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Woodbury woman appointed to governor's council

Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment of Ayderus Ali, Donavan Bailey, Rosella Collins-Puoch, Robert Martin, Jr., Nnamdi Okoronkwo, and Sarah Walker to the Council on Black Minnesotans.

Collins-Puoch, of Woodbury, is a licensed social worker with Hamm Clinic as well as Braken Psychological Service. She is also a legal secretary with the Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon and Vogt law firm in Minneapolis. Previously, she has held a variety of positions including a case manager with Employment Action Center and Loring Nicollet-Bethlehem Community, Inc., and a family education facilitator with the Minneapolis Urban Coalition's Smart Start Program. A licensed graduate social worker, Collins-Puoch is currently working on her doctorate degree in counseling psychology at Argosy University. She earned her master of arts degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, and her bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from St. Thomas. Collins-Puoch replaces Veronica Wirekoa-Fobena on the Council on Black Minnesotans to complete a four-year term that expires on January 7, 2013.

The Council on Black Minnesotans advises the Governor and Legislature on issues of particular importance to black Minnesotans. The Council consists of 17 members, including 13 appointed by the Governor.