Normandale Foundation adds three new Board members

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

The Normandale Community College Foundation recently welcomed three new members, Torrion Amie, Erik Burns and Jason Moore, to the Foundation Board. 

Amie has over 20 years of experience in higher education, including nearly eight years at Normandale. He was most recently the Dean of Outreach and Enrollment, and was previously the Director of Advising and Counseling. Prior to working at Normandale, Amie was Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center, Track Coach, a faculty member in the Health and Human Performance Department, and held leadership positions in TRIO programs during nearly 14 years at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. 

Amie is a licensed realtor and conducts leadership training sessions for executive and team leaders. He is a Normandale alumnus, and holds a bachelor's degree in music and dance from Wisconsin-River Falls, and a master's degree is education and human development-sports management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

"At the core of the Normandale Foundation is selflessness," said Amie. "There is a deep desire to transform lives here, and I am especially attracted to that and share this desire. I've been successful in the realms of education, the arts and real estate, and I know I have much to offer. It is a core belief of mine that one should lift as one climbs. I've attended school and worked at Normandale, and now I will serve here."

Burns is a creative business professional who focuses on qualitative and quantitative results, and applies his leadership experiences and business development strategies to lead teams within a variety of organizations. He is currently the Director of Corporate and Business Engagement for the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), and has over 15 years of experience developing leadership strategies focused on mission and vision centered business objectives. 

Burns has worked as a faculty member, and in marketing and program building positions at higher education institutions and companies, including Enrollment Builders, Concordia University-St. Paul, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the College of St. Scholastica. He is a Normandale alumnus, and holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Winona State University, a Master of Arts in Management and Business, and Master of Business Administration from the College of St. Scholastica, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. 

"Being a member of the Normandale Foundation Board is an incredible honor and it is my hope I can make a positive impact for future constituencies," said Burns. "Looking back, Normandale introduced me to so many tools that I still apply in my life today and joining this body provides me the opportunity to give back to this important educational jewel."

Moore has worked as a dynamic results-oriented leader in the healthcare industry for 20 years. He is currently the Regional Director of Medicare Programs at Prime Therapeutics where he oversees Medicare products and pharmacy programs strategy for several Blue Cross plans across the country.

Before his time at Prime Therapeutics, Moore worked in positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield at Minnesota where he directed product strategy, business development and marketing efforts for 15 years. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in music and communication and master's degree in business communications from the University of St. Thomas. 

"I am honored and excited to join the Normandale Community College Foundation Board to support the work of this remarkable institution that values inclusiveness, integrity, and service," said Moore. "I am heartened by Normandale's efforts to advance educational equity for its students and eager to contribute through board service."

With the addition of Amie, Burns and Moore the Foundation has 20 members. To find out more about the board go to