Board of Directors

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is governed by a team of distinguished advisors in the greater Mankato area. CMSM strives to achieve a balanced representation on the board with respect to institutional, organizational, and personal diversity. Our dedicated board members consistently volunteer their time and resources to CMSM.  

Christi WIlking

Christi Wilking


Community Relations Officer, Mayo Clinic Health System

Parker Skophammer CMSM Board Member

Parker Skophammer

Vice Chair

Director, Finance and Administrative Services, City of Mankato

Shane Van Engen

Shane VanEngen

Executive Committee

President, Frandsen Bank

Tara Torseth CMSM Board Member

Tara Torseth


CPA, MBT, Partner, Abdo

Heather Von Bank

Heather Von Bank, PhD.


Department of Family and Consumer Science Chair, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Heather Carlson

Heather Carlson, D.O.

OB/GYN, Mankato Clinic

Rick J Halbur, Attorney

Rick Halbur

Partner, Gislason & Hunter LLP

Katie Heintz

Katie Heintz

Director, Culture, Recreation & Quality of Life, City of North Mankato
Mohamed Ibrahim CMSM Board Member

Mohamed Ibrahim

Lead Internal Consultant, WellShare International

Mollie Meyer

Mollie Meyer

Principal, Mankato Area Public Schools
Linda Leiding

Linda Leiding

Executive Director, Harry Meyering Center

Trevor Park

Trevor Park

Assistant Vice President, United Prairie Bank

Sherri Sanders-Silva

Sheri Sander-Silva

Executive Director, Feeding Our Communities Partners (FOCP)

Sue Schwickert CMSM Board Member

Sue Schwickert

Retired Technology Director, Le Sueur/Henderson School District

Paul Schneider

Paul Shneider

Shareholder, Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A.

Jerhod Smithback

Jerhod Smithback

Vice President, Nidec/Kato Engineering

DQ Spencer CMSM Board Member

DQ Spencer, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Business, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Chastity Valvick

Chastity Valvick

Communications Consultant, Compeer Financial

Gwen Westerman CMSM Board Member

Gwen Westerman, PhD.

Professor, College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato