MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
A Place for You is governed by a Board of Directors and led by Executive Director Linda Thomson.
Linda along with a small staff and dedicated group of volunteers work together to provide shelter, hospitality and support services to assist residents into safe, affordable, sustainable housing.
Teresa Hasbrook: Chair
Teresa is a resident of Rush City, MN. She grew up on a farm in Grass Lake Township, Kanabec County, MN. Teresa graduated from Braham High School. She has a degree in business management and retired from East Central Energy in 2013 as the manager of the member services department. Teresa is a member of First Lutheran Church of Rush City, volunteers for The IMAGE Project and has been a board member of A Place for You since 2014.
Kim Brubaken: Vice Chair
Kim Brubaken has been a senior high guidance counselor at Pine City High School for over 16 years. Prior to that, she was the director of the Employment & Training Center at Pine Technical College, which delivered welfare reform programs in a five county area. Kim has been a lifelong resident of Mora where she has been actively involved in youth mission trips and providing foster care for adolescent teenage girls. Kim has been an advocate for youth and adults while serving on several boards including her church and advocacy organizations in the Twin Cities.
Deb Eck: Treasurer
Deb grew up on a farm near Gonvick, a small town in northwestern Minnesota and has lived in Pine City since 1969. She has a degree in accounting and has been with East Central Energy for the past 19 years working in their finance department. Deb has been involved in volunteer activities within the community and church throughout the years. One that is very special to her is the Image Project. Through the efforts of all those involved the Masaii girls in Tanzania are getting an education. It was this group that inspired Deb to become involved with A Place for You.
Carol VanderHorck: Secretary
Carol is a native of Virginia, MN and has lived in Pine City since 1978. She is a retired elementary educator, having taught in the Pine City Schools for 34 years.
Carol has had several board experiences and held various offices. She has served on the Pine City Golf Course board, the Ladies’ Evening Golf League, Heritage Players and the local Education Association.
Give her a plane, train, automobile, or bike and she's ready to travel anywhere! She also enjoys playing the piano, singing, making wine, golfing, working sudokus, dabbling in the dirt with her work-in-progress hosta garden, and trying new and different activities. Since retirement, her passion has been volunteering in the Early Childhood classroom as well as helping autistic students, and volunteering in any capacity at A Place For You.
Frank Grundmeier: Board Member
Frank was born and grew up in southeastern MN. He farmed for 50 near Friesland raising dairy cows for 25 years and beef cattle for 30 years. He is married with three adult sons and 7 grandchildren.
Frank has been an active member of the community participating in the following areas:
Dell Grove Township Treasurer; Pine County Officers Association President; Family Pathways Volunteer; Pine/Kanabec Thrivent Chapter Board; Pine County Chaplain Corps; Pine County Township Rep on ECRDC Board; Farm Service Agency County Committee; Church Council, Treasurer and Financial Secretary.
Wayne Eller: Board Member
Wayne is the Executive Director for East Central MN Habitat for Humanity.
Steve Hallan: Board Member
Marleen Zak: Board Member
Marleen grew up in Rochester, MN. She moved to the Pine City area in 1981 to take a position with Braham Area Schools.
Marleen has a degree in education and multiple licenses for special education disability areas. Marleen retired from her position at St. Croix River Education District after 37 years of service in MN schools. Her job duties for the last 25 years were to coordinate educational, medical and work skill services within the school systems in Pine and Chicago Counties. She chaired both the Pine County and Chicago County Disability Committees establishing improvements for services needed to help students transition from high school to work or post secondary training. Marleen is an advocate of community based services to support persons with disabilities or with under served populations. Her participation on several statewide committees to improve services in rural areas connected her to APFY.
Melissa Chinn: Board Member
Sharon Lawrence: Board member
We Have Openings for Board Members
Board Member Position Description
Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings
Makes serious commitment to participate actively in committee work
Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time
Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports
Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
Is an active participant in the committee's annual evaluation and planning efforts
Participates in fund raising for the organization