Ecumen Names Three New Vice Presidents
September 13, 2017 Minnesota-based Ecumen, one of the nation’s leading non-profit providers of senior housing and aging services, has named three vice presidents. William (Bill) McGarry has been named vice president of IT & chief technology officer, Amy Korzenowski has joined Ecumen as vice president of operations for housing and nursing home communities and Brett Anderson has been promoted to vice president of nursing services.

Fraser Expands to Anoka County
September 12, 2017 Fraser, Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism services, is expanding in Anoka County to offer even more high quality clinical services. Services previously offered at Fraser Anoka will now be moved 10 miles away to Fraser Coon Rapids. This expansion will allow at least 1,000 individuals to receive Fraser services each year.

Blake Hopkins Named Vice President of Housing Development at Aeon
September 11, 2017 Aeon hired Blake Hopkins as its new vice president of housing development. Blake joined Aeon in 2015 as a senior project manager on the housing development team. Previous roles before Aeon include a tax credit underwriter and a community development consultant.

Restructuring Changes Made at The Improve Group
September 8, 2017 Saint Paul-based evaluation and consulting firm The Improve Group has hired Derek Hazeltine as its first Chief Operations Officer, promoted Maria T. Moeller to Chief Marketing Officer, and made other restructuring changes to meet the growing demand for its services.

Emma Norton adds New Advancement Director
September 4, 2017 Becky Boland was named advancement director for Emma Norton.

Bryn Vaaler named Chair of the Board of Directors at Alliance Francaise of Minneapolis/St.Paul
August 29, 2017 Alliance Française of Mpls/St Paul welcomes Bryn Vaaler as new Chair of the Board of Directors. He is currently Chief Marketing & Professional Development Officer and Of Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.


Jen Theneman Joins Partners for Affordable Housing as Executive Director
August 28, 2017 Jen Theneman was named executive director at Partners for Affordable Housing in Mankato, which houses people in need from around the state through emergency sheltering and low-income housing.


Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund Welcomes New Staff Member
August 25, 2017 Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund has hired Kim Strand as business success coach and program manager.

DARTS Welcomes New Staff, Partnership, and Board Member
August 25, 2017 DARTS welcomes Jennifer Pfefferle Meyer as Volunteer Manager and Jim Ganger, Vice President of Marketing at SPIRE Credit Union to the Board.  They are also announcing a unique resource partnership with Species360 in sharing Keith D. Olson’s deep experience as Director of Finance for both organizations.

Dan Ruth named Executive Director of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry
August 25, 2017 Lutheran Partners in Global Ministries has hired Dan Ruth as executive director. Dan will lead LPGM in its 22nd year and oversee its global ministry efforts in C.A.R., India, and Guatemala.

Aya Johnson joins Tubman as Director of Legal Services
August 24, 2017 Aya Johnson has been named Director of Legal Services at Tubman. She comes to the organization from the Bush Foundation.

Birget Kelly named Director of Clinical Services at Tubman
August 24, 2017 Birgit Kelly has been named Director of Clinical Services at Tubman. She has been with the agency since 2012 and most recently was an associate director managing mental health services.

AccessAbility, Inc. hires Director of Development and Marketing
August 24, 2017 Rita Apaloo joined AccessAbility, Inc. as director of development and marketing. 

Catholic Charities Names Ryan Petersen Vice President of Development
August 17, 2017 Ryan Petersen is the new vice president of development for Catholic Charites of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In this role, Petersen directs the Catholic Charities development team, connecting thousands of generous individual and organizational donors to those who access the critical array of services offered by Catholic Charities. 

ARRM names John Estrem President of the Board of Directors
August 16, 2017 - ARRM, an association representing over 200 direct care providers and supporting service providers for people with disabilities in Minnesota, announced John Estrem, CEO of Hammer Residences, Inc., has been elected to serve as the next President of the Board of Directors for the organization.

