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October 28, 2008
In August elections, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Foundation elected three new members to their board of directors James Amundson, James Gromberg and Thomas Lehn.
Jim Amundson James Amundson, President and CEO of First Advantage Bank, recently began as a member on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation board.
Jim Gromberg James Gromberg, Manager of Key Accounts and Community Relations at Connexus Energy, recently began as a member on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation board.
Tom Lehn Thomas Lehn, CFO and Vice President of Finance, Alebra Technologies, Inc., recently began as a member on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation board.

Individually and collectively the following newly-elected board members bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to their new roles.

James Amundson, President and CEO of First Advantage Bank, is a graduate of Spring Lake Park High School and holds a bachelor of science degree from Mankato State University. He is married to Beth and they have three children-Britney, Ryan and Eric. Amundson's other community involvement includes: Coon Rapids Rotary-President Elect; Spring Lake Park School Board-Past Chair; Mercy-Unity Hospitals Foundation-Past Chair and Director and a previous role as President and Director on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Foundation. In 2005 was a recipient of "The Business Journal's," Forty Under 40 Award.

James Gromberg, Manager of Key Accounts and Community Relations at Connexus Energy, is a St. Cloud High School graduate and holds both bachelor of arts and a master of business administration in Public Administration from St. Cloud State University. Gromberg is married to Jill and they have one child, Ryan. Gromberg's other community involvement includes: Anoka Rotary; EDAM, Vice President and member; and MAFDC, board member.

Thomas Lehn, CFO and Vice President of Finance, Alebra Technologies, Inc., is a Coon Rapids High School graduate and holds a bachelor of arts and a master of business administration from the University of Minnesota. Lehn is married to Marsha and they have four children-Mandy, Jeffrey, Michael, and Emily. Lehn's other community involvement includes Bethlehem Baptist Church as a teacher, mentor and on the Finance Committee, Go Youth International board member and previous role as President and Director on the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Foundation.

The new members have committed to the foundation's mission to build friendships and funds to enrich students' lives. Foundation directors are charged with promoting awareness and understanding of the college and its educational, cultural and developmental value to the surrounding communities.

According to the foundation by-laws, directors are elected for a three-year term and are eligible to serve two consecutive three-year terms. The terms of John Gasal and Joy Chilgren ended as the three new board members' terms began.

Since its inception, the Coon Rapids Campus Foundation has raised more than $3,310,580 in financial support, provided more than 2,078 scholarships ($1,342,750) and purchased more than $516,000 in equipment for the college. The Coon Rapids Foundation annually funds scholarships totaling more than $150,000.

"The Coon Rapids Campus Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to welcome these three new community business leaders to the Board," says Director of Institutional Advancement, Evelyn Gedde. "Their wellspring of expertise and experience will be invaluable as the Board builds friendships and funds to enrich students' lives."

To learn more about the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation, please contact the college's Director of Institutional Advancement, Evelyn Gedde at 763-433-1189.