AllianceStaff2016Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, has 30 years of experience bringing community leaders together to envision and build sustainable communities, providing hands-on tools and training to build community, health, wealth and local resilience. He holds a Master’s in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, a B.A. summa cum laude in Speech Communications and Foreign Studies from the University of Minnesota, and speaks fluent Spanish. Sean received a Technology of Participation Champion’s Award from the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Sean is a Certified Master Water Steward.

plantingGrace Sheely, Water Quality Outreach Coordinator  Grace is a Certified Master Water Steward, bee keeper and expert on alternative grass varieties, previously ran for Mayor for the City of Minnetonka.


LouAnn Waddick, Water Quality Outreach Coordinator – LouAnn is a Certified Master Water Steward and Chair of the Water Quality Working Group of the Edina Energy and Environment Commission.

Our Board

Terry Gips


Terry Gips, Board President
President, Sustainability Associates
St. Louis Park, MN





Collie Graddick, Board Chair
Co-Founder Community Table Cooperative,
MN Department of Agriculture, St. Paul, MN


AddieAdams   Addie Adams, Board Member Re-use Entrepreneur, Wayzata, MN


KariCantarero   Kari Cantarero, Environmental Consultant, Golden Valley, MN


AmyDritz   Amy Dritz, Co-Founder and Principal, Tumbleweed Creative



Cass McLaughlin, Board Member

Resilience and Mindfulness Instructor
Whittier Clinic, St. Paul, MN



Beth Mercer-Taylor


Beth Mercer-Taylor, Board Member (on Sabbatical)
Sustainability Education Coordinator, Institute on the Environment
University of Minnesota Twin Cities



sharonfranquemont   Sharon Franquemont, Board Member, Program Director, Charleson Meadows, Victoria, MN

TedRedmond    Ted Redmond, Board Member, Architect, Pale Blue Dot, Maplewood, MN




Kevin Ritchey, Board Member (on Sabbatical)

CEO, Legal Research Inc.

Founder, Ritchey Foundation

2 thoughts on “Our Team

  1. Catherine "Cass" McLaughlin Reply

    Hi there,

    Sean, I do not see Sharon Franquemont up here?

    Also can you change my description to:
    Community Spirit Ventures Mindfulness Instructor
    Whittier Clinic, Group Visits Program Coordinator/Facilitator

  2. Dillon Jones Reply


    My name is Dillon Jones and I work with a Minneapolis based video production group called Captivate Arts. We exclusively serve non-profits and NGOs both locally and internationally.

    I wanted to connect to leave my information behind because I believe Alliance For Sustainability could really use a promotional video as a powerful communication tool. I would love to help if the time comes you would be interested in producing one.

    I will leave a few links below with some of our examples and please reconnect when you have the opportunity.

    -Dillon Jones

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