There have been a number of changes to the Northstar board over the past months. We are pleased to introduce three new members.
John is now president of the Northstar board. He first joined the board in July 2011. John is the marketing director and senior addictions counselor at Crossroads Aftercare Program. Prior to working at Crossroads, John worked as an alcohol and drug counselor at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
John learned about the devastating effects of gambling after spending a week as a professional in residence at Project Turnabout for the Vanguard Compulsive Gambling Program in Granite Falls, Minnesota. He’s since become a state-certified gambling provider in Minnesota and has obtained a national gambler counselor certification. John is also a member of the Minnesota Problem Gambling Advisory Council.
Sunny is the executive director of Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of Minnesota Lao families. The Center assists with basic needs such as general support services, health outreach, housing, economic development, civic engagement, leadership institute, youth advancement, elder empowerment, arts and cultural engagement.
Sunny was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Bush Foundation. He was also a co-principal research investigator at the University of Minnesota for colorectal cancer screening disparities and a hepatitis B study. Sunny serves on the state of Minnesota Problem Gambling Advisory Board.
Marsha Kelly is a veteran of nearly forty years in strategic communications, reputation management and business development.
Prior to entering private practice in 1989, Marsha served in the Office of Governor Rudy Perpich (D-MN) as press secretary and communications director for Lieutenant Governor Marlene Johnson, where her duties included media relations, speechwriting and communications.
Since 1992, Kelly has served as communications counsel for the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA), with primary responsibility for the association’s media and community relations, online communications, materials production, research and strategic positioning. In addition to MIGA, her portfolio includes clients in transportation, health care, agriculture, entertainment and the pet industry.