Meet our DGT™ Board of Directors
One of the leading employment law practitioners in the nation, Roy A. Ginsburg is a Partner at the law firm of Jones Day. Along with several other Minnesota attorneys, Roy joined Jones Day in June 2016 and established a Jones Day office in Minnesota. Jones Day has more U.S.-based attorneys than any other law firm.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Roy worked at two other law firms. He began his legal career at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, where he worked for more than 32 years. Following Dorsey, Roy worked briefly for Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, before moving on to Jones Day. Ginsburg’s defense-oriented practice focuses on commercial and employment litigation.
Roy earned his B.A. from Carleton College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
As the father of two sons, Roy has invested his volunteering time and energy toward various sports activities in Minneapolis, coaching youth teams in baseball, soccer and basketball. His coaching career culminated in a week of baseball in Minneapolis’s sister city of Ibaraki, Japan, where he shepherded a team of 15-year-old boys. For many years he served as a board member for the Minneapolis Youth Baseball Association. Roy also serves with the Inner City Tennis organization, where he is a member of the non-profit's Finance Committee.
Along with her managerial responsibilities at Advantus Capital Management, Inc., Lisa Glaus participates in a wide range of corporate volunteer activities, including Habitat for Humanity, the Securian Frozen 5K, Junior Achievement and the annual United Way Campaign. She discovered DGT™ in 2008 while looking for volunteer opportunities for her family, which includes four children. The following year (2009) was dubbed her family’s “Year of Giving” because of the myriad service-related activities they embarked upon, many of which they discovered via the DGT™ newsletter and listing subscription.
Michael Birdman has over 20 years of strategic sales leadership and corporate board experience in the insurance and employee benefits sector. His expertise in strategic planning, business and product development, collaborative team leadership and marketing is particularly valuable in assisting DGT™ in its growth plans. Birdman has held leadership roles with Midwest Dental Benefits, DRIASI (Direct Response Insurance Administrative Services Inc.) and Allianz Life.
Currently, Birdman works as a consultant to organizations and leadership teams, assisting them in revising strategic plans, developing new marketing programs and improving operations. He holds an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a B.S.B.A from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Birdman resides in Edina, Minn., with his wife and two young children.
Mark Josephs works as a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial. He is in the business of helping people grow their financial confidence in their future. He helps people balance pursuing their dreams for tomorrow with what they need today. Financial planning is the core of his business model. Prior to Ameriprise, Mark worked in corporate strategy for Honeywell International, as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs, and spent 5 years serving as an officer in the US Navy.
He has both an MBA and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. Mark lives in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, and is the proud father of two sons, ages 11 and 9. Besides his work with DGT, Mark is on the governing board with Heading Home Ramsey, a non-profit with the mission to end homelessness in Ramsey County.
As the Service-Learning Coordinator at Edina Public Schools, Julie Rogers Bascom works with teachers and students to solve community problems as part of classroom learning goals. She has been with the district for over eleven years and helped lead DGT’s first Family Service Fair at an Edina elementary school. Her passion for supporting young people to become problem solvers formed when her own children attended an Oakland, CA school where every student, every year was engaged in service-learning. Julie also serves on non-profit boards that encourage civic engagement: the League of Women Voters; Edina-based Connecting With Kids, an initiative to support positive asset development in youth; and Minnesota Civic Youth, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that prepares young people for a life of active citizenship. In addition, Rogers Bascom has presented at local and national workshops on how to incorporate service into curriculum and community.
Kevin Larabee is the Vice President of Human Resources for Westwood Professional Services in Eden Prairie, MN. Kevin has more than 20 years of Human Resources Leadership experience. This experience base spans several industries including Financial Services with the CoreLogic organization, Construction and Home Building with Centex Homes and Consumer Products with the Pillsbury Company and Frito Lay Inc. He has extended skills to several Non-Profit Boards in the Minneapolis Area (Store to Door, Eden Prairie Hockey Association). He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College. He and his family lives in Eden Prairie and his wife is the Chairperson of the EP School Board.
Susan Humiston is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the Twin Cities business community. In March 2016, she was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve as the Director of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility, the judicial agency responsible for lawyer discipline in the State of Minnesota. Prior to consulting, Susan served as Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel for Alliant Techsystems, Inc. an aerospace and defense company, and its commercial product spin-off Vista Outdoor, and spent 13 years in private practice at Leonard, Street and Deinard, now known as Stinson Leonard Street, representing a wide range of product manufacturing companies.
Humiston is a proud mom to her 10-year-old son and spends much of her time driving her creative child from one performance to another. Susan's family, particularly her community-oriented parents, have inspired her to make volunteering part of her life, and she has turned to DGT™ to make that a reality. Susan earned her JD at the University of Iowa College of Law and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has served on the boards of Hearts and Hammers and 15 HEAD-a theatre lab.
Cathy McLane is passionate about service and fostering the world’s future leaders--our children. Currently, Cathy is the founder and principal of CathyConnects Communications, a strategic communications consultancy working with both for- and non-profits. Before CathyConnects, she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Blake School for 15 years, where she provided leadership for all internal and external communications, directing all branding, marketing, PR/media relations and online efforts.
Prior to her career at Blake, McLane was at Little & Company, a well-known Twin Cities strategic design firm. Before that she was in account services at Campbell Mithun Esty, working with such clients as ConAgra (Healthy Choice) and DowBrands. She is married and has two grown children.
Longtime DGT™ board member Marty Owens is an executive at the highly respected research firm The Leuthold Group, based in Minneapolis. Prior to this, he spent three years in Corporate Banking at US Bank. Before banking, he worked in the investment industry.
Owens holds a B.S. in Accounting from Gannon University in Erie, Penn., and earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He has chaired the Carlson School of Management MBA program’s Community Affairs Council, and volunteered as a ride leader for Trips for Kids in Marin County, Calif. He lives with his wife and two children in Plymouth, Minn.
Jen Scholl is a Major and Planned Gift Officer at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Prior to working at the Science Museum she worked at the University of Minnesota, the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Chicago and the United Way of Forsyth County in North Carolina. She received her masters degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Scholl lives with her husband and two kids in Shoreview, Minnesota. She is the chair of the DGT development committee.