OF DISCIPLINE, INC. BOARD MEMBERS
Ms. Montrese's federal government career was with the Department of Justice at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United States Attorneys Office (USAO) in Minneapolis, MN. In Washington, DC she was employed by the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) and the Justice Management Division (JMD). She finished her career at the Department of Defense--the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) in Washington, DC.
Her professional career encompassed work in the financial litigation area as a Program Specialist, supervision as a Management Analyst and investigations and paralegal work as a Program Analyst. She also taught organizational/time management, financial litigation policies and procedures and asset investigations to financial litigation agents from the ninety-three USAOs and private law firms working on behalf of the federal government.
Ms. Montrese has had a lifelong commitment of working with youth and was recognized as a Federal Civil Servant of the Year in Minneapolis. Her volunteer and community involvement includes the YWCA Bernadette’s Teen Club, St. Joseph’s Home for Children, Hennepin County Foster Care, the Circle of Discipline, Inc., and Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in Washington, DC. She is also a new member of the Lake Street Council Board of Directors.
Mrs. Frazier has worked as a special education teacher for eight years with experience in the New York Public Schools and Osseo Area Schools. She currently teaches students with learning disabilities and emotional and behavioral disorders in Brooklyn Park. Prior to teaching Mrs. Frazier worked in the non-profit sector as a program assistant and advocate for agencies like the International Longevity Center in New York City and ARC Greater Twin Cities in St. Paul. She has valuable experience working with youth and has been a volunteer for the Circle of Discipline for six years.
Michael Gayle, founder of MGayle Studio and MGayle Outdoor Adventures, brings passion and enthusiasm to each of his endeavors, whether business or personal. He treats every waking moment as an opportunity to learn, contribute and take action. This motivation is the driving force enabling him to not only reach his own goals, but also help others achieve theirs.
Michael is a dedicated advocate of creating wellness through awareness. Through his own athletic achievements in outdoor survival, personal training, Pilates, amateur boxing, kickboxing, martial arts, wrestling, sailing and cycling, he has continued to develop and expand his fitness expertise. He shares this knowledge with his clients as they strive to reach their own goals.
He is a significant contributor to his business community, and has been acknowledged for his participation. He received the 2009 Business Person of the Year Award from the Highland Business Association and Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary and is a graduate of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) 10-month Leadership Program. He has also been a two-time finalist for the Deubener Award from the SPACC.
As a former United States Marine, Michael cultivated his own disciplined work ethic. His experiences in the military provide a strong foundation that has helped him successfully operate his long-standing business in the health and fitness industry. He obtained a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and also has certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Sailing Association and the Tom Brown Tracking. The more he developed his outdoor and survival expertise, the more influential he became in outdoor adventures, triggering the start of MGayle Outdoor Adventures.
Mr. Grant is a professional screenwriter and playwright who also writes short fiction, non-fiction, and occasionally teaches screenwriting. His work has graced a number of Twin Cities stages, and as a screenwriter, he has written for Twin Cities Public Television, Russell Simmon's Def Pictures, the Showtime Network, and HBO, among others. Mr. Grant has also made a lifetime avocation of activism on behalf of young people: as a student activist and teacher in Philadelphia, PA; as a pre-school founder and teacher/director; as an advocate for childcare workers at Greater Minneapolis Daycare Association; as a coordinator of drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs at African American Family Services in Minneapolis, and as a longtime volunteer with the Circle of Discipline.
Mr. Rich has been an active supporter of the Circle of Discipline since shortly after its inception in 1993. He has been one of our faithful and trusted volunteers, involving himself as coach/trainer, mentor, and now as a board member. He continues to volunteer at many of our tournaments and events. Mr. Rich recently retired from The Star & Tribune after 31 years of service.
Dr. Marino is professor of philosophy and Director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Professor Marino took his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. Before coming to St. Olaf in 1995, he taught at Harvard, Yale, and Virginia Military Institute.
A recipient of the Richard J. Davis Ethics Awards for excellence in writing on ethics and the law, Marino is the author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, and editor of Modern Library’s Basic Writings of Existentialism and Ethics: The Essential Writings. In addition to his scholarly publications, Marino’s essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, and many other national publications.
A former boxer, Dr. Marino has been a USA Boxing coach since 1995. He was head coach of boxing at Virginia Military Institute and currently trains both amateurs and professionals. He is also the boxing writer for the Wall Street Journal.
Donna “ DeDe” Sandberg
Ms. Sandberg, a single mother of two teenagers is a native of Minneapolis, MN. She has over twenty years of experience working with children with disabilities and was a past participant of the Circle of Discipline programs. She has always been committed to helping inner city youth with their needs, whether it is physical, mental or spiritual.
De De works fulltime at Regions Hospital as a Laboratory Service Technician while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota, with plans to seek a career in Health and Human Services upon graduation.
Ms. Rich is a long time boxing fan and was a fan of the Circle of Discipline’s boxing program before she joined the board of directors in October 2010. She is employed at Eaton Corporation since 2005 as the north central district administrator in their electrical sales sector. Prior to Eaton, Ms. Rich worked in business management and for-profit and non-profit accounting in Minnesota, Iowa, and Indiana. She has also served on various boards and committees over the years for substance abuse programs, ex-offender programs, and battered women’s shelters.
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