Fran Lyon-Dugin has an extensive business career built of experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Augsburg University MBA program and the Concordia University St. Paul College of Business and Organizational Leadership. She is the owner of Lyon Management, a company providing personal business and household management services for individuals and families (www.lyonmgmt.com). She was Community Service Director for Degree of Honor, a fraternal insurance company in St. Paul and prior to that role, she served as Site Manager/Interim Executive Director of Crisis Connection, a non-profit serving mental health needs in Minnesota. Before moving to the Twin cities, she was CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Fox River Area, Inc. in Appleton, Wisconsin, seeing them through a merger of six councils that was part of a comprehensive consolidation and of the national Girl Scout organization. Prior to Girl Scouts, Fran worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Research and Development, leading projects related to document and knowledge management, and held three positions at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (formerly Aid Association for Lutherans) as Lutherans Online.com Product Manager, Strategic Planning Consultant, and Director of Vendor Management Services. Fran’s early career included a variety of product management and consulting roles, predominantly in the healthcare industry, and foundational years at IBM corporation, working eleven years in administration and marketing support at both field and headquarters locations.
Fran earned her Executive MBA at Marquette University in 2000, focusing on international business and technology. The program included a week of study at Marquette’s sister university in Antwerp, Belgium with study of the European Union in its early formative years. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Iowa State University. Dedicated to a lifestyle that includes philanthropic work, Fran has served a number of volunteer roles supporting non-profits, including United Way, the Lawrence University Academy Girl Choir, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the White Heron Chorale, PEO (a women’s philanthropic organization supporting women’s education), Guild Incorporated, Canvas Health, and the Aliveness Project. She is on the Steering Committee for the Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA), current Assistant Chair for the City of Lakes Rotary Foundation, past President of the board of New Foundations in St. Paul, and past Secretary of City of Lakes Rotary Club and Her hobbies include singing with the Augsburg Masterworks Chorale and the Rotary “Rooters”, enjoying all things urban in Minneapolis, and getting out of the city to go camping and enjoy the countryside. She has traveled extensively in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, Southeast Asia and China.