MACV’s Board of Directors
Meet the Directors!
Steve Schemenauer has served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. He is currently a Brigadier General serving as the Assistant Division Commander – Sustainment for the 34th Infantry Division (Red Bulls) and is dual-hatted as the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Intelligence (J-2) at U.S. Cyber Command. Steve is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, National Security Fellowship at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also a two-time combat Veteran, having served in Afghanistan in 2004 and Iraq in 2009. During those tours, Steve earned two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Steve received his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is a Partner at Stinson LLP in Minneapolis, where he practices in both state and federal court throughout the country. His diverse litigation practice includes business and commercial law, employment law, real estate and construction, and products liability law. In addition to serving on the MACV Board of Directors and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC), Steve devotes significant time to pro bono activities through the Deinard Legal Clinic, the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network, the Hennepin County ADR program, and the State Public Defender’s Office.
Ellen enlisted in the U.S. Navy and retired as a CDR (Select) after 14 years of active duty and eight years in the reserves as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Tech, Deep Sea Diver, and Naval Parachutist. She holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of Washington. In her civilian career, Ellen is a partner at Starbucks Coffee Company located at the Kent Flexible Plant and is a member of the Starbucks Armed Forces Network. She and her husband Phil have two daughters and two dogs.
Dan McCarvel is currently a Vice President with Venture Bank in Eagan, Minnesota. Prior to working at Venture Bank, he spent several years employed at Associated Bank. A life-long Minnesotan, Dan resides in Shakopee with his wife and two children.
Kristine Lord-Krahn is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. She became aware of MACV’s work through Allianz Life’s long-term support and involvement in the Salute to Servicewomen Classic.
Ms. Lord-Krahn received her BA from the University of St Thomas and her JD from William Mitchell College of Law. She leads the legal teams responsible for legal distribution, regulatory, operations, tax, privacy, cyber-security, anti-money laundering, and government relations matters at Allianz Life and its subsidiaries. She grew up in a family with a history of military service during WW II and the Vietnam War and she appreciates the opportunity to help our Veterans through her work with MACV.
Kristine is an Eagan resident, wife, and mother of five children-ages 18, 17, 15, 12 and 6 yrs. She devotes significant time to supporting the Eagan Athletic Association and Eagan High School athletic programs, her local church, and mentoring undergraduate and law students at The University of St Thomas. When she is not at work or volunteering, you can usually find her cheering loudly at a local hockey rink, soccer, football, or track fields, and dance studios and gymnastics practices!
Trista served on active duty for 16 years. She is one of only a handful who have served in three branches of the service, both as an enlisted person and as an officer in the Navy-Marine Corps and the Army National Guard.
After her military service, Trista worked for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity as its government relationship specialist to advocate for affordable housing. She helped form the Homes for ALL Coalition to increase funding for the entire housing continuum.
Trista founded the Women Veterans Initiative to build equity in services and develop innovative programs to address the needs of women Veterans. She was integral in passing Women Veterans license plate legislation, and in declaring October Veterans Voices Month. She has spoken across the country and abroad about issues impacting the Veteran community, and is a contributing author to the Attorney’s Guide to Defending Veterans In Criminal Court.
Trista currently serves as Chair of the Ramsey County Board.
At 19 years old, Paula joined the United States Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate (Aircraft Mechanic). After her service was complete, she was hired at Lockheed Martin as a Quality Process Improvement Analyst. Paula earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Mathematics from UNC Charlotte in December 2014. While in college, she was Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), active in Alpha Omega Epsilon, and a Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering. She was the 2014 recipient of COE MEES Outstanding Student Leadership award, inducted into Order of Engineers in May 2014, and worked a co-op at USAirways. Upon graduation she moved to Connecticut to work for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation as an Engineer then promoted to Aftermarket Sales for US VIPs. Paula also completed the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship program from the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.
Paula is a member of Girl Scouts (Lifetime), Rotary International, and SWE. She serves as Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) mentor and William States Lee College of Engineering Alumni Council. She is a single mother of two college aged sons and loves to mountain bike, kick box and sail in her spare time.
She is currently Founder and CEO of VEER North.
Arthur served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Veteran of Operations Desert Shield & Storm. He holds a M.S. from the University of St. Thomas, a B.S. from Florida A&M University, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification.
Arthur currently works for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He leads and manages multi-year strategic business and technology projects utilizing his strengths in building community to promote progress towards stated goals.
Arthur’s father, a Vietnam Veteran with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, faced many challenges upon his return from duty, including a stint with homelessness. Arthur experienced firsthand the impact this had on the family.
Arthur and his wife are the proud parents of two children. He is active in the community with the Five Oaks Community Church (Governing Board), Transform Minnesota (Board), the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (Life Member) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member).
Arthur is grateful to be a part of MACV to help make a difference for homeless Veterans.
Jessi Faue is a US Army Veteran, serving in the National Guard from 2002-2006. She deployed in 2005 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Automated Logistics Specialist, Combat Lifesaver, and M203 Gunner. During her military service, Jessi received the Army Achievement Medal. Prior to joining the Army, Jessi completed a degree in Public Health and then after completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Northern Michigan University. Jessi spent the last decade working in the mental and behavioral health field as a Registered Nurse (RN, BSN), currently working as a Community Engagement and Partnership Specialist with Suicide Prevention at the Minneapolis VAMC.
Jessi participates in the Minnesota State Suicide Prevention Taskforce, the Governors Challenge Taskforces, and facilitates the Northeast MN Suicide Prevention Coalition as well as the Twin Cities MN Suicide Prevention Coalition. She serves on the board for Thrive Range, MNME, the DAV Women’s Committee, and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of MACV. She is an advocate for Veterans, women’s health, mental health, and reducing stigma.
Jessi is a published poet and active participant in Warrior Writers, a poetry group which helps Veterans tell their stories. She was a 2019 Veteran’ Voices Award recipient, and recently published in the anthology Rocked by the Waters. Jessi also spends her free time being a Girl Scout Brownie Troop Leader, running and training for half marathons, biking, hiking, and most importantly, being a momma to her three beautiful, busy daughters.
Shauna Bednar served in the US Air Force as a Flight Engineer on C130s from 2010-2016. During her time she did two tours overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Freedom Sentinel and Operation Inherent Resolve. Prior to joining the Air Force Shauna completed her degree in management from the University of North Dakota.
Shauna currently works for NorthRock Partners as a Client Service Senior Associate and holds the designation of Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA).
Angela Steward-Randle’s early years were shaped by her father’s military career, with her family moving every 2-3 years to different assignments in locations all over the world. Following the path she saw her father walk, Angela enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard. She served in the military for 30 years overall, with the last seventeen years in a full-time dual status position. Angela served as a Medical Service Corps officer and completed the Adjutant General Officer Corps career path in human resources before retiring.
Angela’s devotion to serving others continues with her current leadership position as Director of Human Resources at Twin Cities social service nonprofit Neighborhood House. She resides in Brooklyn Park, where she is a caregiver for her mother and has two adult children. Angela joined our Board in May 2022.