Scholarship America names Andrea Smith Vice President of Development
August 15, 2017 - Andrea Smith joins Scholarship America from Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, where she was Managing Director, Major Gifts.  Previously she served as Director of Business Development, Coordinator of the Atlanta Labor Day Telethon and then Executive Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Smith also served as Major Gifts Officer and Director of Development at Grady Health Foundation.

Molly Tlas Joins Philanthropy Team at Animal Humane Society
August 9, 2017 - Animal Humane Society’s philanthropy team welcomed Molly Tlas as Philanthropy Advisor. Molly transitioned from her previous position as Executive Assistant to President and CEO of Animal Humane Society.  

Allison Norton joins Animal Humane Society as Executive Assistant.
August 9, 2017 - Animal Humane Society welcomed Allison Norton as Executive Assistant to President and CEO. Allison comes to AHS from CAPTRUST Financial Advisors where she was Client Management Consultant.

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest Launches Campaign to Move to Midway Neighborhood
July 25, 2017 - Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) announced a campaign to move the organization’s headquarters from Maplewood to the more centrally located Midway neighborhood in St. Paul. The Let’s Build campaign will enable JAUM to double the number of students served by its on-site experiential programs from 17,000 to 34,000. 

The Science Museum of Minnesota Names Five New Members to Senior Leadership Team
July 20, 2017 - The Science Museum of Minnesota has named five new members to the senior leadership team.  Mark Dahlager (Vice President of Exhibits), Laurie Fink (Vice President of Science), Barry Gisser (Chief Financial Officer), Joseph Imholte (Vice President of Visitor Experience) and Joanne Jones-Rizzi (Vice President of Education and STEM Equity) joined the team in June.

The Center for Victims of Torture Names Wendy Marcano Chief Financial Officer
July 20, 2017 - The Center for Victims of Torture names Wendy Marcano as chief financial officer. Previously, Marcano was with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities and The Bridge for Youth. She also served as a finance consultant for local organizations and businesses.

Little Free Library adds Jeremy Hillman to Board of Directors
July 20, 2017 - Jeremy Hillman of Bethesda, Maryland, has joined the board of directors at Little Free Library. Hillman is Director of Corporate Communications at World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. He previously worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Director of External Communications and the BBC in various senior roles.

Alene G. Sussman named Director of Minneapolis Jewish Federation
June 17, 2017 - The Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation has hired Alene G. Sussman as its director. Alene formerly practiced law as an in-house attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Prior to that, she worked at the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney LLP as a litigator.  

Kelby Grovender named Executive Director of Hearth Connection
June 26, 2017 - The Hearth Connection Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kelby Grovender has been named the new Executive Director of Hearth Connection effective July 1, 2017. The Board would like to thank Glenn Andis for his service and interim role as Executive Director for the preceding six months.

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota Announces New Staff, Promotions
June 22, 2017 - The Women's Foundation of Minnesota recently made the following new hires and promotions: Jamara Cheek (Office Manager), Jen Lowman Day (Director of Communications), Lulete Mola (Director of Community Impact), Carolyn Van Nelson (Finance Manager), Kalice Allen (Reatha Clark King Fellow), Erika Idrovo-Cuesta (Wenda Weekes Moore Intern).

Megan Kallestad joins DARTS as Marketing Intern
June 19, 2017 - Megan Kallestad is joining DARTS part time for the summer as our Marketing Intern.  She is working towards a degree in Communications and Spanish from Gustavus Adolphus College.  As she networks with Chamber members she is hoping to learn more about office management and event planning roles in various sectors and curious to hear how organizations might leverage her Spanish language and cultural expertise.

Kerrie Leinmiller-Renick joins DARS as Communications Specialist
June 19, 2017 - Kerrie Leinmiller-Renick has re-joined DARTS as the Communications Specialist. She recently completed her advertising degree from Kansas State University and is enjoying settling in to Minnesota.  While in school she interned in various marketing and communications roles for a wide array of businesses, including DARTS last summer.  She is looking forward to building a mentor network in the Chamber community.

