Brian Geraty (Executive Director, Board President, Pastor) Brian has been the Director of the Fruit of the Vine since April 2008 and oversees all operational, ministry and financial activities. He has been instrumental in transforming the food shelf to a community service organization focused on assisting people from crisis to wholeness. Brian brings a commitment to innovation and technology to the organization and leads the current board of directors into the next phase of the vision and mission of VCS. In Brian’s spare time he enjoys hiking and camping with his wife, Kim, and their youngest daughter Chloe. They have six children and ten grandchildren and one on the way.
Julie Berglund (Secretary and Treasurer, Board Member and Team leader)
Julie Berglund is married to Mike with three children and one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law. She is on the Vineyard Community Services Board of Directors and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. Julie is an avid reader, loves chocolate and pizza and is a long-term employee at Bremer Bank. Julie has been a team leader at the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf over the past four years and brings a deep commitment to serving people to the core leadership team as well as a depth in organization and business process.
Edna Browder (Hunger Relief Program Director and Board Member)
Edna is full of compassion and care for our Neighbors and volunteers. She has been involved with the Fruit of the Vine since 2007 and directing operations since 2011. Edna is a retired employee of the Chicago Tribune Newspaper, mother of two children and grandmother to five. She brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the internal operations of the organizations.
Mike is married with three children, four grandchildren and one one bird dog. His hobbies are around spending time at the cabin with family and friends. Hunting, fishing, and feeding birds. Mike has a huge heart for charitable organizations and active for the past twelve years.
Sandra Schlaefer (Development Director and Board Member)
Former President/Board for the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters. Currently Sandra is the President of King and Companies which is a Minority-Women Owned Business, and an innovative employee benefit firm assisting employers, sole-proprietors and individuals with their insurance and HR needs. Clients range from High-Tech to Low-Tech and No-Tech. The mission at King and Companies, Inc. is to Provide a Human Touch to Insurance.
In addition to over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Sandra had been active in the Army Reserves for 6 ½ years and graduated from Metropolitan State University. She resides in Burnsville with her husband Mark and their two boys – Brady, age 14 and Blake, age 11. Sandra also is the initiator responsible for the Burnsville Music in the Park Series, each Sunday night in Nicollet Commons Park and has held many leadership and board member positions, within her local community
Greg Perkinson (Lead Pastor at South Metro Vineyard Church and VCS Board Member)
Greg became the Lead Pastor of South Metro Vineyard Church in 2007. He is also an Area Pastor (Midwest-North Area Pastor 10-1-6). He began as the Youth Pastor in 2003 after coming up here from Indiana. He married his lovely wife Sara that same year and they have 4 kids together. He’s a big-time Cardinals and Colts fan but has adopted the Twins and Vikes during his time here in Minnesota.
Greg loves seeing people experience Jesus’ love and creating disciples and would love to meet you!