Board Members

Meet the Board Members of The Grace Foundation in Rochester, MN. Our seven-member Board meets monthly to oversee the organization’s activities. Additionally, they host an annual meeting open to our entire membership.

Brian P. Hanson, EE, MBA

Brian HansonBrian P. Hanson founded Aero Global Sourcing Solutions, Inc. in 2007 to support small to mid-sized manufacturing firms. The company assists clients with the establishment of robust global component supply chains. Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Arizona State University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Minnesota.

After relocating to Rochester in 1999, Brian and his wife started their family. They were drawn to the strong benefits of a Christ-centered education, and they currently have two children, one who is attending Christian school and one who has graduated from a local Christian school. Brian formed The Grace Foundation with the belief that forming a non-profit fundraising organization that was properly structured, professionally managed, and duly energized by parents who appreciate the fruits of a Christian education would create an enduring, positive legacy.

As time permits, given his family’s hectic but fun schedule with school and youth sports, he also enjoys playing and coaching ice hockey, racing cars, hunting and fishing.

Christian L. Baum, M.D. - PRESIDENT

Christian BaumDr. Christian L. Baum practices medicine as a consultant at Mayo Clinic. A native of Iowa, he met his wife at Iowa State University and moved to Rochester in 2010. They have three children, all of whom attend Rochester Central Lutheran School.

Chris has been involved with The Grace Foundation since the early planning days. He welcomed this opportunity because he believes fervently in the value of Christian education, which offers a balance of discipleship, grace, and academic rigor. He enjoys his service on the Board of Directors as the organization endeavors to strengthen Christian education in the Rochester area. Chris’s interests include spending time with family, running, reading, cooking and fly fishing.

Christie A. Atwell, CFA - SECRETARY

Christie AtwellChristie A. Atwell founded Benefit & Investment Consulting, LLC. in 2005, which specializes in Stable Value fund management. She earned the globally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential in 2001.

A Wisconsin native, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance Investment & Banking. She settled in Rochester, MN, with her husband. They have three children, all of whom attend or have graduated from Rochester Central Lutheran School.  Her passion for Christian education attracted her to serve on the board of The Grace Foundation.

Christie serves as treasurer for her church and is an active volunteer at her children’s school. Previously, she managed a branch office for Charles Schwab. She enjoys the outdoors and especially fly fishing.

E. Paul Lindell, M.D.

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Peter S. Melsness, CFP - TREASURER

Peter MelsnessPeter Melsness is the owner of Superior Financial, LLC, which he founded in 2009. Peter serves as Principal and Chief Compliance Officer, providing fee-only financial planning and investment management. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a Master's degree from Michigan State University.

A native of Minnesota, Peter and his wife Sarah moved to Rochester in 2006. Peter is passionate about Christian education and is proud to say that all four of his children are either attending or have graduated from Rochester Central Lutheran School. In addition to serving The Grace Foundation Board, Peter also enjoys coaching basketball and soccer at RCLS.

Susanna Stone

Placeholder Bio ImageSusanna Stone joined the RCLS teaching staff as a Spanish Teacher in the Fall of 2018, having earned an M.A. in Spanish with a Language Teaching Emphasis from the University of Missouri, and having experience as a Spanish Instructor at the University of Missouri and Central Methodist University as well as a Study Abroad Assistant to the Director in Barcelona, Spain.

A current Coordinator of Youth and Christian Education at the First Presbyterian Church in Rochester, MN, Susanna also has past experience as a Program Coordinator and Diversity Trainer for the Diversity Council in Rochester, MN, and has worked as a staff attorney for a non-profit in suburban Chicago. She earned her B.A. from Knox College in Illinois, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois.

A resident of Rochester since 2014, she is a member of the Rochester Area Handbells, and a youth and high school Soccer referee. Susanna and her husband of twelve years have a two year old son.

Scott Peloquin

Scott PeloquinScott Peloquin holds a B.S. in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. With 12 years of experience at the Mayo Clinic, Scott is currently a manager in the Internal Audit Department. Scott also has experience having previously served on the finance committee at a local church.

Scott and his wife, Amanda, moved to Rochester 11 years ago, and have since grown their family to include Nora, Natalie, and Evan, their 3 children. Originally from Chippewa Falls, WI, both Amanda and Scott graduated from Christian High Schools. Scott enjoys traveling, sports, and coaching in his free time.

Contact us to get involved or make a donation. We support Christian schools and local families in the Rochester, Minnesota, area.