Tim started Specialisterne Midwest, now Mind Shift, in 2010 with the goal of tapping into the unique talents of people with ASD, like his son Joe. With the help of world-class board members and advocates, MindShift.works is achieving this goal for many talented young people with ASD. Tim is founder and CEO of Sherwood Forest, Inc., and lives with his wife Stephanie and four children in Hanover, MN.
MIND SHIFT BOARD
Todd serves on Mind Shift’s board of directors and is the Board Secretary. He has been involved with efforts to bring Mind Shift (previously Specialisterne) to the United States since the beginning. Separately, Todd is the President of Sherwood Forest, Inc., a firm that helps companies save money.
Dan has served on Mind Shift’s board of directors since 2017 and was instrumental is opening up Milwaukee as one of the key focal points for Mind Shift operations. In 2022 we announced Dan as the board treasurer for the organization. He worked in the clean energy sector since 1990 leading an energy efficiency company before retiring in 2020. Dan and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 30 years and have a son on the autism spectrum, who recently moved out into his own apartment, living independently. Dan publishes the Green Edge newsletter on LinkedIn and substack today.
Josh is a serial entrepreneur who has been with Mind Shift from the beginning. He has served on the Mind Shift Board of Directors for nearly 10 years. Prior to this position, Josh spent time in venture capital and business development consulting. He then went on to found and run Protosthetics, as the President and CFO. Protosthetics is a medical device manufacturer and distributor in the prosthetics and orthotics market.
Mikki serves as an Emeritus Board Member for Children’s Home Society and has been a part of that organization since 2001. As a professional, she has a long history of sales and marketing experience, last as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Zomax. Mikki believes that Mind Shift’s model of creating self-sustaining business from the meaningful work of people on the autism spectrum is the “next wave” in creating a better world of work.
Since 2014, Tim has served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Anne Carlsen Center. He is Board President of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO), and has 30+ years of nonprofit social service experience. Tim, like MindShift, shares a passion for unlocking and maximizing the special talents of individuals on the Autistic Spectrum, to give businesses true competitive advantages.
Steve has been working in finance and management consulting since 1980. As Vice President and Treasurer at Target Corporation, he had responsibility for the Financing, Banking, Investments, Risk Management and Tax divisions. After 25 years with Target, Steve formed 7 Peaks Consulting, which assists non-profit and for-profit companies in financial management, organizational design, leadership development as well as mergers and acquisitions. In addition to the position of Treasurer and Board Member of Mind Shift, Steve also serves on the boards of SonScape Retreats, and The Blessing House.
Craig is the Managing Partner for Korn Ferry in Minneapolis. Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm with over 7,500 employees in over 50 countries. Korn Ferry is one of the most respected and successful recruitment process outsourcing firms in the world.
Larry is a native of Devils Lake, ND. He has successfully established and grown a number of businesses in North Dakota and Minnesota. Larry has been active in serving as one of the original Mind Shift board members. He and his wife Diane live in Grand Forks, ND.
Eric has been a fixture in the non-profit world of North Dakota for the past 18 years. He served as CEO of the Anne Carlsen Center (ACC) for 8 years, retiring in 2017. Prior to his CEO role, he served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years. Earlier, Eric was a senior executive with Banner Health and its predecessor, Lutheran Health Systems. Under his leadership, ACC expanded services 10 fold. in 2019, Eric and his wife Pat established a fund through the Dakota Medical Foundation called “Live Like Rach”, named in memory of their daughter Rachel Ellingson. The effort is aimed at saving the lives of young people from colorectal cancer.
Kady Long is a tech executive with more than 20 years of experience in growth businesses ranging from startups to international public software companies. With roots in a Big 5 consulting firm, she ascended to senior leadership in Corporate Development where she was a driving force behind strategic acquisitions valued in the billions. Today, Kady’s mission is to support organizations focused on social impact.