Board Member Biographies
Louis Fors Hill, Board President, is the great-grandson of railroad magnate and entrepreneur James J. Hill. A 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in mathematics and geology, he currently serves as chairman of Rockwood Capital Management, Inc., an entity formed to manage financial and family heritage assets. In addition to his management role with several family-owned businesses, Mr. Hill has served on numerous philanthropic boards representing diverse charitable objectives. His trusteeship includes service with the Hazelden Foundation, Hamline University, Glacier National Park Fund, American Composers Forum, Shattuck/St. Mary’s School, the United Hospital Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, the Science Museum, Hill Hydrocarbons, Inc., Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Little Tree Partners LP, MN Council for Quality, MN Mineral Resource Education Foundation, Pacific Rim Equipment Corp., Powell Canyon Production Co., and several other organizations. Louis was born and currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is married to Kathrine E. Hill and has seven children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren.
Malcolm W. McDonald, Second Vice President, has served on the Grotto Board since about 1980, with service as well on virtually all of the Board’s committees. He received his education at Blake School, Yale College, and the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University. Other organizations on whose boards Malcolm has served include the Wilder Foundation, McNeely Foundation, Lee and Rose Warner Foundation, Manitou Foundation, Bigelow Foundations, and various committees of the St. Paul Foundation. He currently serves on several others as well, including Ready 4 K and Way to Grow. He believes that Grotto plays an important role, disproportionate to its size, in improving our community. He hopes that Grotto will be successful with its grants for Native Americans and for young people, as measured by their success in life.
Mary Manuel, Treasurer, has served on both the Finance Committee and the Investment Committee (Chair) for the Grotto Board, and says that serving on the Grotto Board has been one of the true joys of her life. She has also served on the board of the YMCA of Greater St. Paul (Treasurer, Chair of Investment Committee), and on the Courage Center Foundation Board (Co-Chair of Investment Committee). She is currently a member of the Board of the Hazelden Foundation, where she is Chair of the Investment Subcommittee and Chair of the Audit and Program Quality Committee. Mary studied at the University of Minnesota and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She strongly believes in Grotto’s new strategic direction for giving children the chance for a better life than they would have otherwise had, and hopes that Grotto will continue to serve as a leader in grantmaking, despite its small size.
Richard A. Andolshek, a recent addition to the Grotto Board, has over 30 years of executive and practical experience in business management, development, financial analysis, and investment banking. He was educated at the University of Minnesota. Among his current enterprises are the Scriptel Corporation (Chair), Grocery Shopping Network (Chair), and Trinity Financial Corp. (President). His business interests over the years have ranged from supper clubs to printing, broadcasting, securities, packaging, and financial organizations, and he served as an Advisory Council Member to the U.S. Small Business Administration for four years. In 1977, Dick was named Minnesota Retailer of the Year, and in 1986, National Retailer of the Year. He also served as personal advisor to Steve Forbes and his 2000 Presidential campaign. His public and trade service has included work with the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee in Washington, D.C., and both the Minnesota State License Retailers Association (youngest president in state history) and the National License Retailers Association (youngest president in national history).
Kathrine E. Hill was elected to the Board of the Grotto Foundation in 2005. In addition to her management role with several family-owned businesses, Mrs. Hill serves on numerous philanthropic boards representing diverse philanthropic interests. Her board involvement includes Arctic Fox Partners LLC, Bull’s-Eye Metrix, Casting Technology, GJ&M Exploration LLC, Glacier National Park Fund, Hill Hydrocarbons Inc., Powell Canyon Production Co., The Retreat (Annual Fund Co-Chair, 2004), St. Paul City Ballet, Silverthorn Exploration Inc., and Western Placer Resources Inc. Kathrine grew up in Texas and currently resides in St. Paul with her husband, Louis Fors Hill. She is blessed with two sons, Michael and Joshua Bloom, who are continuing Kathrine’s philanthropic tradition.
Louis Shea Hill is the third-eldest child of Louis Fors Hill, and great-great-grandson of James Jerome Hill, Jr., founder of the Great Northern Railway. He is both a Member and a Director of the Grotto Foundation. He has also served as Second Vice President of the Board. An avid sailor, he was the 2000 National C-Scow Sailing Association (NCSSA) Points Champion Crew and 1999 Inland Lakes Yachting Association (ILYA) Champion Crew for Class C-Scow Sailboats. Lou continues to volunteer his time and talents on the National Ski Patrol at Welch Village, Minnesota, a position he has held since 1999. In the past (1994-1998), he was a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Hampton Falls Fire Department in New Hampshire. Mr. Hill lives in Minneapolis with his wife Kimberly, and daughters Hailey Marie and Nevis Johanna.
Nancy Randall Dana, currently a school principal in the Frogtown area of St. Paul, has served on the Grotto Board since 2002. The legacy of Grotto was not new to her, as her father had served on the Grotto Board for many years. Much of her administrative work in education in recent years has been done in coordinating the start-up of various charter schools. She has also served as adjunct faculty for Hamline University, Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas. She received her education at Coe College (Psychology and Art; Elementary Education), Bethel College (Masters in Leadership), and Minnesota State University in Mankato (Educational Specialist Degree, Superintendency). Nancy has also worked in retail and with the Girl Scouts, and Minnesota Public Radio. She has held various positions with the National District Attorneys Association (among them, National Institute Director, Director of Commission on Victim/Witness Assistance, National Coordinator, and Management Team Leader).
Barbara E. Slade is the great-great-granddaughter of James Jerome Hill, Jr., founder of the Great Northern Railway. She is a relatively new director on the Grotto Board, and brings to the Board a background in real estate (including sales, collaborating with subcontractors on building plans, visiting job sites, and negotiating pricing with clients), design and management of a girls’ clothing line, illustrating children’s stories for interactive CD-ROMs, fundraising, event planning, and computer production design. She received her education from The Blake School, Simmons College (Studio Art and Communications), and Augsburg College. Barbara is married to Erik Stolhanske.