Claxton holds degrees in Education and in Human Resource Development from the University of Missouri and Webster University and has done post-graduate work in Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations program. Her career has been spent in all aspects of the Human Resource and Organization Development profession where she has held roles as Vice President of Organization Development with Memorial Blood Centers in St. Paul, Minnesota, as Sr. Director of Human Resources with Mercy Health Partners, and as a Human Resource Director with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Prior to her healthcare experiences, she worked in multiple manufacturing plants where she was the Field HR and Safety Manager. Ms. Claxton has been a volunteer with the Minnesota Performance Excellence program as a trained state Baldrige Examiner and has served as a volunteer mentor with the Racial Justice Project of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Ms. Claxton and her husband James continue to operate a small franchise shipping business in the Twin Cities but most of all, enjoy the beauty and culture of the Arrowhead region and the North Shore community with their cat “Dora” and active border collie, “Sunday”.