Board of Directors

Todd Andrews, Chair
Mr. Andrews is an attorney in Edina. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Hamline University School of Law and holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.  Mr. Andrews formerly was an adjunct Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota where he has taught classes in the Master of Law (Taxation) program.  He was a former Fellow, in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is the Chair and Reporter of Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements manual published by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.  Mr. Andrews is a former board member of the National Sports Center Foundation and past chair of the Endowment Committee at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. 

Melinda Cathey
Melinda is a graduate of Wittenberg College where she was a first-team Academic All-America honors in basketball and went on to plan on the 1983-84 Athletes in Action (AIA) touring team. Melinda received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in 1985 and practiced individual, family, and marriage counseling in a variety of settings: community health, church, private practice. Melinda lived in St. Petersburg from 1992 -2002 with her husband, Mark, where she co-founded The Harbor with Alex Krutov in 2001 and served as its Executive Director until 2015. The Harbor was the first transitional care program of its kind in St. Petersburg and the second in Russia. Melinda completed TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Educator Training. She now trains and consults on trauma informed therapy and The Harbor model of residential care with those working with orphans or foster kids in any capacity. Her training of TBRI principles has been enthusiastically received in Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Bolivia, and the U.S.

Jess Coykendall
Mr. Coykendall is Director of Sales at Anixter Inc., a global supplier of electrical construction materials.  A graduate of Seattle Pacific University, Jess holds a bachelor of science degree in Education, and has spent more than twenty-five years in sales management.  With training, motivation, and effective team productivity at the core of his leadership style, Jess is a clear & persuasive communicator with focus and a contagious sense of urgency.  Born and raised in South Minneapolis, where Urban Ventures and StudiOne-Eighty were founded, Jess brings his motivational skills to community youth sports as a volunteer coach and board-member of the Minneapolis Youth Sports Association, 612 Fastpitch Softball, and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Art Erickson
Founder of Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation, Art has 45 years of experience working with youth, facilitating community development, and forming collaboratives and networks, including Twin Cities Urban Resources Network (TURN).  Since 1958, when he served as the West Metro Area Director of Young Life International, and at Park Avenue United Methodist Church as the Youth/Community Director, Mr. Erickson has empowered Minneapolis communities by dedicating himself to the education, independence and success of at-risk youth in urban communities.  In 1993, Art co-founded Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation.  In 2019 Art co-founded StudiOne-Eighty and now is its executive director.

Mark Ettinger
Mark Ettinger is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s of Business Taxation degree.  He has over 25 years of experience as a tax and accounting advisor.  He is a principal with CJMn LTD in Edina.  He works with small businesses, individuals, expatriates, estates/trust, and not-for-profits. He also works with Fortune 500 executives and has been a speaker on tax topics.  Mark attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  He received a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the national and state societies of Certified Public Accountants.  His outside activities include family time, being an avid reader, bicycling, working out, home improvement projects, and travel. He has also been involved on the executive committee of another community organization involved in fundraising for over 10 years.

William “Chuck” Hill
Chuck Hill is the President and CEO of Programming Solutions Inc. He is an IT Consultant with extensive experience in contract management, project management and technical lead responsibilities. Responsibilities include directing and leading Information Technology organizations and Software Development projects.  Chuck is a demonstrated leader and communicator with particular success at coaching, developing, and motivating others. His experience includes proposing, planning and managing large, highly complex projects through the complete System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).  His industry experience includes state and local government human services systems (client management, financial management and program management). His design and development experience, coupled with over 30 years of project management experience provides employers and clients with innovative business solutions and distinct competitive advantage. He is the founder of The Minnesota CHILL Foundation, has served as Greater Twin Cities United Way – Board of Directors and has a Bachelors in Management Information Services from the University of Minnesota.

Kristina Myankova
Ms. Myankova is a Finance and Operations Coordinator at LuminFire, a tech company located in Minneapolis. A graduate from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, she received her B.S. in accounting and minored in marketing. A recipient of the ActSix scholarship, Ms. Myankova was part of the first graduating class through the ActSix scholarship program in the Midwest. Ms. Mynkova is from Bulgaria and she is inspired to serve her community both locally and globally. She is interested in the intersection of business, government, and non-profit organizations for the betterment of society.

Al Nuness
Al Nuness, Vice President Jostens Sports Sales, now retired, has a very diverse background. He is a former collegiate basketball star, First Team All- American at Iowa Central Junior College, All Big Ten at the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns. Al was the first African American hired as a full-time coach at the University of Minnesota. He was also Director of Sales and Community Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Al has twice been named to the NCAA Executive Committee for the Final Four Tournament. In addition, Al worked for 12 years in sales management positions with the Pillsbury Company: five years as District Sales Manager, three years as Regional Sales Manager, and four years as National Product Sales Manager. Prior to this, he was a teacher and basketball coach for five years at Minneapolis Central High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.