Sundance Team

Board of Trustees

Yvonne BarrettYvonne Barrett is the Deputy Director of Indian Policy at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Previously she spent over 20 years working in the Indian Child Welfare field with positions at Hennepin County and Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center. She also has a philanthropic background as a Program Officer at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and as a Board Member with Tiwahe Foundation, the first local American Indian Community Foundation. Yvonne is a 2006 Bush Leadership Fellow, spending a year learning her indigenous Anishinaabe language. Yvonne completed her Masters in Social Work at Augsburg College, with an emphasis on program development, policy and administration. Yvonne enjoys participating in community events, cultural activities, quilting, photography and digital scrapbooking. She is a mother and a very proud grandmother.

Yvonne has been a board member since 2006  and says “I respect the work of the Sundance Family Foundation and the fact that it is truly community based. The majority of board members are representative of the communities we serve.”

Yvonne CheekH. Yvonne Cheek management consultant and master trainer, helps people in organizations reduce gaps from where they are to where they want to be. Her organizational development practice, Millennium Consulting Group, involves building high performance cultures, creating inclusive environments, team building, board governance, strategic planning and managing polarities. Her public speaking, bicycling, going to the theater and spending time with family and friends add jolts to her joy.

Nancy JacobsNancy Jacobs is a cofounder a member, and a board member of Sundance Family Foundation. Nancy holds an M.Ed. in Family Education from the University of Minnesota and focused her career path in family and parent education. Her work with ECFE, and her facilitation of Way to Grow’s teen and single parenting classes gave her invaluable field work. Outside of directing the foundation work of Sundance, Nancy is an entrepreneur and has founded a number of successful companies.  She divides her time among her other passions which include; her children, grantchildren,  creative writing and adventurous travels.

Mark SandercottMark Sandercott is a cofounder and member of Sundance Family Foundation. Mark is also the founder and CEO of Superior Land Preservation, L.L.C. His development company specializes in environmentally conscious, open-space conservation. In his spare time, Mark enjoys family, tennis and travel.

John SaverideJohn Savereide is a social worker specializing in supportive housing at Canvas Health in Washington County Minnesota. John has a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on housing from the University of Minnesota and with graduate study at Yale University. He is certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. John has developed several successful supportive housing projects for individuals experiencing mental illness.

Rob ScarlettRob Scarlett grew up “on the road” as part of a 3M-International family. After college, full of 1960s-engendered enthusiasm for “changing the system”, he began his career as a supervisor for ACCION en Venezuela, an NGO that specialized in self-help, economic empowerment programs in that country’s poorest urban “barrios”. After staying on to establish similar NGOs in Brazil and Peru, he returned to Minnesota, raised a family, and channeled his energies into several internationally focused start-up businesses and other projects involving new technologies.

Starting in the 1980s, Rob served as Chairman, CEO and or director, of a series of small international manufacturing and technology companies – each time with the goal of helping them penetrate overseas markets. Throughout all this time, he has remained actively involved as a volunteer and advisor in the micro-finance movement and, through his business travels to Europe and Latin America, has retained his fluency in German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Segundo VelasquezSegundo M. Velasquez Born in Bolivia, Segundo spent his childhood a small rural community and then attended high school in Cochabamba. He worked with his father, making colonial roof tiles by hand and selling them locally. As a young adult, he met Joan Swanson, a Peace Corps volunteer who was working in Cochabamba, and immigrated to the United States where they were married. Segundo began his career in Minnesota in aviation with a small aircraft repair shop until he gained the experience required for employment with a major airline. He worked then for Northwest Airlines until he retired in 2005; managing up to 200 employees; developing and overseeing technical work processes; evaluating equipment for purchase; managing the department’s budget; and training employees.

Segundo and his wife Joan, author of Gaining Ground, A Blueprint for Community-based International Development, co-founded Mano a Mano Medical Resources, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization whose mission is to create partnerships with poor Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic well-being. Segundo has served for the past twenty years as President, and directed the organization on a volunteer basis until 2006.

Theon Masters is committed to growing innovation and building an inclusive community for entrepreneurs. A Jamaican native, Theon brings a strategic vision that he infuses into every project he touches. He currently works for Glen Nelson center at American Public Media as a community manager for the shared workspace and strategist for the programs and businesses in the Glen Nelson center portfolio.  

Prior to joining the Glen Nelson Center, Theon worked as an associate at gener8tor, a nationally ranked startup accelerator. He has experience in business development and sales for startup companies. He served on the board of the Entrepreneurship Club at Macalester for 3 years, using his networking and communication skills to help engage students with successful members of the entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities. In his free time, Theon enjoys playing soccer and engaging in any fun outdoor group activity that he can get his hands on.


Executive Director

 #19_80x120Peg Thomas  manages the Sundance Family Foundation’s operations, provides strategic program guidance to the board, mentors Sundance college interns, maintains initiatives and provides both grants management and technical support to grantees. Peg holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, an MS in Therapeutic Recreation and Administration from the University of Minnesota, an MPP in Business from the Carlson School of Business, and a BS in Music Therapy also from University of Minnesota (with coursework from UConn, Napa Jr. College and USD). Peg enjoys biking and traveling the world with her family.

Apprenticeship Program Manager

Murray Death has had a career primarily in the manufacturing market. First with Honeywell and then three local manufacturers: Turck USA (VP on Marketing), InterlinkBT (President) a JV between Turck and Banner Engineering, and Fastest Inc. (CEO/President). He owned a local computer and cell phone repair business in Plymouth for four years. He is active in the Twinwest Chamber and volunteers at Interfaith Outreach help people find employment. He has been married for 39 years to Sue and has 3 grown children and a grandson. He enjoys golf and meeting and helping people.

Murray is excited to help Sundance Family Foundation expand the mission of the foundation and help employers and young people through apprenticeships.