Jesse has been a resident since 2017 and is business owner in the Centennial area. He has a background in sales, marketing, and finance. Through his personal and business relationships, Jesse has been able to work with CAEF, Rotary Club, and the YMCA to support our community. One example he is particularly proud of is a partnership with school nurses to provide snacks, juice, and water for kids that come to the nurses with hunger issues or low blood sugar. His wife, Lucreita, and four children (three attending Centennial Schools) are his biggest motivation for giving back. Great programs in the Centennial community have all touched his children in different ways and giving back is a great way to show his gratitude. The entire Bentrup family is passionate about our community and CAEF is a perfect outlet to move that goal forward.
Chris and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Centerville in 2008. They have two sons at Centennial High School. Chris joined the Centennial Area Education Foundation in 2017 and has since joined three CAEF committees and taken on the role of Vice President in 2019. Chris is also very active in Circle/Lex Lions, Centerville Lions, Centerville Parks Committee, Fete de Lacs Board, Centennial Sports Boosters and Centennial School Board Director (elected 2016). Chris's extensive engagement and contributions are a direct demonstration of his love for Centennial and the community.
Craig and his wife Mary lived in Circle Pines for 23 years prior to retiring to Forest Lake. Craig and Mary have two sons who attended and graduated from the Centennial School System. Craig was employed as an accountant for Land O’ Lakes for 40 years and now leverages his professional skills on the CAEF Board. He has also spent time volunteering as a member of the Circle-Lex Lions, and the Centennial Youth Baseball and Basketball programs.
Desireé (Larson) Phillips earned BAs in 2006 from the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Political Science, Global Studies and Spanish and played Division III volleyball. Desireé is currently a Human Resources Specialist and serves on the Policy Board at work. She attended Centennial Schools, graduating in 2002, and is an active alumna. In 2008 Desireé moved to the district where she lives with her husband, Luke, and two young children. They are passionate about supporting organizations like CAEF, which benefit the greater community.
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Jan has been an active resident in the Centennial area for over 40 years. He is a community member who participates on several levels for local community causes. He has a BA in Business from St. Thomas. He and his wife Linda have children and grandchildren who have attended and successfully completed their education in the Centennial District. Jan retired in 2011 from Unisys where he had increasing roles of responsibility, including over 25 years in technical business and personnel management. He has been a CAEF Board member since March of 2003, and is currently president of the board and past chair of the Allocations/Grants Committee.
Kelley has been involved with CAEF since 2010. She joined the Board in 2013 and assumed the Chair of the CAEF Marketing Communications Committee. She is a business professional who holds a BA in International Business Management from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from Carlson School of Management in Marketing, Supply Chain & Operations. Kelley is currently a System Director of Quality & Safety Improvement at MHealth Fairview. Kelley grew up in the community, is a Centennial graduate and has been a resident of Lino Lakes since 1999. Kelley and her husband, Marc, have two daughters who also graduated from Centennial Schools.
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Angela and her husband, Tim, have been residents of Lino Lakes since 2014. They have four children, one who graduated from CHS last year and two who currently attend Centennial Schools. Tim coaches youth flag football in the Centennial area, and they have both been active in partnering with local businesses to bring donation money to the schools through various programs and events. Angela’s background is in Accounting, and she is currently Controller for an automotive group in the Twin Cities. She joined CAEF in February of 2020 to contribute her skill set to the Board, and has also taken on a role with the Grant Review Committee.
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Lisa and her husband Steve have lived in the Centennial District since 1997. They have two children, one a CHS alum and one a current CHS student. Lisa’s background is in Market Research for a global consumer foods manufacturer. The past several years have seen her focused on supporting education with six years of leadership on local PTA boards, four years on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota PTA, nine years as a substitute in the Centennial District, and currently supporting CAEF as the Office Manager.