Tharan W. Leopold

Tharan Leopold


Tharan is responsible for overall organization leadership and management, strategic planning, board involvement, serving as spokesperson, and strengthening relationships with existing and potential LFM constituents.

Outside of LFM, he can be found listening to a good podcast, serving as chauffeur to his three active boys, and enjoying a diet soda. Occasionally you might see him walking, and in rare instances, chasing his Australian Shepherd.

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Sara Otto

Vice President

Sara is responsible for annual fundraising events, communications, third-party fundraising, volunteer coordination and other development tasks.

When not in the office, she’s likely pitching championship-caliber horseshoe, cooking or baking, planning events for friends and family, or sipping a fancy coffee drink.

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Meet LFM's Director of Education, Sandy Parnell

Sandy Parnell

Director of Education

Sandy develops and implements health and wellness programs in collaboration with community partners, coordinates the Student Summer Fellowship Program, represents LFM at outreach events, and manages LFM’s regional educational support groups.

Life outside of work has her busy making art out of found objects, soaking up Twin Cities cultural events, and spending time with family and friends.

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Meet Erica Winegar

Erica Winegar

Communications & Administration Coordinator

Erica is responsible for communications, media relations, donation processing, and various administrative tasks.

When not in the office, she can be found playing with her son, upping her photography game, or reading a good book (she loves giving recommendations!).

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