Board Vice Chair
Jodi Ritacca is an accomplished public relations specialist, an award-winning TV host and broadcast journalist, who has enjoyed serving on the Woodbury Community Foundation Board since 2013. She’s currently President of the National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter, and an independent documentary digital video writer/producer. Since 2005, she has hosted and produced the Emmy award-winning TV show, "Inside Health Care."
She’s former Senior PR Specialist/Media Producer with HealthEast Care System, 2004-2015. She also worked in TV news for more than 25 years as an anchor, reporter, producer and News Director at TV stations in Denver, Twin Cities and North Platte, Nebraska. She has received 17 Emmy-nominations and four Emmy Awards!
Jodi has called Woodbury home since moving to Minnesota for her job at KSTP-TV in 1992 with her husband, Greg Carlini and their two children, Joe, who’s now an award-winning Los Angeles filmmaker, and Christina, who now lives in Chicago with her husband Tyler and their two young children. 3-year-old Aiden and one-year-old Amira, who are Jodi & Greg’s first grandchildren!
Born and raised in St. Paul. Attended St. Columba and St. Marks Elementary Schools, Our Lady of Peace High School and attended the University of Minnesota (humanities and psychology) and Globe Business College (accounting/business). I collect carousel horses, enjoy hockey, football and St. Paul Saints Baseball. I enjoy my gardens, theater, comedy and musical productions, completing a NY Times crossword. I was married to Bruce for 14 years (widowed 11/20/2014). And am now primary caregiver to my 91 and 88 year old parents.
I aspire to walk and hike Woodbury’s parks and trails, become more involved in my church, continue the legacies of Dick and Bruce Stafford and Dick and Gerry Smith, and search for and create my own legacy.
Ann Burt, Mayor
Christie Denson joined the Board in 2017, after learning about the Foundation’s work as a past participant in the Citizens Academy. Christie has a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications and has worked in communications and marketing for over 15 years. She is a frequent contributor to local magazines including, Woodbury Magazine.
Christie has a passion for community building and promoting a culture of giving back. She is an active volunteer: she has served on the leadership team for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) - a mother and child ministry out of Woodbury Lutheran; has served on the Board for the Mom's Club of Woodbury; and supports the PTA. She also serves as a volunteer at her local church, River Valley - Woodbury. She lives with her husband and two sons who attend Bailey Elementary School.
Dixie Ewing, and her husband, Tom and 3 of their 6 children have been residents of Woodbury for over 40 years. Three of their children and their families still make their homes in Woodbury. She is proud and grateful to call this fine city HOME! "The city is amazing in how the government, business, education, and faith communities work together for the good of the people. A wonderfully unique city."
In 2003 Dick Stafford asked Dixie to join six other Woodbury citizens to join a group that became known as the 'Friends of Woodbury" -- citizens that cared about keeping the city great by "connecting people with causes that matter". Eventually, "The Friends" became The Woodbury Community Foundation.
"I am proud of the works, financial support and the fine people that work together to make The Foundation function for the good of our awesome city!"