Board of Directors


Rayla Allison,

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


Amy Crawford,

VP of Advancement, Children & Nature Network.  Amy provides nonprofit & philanthropic 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,

Director of Communications and Public Relations at Intermediate District 287 – Rachel provides educational and social media 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.


Bondo Nyembwe,

Executive Director of Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School. Bondo provides educational consultation for Cultural Jambalaya.


Gail Shore,

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


Mani Vang,

HR administration at the University of Minnesota faculty.  Mani provides educational and diversity consultation for Cultural Jambalaya.


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
Emma Tofte
Julie Kaloides
John Lisec
Kevin May
James Peterson
Jean Shore
Seth Hendricks