Ann Barkelew

Ann Barkelew

Governance committee chair, Ecumen

Description

Retired from a distinguished 35-year public relations career, Ann Barkelew continues to serve the community by sharing her communications and leadership skills with Ecumen, a Shoreview-based nonprofit providing housing, health care, and other services for seniors. Throughout the pandemic, Barkelew's calm, measured response has helped guide the organization through one of the toughest times in its 160-year history. As chair of the governance committee, Barkelew is instrumental in recruiting a diverse board that reflects the community Ecumen serves. While she’s best known as a pioneering public relations executive, Ecumen’s leaders say it’s her mentorship of CEOs, fellow board members, and colleagues they value most.