Here’s a look at the experience, expertise, and skill sets of SHIFT’s team members.
Patsy Bartley has extensive years of non-profit and for profit executive leadership, strategic, operational, business management and development experience. She provides consultative guidance for quality organizations and is known for creating environments that enable individuals and teams the opportunity to identify, build on and value existing strengths, identify and address areas for further focus and improvement, and critically assess what is needed for sustainability.Read more
Patsy received her BS from the University of Minnesota in Interpersonal, Public and Organizational Relations and an Executive MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Patsy has served on the Executive Committee for the Community Health Fund; the Greater Twin Cities United Way Council of Agency Executives (CAE); the CAE Executive Committee; Co-Chair of the CAE Non Profit Capacity Building Initiatives; the Neighborhood Health Care Network (NHCN) Board of Directors; Board of Directors Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs MACMHP), member of the MACMHP Advisory Committee for Statewide Telehealth Implementation; AgriWellness Board of Directors; Hennepin County Behavioral Health Providers Advisory; Hennepin County Crisis Response Advisory; the Advisory Committee for the Center for Families in North Minneapolis; Advisory for Compass 180 as well as other community based organizations.
Board of Directors
SHIFT Board Chair
Midternships Program Chair
Jay Haapala has worked and served in the Minnesota nonprofit sector for 15 years. His connection to SHIFT began at Minnesota Children’s Museum with an effort to recruit older adults as volunteers. The project utilized SHIFT’s innovative Midternship Program model.
He’s currently the Associate State Director of Community outreach at AARP Minnesota. Read more
Previously, Jay spent a term as president of the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration.
For 24 years, Lisa Sabourin worked at Ameriprise Financial: 13 years in Internal Audit (finance, IT and operations), followed by 12 years in Retirement Services (product/program/ management).
After graduate work at the University of St. Thomas, Lisa joined Securian Financial Management Services — a project management and process improvement internal consulting group. She then chose to transition from the for-profit to non-profit world. That’s when she found SHIFT.
In 2012, Lisa started as a volunteer at the Dorothy Day Food Shelf: a role that turned into temporary employment as the Food Shelf supervisor until the Food Shelf shuttered. She’s currently employed at The Food Group as program coordinator for The Fare For All program.
Board Member, Organizational Development
Fanchon Barnes has over 20 years of leadership experience and a demonstrated record of excellence with a Fortune 50 corporation leading security and Risk Management strategies, crisis response, loss prevention operations, investigations, and budget management. She is known for mitigating financial and legal risks, talent selection, team development, and community outreach and partnerships.
Fanchon has been recognized for her countless efforts toward diversity executive recruitment emphasizing inclusion and her outstanding team development. In addition to her role with SHIFT, she also serves on the Board of Directors as the 2nd Vice President of the International Organization of Black Security Executives (I.O.B.S.E) Read more
Board Member; MARCOM Chair
Susan is a seasoned technology executive with a track record of successfully crafting and implementing business-driven strategies that fuel sustained growth. Her passion is leading organizational and cultural transformation initiatives that help companies thrive, with a special focus in new market entry or expansion.
Having multiple industry experience, Susan has consulted in several diverse environments including an SDVOSB technical group, a work-life transformation firm, an online education system and a luxury travel management company. Prior to her consulting work, Susan held executive positions with global Read more
Susan’s passion for volunteering includes board leadership and governance roles in nonprofit organizations like CompTIA and the National Cristina Foundation, in addition to her position with SHIFT. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota.
Board Member, Membership
Valton Henderson currently serves as the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. He is responsible for establishing strategic direction and accountability standards within the company regarding the implementation and measurement of a comprehensive diversity/inclusion strategy. His employment history at Blue Cross includes prior service as a senior employee relations consultant and a senior human resources business partner. He is a seasoned professional who possesses over twenty (20) years of experience in the areas of employee relations, labor relations, diversity & inclusion and performance management.
Valton believes in community service, and is actively engaged with boards and committees of the following organizations: The Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Resource Center, the Twin Cities Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable, and Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly and St. Peters A.M.E. Church. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.
