Meet the Survivor Resources Board of Directors. We are grateful for their dedicated service, for the way they share their skills with us and for the time they invest here.
Angela Pappas first learned about Survivor Resources services in 2012 when her family experienced an unforeseen and devastating loss. The staff’s compassion, knowledge and expertise were essential to her healing and ongoing well being. At that time, Angela determined she wanted to serve alongside this worthy cause as a board member. In 2017, Angela became the chair of the Board of Directors where she provides leadership to the board that helps ensure Survivor Resources can continue to bring hope, encouragement and answers to the families who need it.
For nearly 17 years, Angela has worked at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minnesota where she currently heads up their Information Security Risk Management strategy, awareness and training organization for the company's 60K+ global workforce. Angela is most inspired when connecting with others and spending time with loved ones, especially her husband and daughters. Prior to serving Survivor Resources, Angela volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.
Tim Delforge believes strongly that Survivor Resources equips people to deal with the uncertainty and grief that follows tragedy. He joined the board because he believes in the work being done by Survivor Resources. He feels that his connections within the Saint Paul community can be utilized to bring more resources, and ultimately help more people that are in need. Tim has over 20 years of experience in banking, finance and business development and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, with a major in marketing. He is currently a Relationship Manager with the Business Banking group at the Saint Paul Office of Associated Bank. He works with business owners to help manage and grow their businesses. Tim lives in Hugo, Minnesota with his wife Sarah and children Caitlyn and Maxwell. In his free time he enjoys camping and traveling.
Erick Fors Erick Fors is the Commander of the Violent Crimes Investigations Division of the Minneapolis Police Department, which includes the Homicide Unit. Erick also served several years in the Homicide Unit as a detective and has witnessed the tremendous impact that Survivor Resources can have with families that are experiencing grief and loss. Erick has 20 years of Law Enforcement experience and has served the community in a variety of patrol and investigative assignments. He has worked as a patrol officer and supervisor, a detective in both Juvenile and Homicide, and as a Lieutenant in charge of uniform patrol, investigations, and several specialty units. Erick has Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Police Leadership, Education, and Administration. He has also attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2017.
Catherine Johnson serves on the board as a way to strengthen partnerships and aid in the healing process for families whose lives are so dramatically impacted by homicides, suicides or sudden accidental deaths. She has seen firsthand the value of the services provided by Survivor Resources and the care and comfort they are able to offer families as they help them navigate and understand the legal system and life after loss. Catherine serves as the Inspector of the 3rd Precinct for the Minneapolis Police Department. She has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience in a variety of roles in both patrol, investigations, and administration. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University. She is a graduate of the Minnesota Chief’s of Police Association CLEO & Command School, and attended PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police in 2014.
Tina McNamara is the senior commander of the Homicide and Robbery Units for the St. Paul Police Department. She has 21 years of law enforcement experience in a variety of roles in both patrol and investigations, in the areas of gangs, narcotics, property crimes, internal affairs and juvenile crime. Tina has been a patrol supervisor and watch commander. Tina earned a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from Mankato State University, and a master’s degree in Public Safety, Education and Administration from the University of St Thomas. She is a graduate of the 218th session of the FBI National Academy in 2004. Tina volunteers at Boys Totem Town, and continues to partner with St. Paul Parks and Recreation working with at-risk youth. She to supports Youth In Transition (YIT) and their work with at-risk youth on the East Side.
Daniel Vasterling first became acquainted with Survivor Resources many years ago when an extended family member was murdered and most recently Dan has found help and healing in his own grief process by attending the weekly support groups offered by SR after experiencing the sudden accidental death of his 23-year-old son in February 2014. Dan is very happy to serve on the Board, bringing his professional talents and personal experience of loss in order to help perpetuate the continued success of Survivor Resources. Dan is a certified executive chef who has worked in the hospitality industry in the Twin Cities since the late 1970s. In addition, he has taught post-secondary culinary classes at Le Cordon Bleu and Saint Paul College, as well as volunteering much of his time and services over the years in various capacities. He is an active member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).