founding memberS

Bernard P. Friel

Retired lawyer; Briggs and Morgan 1956-1985 and 1990-2013; HRS Group, Vice Chairman and General Counsel 1985-1990; BSL & LLB Minnesota 1954: JAG Officier USAF Langley AFB 1954-56; Founder and President National Association of Bond Lawyers; Council Member, Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association;  Member American College of Bond Counsel; Board and Finance Committee Member Science Museum of Minnesota; Chairman Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority; Board Member HealthEast Foundation; President North American Nature Photography Association; Board Member Voyager Outward Bound; Member The Explorers Club; Member Mendota Heights Planning Commission 1991-2003.

James Losleben

Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. Appointed to the first Mendota Heights Parks and Recreation Board in November in 1969. Ran for City Council position in November of 1972 and won and was sworn in as a City Council member in January 1973. Ran for reelection 2 times and won. Completed City Council service in April 1984. Retired - Senior Vice President of Business Development for a solar system manufacturing company in Minnesota. Presently CEO of Solar Partners, Inc, a Manufacturer’s Representative that sells electrical equipment to electric utilities, i.e., equipment for PV Solar Farms and Electric Vehicle Charging Systems. 49-year resident of Mendota Heights.


Bob Bonine                            

Retired, Registered Investment Advisor Northwestern Mutual; BA and MA University of Minnesota; Teacher and Principal Roseville School District; Officer, US Army; Vice President, Northwest Area Foundation; Vice President, Pillsbury Company; Board Member Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Commission; Board Member Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority; Board Member Minnesota Food Bank; Member and Chairman, I.S.D. 197 Mendota Heights, West St. Paul School Board.

Ed Hanton                              

College of St. Thomas; University of  Minnesota B.S. 1959; University of Minnesota Medical School  M.D. 1961; Internship St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth; residency and Fellowship Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; MBA Loyola College of Maryland; Obstetrics & Genecology Board Certified/Recertified; US Army Medical Corps; Department Head and Physician-in-Chief Kaiser-Permanente, Washington D.C.; Senior Medical Director, Harris Methodist Health System, Ft. Worth, TX; Health Care Consultant, Cjeka  and Associates, Atlanta, Georgia; Chairman Catalina, AZ  Resource Center 2003-05.

Marina McManus                  

Recently retired Director of Public Health for St. Paul-Ramsey County;  Public Health Nursing Director, St. Louis County, Minnesota, Director of Public Health for Anoka County, Minnesota; Deputy Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Public Safety; Served on the Mendota Heights Planning Commission for 6 years.

Tom Smith

Lecturer on Kinesiology University of Minnesota faculty; M.Sc. Molecular Biology, University of California; Faculty lecturer of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, British Colombia; published 150 + scientific publications and technical reports on human factors/ergonomics, human-centered design and motor behavior; Member Dakota County Extension Committee.


Jill Smith 

Mendota Heights City Council - served 8 years with 6 years as acting Mayor; Retired from 3M corporate real estate department; Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) from Corporate Real Estate Network; MN Real Estate License; B.A. San Diego University; B.S. and Masters Degree, University of Wisconsin, Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis; Master of Public Affairs (MPA Degree) University of Minnesota; Real Estate Paralegal, Bull, Housser & Tupper, Vancouver, B.C.; Current Member Dakota County Planning Commission; Transportation Advisory Board, Metropolitan Council; Noise Oversight Committee to the Metropolitan Airports Commission; Cable TV Commissioner, NDC4.                                


Buzz Cummins                    

Graduate of Harvard University and J. D. University of Minnesota Law School; legal counsel to a Minnesota Governor Al Quie; Vice President of Minnegasco; CEO Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association; Former Board Chairman United Hospital; Former Chairman Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board; Former Chairman Citizens League; Former Chairman Fairvote Minnesota; Elected and served 6 years on Mendota Heights City Council; Attended all of the first 40 Vikings games and countless games since.

Joe Betlej                              

Advantus Capital Management: Portfolio Manager Real Estate and Dividend Income Securities; Chartered Financial Analyst; BA Architecture; Masters Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis; CFA Designation 1990; Mendota Heights Planning Commission, 12 years; Part Owner Green Bay Packers.




Ed Hanton


Jim Losleben


Jill Smith


Tom Smith


Carl “Buzz” Cummins


Stephen Treichel


Robert Diedrich


Robert Bonine


Jonathan Zagel


Maurice Lazarus


Marina McManus


Kara Wallace


Joseph Betlej


Sherri Stein


Amelia Vandarious


Linda Limback


Bernard P. Friel


Damaris Friel


Chadwick Vandarious

Pat Diedrich