Board of Directors


Rayla Allison, University of Minnesota senior administration and attorney. Rayla is on the Board’s Executive Committee.


Melissa Falldin, University of Minnesota. Melissa provides instructional design and technology consultation for Cultural Jambalaya. 


Beth Hawkins, Education reporter.  Beth provides educational consultation for Cultural Jambalaya.


Jan Hertel, Global Studies educator. Jan provides educational consultation for Cultural Jambalaya’s programs and videos.


Rachel Hicks, Intermediate District 287 – Rachel provides educational and social media consultation for Cultural Jambalaya.


Na’im Madyun, University of Minnesota faculty.  Na’im provides educational and diversity consultation for Cultural Jambalaya.


Ann Merrill, Pentair Corporate Communications. Ann is Chair of the Board of Directors and on the Board’s Executive Committee. She provides cultural diversity and communications consultation for Cultural Jambalaya.


Colleen Needles, Tremendous! Entertainment. Colleen provides management and production consultation, and is producing Cultural Jambalaya's educational videos for schools.


Gail Shore, Shore to Shore Communications, Inc. and Executive Director of Cultural Jambalaya. Gail manages day-to-day operations.


Jennifer Verly, DS+B Accountants. Jen provides financial consultation to Cultural Jambalaya and is on the Board’s Executive Committee.


Key Advisors and volunteers

Jordan Brown
Christine Fruechte
Julie Kaloides
John Lisec
Kevin May
James Peterson
Jean Shore
Lucy Swift
Jane Williams-Peterson