Linda Ewing is the Chief Executive Officer for Minnesota AIDS Project. Linda is an experienced CEO of nonprofit organizations and consultant with Cincinnatus, a Minneapolis-based multi-sector consulting firm dedicated to helping their clients achieve their strategic goals.
Prior to joining Cincinnatus, Linda was President and CEO of Special Olympics Minnesota for 15 years. Under her leadership, Special Olympics Minnesota achieved substantial growth and quality improvement, resulting in the organization's consistent ranking among the top five percent, in all benchmarks, of Special Olympics programs throughout the U.S.
Linda earned her B.A. degree in English Literature from the College of St. Catherine and received her MBA in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas. She furthered her education by completing studies in Leadership Theory and Development at the Greensboro, North Carolina-based Center for Creative Leadership.
Darin Rowles, the Director of Prevention and Coordinated Care, is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker with a focus on multi-cultural macro practice and human service management. His work experience in the field includes over 20 years of HIV prevention and service work including roles as a caregiver, case manager, program manager and director. Darin has attended countless trainings over the years to understand medical concerns with HIV, the psycho-social impact of HIV on diverse populations, HIV stigma, resources for people living with HIV and delivering comprehensive HIV risk assessments to diverse populations. He has developed and delivered HIV informational sessions to various groups including providers, clients and the general community. Darin has also done focused work in the mental health field, delivering interventions to people in the midst of mental health crisis and stabilization. All of these experiences have included work with significant numbers of clients who struggle with chemical dependency. When not working, Darin renews his energy by enjoying live music, dancing to and chatting about the music of Prince, and geeking out to all things in the Star Wars galaxy.
Matt Toburen, the Director of Public Policy, leads MAP’s efforts in policy development, legislative lobbying and community organizing to stop new HIV infections and ensure all Minnesotans living with HIV live long and healthy lives. Matt is an experienced lobbyist, organizer and campaign strategist. He brings lobbying expertise from legislative, administrative, and local initiatives. Matt has worked as a lobbyist and political director for the Service Employees International Union. He has also held a variety of positions, including time as staff for the Minnesota Senate, managing political campaigns, and as a former United States Peace Corps Volunteer. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. When not fighting to end AIDS, you can find Matt at home playing dolls with his wife and two daughters.
You may recognize MAP's Director of Advancement Doug Melroe as “that crazy guy who does the warm up for the AIDS Walk every year.” Doug has been proud to lead the warm-up stretch before every MN AIDS Walk since 1986. Now, he is even prouder to be The Director of Advancement for MN AIDS Project. He comes to us from The Firm, where he has worked for 30 years as an instructor and manager. Throughout those thirty years, he has remained passionate about the fight against HIV, and remembering those he has lost. His passion for ending HIV has lead him to participate in The Red Ribbon Ride and his team has raised over $300,000.00 in the past seven years. He is originally from Fargo North Dakota, he and his partner Denny Kemp live in Golden Valley and have three dogs….yes three.
Lynn Mickelson, ESQ., the Director of Legal and Benefits Counseling Services, has managed of the Minnesota AIDS Project Legal Program since 1995. She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and is responsible for the development of program policies and procedures; the provision of direct legal services to clients; the training, recruitment and maintenance of a network of volunteer attorneys; and supervision of student interns. The Legal Program serves any Minnesotan living with HIV and Minnesotans affected by HIV.