Katherine Heaton joins DARTS as Volunteer Manager
June 19, 2017 - Katherine Heaton has joined as DARTS Volunteer Manager.  In her community outreach role, she is looking forward to meeting Chamber members to hear how your teams want to engage in community.  Katie has a rich work history in the nonprofit sector and has experienced being a family caregiver firsthand.

Louisa D'Altilia joins Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic as Executive Director
June 16, 2017 - The Board of Directors of Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic is proud to announce the appointment of Louisa D’Altilia, BA, MSW, LISW as Executive Director effective July 17, 2017. Ms. D’Altilia was most recently the Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest names new Senior VP
June 14, 2017 - Morgan Kinross-Wright was named Senior Vice President of Development for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.

East Side Neighborhood Services Names Kristine Martin President
June 8, 2017 - East Side Neighborhood Services, a nonprofit human service agency providing social and other services to individuals, families and the communities of Minneapolis, has announced the selection of Kristine Martin as its new President. Martin will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of long-time President Bill Laden. 

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations welcome Wei Huang as Chief Investment Officer
June 7, 2017 - The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations today announced that Wei Huang will join the organizations as the new Chief Investment Officer (CIO). Huang will fill the role vacated by Jack Pohl, who retired in February after 32 years of service.

The Minneapolis Foundation Names New Senior Vice President of Community Impact
June 7, 2017 - The Minneapolis Foundation is pleased to announce that Chanda Smith Baker will serve as its next Senior Vice President of Community Impact. Smith Baker’s first day at the Foundation will be September 5.

Andrea Chapman named Development Director of National Eagle Center
June 6, 2017 - Andrea Chapman has been named Director of Development of the National Eagle Center. In this new position, Chapman will lead all fundraising strategy, planning, and activities including foundation and corporate support, capital campaign, government funding, and individual giving to support the National Eagle Center’s mission, programs and expansion plans.

Sam Schirmers Promoted to Director of Operations at YWCA Mankato
June 1, 2017 - Sam Schirmers was promoted to Director of Operations. This new role will oversee all daily operations, financial management, human resources, and development. She will continue to lead Women of Distinction, YWCA’s largest fundraising event. Schirmers has been employed with YWCA Mankato since August 2012 and has held numerous positions during that time, most recently Associate Director.

Amy Jordan named Director of Programs for Women and Girls at YWCA Mankato
June 1, 2017 - Amy Jordan has been named Director of Programs for Women & Girls. Jordan’s new role will oversee all programming for girls, women and families in the community. She will also continue to lead two fundraising events including the Girls on the Run 5k and the YWCA Amazing Race. Amy has been with YWCA Mankato since January 2015 and was promoted from Girls Programming Manager.

Rick Rinkoff named President of the Board of Directors at Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center
May 26, 2017 - Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center in St. Paul announced Rick Rinkoff will become the next president of the board of directors of the St. Paul based nonprofit tennis and education center. Rinkoff, a managing partner at Craig-Hallum Capital, was a recent board chair of the Episcopal Homes of MN.

Dawn Davis named Program Director at The Bridge for Youth
May 25, 2017 - Dawn Davis has joined The Bridge for Youth as Program Director.  Davis will be responsible for overseeing all Bridge programs, including the emergency shelter and transitional living programs.

Jessica Buchberger promoted to Program Manager at Prospect Park Association
May 22, 2017 - Jessica Buchberger has been promoted to Program Manager for Prospect Park Association. Jessica has worked with the organization for the past 4 years as Community Coordinator and demonstrated a clear commitment to the complex needs of the neighborhood.

Bradley Walz joins Little Free Library Board of Directors
May 18, 2017 - Bradley Walz of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has joined the board of directors at Little Free Library. Walz is a shareholder in Winthrop & Weinstine's intellectual property group. He has served as trademark and patent attorney for the Little Free Library nonprofit since its inception.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Names Mary Jones as Chief Philanthropy Officer
May 18, 2017 - Mary Jones was named chief philanthropy officer of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. Jones recently served as chief advancement officer at YWCA Minneapolis and brings 30 years of nonprofit leadership in the arts, human services and health care organizations. Jones is also a former board chair of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Christopher Boyer named Executive Director of the Three Rivers Park District Foundation
May 17, 2017 - Christopher Boyer was named Executive Director of the Three Rivers Park District Foundation. Boyer comes to the organization with over 20 years of experience in the corporate sector where he served in senior sales leadership positions across multiple industries.

