Northfield Promise, through its Council of Champions, Action Teams, Data Team, Steering Committee, the backing of HCI and widespread community support, is leading a collective impact initiative poised to achieve community-level change.

Council of Champions

This group, composed of leaders of the largest community institutions, meets quarterly and provides key leadership to Northfield Promise. Champions are committed to using their “organizational muscle” to advocate for Northfield Promise and access resources to help actualize plans developed by our Action Teams.

Steering Committee This group is composed of committed community partners, HCI board members and the chairs of the Action Teams. The committee oversees day-to-day efforts, assists with framework development, recruits members and stakeholders, and helps lead community education and communication efforts.

 Action Teams

Each action team is composed of any individual or institution interested in the Action Team’s focus area. Each team will be charged with developing a plan to help see community change in 1 or 2 of the benchmarks on the Cradle to Career Continuum.  The teams are open to anyone who is interested in being involved — please contact HCI (664-3524 or to sign-up! Ready for Kindergarten Action Team

Reading Team

Elementary Social, Emotional & Physical Well-Being Action Team 

Connectedness Action Team 

Career and College Readiness Action Team

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 Additional teams are forming now!

Data Team This group is composed of individuals with expertise in evaluation and data analysis. They work with the Action Teams to review and analyze data to assist the teams’ work. DataTeam members also assist with the annual compilation of data into Northfield Promise’s “Report to the Community.”

Backbone Organization — HCI Board

The HCI Board assists with convening the Council of Champions, Steering Committee, Action Teams and Data Team. HCI also provides organizational support, helps with grants and securing resources to aid the implementation of action plans, coordinates communications, and helps manage data tracking and reporting.

  • Abby Andrade (Co-Vice Chair) Northfield High School Student
  • Beth Ayotte Naumann President and Owner, ServiceMaster by Ayotte
  • Erin Bailey Northfield Public Schools, Community Services Division
  • Barry Carlson Senior Development Officer, St. Olaf College
  • Bridget Conway Doctor, Cannon Pointe Chiropractic
  • Kris Estenson Associate Director, Piper Center for Vocation and Career, St. Olaf College
  • Jackson Hillmann (Co-chair) Northfield High School Student
  • Anna Kochevar Arcadia Charter School Student
  • Lisa Malecha Social Worker, Arcadia Charter School
  • Mark Mohlke Senior Business Banker, Wells Fargo
  • Anne Meyer-Ruppel Nurse Practitioner, Allina Clinic
  • Connie Nelson Master Reading Coach, Minnesota Reading Corp.
  • Monte Nelson Chief of Police, Northfield Police Department
  • Randy Olson Senior Vice President, Community Resource Bank
  • Olive Omoro Northfield High School Student
  • Claudia Román Jiménez Library Assistant and Bilingual Reference Staffer, Northfield Public Library
  • Tanner Schieck (Treasurer) Co-owner, Schieck Orthodontics
  • Betsy Spethmann (Co-Vice Chair) Director of Community Relations, Northfield Hospital & Clinics
  • Marnie Thompson Assistant Principal, Northfield High School
  • Brisa Zubia (Co-chair) Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural and International Life, Carleton College