Dianne Polasik, Chair
Dianne Polasik has a BS in Nursing from the University of Iowa and first moved to Stillwater in 1976. She first worked for Washington County Public Health and later as a startup board member and public health nurse for the non profit, CommonHealth Clinic. After a few years away she returned in 1990 with her husband and three children to work for Stillwater Area Public Schools as a licensed school nurse in their Early Childhood Special Education program and later as district Lead School Nurse. After 24 years, she retired in 2011 and stays active in the community serving on Community Health Action Team and Lakeview Health and Wellness Advisory Committee. She served on Stillwater School’s Best Work Force and currently on the Superintendent Community Advisory committee. She is an active volunteer with the Wild River Conservancy and currently serves as President of Valley Community Center Board.
Bob is the Development Director and co-founder of The Connect Center, a Stillwater social service non-profit whose vision is that of the St. Croix Valley as a community that knows we are ALL connected. Bob was vice-chairman of the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, a board member of the Rotary Foundation and member of Afton's open spaces and parks commission. A practicing attorney, Bob and his spouse Cindy have resided in the St. Croix Valley since 1984, where they raised their three children.
Annette Sallman has worked for Stillwater Area Public Schools since 2004. In July 2014 she assumed the role of Community Education Director. She has a Leadership in Education master’s degree from University of Minnesota and a BA in psychology with an elementary teaching license from Hamline University. Her 30-year career has been focused on healthy communities and youth development.
As the Senior Director of Community Health and Engagement for HealthPartners, Marna brings a strong record of collaborating with the community to achieve shared goals in health assessments, priorities, strategies, partnerships, programs, and evaluation. Marna has served on multiple nonprofit boards and committees including Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Health Equity Committee Center for Community Health, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Expert Panel on Social Determinants of Health, Valley Outreach Food Shelf board and Valley Community Center board.
Sally Anderson has a masters in health administration from Indiana University and earned a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Community Thread as their Executive Director, she served in senior leadership positions at Valley Outreach, the local food shelf, and basic needs provider where she worked extensively with volunteers. Her professional experience includes starting a nonprofit mental health clinic and managing programs serving aging and disabled populations in collaboration with other nonprofits.
Lowell Johnson retired as Director of Public Health and Environment, Washington County, Stillwater, after 36 years of public service at Washington County in October 2021.His educational background includes Bachelor of Science in Community Health Services, Mankato State University, and masters degree in public administration, Hamline University, St. Paul. Current community involvement includes, Lakeview Health Foundation Board Member, Lakeview Health and Wellness Advisory Committee (chair), St. Paul Sons of Norway Lodge (President), and the Valley Community Center Board. Lowell lives in Oakdale, MN, with wife Bev Johnson. His hobbies are music, woodworking, walking/hiking, and traveling. He enjoys spending time with family and grandchildren.