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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Scott Taylor

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Vice President

Scott Taylor is vice president co-founder and chairman of Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Scott and his wife, Katey, are parents of four daughters, one of whom is Abbey Taylor. On June 29, 2007, 6-year-old Abbey was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months she would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.


Abbey's hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008.


Scott has worked in the financial communications industry for more than 19 years. Currently, he is vice president, sales for the Merrill Corporation. Previously, he worked as a sales executive at R.R. Donnelley. Prior to that, he served as the senior vice president of sales for Bowne & Co. He worked at Merrill in an earlier stint as an account manager and project manager.


Scott attended Minnesota State University at Mankato, studying business marketing and industrial psychology. Scott has volunteered with several local nonprofit charitable organizations, including Children's HeartLink, Child Guidance Program at Washburn Center for Children, and Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Additionally, he has been very active in local fundraising by attending and donating to several charitable events each year, including Children's Cancer Research Fund, and the Children's Miracle Network among others.

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Katey Taylor

President

Katey Taylor is president and co-founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey had been a "typical" stay-at-home mom until June 29, 2007. It was on that summer evening that one of her four daughters, 6-year-old Abbey, was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months Abbey would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.


Abbey's hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008. To fulfill Abbey's legacy, Katey and her husband, Scott, work to advocate for children and to educate parents, community leaders and others of the dangers in and around pools.


Katey has a Bachelor of Science degree in family education, child protection and public health from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In December 2008, Katey received her Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Board of Minnesota SafeKids, is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

BriAN MAXWEll

Treasurer

Brian Maxwell attended the University of St. Thomas where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He has worked in Community Banking for over 20 years and is currently the Market President for Gateway Bank in Edina, MN.

Within the banking industry, Brian specializes in professional practice, real estate, and Small Business Administration lending. Over his career, Brian has worked with a diverse group of businesses and individuals to help them achieve their financial goals. Whether his clients are starting their first business or buying their first house, his approach is that of an advisor, not just a lender. 

In addition to helping people achieve their financial goals, Brian enjoys giving back to the community. At the bank, Brian has helped establish “Gateway Gives”; a program which encapsulates the bank’s volunteering and community events and embodies their community spirit. Associates at Gateway Bank are involved in a number of organizations, including the Edina and Dakota County Chambers, Rotary, VEAP food shelf and meals on wheels. Brian also coaches his children’s sports teams and is on the Board of Directors at Edina Country Club where he serves as Treasurer.

JuDy Barnhart

Board Member
Judy Branhart joined the board of directors in 2020. Judy is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked at several prestigious financial institutions including Piper Jaffray and KMPG. She is presently the Director of External Reporting at Ameriprise. In addition to her financial expertise, Judy brings to the board her knowledge of water safety from her experience as a lifeguard. One thing that now stands out to her is that in all of the training she received she was never educated on the dangers of unsafe pool drains. Judy is excited to be involved with the work of foundation to make pools safer for all children and spread the word about water safety.
Outside of work, Judy’s joy is spending time with her daughter Evelyn and their dog Mia. All three enjoy playing in the water any chance they get and appreciate the lakes and parks the Twin Cities have to offer.

Sonja Brown

Board Member

As a Minnesota native; Sonja spent her summers swimming everyday in Lake Minnewashta. All of her time spent in water naturally led her to becoming captain of her high school swim team and member of her college team. During college, she spent many summers teaching water aerobics, swimming lessons and lifeguarding. Enjoying and being safe in water is one of her passions.


Sonja has twenty years working in business development and marketing communications. As a consultant, she works with not-for-profits, start-ups and established businesses helping them identify and implement innovative strategic growth opportunities. As an entrepreneur herself, Sonja currently runs a swimming school for children and adults. She specializes in teaching using a sensory method that helps students with special needs, primarily those with autism, learn to swim. She is very proud of one of her clients who recently qualified for nationals with the Special Olympics.


Sonja is the mother of two sons and two daughters. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota with her husband and youngest daughter. During the summer, you will still find her at the lake, either swimming or playing in their 1959 classic wooden boat.

Dr. Erika Malvey-Dorn

Board Member

Dr. Erika Malvey-Dorn is a pediatrician and President of All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie. She is board-certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Erika is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School and enjoys teaching medical students about all aspects of pediatric care. Erika has also been a member of the Help Me Grow organization, working to effectively provide early childhood intervention services for children with developmental delays and chronic medical illnesses. Erika strives to provide the best medical care to all of her patients and their families, and routinely discusses healthy living and safety.      


Erika received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Wellesley College. She then graduated from Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Minnesota, with a Ph.D. in Immunology in 1998 and her M.D. in 2000. She lives in Edina with her husband and three active children.  

Pam Conlow

Board Member

Pam Conlow joined the board of directors in 2015. Pam has worked in the financial communications industry for over 30 years. In December, 2015, she retired as Vice President of Sales from R.R. Donnelley. Prior to that she worked as Senior Vice President of Sales for Bowne of Minnesota and Merrill Corporation. Pam attended The College of St. Catherine’s and the University of Minnesota studying Psychology and Chemical Dependency Counselling. Pam has worked with several non-profit charitable organizations including PaceMake 5000, a non-profit fund-raising organization benefiting Children’s Hospital and Clinic and Children’s Heartlink Foundation on its fund-raising committee. Pam has also been on several mission trips with Healing Haiti Foundation, a non-profit organization ministering to Haitian people. In her retirement, Pam’s focus is on volunteering, serving and giving back.

