Minister, social worker and auto mechanic
After a career in ministry and social work, Cathy Heying went back to school to become an auto mechanic, having see first hand that transportation was a key barrier for people struggling to move out of homelessness and poverty. Today, as founder and Executive and Operations Director at the non-profit Lift Garage, Cathy and her team provide low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase car inspections and regularly scheduled car-care classes, as well as the sense of independence and freedom that comes with a functioning vehicle.
Engineer, caregiver and relationship philosopher
With degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, Chad Martin has been working in software and test management for companies including Digital River and Lockheed Martin. An Eagle Scout with a pilot’s license and a passion for music, Chad has been married for over 17 years. He and his wife have an eight year old daughter. FIve years ago, Chad’s wife had a major stroke. He is driven to share what he’s learned from his experience being a caregiver in an asymmetric relationship who is also focused on maintaining a healthy partnership with his wife.
Chris Johnson, MD
Dr. Chris Johnson is a nationally recognized expert on the opioid and heroin epidemic which currently claims over 25,000 American lives per year. He has spoken throughout the country on this topic to medical and non-medical audiences alike, and brings an urgent message on the need to reform a medical industry that has prioritized business interests over patient safety.
Sports medicine physician and hockey mom
Heather Bergeson is a Sports Medicine Physician and Pediatrician at TRIA Orthopedic Center, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, and Team Physician for the Gopher Women’s Hockey Team. As a Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota Chapter Board Member and an Edina Hockey mom to two kids who also enjoy playing multiple sports, she is passionate about the benefits of youth sports, but also concerned and alarmed by the current trends and culture of youth sports.
Public art advocate and publisher
Jack Becker is founder of Forecast Public Art, a 40-year old, Minnesota-based nonprofit that connects the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. As publisher of Public Art Review, he enjoys sharing trends and critical issues in the field of public art, as well as broadening people’s notion of what public art is, what it can be, and how we all get to participate in the public art ecosystem. Jack has earned a lifetime achievement award from Public Art Dialogue group at the College Art Association, and from the Public Art Network at Americans for the Arts. In addition, he has partnered with Shanghai University to launch an International Award for Public Art to recognize excellence in the field.
Physician and mind-body expert
Jane Oh grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a first generation Korean-American. She has been practicing medicine for over 20 years, but when she began practicing and teaching yoga, her view of healing fundamentally changed. She is currently becoming certified in SMART (Stress Management and Resiliency Training) through the Benson-Henry Mind Body Institute at Harvard Medical School, and she believes that we all have the ability to heal much of our suffering through the power of the mind-body connection.
Straw bale gardener and global food security visionary
Twenty seven years ago, Joel Karsten, a landscape designer with a BS in Horticultural Science from the University of MN, pioneered a method of growing vegetables in bales of straw. Joel has now written four best selling books which have been translated into many languages, and has traveled extensively to spread his method world-wide. Straw Bale Gardening offers real hope for people in some of the poorest places in earth to grow their own food in conditions where it has never before been possible.
Educator and getting things done expert
Mark Wallace has worked for Edina Public Schools since 1999 and currently teaches in the Continuous Progress program at Highlands Elementary in a 3rd-5th grade multi-age classroom. In 2015, Mark established Basecamp 16 LLC, a consulting agency whose focus is equipping K-12 students and professional educators for effectiveness in both their educational and personal journey. 2018 marks the release of Mark’s first book, co-authored with David Allen and Mike Williams, entitled “Getting Things Done for Teens.”
Genetic research CEO focused on rare neurological disease
Matt Fox is driven to find solutions where others see barriers. Matt currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Pairnomix, a genetic research company focused on rare neurological disease; as a Board Member for Proximagen, a clinical stage biotech company; and as Treasurer of the Edina School Board. His previous experience includes leading corporate strategy on the executive team at Upsher-Smith Laboratories, and a decade as a professional healthcare investor, last working as a Portfolio Manager at Bank am Bellevue in Zurich, Switzerland.
Paralympic gold medalist and inventor
“Monster” Mike Schultz is a 2018 Winter Paralympic Gold and Silver medalist and inventor. In December 2008, Mike suffered an accident during a professional snowmobile competition that ultimately led to the amputation of his leg above the knee. After engineering his own mechanical knee, Schultz was again competing on the national stage 7 months later at the ESPN Summer X Games (where he received a silver medal on his dirt bike). Realizing the need for advances in high impact adaptive sports prosthetics, he founded BioDapt, Inc in July 2010, making the Moto Knee available to active amputees across north America. He added the Versa Foot to the BioDapt collection in 2013; it was named one of the Top 10 Inventions of 2013 by Popular Science magazine. Currently more than 100 wounded soldiers, extreme athletes, and amputees are using Mike’s prosthetics.
Changemaker, storyteller, and founder of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood (RISE)
Nausheena Hussain is the co-founder and Executive Director of a new platform to empower women in her community known as Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) to address female leadership development, increase community engagement, and create a philanthropic legacy for change. Nausheena was named the 2012 Catalytic Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Among other roles, she currently serves on the Headwaters Foundation Community Innovation and Social Change Fund grant committee, the Advancement Committee for the Charities Review Council, as a Charter Commissioner for the City of Brooklyn Park, and as Board Member of the Brooklyn Park Islamic Center.
Student, missionary and civil rights activist
A junior at Edina High School, Olivia Pierce likes to write music, run track, read, and paint. Bold without fear on stage, she is also an actor and sees a future for herself as a pediatrician. As a Christian, Olivia tries to live out her faith actively every day and show God’s love to others through her actions. As a civil rights activist, Olivia is working to ensure that all people can have their voices heard and respected. .
Author, speaker, educator and storyteller
Stephanie Glaros is an author, speaker, and educator and is the founder and executive director of the storytelling nonprofit Humans of Minneapolis. She has created community engagement projects for the City of Minneapolis, Metro Meals on Wheels, Friends of the Hennepin County Library, and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Her work has been featured in the Star-Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, City Pages, and on MPR, KARE11, FOX9 and WCCO. Glaros also leads interactive talks and workshops that focus on empathy and connection.
Photographer and student
A sophomore at Edina High School, Yash Mangalick is broadly engaged with Congressional Debate, Competitive Speech, Competitive Robotics, and Boy Scouts as well as Mosaic and Edina 212. But photography has emerged as his passion. He has traveled to 15 different countries on four continents, his camera at the ready, and he has noticed–and is working to combat–the gradual blurring of lines between documentary and idealistic photography.