About the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation
Who We Are
The Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation is an initiative led by the private sector, with collaboration from public servants, to create the support structure necessary to build trust in our community.
The Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation serves the following areas:
To be the leading advocate of public safety in the greater St. Cloud region.
Our vision is to engage the community to promote initiatives that support Fire, Police, and Emergency Service providers that serve our communities in Benton, Sherburne and Stearns Counties.
What We Do
We own real estate to establish community outposts in troubled neighborhoods to improve public safety, quality of life, and community engagement.
We will act as a fiscal host to support fundraising for public safety initiatives.
We will provide public recognition and support for the public safety community and for community members and organizations that promote public safety.
We will support youth and nurture their interest in public safety and public safety careers.
Meet Our Board
Bill Mund is a lifelong resident of St. Cloud. After graduating from Apollo High School in 1977 he spent six years serving in the United States Navy. He returned to St. Cloud in 1983 and was hired by the St. Cloud Fire Department. Bill served the fire department for the next 32 years, the last twelve as Chief of Department. Chief Mund retired in May of 2015. During his fire service career, Chief Mund was active in both statewide and national fire service organizations. He is a Past President of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs, served on the Statewide Radio Board for ten years, and was the Minnesota representative to the International Association of Fire Chiefs Great Lakes Division.
In retirement, Bill remains active serving on the City of St. Cloud Planning Commission and the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation.
Brian Myres of Myres Consulting and DAYTA Marketing is originally from Pequot Lakes MN. He moved to St Cloud Mn in 1980 to obtain a BS degree in Finance from SCSU and had a successful banking career spanning 36 years. Most recently as Managing Vice President of Capital One 360. Prior to the acquisition by Capital One, Brian was one of the founders Citizens Savings Bank and ING DIRECT in the US and led both the operations and sales operations areas of ING DIRECT USA.
Today Brian resides in Clear Lake with his wife Karla and three sons and is enjoying his post banking career as a management consultant and community volunteer and board member of the Greater St Cloud Public Safety Foundation, Greater St Cloud Development Corp, the JA Wedum Foundation.
Jed A. Meyer
Mr. Meyer is currently the President and CEO of St. Cloud Federal Credit Union with nearly twenty years in the financial industry. His passion, tenacity, and proven experience to make a difference in the lives of people and communities also result in outstanding organizational performance.
Mr. Meyer is an active volunteer currently serving as Treasurer in the Downtown Rotary Club of St. Cloud, President of the Sartell Youth Baseball Association, and Board Member of the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation.
Joseph D. Hellie, MHA
Vice President, Strategy and Network Development
As Vice President of Strategy and Network Development for CentraCare Health, Mr. Hellie is responsible for strategic planning, business development, and government relations and has responsibility for the CentraCare EMS program.
Previous responsibility for Emergency services, disaster preparedness and serving on the Stearns County EMS Task Force have fostered a deep respect for the role of public safety in our communities and in the goal of improving health and wellbeing of our residents.
Willie Jett is in his fourth year as Superintendent for St. Cloud Area School District 742. Willie received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago; and his Master of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has teaching experience in the Anoka-Hennepin, Osseo Area, and Minneapolis Public Schools. He has been an Administrator in the Osseo, Hopkins, and St. Paul School Districts.
Willie lives in St. Cloud with his wife Tamara, and children Drake and Jasmine.
Tom Grones began his career in emergency services at North Memorial Medical Center in 1971. In 1983 he moved to St. Cloud to accept the position of County Emergency Services Director and County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, which later included the design, development and management of the County 9-1-1 system. In 1988 he was hired as the Executive director of the Central Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Council. Tom and his business partner Dan Rudningen founded GeoComm, a company dedicated to the integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with 9-1-1 telephone systems within the public safety industry. Today, GeoComm provides GIS data development services integrated into GeoComm’s proprietary 9-1-1 center software products in over 1,100 public safety agencies in 48 states. In 2013 Tom transitioned from the role of President and CEO to his current position of Chairman of GeoComm Board of Directors, a position he continues to hold. Tom has been a Board Member of the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation since 2017.
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamline University in St. Paul Minnesota and did graduate work at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas. He and his wife Janet continue to live in St. Cloud.
Sonja Gidlow brings collaborative experience from executive positions held in private business, the non-profit sector and higher education. She has earned a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in education. Sonja currently serves as director of strategic initiatives and communication at the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation. In addition to the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation, she serves as a director on the boards of Anna Marie’s Alliance and Women’s Fund of Central Minnesota.
Sonja and her husband, Tim have one daughter who is attending college in Lacrosse, WI. Tim manages the family’s wood manufacturing business in Paynesville, Minn. called WoodMax.
Troy Fritz of Saint John’s University is a long-time resident of St. Cloud. He attended Saint John’s University and obtained his BS in Natural Science and then did graduate work at the University of North Dakota. He spent 16 years working in youth non-profits locally. His work history includes the Boys and Girls Clubs, Boys Scouts and serving as the Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in St. Cloud. Currently he is the Executive Director for Major Gifts at Saint John’s University.
Troy has been active in the local St. Cloud Rotary Club having served as the Co-Chair for the renovation of Lake George/Eastman Park and is currently on the executive committee and chairs the entertainment committee for Summertime by George! He most recently served as the Club’s President in 2017-18. He is also a member of the St. Cloud Park and Recreation Advisory Board. Troy resides in Cold Spring with his wife Sheila and has two sons and two daughters.