Mission Statement

The Minnesota Council on Family Relations is dedicated to strengthening families through continuing education, support and connection of professionals and students who are engaged in family education, policy, research, and services.


We believe:

  • Families and professionals mutually benefit when professionals pursue continuing education, apply current research and theory, practice and uphold ethical professional standards, and use best practices.
  • Families exist in a variety of forms. The strengths and abilities of all families need to be recognized and nurtured.
  • Multi disciplinary dialogue enhances the ability of family professionals to effectively work with and for families.
  • Families are best served within the framework that emphasizes family strengths, diversity, interconnectedness and social context.

(Approved 11/2015)

2018 Minnesota Council on Family Relations Board Members

Top row from left: Betty Cooke, Sarah Sundberg Perry, Bev Gillen, Ada Alden, Marilyn Sharpe, Beth Gausman, Kari Sawyer, Ellie McCann, Gail Peavey Sederski, Emily Conigliaro, Peg Lindlof

Seated from left:  Guy Sederski, Christa Treichel, Tammy Dunrud

Not Pictured:  Sylvia Alvarez de Davila, Dan Moen, Glen Palm, Ruth Richardson, Linda Rodgers, Mary Maher, Ashley Barnes, Cyrus Hair

Minnesota Council on Family Relations Presidents Reports

2018 MCFR Board of Directors


Guy Sederski


Beverly Gillen

Immediate Past President

Val Anderson


Sarah Sundberg Perry


Linda Rodgers

Members At Large

  • Ashley Barnes (2018-2020)
  • Emily Machi Conigliaro
  • Silvia Alvarez de Davila (2017-2019)
  • Ellie McCann (2017-2019)
  • Dan Moen (2016-2018)
  • Ruth Richardson (2017-2019)
  • Kari Sawyer (2018-2020)
  • Marilyn Sharpe
  • Christa Treichel (2017-2019)

    Ethics Committee Chair

    Mary Maher

    Ethical Practices Representatives to NCFR

    Betty Cooke and Glen Palm

    Administrative Director

    Tammy Dunrud
  • National Council on Family Relations
    The Minnesota Council on Family Relations is an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations