Join us as we congratulate the 2007 Lakeview Legacy Award Recipients
Miss Jin Tao
High School Senior Legacy Award
A senior at Rosemount High School, Jin has an extraordinary record of accomplishments and leadership, such as:
First in her class of 576 students;
Secretary, National Honor Society;
Captain, Science Olympiad team;
Yearbook editor and principal photographer for the fine arts section;
Public Relations Officer and “Rookie of the Year,” Student Council;
Attendance officer in the choir.
But her involvement doesn’t stop there. She is also active in the math team, International Club, speech team, and Diversity Club. Jin serves as a Student Ambassador to new students, and is a peer tutor in Algebra II and Chemistry. Outside of school, she volunteers as an English-Chinese interpreter at teacher conferences, serves as an ELL tutor at Rosemount Elementary School, and participates in fund raisers and activities with American Cancer Society, Foundation for Aids Research, and Feed My Starving Children. And, Jin was selected to attend 2007 Girls’ State.
Remarkable? Absolutely. But what makes Jin’s achievements even more incredible is that she moved to the United States from China with her mother just three years ago as a ninth grader. Through determination and hard work she overcame language and cultural barriers to build her legacy of service to the school and community that she now calls home.
Jin is undecided in her college selection, but intends to pursue a pre-med degree.
Mr. Mark Bellows
Citizen/Volunteer Legacy Award
“Blessed are the poor in spirit…” defines a core belief of Mark, and indeed, his professional capacities reinforce that definition. Mark is a Marriage and Family Therapist with F.A.C.T.S. (Family Adolescents & Children Therapeutic Services, Inc.) and also serves as a pastor and counselor at Hope Community Church in Lakeville, where his passion is to develop a church that is focused on recovery and counseling.
In addition, for 18 years Mark has served as Lakeville Police Chaplain, assisting officers in death notifications, suicide, and accidental death scenes by providing comfort to grieving families. He provides ongoing counseling to Fire and Police Department personnel and regularly rides along with officers. He is currently creating Lakeville Policy Chaplain Services, a non-profit organization that will expand the presence of police chaplaincy in the community. Mark also leads a team out-reach to inmates in the Dakota County Jail.
But Mark has found time to serve the community in even more ways. He has four years of service as a Lakeville Police Reserve officer, and currently is a member of the Lakeville City Council.
Mark tells us, “I can’t effectively teach what I don’t live.” Through his service to others, it is evident that his life teaches volumes.
Ms. Rachel Hollstadt
Business Owner/Manager Legacy Award
Rachel Hollstadt is founder and owner of Hollstadt & Associates, a project management and business analysis consulting firm. Neither Rachel nor Hollstadt & Associates are strangers to achievement:
National Association of Women Business Owners, Wise Woman Award, 2006;
One of The Business Journal’s top women-owned businesses (#22), computer consulting companies (#14), and management consulting firms (#6);
City Business identified the company as a top 25 women-owned business, named it to its Fast 50 list of fastest growing companies, and named Rachel one of the area’s 50 most innovative business women in 2000;
Inc. 500 ranked the company 104th of the 500 fastest growing companies in America in 2000;
The company received the 2007 Minnesota Business Ethics Award.
Given her personal commitment to service, these accomplishments are no surprise. Rachel also serves in a variety of leadership capacities:
Vice Chair, Community Action Council. CAC awarded the company its “Spirit of Caring” award (2005, 2006);
Helped found Art with Heart, a fund-raiser that has raised over $70,000 for CAC;
Member Board of Directors, Minnesota Raptor Center;
Five-year company sponsorship of a MS150 team (a 150 mile fundraising bike ride for the MS Foundation); the team raised $25,000 this year;
The company is a Select Sponsor of the Minneapolis YWCA’s annual Circle of Women event, a fundraiser supporting life-changing programs that empower women and girls.
Professionally, Rachel is involved in the National Women Business Owners Corporation, National Association of Women Business Owners, National Association of Computer Consultant Business, and State of Minnesota Technology Enterprise Board.
The product of a northwestern Minnesota farm upbringing, Rachel and her company personify Midwestern values: