Marsha lives in Oak Grove. For 20 years she was a foster parent providing care for over 100 children with various special needs. She is a mom to ten children, eight adult, and two still in high school; seven of her children are adopted from the Minnesota foster care system.
Marsha’s a small business owner, advocate, and caretaker. She’s spent years advocating at the county and State capital for children and families that need extra support from the disability and mental health systems. System. She’s a proud member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and provides personal support services to her disabled adult son. In her small business that she operates with her youngest son, she runs human resources including payroll, taxes, insurance, and billing. The company provides skilled maintenance and specialty services in the layer production portion of the Midwest poultry industry.
A passion for education for all drives Marsha. She served as a school board member for nine years in St. Francis. Many of her foster children were deprived of education, something they vitally needed to rise out of multigenerational poverty. She’s been a coach and booster for a myriad of kids sports and has volunteered for years with the Special Olympics, an organization that has greatly benefited her son and created lifelong friendships for the whole family. She serves on the American Indian Parent Committee as well.
Marsha is driven to serve her community on the Connexus board because she knows energy needs are changing and it’s imperative to adapt. Renewable energy is not only a part of the future but an incredibly cost-effective one. She knows this from personal experience having incorporated solar into homes she's built. Marsha looks forward to the opportunity to serve all member-owners by listening to their concerns and presenting possible paths to move forward with renewable sources and a wide portfolio of energy options.
The Connexus board needs to consider the community it serves when making decisions. If elected, Marsha is committed to keeping down costs while providing a clean energy future for the Connexus community. She also takes the fiduciary responsibility of a board member seriously. All Minnesota children deserve to breathe clean air and enjoy our blue skies and many lakes. As the largest member-owned electric cooperative in Minnesota, Connexus is distinctly situated to make this a reality.