Guild Incorporated Welcomes New Leadership

We’re pleased to announce that Marian Bayer, MBA, MPA has joined Guild Incorporated as Chief Financial Officer.

Marian earned a MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a MPA from Harvard University.  She has held senior management positions in finance and operations for not-for-profit, for-profit and government organizations: leading finance; accounting; IT; process design; customer service and administration functions. Her recent nonprofit experience includes work with the Red Cross, Parents in Community Action, Social Venture Partners; and as a Manager for Mille Lacs County, she gained experience in public health, social services, and law enforcement.

“Guild has a long history of great service,” Marian says.  “It’s very meaningful and energizing to me that I have the opportunity to support those who more directly work with clients while navigating through healthcare reform.”  Calling it a “unique and challenging” time for the organization, Marian notes her years of experience in helping others work through government reform: “I’ve worked to help organizations succeed, to move through challenges when there is external pressure.”

In her free time, Marian volunteers for a wide range of causes including orphanage reform in Romania, doula services for women in prison, and social entrepreneurship in developing countries. She grew up in rural Minnesota and enjoys traveling, cooking, playing tennis and kayaking.


L Gomez BODIn addition, we welcome Lou Gomez, MBA, to our Board of Directors.  Currently Director of Sales (Twin Cities), Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank, Lou has an extensive background in wealth management and banking.  With a passion for economic empowerment and poverty alleviation, Lou has expressed enthusiasm for Guild’s mission by serving as a table captain for Ladder of Hope fundraising events, and, most recently, by becoming a friendship volunteer.  He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

“Guild has grown by leaps and bounds over the years but there is still much to do,” Lou says regarding why he joined the board.  “The Affordable Care Act and changing demographics have driven considerable change in health care these past few years with much more yet to come.  Guild needs to be ready to respond to the needs of the community in the face of all this.  I hope to contribute in a way that helps position the organization to successfully navigate these changes.”

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