He spends his spare time singing with the Metropolitan Male Chorus of Minnesota, a multi-racial, multi-generational chorale groups which preserves the varied art forms contained in African-American music.
Board Member, Forum Programming
Shehla Mushtaq is strategic and multicultural Technical Leader with expertise in international technology and business growth. Solid technology leadership backed by engineering degrees and extensive business leadership roles. Over her career, Shehla has held executive leadership position with major corporations, most recently as Senior IT Director, Program Management at UnitedHealth Group and previously as Vice President of International Program Management for General Dynamics Information Technology, to name a few.
Shehla is also a co-founder of bCurrent, a boutique consulting and training business focused on helping job seekers and changers.Read more
Shehla attributes her career success to these core elements: embracing the purpose of the work, helping others connect to it and leading others to overcome hurdles, to achieve the desired outcome. Hard work, big picture thinking, hands-on execution, problem solving, collaboration, and thought leadership are the driving factors that excite me about any challenge that I undertake. “My work feels right when it has purpose,” says Shehla, “creating social value in a space where I can bring together my diverse skills to thrive and to make others shine.”
Carolyn Deters is a social aging advocate and all around community cheerleader for mid-lifers and beyond . She presently runs her own consulting practice, Indelible Aging, as well as holds the position of Executive Director for Gifts for Seniors here in MN. Prior to these endeavors, Carolyn held multiple leadership roles with the American Indian OIC (2004 – 2016).
Carolyn is fiercely passionate about alleviating social isolation and creating innovative aging options for everyone. She finds great joy in community engagement, board of directors leadership, and support of others social impact.
Bob has over 40 years of business creation and development, assisting entrepreneurs and early stage companies in the growth of their companies. His work concentration includes identifying missed business opportunities, defining and opening new markets, streamlining systems and developing complimentary products or services that can have an immediate impact on the bottom line of a growing company. Bob’s strengths include visionary leadership, tactical market planning, product development and new market identification.Read more
Presently, Bob is the owner/principal of WSI Digital Access, an internet marketing company. Prior to WSI, Bob founded Koehler Companies, Inc., a $2.3 million company that developed and manufactured custom home décor products for the mail order catalog industry.
Bob also believes in giving back to the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul community. As a result, he has provided direction and leadership as past President of the Minneapolis Gift Mart (UMAGA) board of directors, past President of the Courage Center/Courage Cards Advisory Board and provided pro-bono consulting to businesses owned by ethnic minoriites through MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association).
A successful serial entrepreneur, Bob believes having an experienced guide on the path to success can make the difference between winning and losing in both your professional and in your personal life.
Jason Karpf is an adjunct instructor in public relations, marketing, communication and writing. He has more than 20 years experience as a public relations, marketing and communications professional. Jason has an extensive background in adult learning and online education with over 10 years experience as a college lecturer, both on-campus and online. He has greater than 15 years experience as a corporate trainer and 20+ years experience in writing, marketing, public relations and corporate communications, including extensive work for nonprofits.Read more
Jason has a Master’s degree, Organizational and Professional Communication; Certificate, Nonprofit Management. He received an Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America’s Los Angeles chapter for co-managing media relations for the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office during the 2004-2005 Michael Jackson criminal trial.
On a personal note, Jason is a four-time champion on TV game show Jeopardy!, and is known nationally as the Funky Adjunct, due in part to the blending of his role as an educator and his passion for playing the electric bass, hence the “funky.”
Philomena Morrissey Satre
Past Board Chair
Employer Relations Chair
Philomena is VP of Diversity and Inclusion for Wells Fargo, and the lead consultant for Advocacy and Marketplace work. She has worked with 72 Diversity and Inclusion networks and five diversity councils in 15 states, focusing on recruitment, retention and reputation, and ROI. In partnership with Hamline University and the U.S. State Department, she led a Middle East Fellows peace and economic development project.
Philomena holds a degree in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. She has been recognized by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal as a Woman Change Maker and Minority Advocate. She was also named as one of the Minnesota Business Real Power 50 and received The Lifetrack Shining Star award for her efforts championing work life and wellness education at Wells Fargo.