Mollie Pierce

Board Member

Mollie Pierce joined the board of directors in 2016. Mollie is a firm believer in taking proactive measures to prevent harm in and around the water and spent many years practicing this as a lifeguard and water safety instructor. Though she did not know the Taylor family until after Abbey’s accident, Mollie vividly remembers hearing the story on the news and was determined to find a way to help. Mollie met Scott and Katey Taylor in 2008 and has been involved with Abbey’s Hope ever since. 


Over the years, she has dedicated her time to support the mission of the foundation by participating in numerous safety awareness events around the community, taking to social media to promote Safer Pools. Safer Kids. and has served on the Golf Committee as Volunteer Coordinator. 


Mollie attended the University of Minnesota and received a BA in journalism and a minor in management. She completed the Technology Leadership Program at Target Corporation and spent the remainder of her five years there on a project to replace end-of-life contact center systems with Salesforce Service Cloud. She recently joined an IT consulting firm in Minneapolis and enjoys traveling, playing piano, and spending time with family/friends.

Annelys farrell

Board Member

Annelys Farrell joined the board of directors in 2017. Annelys is the Senior Director of Principal Gifts for the University of Minnesota Foundation, earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling -Gerontology at Notre Dame de Namur University in California, and launched her career as Program Director at Ralston Village, where she oversaw the delivery of quality care to seniors afflicted with Alzheimer's and dementia. 


Leveraging her passion for serving the needs of the senior community, she subsequently joined forces with the Alzheimer's Association as a Major Gifts Specialist, and advanced through the ranks to become Senior Nationwide Strategic Gifts Director. In that capacity, she built relationships with high-profile donors, provided strategic leadership and personally raised over $35 million in foundation funding. 


Annelys has been recognized throughout her career as an accomplished fundraiser and Abbey’s Hope is thrilled that is she is now willing to use her talents for our organization.  

DAN MIKKELSON

Board Member

Dan Mikkelson joined the board of directors in 2019. Dan has been friends of the Taylor family for years and was Abbey's swim coach. 


Dan grew up in Plymouth, MN and attended Armstrong High School. While at Armstrong, he was on their swim team, baseball team and was involved in their music program. After graduation, he attended and swam at Gustavus Adolphus College where he was an All-Conference and All American Honorable Mention swimmer. No doubt his experience in the pool will be valuable to our organization. Dan received a bachelor's degree in Financial Economics and a minor in Political Science from Gustavus. After Gustavus, Dan attended the University of St Thomas School of Law, graduating with a JD in 2011. Immediately after graduation, he started working in sales at Robert Half Legal. Since 2012, he has worked in the software space for CareerBuilder, Workiva, Sprinklr and now Dell Boomi.

Staff & Volunteers

Alan Korn

Executive Director

Alan Korn is the Executive Director of the Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation where he assists the organization in its management, public policy, marketing and public relations efforts.


Before joining AHCF, he was the Executive Director and general counsel for Safe Kids USA, a member of Safe Kids Worldwide’s global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. While at Safe Kids, he led the over 600 coalitions and chapters in the Safe Kids USA network of child injury prevention advocates. He also directed the public policy agenda at the federal level and guided the coalitions in their state advocacy efforts. In addition, he advised the organization on legal issues such as trademark, copyright, contract and liability.


Alan makes presentations around the country on government’s role in child injury prevention and liability issues associated with community-based safety programs. He has testified many times before Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures on issues of injury prevention and has appeared as a child safety expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show and NPR as well as in dozens of magazines and newspapers.


Alan is an attorney and a member of the Missouri and District of Columbia Bar. Prior to his work for non-profits in both Washington, DC and Minneapolis, MN, he practiced law for five years in St. Louis, MO, specializing in health law, consumer protection and litigation. Alan received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his J.D. from the Washington University School of Law. He is married, has one child and resides in Washington, D.C.

Sam Carolus

Special Project Director 

Sam Carolus is the Special Projects Director for the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation where she leads and implements new initiatives for the Foundation. While, working at Abbey's Hope as the Program Director she helped in the implementation of new educational programs in schools; water watchdog program and helped in planning our successful annual golf tournament and "thanks for giving" parties. Sam is excited to expand the Foundation's impact with new projects. Sam has enjoyed working in the non-profit sector in Minnesota. Before joining AHCF, Sam was the Minnesota Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and part of a coalition that worked with the Minnesota legislature to pass legislation banning the toxic chemical BPA from all children's sippy cups and bottles. Sam has also worked with the YMCA of Minneapolis and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.


When not in the office, Sam enjoys her time at home with her three kids and husband, trying new restaurants in the Twin Cities, attempting to lower her golf handicap on the course and traveling with family and friends.

Alison petri

Program Manager

Alison joins Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation with a background in education and advocacy. Alison completed her undergraduate studies in education at the University of St. Thomas and her master’s in leadership at the University of Dayton. Alison has taught children from toddlers to middle school and is eager to use her expertise to support the educational component of the Foundation’s mission. Most recently Alison worked for a childcare company doing advocacy and outreach work, or as she puts it, ‘using her big voice to make the world better for its smallest people.' With drowning being the number one cause of unintentional death for children ages four and under Alison’s connections to the early education community will provide us an opportunity to reach this segment of our community.


Outside of work Alison is married to John, a Marine Corps veteran, and they have three lively boys. As a family their favorite things are snorkeling, Disney, and backyard camping. Alison feels it is a great honor to support the amazing work of Abbey’s Hope.


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