Meals From The Heart Board
Led by a nimble and passionate team, Meals From The Heart events build relationships and strengthen communities while providing flavorful, fortified meals to local food shelves.
Tom Thiets, Director and President
Tom Thiets founded the organization and has served on the board since inception. Tom has a background in mechanical design, general contracting, trade show supervision, and project management, 35 years of local and global mission direction. He currently serves as President and Director of Meals From The Heart. In 2016, Tom received the prestigious “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Mahtomedi High School.
Dan Davis, Director
Dan Davis has been a board member since 2010. He worked for 3M for 20 years in engineering, manufacturing operations, and product development. He served on the Hugo Planning Commission and on the boards of YMCA Camp St. Croix and Kids Against Hunger. Dan is currently the VP R&D & Security Officer Pops Diabetes Care, a start-up medical products company providing engineering and business expertise.
Sam Leon, Director
Sam has been a board member since 2020. Sam Leon is part Owner and Chief Operating Officer for Acapulco Mexican Restaurants. He graduated from California Baptist University and entered the restaurant industry in the early ’90s. His parents migrated from Jalisco, Mexico in hopes of the American Dream 40 years ago. Since then, Sam Leon, his parents, and eight brothers and sisters have opened eight Acapulco Restaurants and are planning on a new concept starting 2021. Acapulco Restaurants now employs well over 400 employees. Sam Leon has served on the Board of the United Way for eight years and has recently finished his 4-year term with the Minnesota Restaurant Association.
Lou Cristan, Director
Lou Cristan has been a board member since 2020. Lou retired from 3M in 2009 after 36 years, his last role being the Business Director of the Energy and Advanced Materials Division. He is a Mechanical Engineer, has an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and has been on the board and deeply involved with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity since 2009. Lou received the 3Mgives Global Volunteer Award in 2018. He has been a very active volunteer with Meals From The Heart since our inception.