Carver-Scott Humane Society (CSHS) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board. The Executive Committee is comprised of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Board members are elected by the Board of Directors on an annual basis and serve two-year terms, with a three-term limit.
Mandi Wyman, Executive Director. Mandi has lived in the Twin Cities for the past 10 years, and bought her first home in Minneapolis in 2015. She has three rescue animals: an 11-year old tortoiseshell cat named Bailey; a 9-year old grey and white tuxedo cat named Edison; and a 6-year old Doberman mix named Samson. Mandi graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with a BA in Corporate Communication/Public Relations, and received her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Hamline University in 2014. Prior to her appointment at CSHS, she held positions at The Salvation Army and the Scott, Carver, Dakota CAP Agency. Mandi is a self-proclaimed nonprofit nerd, and loves sharing her education and experience with others. She is a four-time presenter at the Humane Society of the United States’ International Animal Care Expo. On the rare occasion Mandi isn’t working, she enjoys time with friends and family and catching up on her latest Netflix binge.
2017-2018 Board of Directors:
Larry Fasching, President. Larry is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities area. He has been an animal lover all of his life, and is currently the lucky owner of Kaze (short for Kamikaze, a name which reflects her energy level), a 10 year old puggle who was rescued by CSHS; Cedar, a 3 year old German/Australian Shepherd mix; Murphy, a 4 year old terrier mix rescue, and Sarah and Pasta, two 1 year old cats rescued through CSHS. Larry works in IT for Starkey Hearing Technologies. Larry joined the Board in December, 2011.
Gary Loock., Vice President. Gary is a Minnetonka resident and has been a long-time volunteer with CSHS. He joined the board in 2016 after attending board meetings for several years to support the direction of the organization. Gary has served on the Executive Director Hiring Committee and is also the CSHS Inventory Manager. He is a “Jack of all Trades” who assists with everything from events to building new rooms at our Cat Adoption Center! In addition to his many hats with CSHS, Gary assists with the Chaska Shed, a grassroots collaborative between CSHS and Pet Haven that distributes donated pet food and supplies to rescues throughout Minnesota.
Jackie Lara, Secretary. Jackie grew up in central Minnesota and has been an avid volunteer since a young age. She and her husband reside in Shakopee and enjoy the strong sense of community in this area. She has a heart for animals and a special interest in keeping pets with their families. Jackie believes our pets help us as much as we help them. She adopted their 2 cats, Beethoven and Marnie, and rescued their guinea pig, Roger. Jackie works at the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency. She joined the Board in June 2016.
Mike Turpin. Mike is a software application developer, and he and his wife Sara are cat fosters for CSHS. He currently serves as a board member, as well as on our IT team, where he manages the growing technology and security infrastructure of the organization. As CSHS moves to utilize more technology to improve outreach and help more animals, Mike’s technical background will help guide the board in their decisions.
Brian Ulrich. Brian grew up in Brooklyn Park and is a current resident of Hopkins. He works in project management for Optum Health, and the favorite part of his day is spoiling his rescue dog, Theo. When he isn’t working or walking his dog, Brian serves as Board President of his condo association. He has been an active member of the National Ski Patrol for over 10 years, holding various volunteer leadership positions. He joined the board in December of 2016.
Dr. Steve Barghusen. Steve is a veterinarian and co-owner of Pet Crossing Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic in Bloomington. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and is a board certified specialist in dog and cat practice. He is the proud owner of a CSHS alumna (Peep the Wonder Dog) as well as a White’s Tree Frog named Gordon. Steve joined the board in May of 2016.
Brian Christiansen. Brian is an attorney with Hellmuth & Johnson, where he specializes in businesses, franchises, and commercial entities. He joined the board in 2017 and has been an active and engaged contributor and currently serves as a member of the Policy Committee, which consists of both staff and board members working collaboratively to update and develop organizational policies and processes.