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)

2019 Minnesota Council on Family Relations Board Members

Standing from left: Christa Treichel, Gail Sederski, Peg Lindlof, Ada Alden

Seated from left: Beth Gausman, Marilyn Sharpe, Ellie McCann, Kari Sawyer

Minnesota Council on Family Relations Presidents Reports

2019 MCFR Board of Directors


Ellie McCann


Marilyn Sharpe

Immediate Past President

Guy Sederski


Beth Gausman


Kari Sawyer

Members At Large

  • Ashley Barnes (2018-2020)
  • Christa Treichel (2017-2019)

    Ethical Practices Representatives to NCFR

    Betty Cooke and Glen Palm
  • National Council on Family Relations
    The Minnesota Council on Family Relations is an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations