The Phoenix Residence Board of Directors

Steve Pfeiffer - Chairman

Steve retired as a Vice President from Ecolab, a St. Paul based company, in 2001 where he worked for over 31 years.  He held many positions throughout Ecolab; starting in an entry level sales position.

Serving on The Phoenix Residence board has brought much gratification to Steve.  He is continually impressed with the dedicated management and staff, “I’m proud to be associated with the caring and attentive services provided.” Steve also serves as a member of the Special Events committee at Phoenix.

Steve and his wife of 45 years, Louise, currently reside in Woodbury.  They have two grown children, Bryant and Jessica, and five grandchildren. Steve enjoys golfing, reading, traveling and is an active volunteer at the Animal Humane Society.

Dr. Richard Ivance - Vice Chairman

Dr. Ivance practiced as an orthopedic surgeon with Capitol Orthopedics in St. Paul for over 30 years; previously as the Chief of Staff at Mounds Park, Bethesda, and St. Joseph’s Hospitals. He also served as chairman on the Minnesota Board for Medical Practice.

In 2002, he took a career change and earned his degree in Master of Divinity and has currently completed the course work for a Doctorate in Missions. Dr. Ivance is the present Minister of Global Missions for New Life Church in Woodbury, the chairman of the Gospel Association of India, and serves as chairman of the board of Shine Ministries.

Serving on the Phoenix board has brought much satisfaction to Dr. Ivance’s life; assuring the individuals served receive excellent, loving care.

Dr. Ivance and his wife Joy, have three adult children who all work in the medical field. Their careers were influence by their earlier work and employment at The Phoenix Residence. His interests revolve around spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys traveling as a missionary around the world, particularly to Ukraine.

Jean Schmidt - Secretary

Jean, recently retired, dedicated her professional career to the human services field. She began her career as a social worker for the Head Start Program, a school readiness program for young children. Jean also worked in administration in other non-profit, human service organizations.

Most recently, Jean has shared her love of service and helping others at several retail positions; including a home organizing business and flooring company. Over the years she has demonstrated her passion for serving others.

During her commitment to The Phoenix Residence, she has many fond memories including serving food to staff members during an employee appreciation event. Jean has enjoyed her tenure as a board member.

Jean and her husband Andy have a blended family with five children and 12 grandchildren. She is an avid reader and enjoys crocheting.  Jean is looking forward to spending time in her RV exploring new places and meeting new people.

Jim Hughes - Treasurer

Jim is a current employee of Heinrich Envelope Corporation, a division of Taylor Corp, as a Marketing Representative specializing in business to business sales. His past work experience has provided him a diverse background in many industries including manufacturing and management. Jim also recently completed his MBA at St. Mary’s University. 

As a newer member of the board, Jim looks forward to the challenge of being actively involved with the Phoenix Residence board of directors.

Originally from southern Minnesota, Jim currently resides in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and has lived in the metro area for over 30 years. Jim and his wife Pauline enjoy biking, walking, snow shoeing, ballroom dancing, art, and music of all types.

Darlene Scott - President/CEO

As an employee of The Phoenix Residence for over 30 years, Darlene Scott currently serves as the President/CEO. Darlene has served in many roles during her tenure at Phoenix including her first position as a Senior Resident Care Manager.  She assumed the role of President and CEO in 1998.

Darlene is active in many industry associations such as ARRM (Association of Residential Resources of Minnesota); currently serving as President and a Board Member for eight years. She also was the Minnesota liaison to the American Health Association on issues related to services for persons with disabilities.

Impacting the lives of others in a meaningful way is what Darlene enjoys the most about working at The Phoenix Residence. She believes Phoenix is a unique organization, helping others to experience life in the way they want to live. Over the years, Darlene has forged many close relationships with staff members and individuals we serve.

Originally from Louisiana, Darlene relocated to Minnesota in 1979 to attend college. Darlene currently lives in Cottage Grove where she enjoys riding her motorcycle, reading, going for walks, and spending time with her family. She is very active in church activities and is a current officer. 

Derrick Banks - Director

Derrick has been a member of the Phoenix Residence board since 2007. He has dedicated his professional career helping clients implement HR solutions for various modules of SAP though his consulting firm, Banks & Company, LLC. Most recently, Derrick joined General Mills as a Sr. Business Analyst.

Having the opportunity to provide support and direction to the Phoenix organization as well as contribute financially, is what Derrick enjoys best about being a member of the board. His tenure has provided a humbling view of the great work Phoenix Residence does and has proven to be very gratifying.

Derrick enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He also likes to travel, read, golf, and is an avid sports fan.

Kirsten Gregerson - Director

Kirsten has spent the majority of her career in the financial industry, working at Ameriprise Financial, U. S. Bank, ING, and Diversified Investment Advisors. Most recently she worked as an Education Consultant at Susan Stiles Financial. Several years ago, Kirsten tried her hand at acting and modeling and has been fortunate to work on a number of feature and short films in Minnesota.

Kirsten has enjoyed her time on the board because it has given her the chance to give back to an organization who gave so much love and support to Kirsten's family.  A family member of Kirsten’s lived at the English House for many years.

