The Foundation Staff
Dick Crockett, Executive Director
Dick began his career in the nonprofit sector with his work as in-house legal counsel at North Dakota State University in the 1970s and 1980s. He continued his work as a higher education attorney with a law firm in Syracuse during the 1990s, and finally with Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis from 1999 through 2003.
Dick has enjoyed participating in many community nonprofit organizations and foundations in North Dakota, New York, and Minnesota through board leadership positions, as legal counsel and as a volunteer consultant on organizational development and strategic planning issues. This included service on the Board of Governors and as Chair of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, as well as Board service with the North Dakota State University Development Foundation, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry Foundation, and the Gray Plant Mooty Foundation.
This experience in the nonprofit and foundation world led to a career transition in March 2003 to a new position as the Executive Director of the Edina Community Foundation and the challenge of working with the Foundations Board of Directors to enhance its positive impact in the Edina community.
Dick is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and Stanford Law School, and he has completed a Harvard University Institute in Educational Leadership and the University of St. Thomas Institute in Executive Director Leadership. He lives in Edinas Killarney Shores neighborhood with his wife Suzie, and their family includes two sons, their wives and six grandchildren.
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Edie Opdahl, Donor Services and Office Manager
Edie joined the staff at the Edina Community Foundation in September 2012.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University and is a former elementary school teacher. Edie has enjoyed applying her organizational and managerial skills at home and in various volunteer organizations, most notably Moms In Prayer International and the Minneapolis Southwest High School Lakers Baseball Boosters. She and her husband Steve have five children.
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Kris Marshall, Communications and Program Services; Connecting With Kids Director
Kris is an Honors Graduate of St. Olaf College and has lived in Edina with her husband Mark for over 20 years. She has an admirable record of leadership and fund raising in the Edina public school system, with children at both Edina High School and Creek Valley Elementary School, and also has substantial sales and marketing experience in the private sector.
Kris has a proven record of relating and working well with both adults and youth in her service as the Creek Valley Elementary PTA President and on the Edina Parent Leadership Council. She helps inform the community about the Foundation's work and provides leadership to Foundation programs ranging from Connecting With Kids to the 4th of July Parade,
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Karen Contag, Donor Relations
Karen has been an active volunteer in the Edina Public School system including leadership positions in the Countryside PTO, the Valley View PTO, the district Parent Leadership Council, and the Edina Parent Communication Network (PCN). She has also been an active volunteer in the Metro Homeless Youth Programs of Lutheran Social Services and is a past Board Member of Bethania Kids Foundation, which serves more than 1,000 economically deprived kids in India every day.
Karen graduated from Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before staying home with her children she had a successful career as an executive search consultant helping fill key leadership positions for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small non-profit organizations. She lives near Valley View Middle School with her husband and two sons.
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