1st Year Members
Four Year Member
Don Davidson – Dealer Principal and President
Don graduated from Luther College in 1968 with a BA in Accounting and Economics. Spent over three years with Arthur Andersen & Co in Chicago as a CPA. Subsequently, he joined the international pharmaceutical company, G D Searle & Co, as a Corporate Accountant, later becoming an International Internal Auditor and ultimately the Director of Financial Reporting for the Pharmaceutical Group. In 1979, Don joined his father-in-law at Sears Imported Autos where for the last 20+ years I have been Dealer Principal and President.
Ruth Maynard – Corporate Account Manager/ Corporate Events
Ruth is a Minnesota native. However, her family members live in London, Barbados, Atlanta and Orlando. She has worked in the auto business for over 30 years. Ruth loves the outdoors, travel, most sports and is passionate about doing something good in the community.
“I joined the President’s circle as I am a bigtime Lynx fan and wanted to support them. I also wanted to interact with others who want to lift up women, men, boys and girls to have a more inclusive world.”
Seven Year Member
Shari’s most admirable talent is to see the big picture in both work and life. She sees a project not only through the lens of her camera, but she has the vision to know how the pieces go together. Must be why her favorite word is imagine.
As an independent small business owner, she’s spent her whole career collaborating with others. The concept of being more intentional about empowering women is what makes AddWomxn so exciting and attractive to her. Shari says it best, “One of the greatest things about the business we are in is the collaborations we get to be a part of and the people with whom we work with and meet, each with their own story and background, merging our lifestyles and experiences together.”
Shari loves working on projects that are part of doing good in the world but also pushes her creatively. As CEO of Cutback Films, Shari is dedicated to giving back. Cutback Films has actively been a part of winter wear drives for homeless youth as well as donating any production goods to various charities such as the Aliveness Project, Ronald McDonald House, and Children’s Hospital. Shari serves as a Board Member of the non-profit Fly High Foundation.
Shari strives to be kind and lives each day to the fullest. Her joy in life is to spend time with her sons (being grownups now, she takes every opportunity offered!) and her wife. They are foodies through and through and love to explore great restaurants or cook together at home. She also enjoys staying active by swimming and biking.
Shari received her Bachelors of Art and Communications at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
We love being season ticket holders and fans of the Minnesota Lynx. President’s Circle has given us an opportunity to get involved with the team and meet the players. Women’s sports are our passion, including Gopher basketball, volleyball and softball. We have seen interest in the Lynx grow every year and applaud the WNBA for growing the league. We also share the team’s commitment to justice for all.
Five Year Member
Debbie Cote is a Northern California native who moved to the Twin Cities a couple years ago. Given her warm-weather roots, she spend winters in Snowmass, CO, skiing, swashbuckling, troublemaking, engaging in excessive merriment, and pursuing other adventures while practicing law remotely for a San Francisco law firm. Yet, few things make her happier than returning to the Twin Cities in the spring for another Minnesota Lynx schedule of superb WNBA basketball.
“I joined the President’s Circle for the opportunity to support this team of outstanding female athletes while also helping underprivileged youth, promoting diversity, and advancing women’s leadership was one I simply could not pass up. Indeed, the goals of this group are exactly consistent with my own personal values. In these complicated times, I only wish I could have joined sooner. Hooray for the Lynx President’s Circle!”
Two Year Members
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
9 Year Member
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Logistics
Irene Quarshie is a Vice President in Target Corporation’s global supply chain and logistics organization. In this role she has general management responsibilities for a multi-billion-dollar P&L, leading the indirect, reverse and returns supply chain functions. Indirect supply chain operations include the forward movement of all non-sellable items procured to enable Target operations in all Stores, Distribution facilities and corporate offices. Reverse dispositioning and returns logistics include developing and executing strategies to maximize gross margin recovery rates through secondary markets and removing consumer friction points related to product returns. Her responsibilities also include leased and owned facility operations management.
Previously, Irene was a vice president in Target’s global sourcing organization. She led a global team of 300+ team members and was responsible for product quality and responsible sourcing. Her team’s purpose was to ensure Target’s vendors and suppliers operated efficient, safe and ethical factory environments where they could produce safe, reliable, high-quality products. She had direct accountability for overseeing the production of nearly $30B in private label retail sales.
Irene was also Target’s Director of Government Affairs where she oversaw all government affairs activities at state and local levels nationwide. She has held other leadership positions during her tenure at Target, including Senior Group Manager of Corporate Risk and Responsibility and Group Manager of Supplier Diversity.
Prior to Target, Irene spent five years as a strategy and management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and three years in the government affairs industry.
Among her many affiliations, Irene serves on the Board of Directors of Meet Minneapolis and Artspace. She also serves as a Board Observer to Inspectorio—a digital start up— and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Adelphi University. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Additionally, her graduate paper on juvenile justice was published in A Comparative Perspective on Major Social Problems. She holds a B.A. in political science from Adelphi University and Master’s in Public Policy from American University.
