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RCTC Foundation Board of Directors

An independent board of directors, representing our community, governs the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation. These dedicated individuals are stewards of gifts to the RCTC Foundation. Through their leadership, students' lives are impacted with our scholarship program, campus programs are supported and our community's quality of life is enhanced.

2017 - 2018 RCTC Foundation Board of Directors

Board Officers
  • Todd Severson, President - President, TLS Companies
  • Paul Richardson, Vice President - Vice President, Development and Operations, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Thomas Cummings, Treasurer - Accountant, Thomas M. Cummings, CPA
  • Peter Sandberg, Secretary - Attorney, Sandberg Law Firm
Board Members
  • Lisa Baldus - Sales, Crossmark and 1986 alumna
  • Ron Buzard - Executive Director, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association
  • Steven Colebeck - Community Volunteer, Stifel Nicolaus (retired) and 1972 alumnus
  • Brianna Cook - News Anchor/Report, ABC 6 News and 2010 alumna
  • Heather Donovan - AVP Commercial Lending, Sterling State Bank
  • Victoria Hailey - Director of Business Development, Cambria USA
  • Rebecca Hill - Community Volunteer, Mayo Clinic (retired) and 1970 alumna
  • Christopher Nelson - Attorney, Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.
  • Jacob Petersen - Business Broker, Murphy Business and 2005 alumnus
  • Cody Pogalz - Executive Assistant, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency and 2014 alumnus
  • Opal Richards - Attorney, Richards Law
  • Peggy Vevang - Educator (retired) and 2006 alumna

Core Values of the RCTC Foundation Board of Directors

Spirit of Giving

We recognize our role to attract resources for Rochester Community and Technical College and its students 

Enhancing and Advancing

We believe our role is to enhance and advance the capacity of Rochester Community and Technical College

Engaging the Community

As community leaders, we believe in using our sphere of influence to strengthen understanding and foster relations between the College and community 

Honesty and Integrity

We believe in high integrity as the guiding principal in conducting our business

Responsibility and Accountability

We recognize our responsibility to benefactors and stakeholders and strive for honesty and openness


Philosophy of the RCTC Foundation Board of Directors:

The Foundation exists to influence the quality of student programs at RCTC. Through active, ongoing campaigns to promote philanthropy in the community, the Foundation aims to grow a diverse amount of resources sufficient to provide affordable education for all students, add value and excellence to the programs offered at RCTC, and help insulate the institution from future economic and political forces by filling in gaps in state funding,   The Foundation believes that no student should be turned away from RCTC due to inability to pay tuition.


Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Celebrating 100 years!    1915-2015    www.rctc.edu/100th
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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