PACER is a Minnesota nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and a national parent center that provides information, training, and assistance to parents of children and young adults with all disabilities; physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, and health. Its mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families. Eighteen Minnesota disability organizations are part of the PACER coalition.
PACER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Leading PACER Center is Paula F. Goldberg, the Executive Director. Paula co-founded PACER in 1976. PACER opened its first office in August 1978.
PACER maintains several boards and committees that support the mission and activities of the organization. The majority of PACER’s Board of Directors are parents of children with disabilities.
PACER Center Board of Directors 2018-2019
Alison Bakken, Vice President
VP, Platforms Business Ops and PMO,
President, Executive Management Services
Treasurer, General Mills
Partner, Parenteau Graves
Judge, Ramsey County, Minnesota
New Product Development, Optum
Co-Founder, Minnesota Latino Caucus
Vice President Total Rewards, Xcel Energy
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
Early Childhood Manager
Attorney, Heley, Duncan & Melander, PLLP
Mark O’Leary, Secretary
Tammy Pust, President
Chief Administrative Law Judge, State of Minnesota
Ken Rosenblum, M.D.
Owner, Co-Operative Plating Co.
Social Media Director, Best Buy
Elizabeth Simermeyer, Treasurer
Executive Vice President Global Marketing and Communications, Ecolab
Formerly MN Speech Hearing Language Assoc.
Matthew Woods, President
Senior Attorney, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
Other PACER boards include the Advisory Board, the Friends of PACER Advisory Board, the Marketing Advisory Board, and the National Business Advisory Board. Some members of PACER’s Advisory Board are:
- Tani Austin, Starkey Laboratories
- Melanie Barry
- Don Davidson, Sears Imports
- Mary Holmes
- Linda Ketover
- Mike Marso, 3M
- Emmy Mastel, Prudential Financial
- Colleen McGough-Wood
- Jim Orrichio, Coordinated Business Systems
- Lynne Singer Redleaf
- John Valente, 3M