Members and Staff

The current Board members and staff are listed below. Communications to Board Members should be sent to:

Board on Judicial Standards
1270 Northland Drive, Suite 160
Mendota Heights, MN  55120

       Board Members  
   
Judge Shereen M. Askalani
Minneapolis
2020 – 2024
Judge of District Court (Fourth District).  Appointed to bench in 2016. Assistant Ramsey County Attorney  from 2002 to 2016. Appointed to the Board on Judicial standards in 2020.
 
Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman
St. Paul
2017 – 2025
 
Appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2008.  Judge, Second Judicial District Court, 1998-2005.  Private practice of law, 1985-1998 and 2005-2008.
Carol Cummins
Golden Valley
2015 – 2022
 
Public member.  Ms. Cummins, now retired, has more than 30 years experience in law firm management. She worked in-house in senior management roles and more recently as an independent consultant.  Ms. Cummins served as a public member of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board from 2009 to 2015.  She is a graduate of Hamline University and holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
 
Judge Ellen L. Maas
Stillwater
2013 – 2022
 
Judge of District Court (Tenth District).  Appointed in 1995.  Law clerk for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Glenn E. Kelley 1981-1982.  Private practice of law from 1983 to 1995.
 
Judge Theresa M. Neo
Duluth
2020 – 2024
Judge of District Court (Sixth District). Appointed in 2014. Assistant Duluth City Attorney 2010-2014. Staff Attorney Indian Legal Assistance Program 2005-2010, Attorney Safe Haven Shelter 2002-2005.
 
Timothy O'Brien
Edina
2019 – 2023
Attorney member. Retired partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Served as a member of the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board from 1997-2003, as a member of the Minnesota Client Security Board from 2007-2013, and as a member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection from 2011-2018.
 
Scott Sakaguchi
Edina
2021 – 2025
 
Public member. Appointed in 2021. He was trained as a cardiologist and, in 2019, retired from practice as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Cindy K. Telstad
Winona
2014 – 2022
 
Chair.  Attorney member.  Private practice of law since 1987, primarily in the areas of real estate law, employment law, probate and trust administration, estate planning, and business law.
 
Debbie J. Toberman
Plymouth
2020 – 2024
Public member. Claim Supervisor at Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.  Ms. Toberman previously served on the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and the Hennepin County Ethics Committee.
 
Nhia Vang
Woodbury
2019 – 2023
 
Public member.  Ms. Vang works for the City of Saint Paul and  has more than 20 years' experience in public service in the areas of administration, budget, and policy.
 
        Staff  
   
Thomas M. Sipkins Executive Secretary.  Mr. Sipkins was a judge of the Hennepin County District Court from 2009 until September 2017.  He was previously in the private practice of law at the Maslon, Edelman, Borman, and Brand law firm in Minneapolis, where he headed the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and was a member of its Competitive Practices and Litigation groups.
 
Sara P. Boeshans Staff Attorney.  Admitted to practice in 2007. Ms. Boeshans clerked for Judge Marybeth Dorn, Second Judicial District, after which she was employed as an Assistant Attorney General in the public safety and health licensing divisions of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
 
Mary Pat Maher Executive Assistant.  Ms. Maher served as Executive Director of Project Remand - Ramsey County Pretrial Services for 26 years where she colloborated with her justice partners to improve the pretrial justice system in Ramsey County and statewide.