Can Do Canines Appoints Three New Board Members
May 17, 2017 - Kelley Gunkel, Dave Rasmussen and Mark Falstad have joined the board of directors of Can Do Canines.

Amy Robinson joins Scholarship America as Vice President, Marketing & Brand Strategy
May 15, 2017 - Amy Robinson joins Scholarship America as Vice President, Marketing & Brand Strategy. She brings significant marketing and leadership experience, most recently with Caribou Coffee. She also served as Vice President, Marketing & Brand Strategy at CaringBridge, and in marketing roles at Target, Hanley Wood and Express Scripts.

Helen Crary Stasson joins Little Free Library Board of Directors
May 12, 2017 - Helen Crary Stassen of Prescott, Wisconsin, has joined the board of directors at Little Free Library. Stassen enjoyed a 33-year library career, spending much of that time at school libraries in St. Paul, Minnesota. She and her family have been Little Free Library stewards since 2012.

Reba Dominski and Ed Graff Named Co-Chairs of Generation Next's Leadership Council
May 11, 2017 - Reba Dominski and Ed Graff were named the new co-chairs of Generation Next’s Leadership Council today. Generation Next, the coalition of education, community, government and business leaders working to identify key approaches to eliminate Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s education achievement and opportunity gaps. 

Children's Theatre Company names Katie Nelson Director of Development
May 1, 2017 - Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) named Katie Nelson, CFRE Director of Development. Katie brings over 25 years of professional experience in nonprofit development, marketing and communications.

The Minneapolis Foundation Names Ellen Goldberg Luger Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services
May 1, 2017 - The Minneapolis Foundation has named Ellen Goldberg Luger Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services. Luger brings 25 years of philanthropy experience, including 18 years at the General Mills Foundation, to the organization. 

Dalal "D" Ahmad joins HousingLink as Outreach Specialist
April 17, 2017 - Dalal "D" Ahmad joined HousingLink as Outreach Specialist. In this role, she will be working on the Keys for Heroes initiative to end veteran homelessness in Minnesota.

Scholarship America names Bonnie Melville Vice President of Operations
April 17, 2017 - Bonnie Melville has joined Scholarship America as Vice President of Operations. She joins Scholarship America after serving in senior leadership positions at GeoLearning, Ceridian and RedBrick Health. Melville holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Carleton College and a CPA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management .

Planned Parenthood Appoints Tonya Hampton to Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
April 17, 2017 - Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) announced the appointment of Tonya Hampton to the role of Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Hampton was the Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement for Health Partners.

Anna Wasescha named West Central Initiative President/CEO
April 17, 2017 - Anna Wasescha has been named president of West Central Initiative (WCI) by the WCI Board of Directors. She will begin her duties on May 8. Reporting to the WCI Board, Wasescha will lead, direct and manage the organization, and guide its strategic direction. She will also act as WCI’s chief spokesperson and represent the west central region to the greater state of Minnesota.

Karen Kingsley Named Intermedia Arts' Director of Strategy & Operations
April 11, 2017 - Intermedia Arts has selected Karen Kingsley as the organization’s new Director of Strategy & Operations. Kingsley comes to Intermedia Arts from Youthprise, a nonprofit youth-focused community foundation, where she led strategic communications and public policy to create opportunities and advance equity for Minnesota youth.

Opportunity Partners names Bryan Chambers and Mary Fenske to Board of Directors
April 6, 2017 - Opportunity Partners announced that Bryan Chambers and Mary Fenske have been elected to the Board of Directors.  Chambers is the Business Acquisition Manager for Wells Fargo Banking.  Fenske is a consultant with Advocating Change Together (ACT).

Nicole E. Billings, Esq. named Director of Legal Representation Organization
March 21, 2017 - Nicole E. Billings, Esq. named director of Legal Representation Organization, a 501(c)(3) law firm providing low flat fee representation to clients in child support matters, focusing in Hennepin, Ramsey and Anoka counties. Billings comes to the organization with a background in law.

Hope Community names Shannon Jones as new Executive Director
March 21, 2017 - Shannon Jones has been named new executive director of Hope Community. Jones joins Hope after having served as the director of community engagement at Urban Homeworks. Jones replaces Mary Keefe, who had been a key leader at Hope for 23 years and is retiring in March. 

AccessAbility, Inc. Names Miata Getaweh as New Human Resources Manager
March 14, 2017 - Miata Getaweh has been named human resources manager at AccessAbility, Inc.

Lifetrack names Beth Quist Vice President, Child and Family Success
March 14, 2017 - Beth Quist was named vice president, Child & Family Success at Lifetrack. She is responsible for providing the strategic vision for programs in Lifetrack’s Child & Family Success strategy, including Families Together Therapeutic Preschool and Home Visiting, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Family Outreach Services, and Specialized Family and Child Outreach Services.

Lifetrack names Diane Heldt Vice President of Employment and Economic Opportunity
March 14, 2017 - Diane Heldt was named vice president of employment and economic opportunity. Diane has worked at Lifetrack since 2000 and has direct responsibility for program oversight, evaluation and supervision of employment-related activities in the Twin Cities for MFIP Services, Refugee & Immigrant Services and Training & Transitional Work Experience Programs.

Michael Maney named to Scholarship America's Board of Trustees
March 13, 2017 - Michael Maney, Senior Director of Communications for Target, has been elected to Scholarship America’s Board of Trustees. Previously he was director of communications for Sony Pictures Television and spent nine years with The Walt Disney Company, responsible for internal communications for Disney’s entertainment and news media businesses.

The Committee Against Domestic Violence Promotes Jason Mack to Executive Director
March 9, 2017 - The Committee Against Domestic Abuse promoted Jason Mack to executive director. Mack, who is based in the Mankato office, serves 8 counties in the southern Minnesota region.

Rêve Academy Names Amanda Janssen as Executive Director
March 7, 2017 - Rêve Academy, an organization that provides pathways to digital careers for Twin Cities youth, welcomes Amanda Janssen as its new executive director. Janssen has many years of experience in both national and international education contexts. 

Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, President of Guild Incorporated, Announces Retirement
March 6, 2017 - Grace Tangjerd Scmitt has announced her retirement from Guild Incorporated, effective mid-July 2017.  Tangjerd Schmitt has served as president since 1990. The Board of Directors and an outside search committee will begin a search for her successor shortly.

Washburn Center for Children Welcomes New CEO, Tom Steinmetz
March 3, 2017 - Tom Steinmetz has been announced as the new CEO of Washburn Center for Children, effective March 1.  Steinmetz has worked with Washburn Center for Children for over 20 years.  

Parks Foundation Welcomes New and Returning Board Members
February 28, 2017 - Stuart Ackerberg, Dan Avchen, Paul Bauknight, Barbara Bencini, Jocelyn Hale, Mark Heithoff, Mary McCarthy, Paul Reyelts and Rich Varda were elected to three-year terms as Board Members of the Parks Foundation.

Neighbors, Inc. Hires Charles D. Thompson as Executive Director
February 21, 2017 - Neighbors, Inc. has hired Charles D. Thompson as executive director.  His previous work includes two executive director positions with St. Vincent de Paul in Indiana and Washington.

Girl Scouts River Valleys Elects New Board Members
February 8, 2017 - Girl Scouts River Valleys has elected Jane Canney, Barbara Jordan, Joel O'Malley, Katie Misukanis Pan, Caren Petrulo-Berry, Norma Porter, Wendy Unglaub and Dr. Rachel Wobschall to its board of directors.  Jeff Redmon has been elected treasurer and Nancy Klemek has been elected secretary of the board.

Michelle Paquin and Todd Beckel Named to Northwest Minnesota Foundation Board of Directors
February 6, 2017 - Northwest Minnesota Foundation has named Michelle Paquin and Todd Beckel to its board of directors. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, facilitating collaboration and promoting philanthropy.

