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The contract firm that Amy Langer co-founded is one of the newest and fastest-growing in the Twin Cities, and it’s had a very big impact on the Twin Cities finance and accounting scene. In 2006, Langer will begin to impact future generations as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washburn Child Guidance Center, one of the oldest social service agencies in the Minneapolis community.

Langer, a former National Business Development Director for a national staffing firm, started SALO, LLC, with John Folkestad in 2002, growing the firm from sales of $3.4 million in 2003 its first full year in operation to $21 million in 2005. SALO specializes in contracting its stable of 180 experienced auditors, budgeters, CFOs and other financial managers to Twin Cities’ companies in need of temporary financial leadership.

“Washburn Child Guidance Center relies on the guidance of people with vision, dedication, and generosity like Amy Langer,” says Steve Lepinski, Executive Director. “We’ve been blessed with quality leadership since our founding in 1883. Amy represents a new generation of talent that will help us prosper and move forward.”

Washburn Child Guidance Center works with children and their families to help children function better at home, in school and in their communities. The organization serves children who are struggling with a variety of mental health challenges such as depression, attention deficit disorder, trauma, and difficulty dealing with divorce.

“The roots of the Washburn Child Guidance Center go back to the early leaders of Minneapolis business and industry,” Langer notes. “Their commitment to service has helped make our community a great place to live and work. I’m honored to be part of that tradition.”

Washburn Child Guidance Center was founded in 1883 by Cadwallader Colden (C.C.) Washburn, founder of the Washburn Crosby Milling Company (now General Mills.)

On May 2, 1878, an explosion at the Washburn “A” Mill on the Minneapolis Riverfront killed 14 employees and left orphaned children behind. C.C. Washburn left money in his estate to build a home to serve children “without question or distinction as to age, sex, race, color, or religion.” In 1883, the Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum was established.

The orphanage operated for about 40 years. In 1929, the Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum became a foster home care placement agency. In 1951, the Board of Trustees decided that the Washburn organization should dedicate itself to children with emotional and behavioral problems and the Washburn Child Guidance Clinic was formed. Today Washburn has additional sites in Maple Grove and Hopkins, and a staff of 69 now provides services to more than 1,500 children and families each year.

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Founder of SALO, LLC Brings Business Acumen to Minneapolis Non-Profit

During the past three years, the firm that John Folkestad co-founded has become the fastest-growing contract firm in the Twin Cities. Over the next two years, Folkestad will lend his strategic expertise to the board of directors of Cabrini House, an organization that provides housing and support services to adults diagnosed with mental illness and/or chemical dependency disabilities.

Folkestad, a 38-year-old Certified Public Accountant, started SALO, LLC, with Amy Langer in 2002, growing the firm from sales of $3.4 million in 2003 its first full year in operation to $21 million in 2005. SALO specializes in contracting its stable of 180 experienced auditors, budgeters, CFOs and other financial managers to Twin Cities’ companies in need of temporary financial leadership.

“I was very pleased John was interested in joining the Cabrini House board,” says Cabrini House Executive Chair Catherine McGlinch, Executive Director of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Foundation. “Cabrini House is in the process of significantly expanding its outreach. John’s connections within the business community and his passion for the projects he’s involved with are exactly the type of board member characteristics we seek to attract to bring Cabrini House to the next level of service and recognition in the community.”

The 16-member board of directors of Carbini House provide guidance, network for the good of Cabrini House and its residents, oversee the budget, and are involved with the operation of Cabrini House.

“Cabrini House has an excellent track record in helping clients acquire the skills, supports, and confidence they need to live as independent adults,” Folkestad notes. “I’m honored to help them build to the next level.”

Cabrini House is an independent non-profit organization licensed by Hennepin County to provide housing and a comprehensive range of support services to adults diagnosed with mental illness and/or chemical dependency disabilities (80% of our residents are dually diagnosed they have both). Cabrini operates a transitional housing facility for 23 people in Southeast Minneapolis and an Independent Living Program that sublets 20 independent apartments to eligible Cabrini House graduates.