President and CEO
Chief Executive Officer
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
3 Year Member
Rudy Luther Toyota
We joined the Minnesota Lynx Presidents Circle because of our desire to support the Lynx’s pursuit of excellence and their community initiatives align with our values. Being a member of the Presidents Circle holds significance for us because it reflects our unwavering dedication to the team and their mission. We are invested in the success of the Minnesota Lynx. We truly enjoy being part of a passionate community that supports women’s basketball at the highest level. It’s been an incredible opportunity to participate in exclusive, unforgettable experiences. We really feel part of the team.
Four Year Member
Kate and Marianne Wulf Christianson
Marianne Christianson was a behavior specialist and special education teacher working with emotionally disturbed children in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 31 years retiring in 2001. To prepare for that awesome task, she attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she played on Luther’s first intercollegiate basketball team. She spent 2 years as a missionary volunteer in Japan teaching English at a Japanese High School, worked as a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters, and coached track at Minneapolis South.( An eclectic mix to be sure.) Marianne enjoys gardening and women’s sports.
Kate Wulf grew up outside Pittsburgh and attended Penn State where she was on the PSU fencing team. Post graduation, while working at a Girl Scout camp in New Hampshire, Kate was offered a job with the State of Minnesota one night in a bar. She moved to Saint Paul and spent 31 years in a variety of jobs with the State including planner in the state demographer’s office and grants administrator for the Department of Corrections. She retired as a division director in the MN Department of Human Services in 2011. In between stints with the State, Kate was the director of the Metropolitan Center for Displaced Homemakers. Kate enjoys woodworking and women’s sports.
We’ve been together since 1980; as pre-Title IX college athletes we have long been committed to supporting opportunities for girls and women in athletics. We attended Minnesota Fillies games in the old Women’s Professional Basketball League and were thrilled to put down a deposit on Minnesota Lynx season tickets before the team even had a name. We see membership in the President’s Circle as another way to support our Lynx athletes and the organization’s mission.
Four Year Member
Holly and Hunter have been happily married for 9 years now, and currently reside in Plymouth, MN with their dog, Gabby. As loyal Season Ticket Members for the last 7 years, they saw the President’s Circle as an opportunity to meet new people and support the team they love the most!
We decided to join the President’s Circle because we wanted to meet new people, help out in the community, and the take our support of the Lynx to the next level!
6 Year Member
CJ is a life-long resident of the Land of 10,000 Lakes and is retired from over 25 years in the retail industry with her last position as a Corporate Account Manager with a retail supply distributor. Volunteering is at the heart of her retirement activities – Feed My Starving Children, Animal Humane Society (“cat adoption specialist”), visitation of elderly shut-ins, playing cello in Minnetonka Civic Orchestra, as well as involvement in civic and political organizations.
Widowhood is difficult at best, and overwhelming when it comes unexpectedly. Finding myself sitting at home every day after work, the call of the Lynx beckoned me – and I became a Lynx member six years ago. I joined the President’s Circle because I see an organization that has values of teamwork, integrity, competitive spirit, caring and sharing that go far beyond the basketball floor and include the front and back offices. On and off court, the team and its leadership are wonderful role models to girls and boys state-wide and nationally.
Five Year Member
Retired Air Force Pharmacist
8 Year Members
Human Rights Campaign Foundation Program, Welcoming Schools
Cheryl Greene has spent her career in education and is passionate about making school a place where all children can thrive. She is the Director of The Human Rights Campaign Foundation Program, Welcoming Schools. This program provides professional development, support and resources aimed at creating elementary schools that are more gender and LGBTQ inclusive, embrace family diversity and prevent bias-based bullying.
In addition to her work with Welcoming Schools, Cheryl is the Program Coordinator/Adjunct Professor for Hamline University’s Graduate Bullying Prevention Certificate Program.
Cheryl and her wife Angie Craig joined the Lynx President’s Circle because the Lynx provide an opportunity for girls to dream big and witness what happens when you work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with people that believe in you.
U.S. House of Representatives
Angie Craig is a Member of Congress from Minnesota’s second congressional district. She is an investor and former advisor to St. Paul software technology company, Structural. Prior to serving in Congress, Angie spent two decades in the private sector at two healthcare manufacturing firms. She is the former President of the St. Jude Medical Foundation and a former newspaper reporter. She and her wife Cheryl live in Eagan and have four boys: Josh, Jonas, Jacob and Isaac.
We joined the President’s Circle because we want to be a part of positive change in our community for full gender equality. The Minnesota Lynx are incredible role models for all kids. We are so lucky to have such an amazing franchise in our community focused on positive social change.
Five Year Member
Normandale Community College
Nancy is a college professor at Normandale Community College. Coaching and teaching has been her career for the past 27 years. Nancy was a Lynx season ticket holder for the first 10 years of the teams existence and has become active once again, five years ago.
“This is such an awesome program and I believe in everything the team/franchise stands for. Joining the President’s Club has many benefits we enjoy. Getting to watch practice and communicate with the players and coaches is wonderful. I am an avid basketball fan, former player and coach. This gives me an opportunity to get back to the game. It is important to spread the word and get young people involved. I am jazzed to be able to help kids attend some games. They are our future and can help continue the Lynx tradition! Thank you for this opportunity! “