Who We Are > Board of Directors

Ripple Effect Images is governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for ensuring that the charity is well managed, in line with its mission, and that it abides by its charitable objectives.

  • Michelle Grabanski Pohlad

    Michelle Grabanski Pohlad


    Michelle Grabanski Pohlad is a passionate philanthropist and community volunteer, adept at working globally, locally and individually to affect change in the world. Her philanthropic work includes nearly 20 years of service, including chairing a capital campaign with CommonBond Communities, the largest provider of affordable housing with services in the Midwest. Her deep commitment to help ensure basic human needs has led her to many personal efforts. including serving as an outreach counselor and developing and implementing a successful outreach program at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.

    Understanding the essential role the arts plays in nurturing and inspiring the human spirit, Michelle has served on the boards of the Minnesota Dance Theater and the Cowles Center for Dance. Michelle was named to the Volunteer Hall of Fame by Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine.

    Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Retail Management from the University of Minnesota, subsequently earning two graduate certificates in Child Abuse Prevention. Her most recent certifications are as a Peace Ambassador and an Agent for Conscious Evolution which inspires her to co-create with others who wish to consciously evolve our world to a love-based society. Ripple Effects Images is a step in that process.

  • Jeanne Farr

    Jeanne Farr


    Jeanne is a recognized leader in the disability services field in Oregon. For more than 30 years, she has worked in nonprofit organizations, serving people with developmental disabilities. She is recognized throughout the state for her skill in fostering collaboration and for her legislative advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.

    Jeanne has a graduate degree in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific and has been with Albertina Kerr since 1993. As President, Disabilities Services & Strategic Projects, she has the responsibility for the 24-hour oversight of a wide array of services for more than 200 people with developmental disabilities across a five-county area. Jeanne has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Rehabilitation Association and is member of the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition.

    In addition to her work at Kerr, Jeanne proudly serves on the following boards of directors: EduCongo, a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of underprivileged children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Coalition for Equal Access for Girls a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that girls receive equal access to all of the appropriate gender-specific support and services they need to help them develop to their full potential; and the University of the Pacific, School of International Studies Advisory Board fostering intercultural education, international engagement and global citizenry.

  • George Gendron

    George Gendron


    George Gendron has spent decades working at the intersection of media, innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, serving as a founder and/or strategic advisor for several companies and organi- zations. He has served on the Board of Directors for over 10 social ventures, including City Year, Share our Strength/Community Wealth Partners, Initiatives for a Competitive Inner City, All- World, and Interise. George previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Magazine, and created the Inc. 500, the premier ranking of America’s fastest growing private companies.

  • Dale Van Demark

    Dale Van Demark


    Dale C. Van Demark is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Dale has been at the forefront of advising clients with respect to the globalization of the U.S. health care industry. He advises foreign and domestic enterprises with respect to the formation of medical centers in developing countries, international patient programs, telemedicine, and the many issues associated with the delivery of health care across borders. Dale also serves on the Advisory Council of the Children’s Health Fund and on the Advisory Board of Patients Beyond Borders.

  • Annie Griffiths

    Annie Griffiths

    Executive Director, Non-Voting Member

    Annie Griffiths was one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic. She has covered women’s issues on six continents and her work has been featured in the Geographic, LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Time, Stern, and many other publications. Her books include A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel and Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, done in partnership with acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter million dollars for grassroots land conservation. Annie is deeply committed to photographing need around the world. For more than a decade she has dedicated a portion of each year to documenting the important work of aid organizations. She has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, and the White House News Photographers Association.