Meet MN SNAP’s Board of Directors
The MN SNAP Board of Directors is responsible for setting strategic direction, monitoring and evaluating quality and effectiveness of processes, maximizing results and fiduciary oversight.
The board is comprised of individuals with a variety of backgrounds, but their common bond is a passion for animals and the MN SNAP mission.
Dr. Kim Culbertson
Dr. Kim Culbertson graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She spent five years in private practice before joining a humane organization where she could respond to her desire to help homeless animals and to help prevent pet overpopulation. During 10 years in that role, she performed high-volume and pediatric surgery for eight years, three of those on a mobile clinic. She created MN SNAP in 2010 to fill Minnesota’s unmet need to provide wide-scale and affordable spay and neuter services to the public.
Dr. Kim’s drive to advocate for animal welfare has resulted in her testifying before the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives on behalf of stricter regulations for puppy and kitten mills; assisting with and testifying on behalf of animals seized from hoarding situations and animal fighting; and partnering with other animal welfare organizations to perform trap, neuter and return for feral cats.
Through Rural Area Veterinary Services, a program of the Humane Society of the United States, she has taught spay and neuter technique to veterinarians in Los Cabos, Mexico. Most recently, she traveled to Loreto Baja California, Mexico to donate spay and neuter surgery to Loreto pets through the animal welfare organization Animalandia.
Dr. Kim is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the Advisory Board for Chicken Run Rescue.
In her free time, Dr. Kim likes to eat, sleep and watch TV; and she spends quite a bit of time digging and planting in her yard.
Richard Carlson Gage
Rick Gage is CEO and founder of YourMLSsearch. He helped develop the first branded property searches on the Internet in the late ’90s. He is a Director of Carlson Companies, a travel and hospitality giant and owner of Radisson and TGI Friday’s brands. Rick also works with several philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, including the Carlson Family Foundation, and World Childhood, a foundation focused on the elimination of child exploitation and trafficking. He has been instrumental in positioning MN SNAP for grant considerations by some of the most influential foundations in Minnesota. He graduated from Augsburg College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Art History.
Rick Diamond is the founder and CEO of Breathe – Freedom from Nicotine and also serves as the Managing Partner of Doceo Solutions consulting services. At 24, Rick and his partner, Gary Cohen, founded ACI with just $4,000, and led it to its international scope. ACI had an annual growth rate that averaged 50 percent per year for 15 years. ACI completed its IPO on NASDAQ in 1996, and operated dozens of offices and employed more than 2,000 people across the U. S. and in three countries. Rick is a licensed attorney, and he has been involved in the founding or acquisition of several other businesses over the past 25 years, including insurance, protection services training for heads of state, travel, technology and office products dealerships. Rick’s other experiences include serving as a law clerk to Judge Chet Durda – MN 4th Judicial District, and editing the book, “Neither Madmen Nor Messiahs – A prescription for U.S. defense policies” by Senator Dave Durenberger.
Rick holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. Rick also attended the University of London, and completed Harvard Business School’s OPM program.
Rick has also served as a Director of ThreeWire Inc., C-Tech Inc., IntelAccount, Non-Profit Partners, Animal Humane Society, the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota, and was President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of MN.
Dawn M. Isackson graduated from Hamline University in 1991 and spent several years working in various capacities at small and large corporations before pursuing her law degree. She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2006, with honors and recognition for volunteer service during law school. After graduating from law school, she spent several years in private practice at a mid-size law firm in Minneapolis before transitioning to in-house attorney positions at large publicly traded companies, and, currently, at JAMF Software, LLC.
Dawn has had pets since her first cat at the age of five and is passionate about the mission of MN SNAP. Before her election to the MN SNAP Board of Directors, Dawn personally trapped feral cats and kittens, had them spayed and neutered, socialized them and found them homes. Dawn currently serves on the MN SNAP Board of Directors as Secretary and Chair of the Audit Committee. She also assists the Community Cat Committee. In addition to her volunteer activities for MN SNAP, Dawn is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for the The Wildcat Sanctuary.
Catherine Chu is a Director at Aetna, Inc., where she focuses on digital product development and launch. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Chemical Engineering. Catherine lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two small children and teacup poodle.
Mimi Pizzi graduated from the University of Minnesota in Speech-Communication in 1980. She “cut her teeth” on several television talk shows at KSTP-TV before making the move to Boston for her career. She went from Boston to Los Angeles to Manhattan and back to L.A., where she spent the better part of 25 years working in network and syndicated television. She earned six National Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as a Producer on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “Dr. Oz.” She returned to her much beloved Minneapolis in the fall of 2012 and has since become an Event Planner/Producer for various nonprofits.
Before joining the MN SNAP Board, Mimi served on the FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Board as a Director-At-Large and a Director of Membership; was a volunteer at the Whisker Whirl Gala for the Animal Humane Society and is currently tutoring children who temporarily reside at Mary’s Place. All of that, however, pales in comparison to the passion and commitment she feels to all animals, especially senior dogs. She was “mother” to a Corgi named Sherman for 13 years, rescued a senior Lhasa Apso named Clementine, and a cat named Napoleon.