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PACER is a Minnesota nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and a national parent center that provides information, training, and assistance to parents of children and young adults with all disabilities; physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, and health. Its mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families.


Paula Goldberg

Leading PACER Center is Paula F. Goldberg, the Executive Director. Paula co-founded PACER in 1976. PACER opened its first office in August 1978.

PACER maintains several boards and committees that support the mission and activities of the organization. The majority of PACER’s Board of Directors are parents of children with disabilities.

PACER Center Board of Directors 2019-2020

  • Alison Bakken, Vice President
    VP, Platforms Business Ops and PMO,
    Thomson Reuters

    Lisa Elm
    Senior Director of Corporate Development, Winslow Capital

    Jeanette Frederickson

    John Guthmann
    Judge, Ramsey County, Minnesota

    Ginny Hopper

    Gwen Hopper
    Community Volunteer

    Jay Jackson
    Senior Counsel, Thrivent Financial

    Ronald Lezama
    Co-Founder, Minnesota Latino Caucus

    Ruth Lowenthal
    Vice President Total Rewards, Xcel Energy

    Paul Luehr
    Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

    Jessica Mattson
    Early Learning Lead Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools

    Don McNeil, Secretary
    Attorney, Heley, Duncan & Melander, LLP

    Corinne Niska
    Community Volunteer

    Mark O’Leary, President
    Chief Marketing Officer, SPS Commerce

    Shannan Paul
    Public Speaker

    Ken Rosenblum, M.D.
    Owner, Co-Operative Plating Co.

    Elizabeth Simermeyer, Treasurer
    Executive Vice President Global Marketing and Communications, Ecolab

    Matthew Woods
    Senior Attorney, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Other PACER boards include the Advisory Board, the Friends of PACER Advisory Board, the Marketing Advisory Board, and the National Business Advisory Board. Some members of PACER’s Advisory Board are:

  • Tani Austin, Starkey Laboratories
  • Melanie Barry
  • Don Davidson, Sears Imports
  • Mary Holmes
  • Linda Ketover
  • Mike Marso, 3M
  • Emmy Mastel, Prudential Financial
  • Colleen McGough-Wood
  • Jim Orrichio, Coordinated Business Systems
  • Lynne Singer Redleaf
  • John Valente, 3M