2020 Board of Directors
Shanen grew up in Sharon, Wisconsin and graduated from Big Foot High School after which a 21 year career in banking spanning both Wisconsin and Minnesota followed. Shanen relocated to Minnesota for M&I bank in 2002 and has been the Director of Member Services at the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce since 2015. In 2019 Shanen completed the Institute of Organizational Managment Program in Madison, WI. Shanen has a long history and passion for raising funds in support of public safety in the city of Lakeville which led to her founding the Lakeville Public Safety Foundation in 2014.
Shanen lives in Chaska with her husband Mike and her two four legged babies Reggie and Lambeau.
In her free time Shanen enjoys volunteering, spending time with her family, attending Broadway shows and taking an occasional Caribbean cruise.
Stephanie graduated from Indiana University and obtained her Minnesota Real Estate License. She has continued her professional education by completing her Masters in Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas and earning her Minnesota Brokers License. She focuses on marketing and leasing commercial space for Metro Equity Management’s portfolio, as well as, continued work with third parties through tenant representation and sales. Stephanie lives in Credit River with her husband Quenton and their three children.
Sarah Smith- Larkin grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and graduated from Kelvin Sr. High School. She attended Augsburg College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business. While at Augsburg, Sarah played basketball and soccer. She continued on to Law School and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law with a Juris Doctorate. She practiced law in St. Cloud until 2008 when she returned to family owned Brackett’s Crossing Country Club where she currently is the President. Sarah lives in Lakeville, MN with her husband Patrick, son Thomas (13), daughter Olivia (8), and dog Kramer (1). In her free time, she enjoys coaching her son in basketball her daughter in basketball and soccer and cheering on the Vikings.
Kirstin Specht is a founding member of the Lakeville Public Safety Foundation. Kirstin graduated from Moorhead High School in 1992 and Gustavus Adolphus College in 1996. She currently works for Stretch-n-Grow of Dakota County as a Fitness Coach. In her free time, she enjoys going to her kids’ activities, spending time at the cabin, and volunteering throughout the community. Kirstin currently lives in Lakeville with her husband, Chad and her two kids, Gavin and Ava.
A graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Patti has been involved in the development of the practice at McDonald Eye Care Associates since August 1983. As a person committed to the community, Patti has served on many committees over the years. As a chamber member she has served as an ambassador and board member. She spent five years as Treasurer of the Lakeville Hockey Association. Patti was presented with an award from the Dakota County Department of Health for “outstanding contributions in promoting the health of the citizens of Dakota County”. This was in recognition for her involvement with the “Challenge to Change” committee, a collaborative effort by ISD 194, Lakeville Police, Lakeville Faith Community, and Lakeville Chamber of Commerce driven to address drug and alcohol use among youth in our community.
Most recently Patti was honored for her work with the Pure Performance Initiative and other community involvements; being named an Exceptional Business Woman by the Dakota County Press.
Jim grew up on a farm near Foley, MN and attended college at the University of Minnesota-Morris where he was a varsity wrestler and received his BA in Business-Economics. After college Jim attended Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN from which he received his Juris Doctorate. Jim has now spent twenty-five years at Kretsch Law Office representing family owned businesses, international corporations, trade organizations, franchises and partnerships, attending to their day to day needs, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation matters and just about everything else affecting his business clients and their owners. Jim is married to his (ever-patient) wife Jane and they have three children; Morgan, James and Amelia. Jim is active in the Lakeville community and currently serves as the Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman, Lakeville Lions, Lakeville Rotary and is an assistant coach on the Lakeville Clay Target Team. When not involved with his work and community activities, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, attending his daughter’s gymnastics meets and his son’s soccer games and trap meets, participating in anything outdoors with family or friends, the BWCA, and the occasional endurance race.
Colleen Ratzlaff LaBeau serves on the Lakeville Public Safety foundation. She grew up as a fourth generation in Farmington, and graduated in 1980.
Since 1986 Colleen has lived in Lakeville and has had the pleasure to enjoy being a member of Lakeville Chamber of Commerce, Lakeville Rotary, Crossroads Church and a past City Council Member of eight years from 2011-2018.
There was no post school attended, but after managing a convenience store chain for three years she was licensed in 1985 as a Realtor and currently holds her license with REMAX Advantage Plus in Lakeville, and serves of the St.Paul board of Realtors.
In 1986 she opened Ratzlaff Construction, Custom home building and remodeling, and currently is wrapping up her last year as Ratzlaff Homes. She will market for her sons company BellePar Homes and remodeling.
Outside of selling homes, and helping buyers purchase their dream, Colleen’s passion is to give back thru serving and volunteering. She enjoys all the community members she has served along side of.
"It is very rewarding to be on the Lakeville Public Safety Foundation Board to come along side those that serve to help make the city a safer and better place."
In February 1997 she married Tom LaBeau who has a son Jeremy LaBeau, daughter in law Melissa, and three wonderful grandchildren. Any spare hours she enjoys time with them.