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Jesse Bentrup

President

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. 

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Chris Bettinger*

Vice President

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.  

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OPEN POSITION

Treasurer

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Desireé Phillips

Secretary

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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Tom Breuning

Director

Bio to come.

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Sue Linser*

Director

Bio to come.

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Angela Parisian

Director

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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Catherine Streit

Director

Bio Coming Soon

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Solomon Tilleskjor

Director

Bio Coming Soon

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Lane Thor

Director

Bio Coming Soon

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Jeff Holmberg

Superintendent of Schools Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

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Sheila Kuester

Office Manager

Non-Board Member

Bio to come.

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Jan Kreminski

Former President & Executive Committee Director

Jan recently retired from the board in 2022 after 19 years of leadership and service to CAEF. He was a past board president and past chair of the Allocations/Grants Committee. He continues to serve as a volunteer on the CAEF Investment Committee and Power of Centennial. He is an active resident in the Centennial area who participates on several levels for local community causes. His children and grandchildren have attended and successfully completed their education in the Centennial District.

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Some photography provided by Nick Clausen of Eddyline Productions.