Kirsten and her husband, Eric, have two active boys Ryan and Andrew, along with a cat named Stripes and a dog named Ruby. They spend the summer months attending baseball games and also like to travel, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy reading.

Eric Schultz - Director

Eric was an attorney for 44 years and retired in 2010. He has been a member of The Phoenix Residence board since 1977; our longest serving board member.  Eric has held many positions and participated in several committees throughout his tenure. Eric’s House, our newest group home was named in his honor for his dedication and years of service.

Eric’s service to The Phoenix Residence has been incredibly fulfilling because of the relationships he has forged with management, staff, individuals served by Phoenix, and his fellow board members. “The organizations commitment to provide and continually improve a caring and nurturing home is simply beyond description”, stated by Eric. 

Eric and his wife Mary Claire live in Minneapolis and have been married for 44 years. They are the parents of two grown daughters; both who were employed at The Phoenix Residence during college. Mary Claire and Eric have four grandchildren. Eric enjoys walking, golf, wood working, and traveling with his wife.

Jenny Buchanan - Director

Jenny started her career as a buyer for a major department and then for a national specialty chain. She retired to raise her son, but then I headed up a small local nonprofit before permanently retiring. 

For Jenny, the most genuine part of being a member of the Board is visiting the individual homes, meeting the house managers and some of the residents. She said to see staff so enthusiastic and residents so proud of their homes tells me that The Phoenix Residence has strived for a home environment.  

Now, Jenny and her husband have three children and six grandchildren. She said itI's been fulfilling to watch each grandchild all 18-23 years old now develop into their own careers. In her free time, Jenny enjoys reading, writing and walking. She is currently teaching myself to crochet again.  

Garrett Colao - Director

Garret is Financial Consultant with North Star Resource Group in St. Paul, Minnesota. He works with his clients in Minnesota, Florida, and other states nationally, to efficiently pursue financial independence and help achieve their financial desires. Garret incorporates a relaxed and educational approach when working with his clients in order to help them feel comfortable and confident in their decisions that will impact them and their families.

Garret’s areas of expertise:
• Medical Professionals
• Legal Professionals
• Risk Management
• Investments
• Asset Protection Strategies*
• Retirement Strategies
• Tax-Efficient Investment Strategies*

Prior to joining North Star Resource Group in 2015, Garret attended The University of Saint Thomas, earning his degree in finance, while playing on the national-ranked Tommie football team for four years. Following graduation, Garret continued his football career playing overseas in Stockholm, Sweden for the 2014 season. After the conclusion of the season in Sweden, Garret moved back home to Miami, Florida and signed with another European team in Ravensburg, Germany for the 2015 season, where he won a league championship as well as league MVP. Concluding the football season, he started his career at North Star Resource Group in 2015.

Garret joined the Board in 2017 and said being a board member allows him the opportunity to help and support a fantastic organization. He looks forward to more times where he can interact with the staff and people we serve both in the Central Office and in the houses themselves. In his free time, Garrett enjoys being outdoors on the water and actively playing sports.

Julie Nagorski - Director

Julie only recently became a member of the Phoenix Residence Board of Directors. She is an attorney with DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore in Minneapolis where she litigates disputes of all kinds, but with a focus in real estate. She joined the Board because she has long enjoyed opportunities to actively give back to our communities and individuals in need. The Phoenix’s mission of developing person-centered, quality living experiences for individuals with disabilities, as well as its values and philosophy, calls loudly to her. An early tour of some of the homes and an opportunity to meet some of the residents, including Julie, reaffirmed her commitment to The Phoenix Residence. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet more of the residents and to serve them and the Board. 

Julie was raised in a family of seven children and three adopted cousins. She and her husband of 20 years are raising their two daughters. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, gardening, outdoor activities, museums, music, and visiting with family and friends. 

Jamie Grupe - Director

Jamie Grupe recently joined The Phoenix Residence Board of Directors. He is a certified Financial Planner with MidAmerica Wealth Management. He has 30 years of experience preparing tax returns for corporate and individual clients, 11 years of experience in financial planning and investment services, and 20 years of experience in the banking industry. He is licensed in six states to provide financial planning and investment services.

Jamie graduated from Iowa State University with majors in finance and accounting and minors in mathematics and economics.

Jeff Points - Director

As a relatively new board member, Jeff Points joins the board as the Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer of Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with successful, high-growth organizations in the life science and public accounting industries, and is a licensed and active Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Jeff began his career in public accounting at Clifton LarsonAllen performing audits and reviews of various companies in the manufacturing and distribution industries. After 8 years, he moved on to be an Assistant Controller at Empi, a local medical device company. Two years later, he joined Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., another local medical device company, as a Controller and has moved up the line ever since.

Jeff said what he enjoys best about being on the board is using his background and skills to give back to a high-quality, well-run organization such as the Phoenix Residence.

Jeff has also volunteered with other charitable organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and local churches.

Jeff has been married for 19 years and has two children, Isaac who is 13 years old and Amelia is 4 years old. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing basketball, biking, and skiing.