – Treasurer
Co-Owner, Jean Stephen Galleries
Bloomington
Stacy Shamblott – Secretary
Program Coordinator, SHARE, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Plymouth
Anne M. Peacock
Business Advisor/Organizational Strategist
Eden Prairie
Char Coal
Artist, Disability Community Advocate
Minneapolis
Susan Tarnowski
V.P. for Student & Academic Affairs, South Central College
Ramsey
Michele Chung
Marketing Manager, Patterson Companies
Plymouth
Sam Jasmine
Access Technology Trainer
Plymouth
Jeff Prauer
Shift Supervisor, MSP Airport Foundation
St. Paul
Lisa Richardson
CART Captioner/closed captioner, Paradigm Reporting & Captioning
Robbinsdale
Jill Boon
Independent Arts Contractor
Shakopee

Staff

Craig Dunn

Executive Director

Craig Dunn Hi, I am Craig Dunn and I have been the Executive Director here at VSA Minnesota since August of 1992. Prior to that I was a member of the Board of Directors for four years and served as the board’s President from 1989 until July of '92. My background is in both music therapy and music education having worked primarily with students with developmental disabilities in the Elmbrook School District in Wisconsin and the Anoka-Hennepin District in Minnesota for 13 years before taking over here. I enjoy singing, playing guitar and piano when I can. I also enjoy traveling around the state and country with my wife and we especially like staying in B&B’s while on the road.

Listen to Craig Dunn's Introduction!

Jon Skaalen

Accessibility & Grants Coordinator

Jon Skaalen One day in 1999 while hunting for relatives in Norway, I was chased off a mountainside by a couple of goats named Ole & Lena. I escaped their terrifyingly ticklish whiskers by leaping into the water, where I was eaten by the Sognefjord Monster, Jonah of the Deep, who was in turn netted by a fishing trawler that took one whiff of Jonah and shipped it to the largest Lutefisk producer in the world, Olsen Fish Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Just before tossing Jonah into the vat of lye, the workers heard strains of “Lutefisk, oh Lutefisk, you have a special flavor,” and opened up Jonah to find “Jon! Ah!” Freed, I walked down a street of plugged noses until a sign, “Vunderful Savory Arts,” pulled me inside. There I correctly answered the question of the day, “How many E’s are in LEFSE,” and was hired as the Nooseletter Editor and Program Coordinator. Today, a lot of Valuable Savory Apostrophes later, I’m still here eating lefse and coordinating our VSA Access to Performing Arts program, Access Improvement Grants, Emerging Artists Grants, and resources for artists and arts organizations. Outside the hallowed halls of our old Masonic building, the Hennepin Center for the Arts, I continue to feast as often as possible in theatres, pubs and libraries on a diet of Beckett, Berks, Hatcher, Holm, Sondheim and Sutphen. It’s even better when the shows are accessible so ANY of my Venerable Senior Arthound friends with varying degrees of sight, hearing, mobility and humor can join me. “The Play’s the Thing,” as we say at VSA.

Listen to Jon Skaalen's Introduction!

Halle O’Falvey

Exhibits Coordinator - Part time

Halle O’Falvey Halle OFalvey is a teaching artist focusing on the disability community. Supported by her recent M. ED. from Lesley University, she is project manager for Remembering With Dignity, and has integrated the arts into her community organizing and her activism in social justice work for people with disabilities.

Listen to Halle O’Falvey's Introduction!

Interested in Serving on the Board of Directors?

VSA Minnesota is always on the lookout for people in the community who have an interest in our work for possible inclusion on our Board of Directors. Characteristics of current and past board members include:

  • Passion for the mission;
  • Skills in making visions become reality;
  • Knowledge of fiduciary responsibilities;
  • Willingness to make time & financial commitments.

If you think you might have an interest in serving on the VSA Minnesota Board of Directors, feel free to peruse the Board Service Description document on the Community Resources page. The Board of Directors Application can be found on the same page.

VSA Minnesota

The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite #305
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Voice 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883
Fax 612-305-0132
Email: info@vsamn.org

African-American woman in wheelchair with brightly colored jacket poses near a display of artwork hung on panels behind her.

Current VSA Minnesota Board of Directors President Adrienne Mason as she attended the artist reception of the Minnesota Disability Mural Project Exhibit at City Center in downtown Minneapolis in October of 2013.