President: Mr. Don Lee
Don Lee is semi-retired, and lives in Dakota County. Mr. Lee is married with three children (and two grandchildren). He became LEA’s President in 2017, and has been a board member, officer and advisor, off and on, since 2010. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Lee had a long career at several local technology companies. He worked for over 25 years at Univac, Cray Research, Instrumental, Adaptec and Panasas on compilers, operating systems, performance tuning and device drivers. He has also operated a small ISP since 1998.
In recent years, Mr Lee has become more engaged in politics, taking leadership roles in his local BPOU, running for legislative office, and getting involved with LEA.
Vice-President: Ben Riechers
Ben Riechers is retired from a 30-year career with Trane, a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions. At Trane, he served as the financial leader for several business units including the start-up of its energy management business. Prior to his Trane career, Ben served in the U.S. Army. He has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.
In retirement, Ben has served in various roles within the Republican Party and the Liberty Tea Party Patriots. He continues to provide business and financial consulting on a limited basis. Ben was nominated and became an LEA board member after serving as an advisor to the board for several months.
Ben and his wife Katie have been married for 38 years and live in Andover. They have 3 sons and 6 grandchildren, all residing in the surrounding communities.
Secretary: Alex Bednar
Alexander Bednar graduated in 2011 from Concordia University Saint Paul Magna Cum Laude with a Major in Political Science with International Relations Focus and 2 minors in Economics and Arabic. He is currently working for Minnesota Business Alliance (MNBA) under the direction of former Representative Phil Krinkie advocating on behalf of small businesses of under 50 employees and he has a background in research, policy advocacy, and grant writing.
Treasurer: Mr. Dana Burkinshaw
Dana Burkinshaw graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. He worked for sixteen years in that field for such companies as Koehn Manufacturing, Honeywell and Norwest Bank.
In 2007 Dana graduated from Central Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. He currently assists with ministry at Twin City Fellowship in St. Louis Park, MN and with childhood education at the United Church of God in Newport, MN. Dana resides in Plymouth, MN.