Board of Directors
Morris E. Knopf | Chairman
Morris Knopf graduated from the University of Iowa in 1963 with a B.A. degree and from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1966 with a J.D. degree. Morris practiced law for 45 years with private practice law firms in Ohio, Iowa and Minnesota with an emphasis on tax-exempt financing and particularly financing by tax-exempt organizations. Since 1998, Morris has represented Vista Prairie Communities in its numerous financing projects and its corporate matters advising the Vista Prairie board on multiple legal issues. In January 2012, following his retirement from Best & Flanagan LLP, Morris was appointed President and General Counsel of Vista Prairie Communities. Morris recently retired and will be continuing to serve Vista Prairie Communities as the Chairman of the Board.
Denice Jasper | Vice Chair
Following a twenty-two year successful career in Investment Banking, Ms. Denice Jasper joined the Board of Directors of Vista Prairie Communities in 2009. Currently serving as Vice President, Ms. Jasper participates in a variety of ways to further VPC’s mission to provide nurturing and homelike housing communities to its diverse resident population. In addition to her leadership role in developing an Enterprise Risk Management program for the organization, Ms. Jasper also is a member of the Finance Committee, the Fundraising Committee and monitors Construction Project funding.
Jim Ehrenberg | Treasurer
Mr. Ehrenberg retired from U.S. Bank N.A. as a Senior Vice President in the Corporate Trust Department after 40 years of service with the bank. During that period, he held various managerial positions related to administration, operations, new business development, default administration and budget planning. Mr. Ehrenberg is currently one of four Individual Trustees of Mesabi Trust, a NYSE entity.
Nancy Einan | Secretary
Ms. Einan was an active volunteer in the 1980s for various school and church organizations. During the past several years, Ms. Einan has been an active participant in the care giving of aging parents developing a valuable and informed perspective of the care needs of senior citizens.
Jean Bey | Director
Jean Bey, elected to the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2015, is a Registered Nurse with clinical care experience and a specialty in occupational and environmental health nursing. Jean is currently an adjunct instructor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Environmental Health Division. She retired from 3M Company in 2013 where she worked as a Corporate Occupational Health Manager for 13 years, providing global nursing training and development, employee health and productivity programs and facility support for health guidelines and practices. Prior to 3M she was at Honeywell Inc. for 11 years as Health Services Manager for the Minneapolis region and corporate offices and an occupational health consultant to Corporate Health Management. Jean also worked at Northwest Airlines as Health Care Advisor in the corporate Benefits Department. She has experience with elder care in her acute nursing career as well as while caring for family members in senior apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing homes. Jean is a resident of Alexandria, Minnesota where Vista Prairie at Windmill Ponds is located.
Richard A. Buendorf | Director Emeritus
Mr. Buendorf is retired and last served as the President of Savings League of Minnesota. He was also on the board of directors for the Association of Community Banks.