Advisory Board

The Playworks Minnesota Advisory Board is a group of change-makers who believe in the power of play and are active ambassadors for Playworks. These playful professionals contribute their personal time to share the mission of Playworks: to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.


Dan Starkey – Chair

Minnesota Twins

Senior Director


Marc Gorelick MD, MSCE

Children’s Minnesota

President and Chief Executive Officer


Steve Kelley

Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy

Lecturer Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Former Commissioner of Commerce, and State Senator


Fredrick Blocton

Upnet Client Solutions



Jaime Adam Taets

Keystone Group International

Chief Executive Officer


Werner Loots

US Bank

Executive VP


Megan Lindahl Goodrich

Community Advocate
Former Public School Teacher


Chris Thomas

General Mills

Business Continuity Manager


Mary Schrock

Community Advocate

Chief Operating Officer, PACER Center (retired) 


Martin Peyer

Community Advocate
Former President and CEO of TADS (retired)


Jim Hoopes

Northmarq Capital

Senior Vice President


Stephanie Carlson

University of Minnesota – Institute of Child Development

Distinguished Mcknight Professor


Erin Driscoll

Allianz Life

Director of Advisory & Strategic Accounts

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