Matt Smriga – Board Chair
Managing Director of Outreach, Educators 4 Excellence
Matt has more than 6 years of experience in grassroots organizing and issue based advocacy. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctor from the Hamline University School of Law. Previously, Matt has served as the Director of Campus Organizing for the Minnesota State University Student Association and, most recently, as the the Legislative Advocacy Coordinator for the University of Minnesota. In addition to CBT, Matt teachers a college and career readiness program to Minneapolis Public School students every spring.
Owner, Early Risers Day School
Liz Harris has over nine years of corporate experience in investments and treasury operations. After her first son was born she left the corporate world to open up an in home day school for children 6 months to 12 years old. She currently run two in home day schools and is looking to expand further. Liz believes every child deserves the best education and opportunities that can be offered.
Chief Financial Officer, DeLaSalle High School
Brian Lynch is the Chief Financial Officer at DeLaSalle High School, a college-preparatory high school located in Minneapolis. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Brian has spent time in both the non-profit sector and public sector, working in both finance and operations. He was one of the founding members of CBT, and is very excited to contribute to the future success of CBT as a Board member of the Minneapolis branch.
Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Planning, UnitedHealthcare
Jay Sivasailam is a Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Planning at UnitedHealthcare. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and his M.B.A. from Capella University. Jay has volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations as a tutor, mentor and youth chess coach and is looking forward to helping CBT develop its Minneapolis branch.
Human Resources and Benefits Manager, Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A.
Moira Webster-Larranaga is the sole HR practitioner in an Eden Prairie law firm. She has more than 16 years of progressive Human Resource experience and holds a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from the University of St. Thomas. She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Previously, Moira was the Human Resource Director for Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, and is currently an active volunteer with Minnesota Public Radio and Gilda’s Club Twin Cities in addition to CBT.
Kelly Dufour – Account Management, Periscope
Kelly Dufour – Kelly Dufour works in Account Management at advertising agency, Periscope, where she focuses on Freschetta, Optum, and the Minnesota Twins. She received her B.S. from the University of Minnesota, where she created her major surrounding business, marketing and communication studies and minored in Spanish. Kelly has always been involved in the community and was drawn to the uniqueness of CBT – she worked as the Founding Site Coordinator to launch programming in Minneapolis and now sits on the board, helping to grow the program and increase its breadth and depth in Minneapolis. She loves dogs, sunshine, sports, and craft beer.