Claire joined the Foundation in November 2015 as a key staff member charged with furthering the Foundation’s commitment to increasing health equity in Minnesota. She brings more than two decades of community involvement experience with particular strengths in improving early childhood education outcomes, promoting racial equity and leading and evaluating community initiatives. Although not an evaluator, she strongly supports evaluation and believes it helps communities make tangible strides toward stronger individuals, families and communities. She most recently served as associate vice president of community impact at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners in St. Paul. She is an active volunteer and has served on several boards, including her current appointment with Hope Community in Minneapolis. At home in Roseville, Minn., Claire is a self-proclaimed nonprofit capacity-building geek. She also enjoys sharing her culinary skills with family and friends.
Allison Corrado joined the Foundation in 2014 as program officer. She is responsible for planning and assessment of the Foundation’s strategic aims. She also reviews grant proposals and works out in the community to assess community assets and opportunities. Allison brings a strong background in working with economically challenged communities and racially and ethnically diverse populations in Minnesota. She is committed to improving the health and quality of life for residents across the state. Previously, she was an employment specialist at the American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center in Minneapolis. In this role she worked with local community and technical colleges along with community-based organizations to connect graduates of health care services programs with jobs. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in family social science and master’s degrees in public policy and social work, all from the University of Minnesota. Allison lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats.
Janet Jablonske is grants manager for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. As grants manager, Janet manages all aspects of the Foundation’s grantmaking process, fiscal operations and reporting. She joined the Blue Cross Foundation in 2003 and was named grants manager in 2010. Prior to joining the Foundation, Janet gained experience in corporate communications and operations across a variety of industries. She holds a degree in communications from Winona State University. Janet and her husband live in Hastings and in her spare time, she enjoys boating, walking, biking and travel — preferably to warm and sunny places.
Olivia Jefferson is the program manager for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. In her role, she is responsible for leading the design, management and implementation of evaluation, communications and planning efforts that cut across all Foundation grant making programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a Program Evaluator in the Center for Prevention supporting health equity programming and policy initiatives. Olivia received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Health Studies from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work in Management of Human Services and Social Policy and Evaluation from the University of Michigan. Olivia is driven by the possibility of creating health equity for communities of color. She is deeply committed to community empowerment and engagement as a vehicle for health improvement and policy change. Olivia volunteers in various capacities and currently serves as the Secretary on the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, Program Coordinator for Penumbra Theatre, and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Carolyn Link is executive director for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. In her role, Carolyn oversees all operations and strategic direction for the Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation has increased its assets, its annual grantmaking, the percentage of grants made to greater Minnesota and the percentage of multiyear grants made by the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2011, Carolyn directed Blue Cross’ Center for Prevention, focused on preventing tobacco use and promoting physical activity and healthy eating. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Carolyn worked on the ASSIST Tobacco Policy Project for the Minnesota Department of Health. Carolyn’s work is informed by a background in nursing (bachelor’s degree, Marquette University) and public health (master’s degree, University of Minnesota). She also holds a certificate from the University of Minnesota Management Institute (MMI). She lives in Northfield with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and running.
The Foundation welcomed Eden Mussie as Foundation coordinator in 2015. She will be working across all aspects of our operations, communications and grants programs. Eden has experience working in two different health foundations as well as office and multicultural peer settings. She is passionate about holistic approaches to health and life in general. Eden has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Carleton College. She loves dancing, laughing and spending time with friends and family.