Red Wing Arts Association Names Mary E. Lee as Executive Director
February 1, 2017 - The Red Wing Arts Association has named Mary E. Lee as its new Executive Director. Lee has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and the arts including, most recently, seven years with the vocal ensemble Cantus.

Mike Krance joins Northfield Shares as Executive Director
January 26, 2017 - Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, has hired Mike Krance as its first full-time executive director. 

Angela Schlesinger joins National Parkinson Foundation as Minnesota Chapter's Executive Director
January 20, 2017 - The National Parkinson Foundation welcomed Angela Schlesinger as Executive Director of the Minnesota chapter. 

Dr. Fayneese Miller joins the Wilder Foundation's Board of Directors
January 20, 2017 - Dr. Fayneese Miller, President of Hamline University, has joined the Wilder Foundation’s Board of Directors. Dr. Miller joined Hamline University on July 1, 2015, becoming that institution’s 20th president. She is the first African American president in the history of Hamline and the university’s second female president. She joins 11 other Wilder Foundation board members. 

YWCA Minneapolis appoints four new members to its Board of Directors
January 18, 2017 - Kate Berman, Tami Kozikowski, Beth Smits and Carmen Coballes-Vega have joined the board of directors at YWCA Minneapolis. The Board of Directors works to implement the organizational strategic plan and advance the YWCA of Minneapolis mission to eliminate racism, empower women and girls and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 

Betsy Mistek Promoted to Associate Director at Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss
January 3, 2017 - Betsy Mistek has been promoted to Associate Director for the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss. She has been with the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss since July 2015 in her previous role as Business Manager. The Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss is a local, independent nonprofit providing training and services to 1,500 individuals with vison loss each year throughout NE Minnesota.

Mark Zastrow Joins Bridging as Development Manager
January 3, 2017 - Bridging MN ( welcomed certified fund raising executive, Mark Zastrow, as Development Manager of the organization. Zastrow brings to the area 30+ years of fund and business development experience, covering a wide of range of business types, in both the non- and for-profit sectors.


Don Ness named Executive Director of Ordean Foundation
December 21, 2016 - Don Ness will be joining the Ordean Foundation as their new Executive Director.  Prior to this role, Ness served as Executive Director of Workforce Development at Lake Superior College and served as mayor of Duluth for eight years. He brings extensive experience in both political and nonprofit leadership to his new role.

Virginia Brown joins Aeon as Director of Resource Development
December 21, 2016 - Virginia Brown as joined Aeon as their new Director of Resource Development.  She is excited to use her diverse skill set to raise money for a good cause.

Sharon Hernandez named new Portfolio Director at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Sharon Hernandez has joined Aeon as their new Porfolio Director.  She comes to the organization with over 20 years of affordable, multi-family property management experience.

Stephanie Payne promoted to Corporate/Foundation Relations Manager at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Stephanie Payne is moving into the new role of Corporate/Foundation Relations Manager at Aeon, where she will focus on developing their relationships with current and new potential corporate foundation partners.

Nicole Munsch promoted to Director of Compliance at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Nicole Munsch was recently promoted to Director of Compliance at Aeon.  She began her career with the organization as an Assistant Site Manager in 2005 and joined their compliance team in 2008.

Brita Blesiz transitions to Evaluation Manager at Aeon
December 21, 2016 - Brita Blesiz has transitioned to the role of Evaluation Manager at Aeon, where she will be responsible for designing, developing and executing their evaluation and research activities.

Sadie O'Connor named new Managing Director at Reading & Math, Inc.
December 20, 2016 - Reading & Math Inc., a national education nonprofit, has named Sadie O'Connor as their new Managing Director. Most recently, O'Connor was Vice President of Reading Corps National Replication at ServeMinnesota.


Susan Larson joins AccessAbility, Inc.
December 15, 2016 - Susan Larson has been named development and communications manager at AccessAbility, Inc.

