Join the NEON Board of Directors

We’re looking for passionate leaders and enthusiasts to step up
and commit to a term of service to help shape the future of entrepreneurship in north Minneapolis and surrounding communities.

Consider the next step and volunteer to help us shape our community
while growing as a leader, contributor, and collaborator.

What to expect

Board Member Overview

The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) has a dynamic group of community members fully engaged in governing the organization to achieve our mission. We look for individuals who are eager to serve in leadership roles, willing to engage beyond board meetings and provide philanthropic support to the organization. We strive to maintain a board that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. For more information, submit your information below or contact us at


What do NEON Board Members do?

NEON Board members spend an average of 5-10 hours a month including service

on a committee or doing committee work.

Each member participates and supports their committee by:

  1. Regularly attending committee meetings and other important organization events.

  2. Make a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work and fulfill a minimum three-year term.

  3. Volunteer for and accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time.

  4. Pursue additional leadership opportunities including chairing a committee or an officer role.

  5. Stay informed about committee matters, prepare well for meetings, review and comment on any minutes and reports.

  6. Get to know other committee members and building a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.

What Committees Exist?

  • Finance and Audit Committee:
    Analyze organizational finances, surface board discussions and decisions.


  • Governance and HR Committee:
    Champion good board governance practices, including board composition, education, and structure as well as manage the annual goal setting and performance evaluation for the President of NEON.

  • Fundraising and Development Committee:

       Assure fiscal health of NEON through philanthropic giving and fund development.

  • Real Estate Task Force:
    Analyze opportunities for economic development through real estate.

NEON Board Member Application

Ready to serve? Complete the NEON Board Member application below.

Current Board of Directors


Beth Dumke, Chair

Vice President, Product Development & Innovation

US Bank

Ting Ting Ni, Vice Chair

Senior Financial Analyst,

Abbott Laboratories

Blake Berquist, Treasurer

VP, Finance and Central Region, CFO

UnitedHealth Group

Debra Spears, Secretary

Director of Admissions and Marketing

Providence Academy

Board Committees

Governance and HR Committee

Ting Ting Ni, Chair

Senior Financial Analyst,

Abbott Laboratories

KB Brown


Wolfpack Promotionals

Margaret Murphy

Chief Credit Officer Specialty, EVP

Old National Bank

Stella Thomas

Financial Analyst II; Supervision, Regulation, and Credit,

Federal Reserve Bank

Finance Committee

Blake Berquist, Chair

VP, Finance and Central Region, CFO

UnitedHealth Group

Russell Knighton

Retired, Bank Executive

Melanie Gatewood

Director Multicultural Merchandise & Enterprise Segmentation


Warren McLean

President, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)

Development Committee

Shannon Olson, Chair

Former Director of Member Engagement Strategies,

Thrivent Financial

Meron Demissie

Engineering Manager,

Sunrise Energy Ventures

Debra Spears

Director of Admissions and Marketing,

Providence Academy

Warren McLean

President, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)

Real Estate Task Force

Spencer Cronin

Regional Practice Manager,

Burns & McDonnell

Lucas Wiborg

Founder & Owner,

Shingle Creek Capital, LLC

Warren McLean

President, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)