Meet the Panel

Next Wednesday, we have the unique privilege of hosting an impressive panel of community leaders as a part of an event we’re calling “Listening to our Neighbors.” Led by CtK member Roger Williams, the following panel members will be asked to respond to questions about the state of our neighborhoods and the role they see for faith communities such as CtK.

Here are our four panel participants:

Dr. Sheila Eller, Prinicipal, Highview Middle SchoolSheila Eller

Located just down the street from CtK, Highview Middle School caters to students in grades six through eight. As principal, Eller works with staff, parents and students to provide a safe, engaging, and personalized educational environment. 


Bio PicMary Stewart, Director, Community Partners with Youth (CPY)

Community Partners with Youth (CPY) is the after-school and summer program that has strengthened this community by caring for our youth since 1997. It empowers at-risk youth through purposeful enrichment programs, quality mentorship, and life skills development. As the director, Stewart works with staff, volunteers, and other community members to plan fun and enriching opportunities for children and youth in our neighborhood.


Dean Lotter, City Manager, New BrightonDeanLotter

Lotter has worked in the field of professional city management for more than 18 years. In that time, he has been responsible for public services ranging from public works, parks and recreation and police to electrical utilities and even a publicly owned nursing home. 


Janice Gundlach, Assistant Director of Community Assets and Development, New BrightonJanice Gundlach

Janice has been with the City of New Brighton for almost ten years, starting as City Planner, then Planning Coordinator, before transitioning to the Assistant Director of Community Assets and Development/Planning Director in 2014. Janice’s redevelopment work experience is in the area of planning, land assembly, and environmental investigation and remediation. Janice manages the land use planning functions for New Brighton and supervises building inspections and code compliance.

Remember, this as more than just an adult education opportunity but rather an act of compassion to members of the greater community. This is an opportunity to see what our community is up to and how we at CtK can better fit into that picture to serve and love others.

If you have questions, please talk to any one on the Appeal Leadership Team (see below) who has been busy working with Kairos to plan and roll our current stewardship appeal and a separate capital appeal that will be coming in early 2016:

Vern Rice
Peter Hanson
Christine Fifield
Kristen Goligowski
Kirk Kleckner
Scott Black
Kristine Frost
Mark Chace
Darin Zielsdorf
Kristin Wiersma, Kairos Consultant