Standing, left to right: Sr. Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer Michael Ahles, William Lucas, James Wensel, Marty Seifert, Robert F. Krattenmaker, President & Chair Harald Borrmann
Seated, left to right: Renee Brod, Jean Hart, Patricia Kasella
Michael Ahles was elected Senior Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer in 2013, after having served in this role on an interim basis since September 2012. He came to Catholic United as a 20-plus year veteran of the life insurance and annuity business, with the past eight years spent serving the fraternal insurance industry. Before joining Catholic United, Mr. Ahles led Insurance Operations as a Vice President for The Independent Order of Foresters, and he also held a number of progressively expanding financial leadership positions with Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America. He is a Certified Public Accountant, although his license to practice is inactive. Mr. Ahles is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He and his wife, Sharon, have three sons and make their home in Andover, MN. He is actively involved in fundraising and stewardship activities at the Church of the Epiphany, and also serves many organizations in his community.
Harald Borrmann has been with Catholic United since 2008, was elected President and Chair of the Board in 2012 and took the helm of the company on Jan. 1, 2013. Mr. Borrmann also serves as the Board Chair for the Catholic United Financial Credit Union and as Board President of the Catholic United Financial Foundation. He has more than 30 years of experience in the reinsurance industry, and has a degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business in Marketing and Finance. He has taken extensive coursework in the CLU and CPCU curiculae, and has executive management experience with various reinsurance firms headquartered in New York and Minnesota. He and his wife, Mary, have three children and two grandsons. They are members of St. Frances Cabrini Church in Minneapolis, where Harald serves as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee
Renee Brod is a 25-plus year member of Catholic United Financial, with roots in the German/Czech Catholic community of New Prague, Minn. She attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School in New Prague and graduated from St. Catherine University in St Paul. Brod comes with considerable experience in corporate business and leadership. She is a Senior Training Project Manager at United Health Group. Brod has served locally and regionally as a trustee on the Mayo Clinic Health System Community Board, Hospital Foundation and Quality, and Safety & Service Board. She is actively involved in her home parish of St. Wenceslaus and St. John’s in New Prague. Brod served as a Confirmation Catechist, member of the Capital Campaign committee, actively participates as a CCW member, and is the Fraternal Secretary of the St. John’s Catholic United Financial Council. She resides in New Prague with her husband, Jason, and two daughters, Samantha and Sydney.
Jean Hart has been a member of Catholic United for more than 40 years, and is a life-long member of St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring, MN where she has been actively involved in fundraising and leadership positions. She is a product of St. Boniface Catholic Grade School and graduated from St. Catâ€‹â€‹herine University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Accounting. As a Certified Public Accountant Hart has nine years of work experience in public accounting, nine years in private accounting as an accounting/tax manager, and 18 years in banking as a commercial loan analyst/underwriter. She is currently employed with Home Federal in Sartell, MN. Through the years, Hart has used her expertise to serve as audit/accounting chair for a number of fundraising campaigns, including the United Way of Central Minnesota and the Cold Spring Area Relay for Life. Jean resides in Cold Spring with her husband, Gary. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Patricia (Pat) Kasella is a 50+ year member of the St. Michael’s Council of Buckman, MN. She and her husband, Kevin, were both raised on dairy farms, and have four grown children and nine grandchildren. Together with their son, they crop farm near Royalton, MN. Pat is a graduate of St. Cloud Technical College and works off the farm as a legal assistant. The Kasellas are members of the Holy Trinity Parish in Royalton. Pat has been an officer of her local council since 2004. Pat has been a member of the board of the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for over 15 years, serving in various capacities. She is also a past president of Holy Trinity Christian Mother’s/Women and past president and secretary of Little Falls Deanery CCW. Kasella is the past director of the board of trustees of Morrison County Co-op and past member and officer of St. Cloud Area Legal Secretaries Association.
Robert F. Krattenmaker has been a member of Catholic United Financial for 28 years. He and his wife, Vicky, have been married for 38 years and currently reside in New London, MN. Together, they have four grown children and five grandchildren. Krattenmaker is a graduate of Benson High School and Willmar Technical College. He is a former Chief Financial Officer for Heritage Bank in Willmar, MN. He was employed in the banking industry for 42 years. He and his wife have called Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Spicer, MN their home parish for 14 years and, prior to that, attended St. Michael’s Church in St. Cloud
William (Bill) Lucas grew up in Northeast Minneapolis and graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in philosophy. After graduating from college Bill served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was awarded three air medals. While serving in the Air Force Bill also earned an M.B.A. degree from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. After his discharge Bill worked as an Administrative Analyst for the City of Minneapolis, as the Grants Administrator of the State of Minnesota Governor’s Crime Commission and as Assistant Director of the Minnesota Crime Control Planning Board. While working for the State of Minnesota Bill attended the William Mitchell College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1976. After graduating from law school he worked as a pension consultant and a life insurance agent for Great West Life. Bill and his wife, Claudette, have two daughters and five grandchildren. They are active members of the Church of St. Patrick in Edina, MN.
Marty Seifert was born in Springfield, MN. Raised on a small family farm, he attended grade school at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Morgan, MN, and was active in his Catholic United Council. Assisted in part from a Catholic United Scholarship, he attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, and received a degree in political science as well as a 7-12 teaching license. As Chairman of the State Government Finance Committee, he assembled, reviewed and oversaw a budget of over $700 million, including legislative and elected Executive Branch departments. After leaving elected office in 2010, Seifert became Executive Director of the Avera Marshall Foundation, raising millions of dollars for a new cancer treatment facility for the only Catholic hospital in the Diocese of New Ulm. The Seifert family has been very active in the Catholic church. Marty and his wife, Traci, have been an active couple at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall and have two children.
James (Jim) Wensel has been a member of Catholic United for several years. Jim grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, and moved to St. Cloud, Minn., at the age of 16. Jim brings two different strengths to Catholic United Financial. Jim has been a licensed insurance agent for 40 years and owned his own independent insurance agency. He merged his business with Stearns Insurance Services, now known as Advantage 1 Insurance, and continues to work part time in the agency. His other strength is his credit union experience. He served on the boards of the Catholic United Financial Credit Union and Catholic Credit Union in St. Cloud. Since 1993, Jim has served on the Board of Directors and on the Central Minnesota committee for Make A Wish Foundation of Minnesota. Jim and Debbie are members of Sacred Heart Parish in Sauk Rapids, Minn., where Jim is a former member of the Finance Committee. They have a busy blended family of 7 children and 13 grandchildren.