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Courage Center Announces Additions to Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 28, 2011 – Effective Jan. 1, 2012, Courage Center is pleased to announce that two new members are joining its Board of Directors and three new members are joining the Courage Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

New Board of Directors members include:

Tom Horner, adjunct professor for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, University of St. Thomas. 

Horner served as press secretary and chief of staff for Sen. David Durenberger, and upon returning to Minnesota, co-founded the public relations firm Himle Horner. In 2010, Horner ran for Minnesota Governor on the Independence Party ticket. In addition to his teaching role at St. Thomas, Horner also consults in public relations and public affairs. He currently serves on the boards of the Citizen’s League, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications and umpires youth baseball.  

Carl “Buzz” Cummins, president and CEO, Workers Compensation Reinsurance Association

A leader in public service and civic engagement, Cummins has practiced law, served as legal counsel to Gov. Al Quie and led government, regulatory and community affairs at Minnegasco. In addition, he has served as chair of the Citizen’s League, United Hospital, the Higher Education Coordinating Board and many other nonprofit and community boards. He currently serves on the board of the Coalition for Impartial Justice, which supports adoption of a system of judicial retention elections in Minnesota.

Click here for all Courage Center Board of Directors members.

The Courage Foundation Board welcomes these new trustees:

J. Marie Fieger, president, Nemer Fieger Associates, Inc.

As the leader of the advertising and communications agency Nemer Fieger, J. Marie Fieger has partnered and volunteered with Cars for Courage, Courage Cards, and special events. This past year, her passion for Courage Center was reinforced when her fiance Greg became a client in the Transitional Rehabilitation Program (TRP). 

Bob Peltier, president and CEO, Edina Realty Home Services

Peltier leads the Midwest’s largest residential real estate firm, serving Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and Fargo, N.D. He is in charge of strategy and operations for 65 offices and 2,500 officers. A Stillwater, Minn., resident, in 2008, Peltier experienced a stroke. The excellent rehabilitation therapy he received at Courage Center St. Croix allowed him to return to his home and career, and led to his becoming an advocate for Courage Center.

Colleen McGough Wood, former director of Marketing, McGough Construction and former owner, Metro Dance Center.

Colleen and her husband Brad are active supporters of many charitable and nonprofit organizations including Sunshine Foundation, HealthEast Foundation, Courage Center, PACER Center, Friendship Ventures and Ordway’s Circle of Stars.

Click here for a complete listing of Courage Foundation Trustees.

About Courage Center

Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. At Courage Center, we specialize in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth.  Founded in 1928, Minneapolis-based Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors. For more information visit




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