We’d Like to Introduce Fred Dulles

Meet Fred Dulles, JFS board member and data wrangler at the University of Minnesota. Fred was introduced to JFS by his friend, co-worker and JFS board member and treasurer Steve Levin who persuaded him to become a member of the IT committee. “I said ‘yes’ because I felt like I could make a useful contribution,” said Fred. In 2018, he became a member of the board and chair of the IT committee. He brings an extensive professional IT background including his current work figuring out how to generate, manage, analyze and store enormous amounts of data.

“When I joined the IT committee, JFS had some significant IT challenges,” explained Fred. “The staff and board knew that and asked our committee to help and advise them. They’ve done a lot of good IT work, along with everything else, and the major challenges are all under control, but I hope our input and advice has helped them to get JFS into a good IT situation today.” Going forward, the committee continues to focus on the IT security landscape and how JFS can leverage the never-ending stream of new technologies.

Fred also brought experience in non-profit governance to JFS. He formerly served as board member and later board chair for the Friends School of Minnesota, an independent K-8 progressive, Quaker school in St. Paul.

Originally from the East Coast, Fred met wife Cathy Jordan while they were attending Oberlin College in Ohio. When they moved to Minnesota in 1993, they intended to stay only two years. Twenty-six years later, they are adjusting to their empty nest now that their daughter works in the mental health field in Hawaii and their son attends the University of Puget Sound in Washington. Both children are quick to remind their parents how much warmer it is where they now live.