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.


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 three-time speaker at the Humane Society of the United States’ International Animal Care Expo, and will be presenting again in 2017. When she’s not working, Mandi enjoys spending time with friends and family, catching up on Netflix, yoga, and shopping.

2016-2017 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.

Mike Turpin, Vice President. 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.

Dave Lies, Treasurer.  Dave currently lives in NE Minneapolis with his 13-year old Cocker Spaniel, Bitsy (or ‘the Bitzer’) who he rescued when she was two.  He initially joined the Carver-Scott Humane Society when he was living in Shakopee in 2010, serving on the Board of Directors for three years and becoming involved with the Walk Fur Love (past chairperson & committee chair for food & raffle) and Cub brat stand fundraising events.  Dave has a Bachelor degree in Accounting from St. Cloud State University and has spent over 25 years in the Accounting & Finance fields.

Laura Schwing, Secretary.  Laura grew up on the family farm in SW Minnesota with various animals in their care. She attributes her inspiration for volunteering to Hiroshi, a kitten blinded by a human.  She started volunteering at Pet Adoption Events then later joined the PR committee posting our adoptable pets to social media. In 2015 she joined the CSHS Board of Directors, Chaired the Walk/Run Fur Love fund raiser and is now the TNR-Manager for our new Trap-Neuter-Return program supporting community cats. Laura has 3 kitties: Lady G, Alejandro and Adelle.

Bev Fiedler. Bev has volunteered with CSHS for many years but took a two year hiatus to live in Costa Rica.  She missed her family, friends, working and volunteering and moved back to the Twin Cities. She has served as past President, Fundraising Chair and Co-Chair of past wine tasting events and Rescue Roundup.  Bev works as a Realtor in the Twin Cities with RE/MAX Results.  She has been animal lover since she was a child and currently has one rescued cat, Mitzy.

Jackie Lara. 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.

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.

Gary Loock. (bio coming soon)