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.
Omar Abuabara has been serving on the Survivor Resources Board of Directors since October, 2010. Omar is a resident of Texas and his connection was the result of the August 1, 2007 35W bridge collapse. Omar was in Minneapolis for business and on the bridge during the collapse. He survived. And during his recovery, he learned first-hand how critical Survivor Resources is, and how important the services are that are offered to victims, survivors and family members.
Omar is an Aggie having attended Texas A&M University. He is currently an engagement manager at Cisco Systems on the sports and entertainment team.
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 15 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 the senior branch manager at the Saint Paul Liberty Office of Associated Bank and helps make a connection between businesses and communities. Tim serves as the president of the Snelling Selby Business Association.
Tim lives in Hugo, MN with his wife Sarah and children Caitlyn and Maxwell. In his free time he enjoys camping and traveling.
Dr. Tanya Gladney joined the board because she whole heartily supports the service that the Survivor Resources provides for families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Her goal as a board member is to build stronger networks with the community, and to help develop a stable avenue of resources so that the organization can secure a future helping families throughout Minnesota.
Tanya is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of St. Thomas. She is also the coordinator of the Law Enforcement Program in the department. Tanya has 10 years of law enforcement experience. She holds degrees from Jackson State University and University of Nebraska – Lincoln in sociology and criminal justice. Her research interests include race and ethnicity relating to historical and contemporary inequality.
Tanya lives in Saint Paul, MN. In her free time she loves going to the movies, sports and traveling.
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 is the commander of the Violent Crimes Investigations Division for the Minneapolis Police Department, which includes the department’s Homicide Unit. She has 18 years of law enforcement experience in a variety of roles in both patrol, and investigations in the areas of, domestic violence, child abuse, crimes against vulnerable adults, and internal affairs. She has also worked as a supervisor in three of the city’s five patrol precincts.
Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. 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.
Colleen Luna has served on the board of directors twice and is currently the board chair. She has worked with families traumatized by homicide, suicide and accidental death in her over 31 years of law enforcement experience. Colleen personally experienced the accidental death of her father in 2007.
Colleen is the commander of the Property Crimes section for the Saint Paul Police Department. Her experience includes: patrol, investigation, homicide, narcotics, internal affairs, crime laboratory, records management, watch commander, property crimes, and administration.
Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from Mankato State University and her master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University. She is a graduate of the 104th AOC (Administrative Officers Course) in 2001 from the University of Louisville, Kentucky.
Colleen volunteers at the Dispute Resolution Center and spends time with her husband and three sons.
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.
Pete Orput is the Washington County Attorney. He was elected to that position in November, 2010. Prior to becoming county attorney, Pete served as an assistant Hennepin County attorney in the violent crime section of that office. There, Pete prosecuted primarily robberies, weapons and homicide cases. Prior to joining the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, Pete served as general counsel to the Minnesota Department of Corrections and prior to that served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as the deputy attorney general in charge of the public protection section. Pete is a former high school history teacher and served in the United States Marine Corps. He also serves as legal counsel to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association where he has volunteered his services since 1994.
Angela Pappas benefitted from Survivor Resources services in 2012. The staff’s compassion, knowledge and expertise were essential to her and her family. At that time Angela determined she wanted to serve alongside this worthy cause. As a board member, her goal is to be instrumental in ensuring Survivor Resources can continue to bring hope, encouragement and answers to the families who need it.
For the last 13 years, Angela has worked at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minnesota. Currently, she manages Information Security Risk Management awareness and training for the company's 60K+ employee base.
In addition to Survivor Resources, Angela volunteers for various community projects including recently planting trees to help the Great River Greening organization. Previously, Angela volunteered for the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics.
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).