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Young Professionals Board Members

Hillary Pountney, President

Hillary Pountney is a Supply Chain Consultant for a division of C.H. Robinson. Her corporate logistics experience at a large retailer fueled her passion to focus her efforts in the specifics of Transportation. Hillary attended Michigan State University where she received a BS in Food Marketing as a 3rd generation Spartan. Her involvement at Cornerstone started through a former business partner, and has since grown to give her rewarding purpose. The relationships, knowledge, and personal growth Cornerstone has indirectly provided her thus far drives her to continue and more passionately share and participate in their mission.

Julia Reiland, Vice President

Julia Reiland is an attorney at Gray Plant Mooty in the Health Law and Nonprofit Organizations practice group. She counsels providers on HIPAA and state privacy, confidentiality, reimbursement, enrollment, and participation issues. Julia also advises a variety of nonprofit organizations on governance, contracting, and other matters. Julia attended the University of Minnesota and received a BA in psychology and sociology. Following undergrad, she worked as a mental health practitioner for Nystrom and Associates. In this role she referred numerous clients to Cornerstone and witnessed firsthand how influential Cornerstone can be for an individual and a community. Julia graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014.

Colleen Ritchie, Treasurer

Colleen Ritchie is an attorney at US Bancorp specializing in International Anti-money Laundering compliance. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in marketing and continued on to law school and the University of St. Thomas. During this time Colleen volunteered with various organizations with missions that align with Cornerstone and became passionate about this cause. She is excited to join an organization with such a great impact in our community.

Briana Ludwig, Secretary

Briana Ludwig is a Paralegal for a private law firm in Downtown Minneapolis where they primarily practice School Law, Municipal Law, Environmental Law and Land use as well as Investigations. She attended the University of St. Thomas and received a BA in English and continued her education at Hamline University where she received her American Bar Association approved Paralegal Certificate. Briana was introduced to Cornerstone in 2013 because she was invited to attend one of their annual breakfasts and decided to stay connected to the organization through their adopt a family program for Christmas. After working for and with several different non profit organizations throughout the Twin Cities she decided that her passion was to be involved with organizations that are making a difference in her community. She believes strongly in the importance of the services Cornerstone provides and wanted to get more involved, and that’s why she decided to join Cornerstone’s Board of Young Professionals.

Sarah Bassett-Kim, member at large

Sarah Bassett-Kim is the Learning and Development Manager at Foss Swim School, where she develops and implements strategies to best support talent and effectiveness across all 13 Foss sites. Sarah earned her graduate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota, and her undergraduate degree in music and English education from St. Olaf College. Sarah believes in and is excited to support Cornerstone’s efforts to make our community a safer place without violence.

Allissa Erdmann, member at large

Allissa is employed at Thomson Reuters as a financial analyst and volunteer at Cornerstone in childcare. I’m passionate about equal opportunities specifically related to women and underprivileged children.

Makara Fairman, member at large

Makara has always been interested in domestic and sexual assault issues. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Women and Gender Studies, as well as a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. She has worked individually with survivors of sexual assault and is very passionate about domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking. She has volunteered at Cornerstone through various community groups and looks forward to getting involved at a deeper level.

Lindsay Krempely, member at large

Lindsay Krempely works at Thrivent Financial and is currently serving as an executive on loan with focus on strategic execution for a new anti-trafficking initiative in Minneapolis while additionally functioning as the Director of the Off the Streets 5K. Over the years she has worked on a variety of new business ventures as well as both early stage and established nonprofit boards. Lindsay received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. A passionate humanitarian and world traveler, her life’s purpose is to move the dial globally on the eradication of violence against women and children. It is that same passion which brings her to advocate for Cornerstone, drawn to it by their proven track record of bringing about systemic and lasting change for what are truly complex, challenging and noble causes.

Zackary Leslie, member at large

Zackary grew up in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and moved down to the Twin Cities where he recently graduated from the Carlson School of Management. He works as a Business Analyst for Optum and part-time as an Usher for the Fitzgerald Theater. He keeps himself busy indulging in fantasy and sci-fi novels and tv shows and volunteering for social justice causes.

Samantha Mehrotra, member at large

Samantha Mehrotra works for Weber Shandwick as an Account Supervisor in the Corporate Affairs practice. Before working in PR, she spent three years as a news anchor in North Dakota and Minnesota. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2009 with a degree in political science and media studies. Um Ya Ya!

Sara Parke, member at large

Sara Parke is a young professional in the fine jewelry industry, specializing in accounting administration at JB Hudson. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. Sara has served as an advocate for victims rights and has worked to update the resources available to individuals who’ve suffered from abuse. 

Jacqueline Phanthavong, member at large

Jacqueline attended St. Catherine University, and while she majored in Accounting, thoroughly studied social justice and women’s studies. She working at Robert Half and she oversees two teams specializing in Direct Hire permanent placements, which is where she met the ED at EVOLVE and became a Board Member, now Chair. Her life passion is to give back to the community in areas she feel deeply about.

Krystina Stanley, member at large

Krystina is an Administrative Assistant and Licensed Cosmetologist. She received her business degree from Minnesota School of Business and works at Swanson & Youngdale in St. Louis Park. Krystina is a natural reformer and enthusiast. She is passionate about her humanitarian efforts and finds herself within her element when these efforts call for leadership or additional initiative. Her belief is that nothing is impossible and the power of love has made way for positive changes in both her life and others around her.

Matt Steele, member at large

Matt Steele is a Leadership Assistant in the Minnesota Senate where he provides counsel as well as research on legislative proposals and meets with stakeholders to develop policy. Matt attended the University of Minnesota and received an undergraduate degree in political science and history as well as a graduate degree in public policy. Matt was introduced to Cornerstone in 2013 while working with a local anti-human trafficking organization and joined the YPB to help create communities free of sexual violence.”