Mimi Daly Larson named as new Vice President of Mission Advancement at Science Museum of Minnesota
December 14, 2016 - The Science Museum of Minnesota has added Mimi Daly Larson to the team as Vice President of Mission Advancement.  She heads the team that engages companies, foundations, community partners, government partners, and donors to advance the mission of the Science Museum.  

Tina Palmer joins RESOURCE as Vice President of External Relations
December 9, 2016 - RESOURCE is pleased to announce that Tina Palmer has been hired as Vice President of External Relations. Palmer is a nonprofit professional with more than 18 years of experience in fundraising and development.  

Rebecca Lucero Joins the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Public Policy Director
November 21, 2016 - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has hired Rebecca Lucero as the organization's new public policy director, starting December 14. Rebecca currently serves as Policy and Advocacy Manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Previously, Rebecca also served as senior community representative in the Minnesota office of Representative Keith Ellison, an unemployment law judge with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and an attorney in private practice with a small firm and with Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis.  

Suzette Scheele Named Director of Administration at St. Paul Youth Services
November 21, 2016
 - St. Paul Youth Services welcomed Suzette Scheele as director of administration. Suzette will manage human resources, operations, finance, and technology. In addition to her outstanding organizational expertise, Scheele has developed resources to support youth in crisis.

 Dr. Pahoua Yang and Nona Ferguson Promoted to Vice Presidents of Wilder Programs at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
October 31, 2016 - The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is proud to announce Nona Ferguson and Dr. Pahoua Yang have been promoted to serve as vice presidents of Wilder programs.

Luz Maria Frias Joins YWCA Minneapolis as President and CEO
October 26, 2016 - YWCA Minneapolis announced that Luz Maria Frias has been appointed its new president and CEO. Ms. Frias comes to YWCA Minneapolis from The Minneapolis Foundation, where she has served as the vice president for community impact since 2012.

Kalice Allen Joins the Women's Foundation of Minnesota as Wenda Weekes Moore Intern
October 22, 2016 - The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has named Kalice A. Allen as its new Wenda Weekes Moore Intern. This position is a one-year internship for women of color. Allen will support the Program and Development teams at the Women’s Foundation, and spend one month at the Kellogg Foundation during summer 2017.

Dave Beal Joins Family Service Rochester as Community Resource Specialist
October 17, 2016 - Family Service Rochester is pleased to announce Dave Beal has joined their organization as a community resources specialist. Formerly with United Way of Olmsted County, Dave will be developing strategies to recruit and retain volunteers in support of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Meals on Wheels, Family Access Center and other FSR programs serving the community.

People Incorporated Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors
October 14, 2016 - Kyle Thomas and Sister Sue Ernster were recently appointed to the board of directors at People Incorporated. Both join the organization's board in pursuit of its mission to support mental health and wellness in the community through collaboration and integration of care.

Three New Staff Members Join the Freshwater Society
October 10, 2016 - The Freshwater Society has named Dr. Carrie Jennings as research and policy director. Additionally, Leslie Yetka has been hired as program manager and Connie Lanphear was named communications manager.

Kari Aanestad Joins Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Development Manager
October 6, 2016 - Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has hired Kari Aanestad to join the team as the new Development Manager, starting October 6, 2016.  In her role, Kari will be securing and stewarding grant and individual donor support for MCN as well as supporting the development of other fundraising professionals throughout the state.  Previously, Kari served as the grant writer and outcomes manager for St. David's Center.

VocalEssence Named New Board Members
October 4, 2016 - Minneapolis-based arts organization VocalEssence has named four new members to its board of directors—Steve Aggergaard, Julie Bader, Julie Craven, and Nancy Nelson. All four board members have a wealth of experience and have been actively involved with non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities throughout their respective careers.

Sarah Crumrine joins Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Communications Coordinator
September 26, 2016 - Sarah Crumrine has joined the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as their new Communications Coordinator, starting September 26, 2016.  In this role, Sarah will coordinate and execute a broad range of communications projects.  Previously, Sarah worked for Bridging, and is currently on the board of directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.

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