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.
Claudia Millington, Past Chair
Dixie Ewing, Chair
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!"
Donna Stafford, Secretary
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.
I joined The Woodbury Community Foundation in the summer of 2017 when a mentor on my robotics team told me about the opportunity. I currently attend The Math and Science Academy and will graduate in early June 2018. The role I play on the Woodbury Community Foundation is the student board representative from MSA. While at MSA I have participated in many student organizations such as Trap, Debate, Basketball, and Robotics and in most of these activities I am a captain. I also participate in activities outside of school like boy scouts. I am a member of Troop 196. This, on top of all my school work, keeps me busy but when I do get free time I like to spend it building things. Some of the things I have built throughout high school include a motorized couch, an electric skateboard, and potato cannon. I would like to build something that flies or goes on water for my next project.
As of right now, I can say that there are three main things I want to do with my life. Firstly I want to continue to build things with my free time. Seeing something that you have thought of for months finally functional is one of the greatest feelings I have experienced. My second life goal is to travel across the United States and the world. There are so many wonderful things to see and people to meet it would be hard for me to live my life not experiencing those things. The third thing that I would like to do is to keep the wonderful friendships I have formed so far in my life and continue to make new ones.
Jack Clinton, Treasurer
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!
Mary Giuliani Stephens
Mary Giuliani Stephens is the Mayor of Woodbury. In November 2010, she was elected Woodbury’s fifth mayor, and first female mayor. She has served on the City Council since 2007. Stephens is President of the Woodbury Economic Development Authority and is Chair of the Woodbury Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Stephens co-chairs the Regional Council of Mayors and serves on the Greater MSP Regional Competitiveness Working Group. She also serves on the Munincipal Legislative Commission (MLC) and MLC Legislative Subcommittee. Stephens is a member of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). She is on the Gateway Corridor Commission, chairs the Policy Advisory Board for Gateway, and is a member of the Citizen’s League Transit Study Commission.
Stephens received her BA with distinction in Political Science and Speech Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1981, she received her Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from William Mitchell College of Law. Stephens was a Partner in the St. Paul law firm of Moore, Costello, & Hart, practicing primarily in the area of commercial construction. She resigned her partnership in 1993 to spend more time with her family but continued to do part-time arbitration and mediation work, until 2007.
Stephens has served in several volunteer positions in the local and metropolitan communities. Stephens currently serves on the boards of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce and Woodbury Community Foundation and is on the leadership team for Woodbury THRIVES. She is a member of the Woodbury Lion’s Club, and the Women Owners of Woodbury (WOW). Stephens and her family worship at Eagle Brook Church-Woodbury Campus.
Roger Green, Vice Chair
Roger has served on the Woodbury Community Foundation Board of Directors since 20xx. He believes there is an essential role for a community foundation, identifying community needs and partnering with civic, government, non-profit organizations and businesses to address those needs. While Woodbury is recognized for its high quality of life, many of our citizens face challenges in their day-to-day lives. The Community Foundation’s vision “to ensure our community is a premier and caring place to live, work and play for all” summarizes well what motivates Roger in seeking volunteer and financial support for the work of the Foundation.
A retired health care executive since 2012, Roger brings his business skills in strategic planning, public policy, marketing/communications and governance to bear in multiple volunteer endeavors. In addition to the Foundation, Roger serves on the Boards of Great River Greening, Legacy Senior Services and the Maplewood North Lions Club. He also regularly participates with the League of Women Voters Woodbury Cottage Grove, the Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Miller Barn Committee of the Woodbury Heritage Society, the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce and his church. He has chaired the Leadership Team of Woodbury THRIVES since the inception of this grassroots initiative in 2014. He serves on the Woodbury Comprehensive Plan Task Force and is a past member and chair of the Woodbury Economic Development Commission.
Roger has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. He is married to Nancy for nearly 30 years with one daughter, Nancy, and he enjoys golf, walking, running, working out and socializing with friends in his spare time.