Board of Directors

The IFO takes great pride in being a grassroots led organization. The Board of Directors is comprised of faculty elected by their campuses and includes a diverse group of leaders representing each of the seven state universities. The IFO board is responsible for establishing the policies and operating procedures of the organization, directing negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement, and developing the budget and priorities of the organization.

Below, you will find the full roster of the 2017-2018 IFO Board as well as a comment box where you can share your thoughts with the Board. 



Jim Grabowska

IFO President

Jim has served as the President of the IFO since 2014. He is a Professor in the World Languages and Cultures Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

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Derek Webb

Bemidji state university

Derek serves as the BSU Faculty Association President and is a Professor and Chair for the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. 

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Keith Marek

Bemidji state university

Keith is a Professor in the Chemistry Department. 

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Elizabeth Rave

BEmidji state university

Liz is a Professor in Biology Department.

August Hoffman

Metropolitan state university

August serves as the Metro State Faculty Association President and is a Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Psychology. 

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Matt filner

Metropolitan state university

Matt is an Associate Professor of Social Science. 

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alec sonsteby

Metropolitan state university

Alec is an Associate Professor and Librarian, and serves as Department Chair of Library and Information Services.

MICHAEL EARHART

METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michael is the Community Faculty Vice President and a faculty member in the Psychology Department.

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Mary visser

Minnesota state university-Mankato

Mary serves as the MSU, Mankato Faculty Association President and is an Associate Professor of Human Performance. Mary is also the IFO Vice President. 

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vicki hunter

Minnesota state university-Mankato

Vicki is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Corrections.

paul hustoles

minnesota state university-Mankato

Paul is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Jackie lewis 

minnesota state university-Mankato

Jackie is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel. 

Magda Chalikia

minnesota state university-Moorhead

Magda serves as the MSU, Moorhead Faculty Association President and is a Professor of Psychology.

laurie blunsom

minnesota state university-Moorhead

Laurie serves as the IFO Treasurer and is a Professor in the School of Performing Arts.

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minnesota state university-Moorhead

Please contact MSUM FA President Magda Chalikia if you are interested in serving on the IFO Board of Directors. 

Tom hergert

st. cloud state university

Tom serves as the SCSU Faculty Association President and is a Professor in the University Library. 

mark jaede

st. cloud state university

Mark is an Assistant Professor in the History Department.

DEBRA LEIGH

ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

Debra is co-founder and lead organizer of the Community Anti-Racism Education (CARE) Initiative.

SHAWN SCHOOLEY

ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

Shawn is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.

JEFF KOLNICK

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

Jeff serves as the SMSU Faculty Association President and is a Professor and Chair in the History Department.

VICKY BROCKMAN

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

Vicky is a Professor of Sociology.

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Saara Raappana

Southwest Minnesota State University

Saara is an adjunct Professor in the English Department. 

JENNIFER CHERNEGA

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Jennifer serves as the Winona State Faculty Association President and is a Professor of Sociology. 

KENDALL LARSON

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Kendall is and Associate Professor of Digital Collections, Initiatives, and Library Instruction.

JENNIFER ZEMKE

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Jen is an Associate Professor of Chemistry.

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JOHN NOSEK

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

John is a Professor of Biology. 

 

Please share your thoughts or concerns with the IFO Board by using the form below. 

 
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