People 4/3/13

Pair join YSB board

The Youth Service Bureau recently added Jennifer Wallen and Maria Olson to the agency’s board of directors, YSB officials announced.

Wallen, of Woodbury, is a director at Thomson Reuters and brings strong connections to the Woodbury area and the for-profit community. Olson has spent her career working with children and served nine years as a school psychologist with Independent School District 834.

“Both of these ladies bring a passion for kids and a burst of energy to YSB’s board,” said Mary Planten-Krell, YSB’s executive director. “We are excited by the connections they bring and the enthusiasm they have for supporting youth and families.”

Wallen and Olson join seven other YSB board members representing communities where they work and with a variety of backgrounds, including law enforcement and mental health services.

Boat group gets new leader

MINNEAPOLIS — Marie Coons of Prior Lake was installed recently as district commander of the 10 volunteer units making up the United States Power Squadrons in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Coons will lead volunteer units that provide skills training, community service and fellowship events to the boating public in Minnetonka, St. Paul, Red Wing and Duluth in Minnesota and Milwaukee, Green Bay, Door County, Oshkosh, Madison, and Wausau, Wis. She is the second woman commander in the 74-year history of the U.S. Power Squadron’s Minnesota and Wisconsin district.

Coons, and her husband, Ben, a former U.S. Navy aviator, are longtime supporters to the U.S. Power Squadron’s mission. The couple operate their boat on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.

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Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]