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 (Bridging.org) 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.

Elif McCain joins Fraser as New Clinical Operations Director
September 12, 2016 - Elif McCain recently joined Fraser, Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism services, as the clinical operations director. McCain’s responsibilities include being a dyad partner to clinical leaders and leading improvements and changes in Fraser clinics to better serve clients and families. 


jay bad heart bull Joins Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as Associate Director 
September 6, 2016
 - jay bad heart bull has joined the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as their new associate director, starting on September 6, 2016.  In this role, jay will be tracking issues related to the workforce, financial structures, and regulation, as well as oversee MCN's internal functions. He is a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and hails from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.  

HandsOn Twin Cities Hired Tracey Nielsen as Executive Director
September 2, 2016 - HandsOn Twin Cities, a Twin Cities nonprofit that both promotes and facilitates volunteerism, has hired Tracey Nielsen as its new executive director. Previously, Tracey worked in various executive leadership, development and marketing positions at a variety of United Ways across the country, including Kenosha County (WI), Racine County (WI) and Wine Country (CA).

Michelle Walker Named Executive Director of Generation Next
September 1, 2016 - Generation Next hired Michelle Walker as executive director. She has held leadership positions in Saint Paul Public Schools for the last nine years. For the past three years, Walker has been an active member of the Generation Next Leadership Council, paving the way for many collaborative projects between Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and Generation Next.

Support Within Reach of Bemidji Announces Departure of Executive Director
August 23, 2016 - After 15 years with Support Within Reach, executive director Amanda Ysen will move in a new direction. The Bemidji nonprofit’s board of directors is currently working on the organization’s succession plan. Amanda will be moving to the state of Wyoming to take on a new challenge in a school district.

Amy Feist Named Human Resources Director at Lifetrack
August 19, 2016 - Amy Feist has joined Lifetrack, a human services nonprofit working to reduce disparities, as the human resources director. Amy brings 20 years of experience working in corporate, retail and non-profit settings.

Susan Bass Roberts Named Vice President, Executive Director at the Pohlad Family Foundation
August 16, 2016 - The Pohlad Family Foundation announced today Susan Bass Roberts has joined the organization as its vice president, executive director. In her new role, Bass Roberts will oversee all aspects of the Foundation's giving and community outreach activities, working closely with both the second and third generations of the Pohlad family.

RESOURCE Hired Boyd Brown as Vice President of Chemical and Mental Health Services
August 10, 2016 - Boyd Brown was named vice president of chemical and mental health services at RESOURCE, a Minnesota nonprofit providing chemical and mental health services to more than 6,000 individuals annually.

Dawn Ganje Named Senior Development Officer at Northwest Minnesota Foundation
August 10, 2016 - Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF), a community foundation serving twelve northwestern Minnesota counties, promoted Dawn Ganje to senior development officer. Dawn’s role will be to maximize financial gift support to NMF and its component and community funds by seeking contributions in order to enhance the quality of place in the 12-County region.

Russell Betts Hired Named Philanthropic Advisor at The Minneapolis Foundation
August 3, 2016 - The Minneapolis Foundation welcomed Russell Betts as its newest philanthropic advisor. Betts has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and alumni relations at major research universities. At the Foundation, he will focus on serving the charitable needs of corporate executives, their families and the companies they lead.

Joshua Esmay Joins the Staff at the Legal Rights Center
August 3, 2016 - Joshua Esmay, the former director of public policy and advocacy at the Council on Crime and Justice, has joined the staff of the Legal Rights Center where he will be continuing his work helping people overcome the myriad collateral consequences that result from a criminal record. 

Andrew Williams Hired as Executive Director of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
August 1, 2016 - The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs named Andrew L. Williams as its new executive director. Williams will oversee HECUA’s transformative off-campus programs focused on social justice and community in Ecuador, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, and in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Jackson, Mississippi. 

LaChelle Williams Wins Junior Achievement MVP Award
July 27, 2016 - LaChelle Williams, vice president of operations at Junior Achievement (JA) of the Upper Midwest, won Junior Achievement USA’s inaugural MVP (Model of Values Professional) Award. This national award recognizes a JA associate who exemplifies values and behaviors that provide a model for the students the organization serves. She was selected from 19 nominees from across the United States. 

Allie Christenson Joins Youth Leadership as Director of Development
July 26, 2016 - Youth Leadership hired Allie Christenson as director of development. A 2015 University of Northwestern St. Paul graduate, Allie has a B.S. in Nonprofit Administration. 

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association Welcomes Matthew Ides as Executive Director
July 25, 2016 - The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association ), the organization responsible for improving and enhancing the quality of Marcy-Holmes’ residential life, has announced Matthew Ides as its new executive director. Ides fills the vacancy created by the departure of long-time executive director Melissa Bean. 

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Appoints New Executive Director
June 28, 2016 - The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is pleased to announce the appointment of Heidi Fisher as its new executive director effective August 2, 2016. Heidi brings over 25 years of nonprofit experience to EFMN, most recently as the Vice President of Marketing & Philanthropy for Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.

Tubman Announces Two New Staff Transitions
June 27, 2016 - Tubman, a family crisis and support services organization with locations in Minneapolis and Maplewood, announces two new members of its leadership team. Alison Hobson is the new Director of Development. She has been Tubman’s Community Relations Manager since 2009. Emily Truscott is the new Director of Communications. Previously, she was the Communications Director at the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Sandy Hicks Hired as Director of Finance & Administration at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
June 27, 2016 - Sandy Hicks has joined Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul as the Director of Finance & Administration. Sandy has more than 12 years of leadership experience in business and accounting as the Controller for an institutional investment consulting firm located in Minneapolis. Prior to that, she worked as the e-commerce administrator for a book distributor and led production operations in a variety of manufacturing arenas.

AchieveMpls Names Danielle Grant as New President and CEO
June 10, 2016 - AchieveMpls, the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools, today announced the selection of Danielle Grant as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Grant will step into this position in July, following the retirement of Pam Costain, who has led the organization for six years. 

Maggie Flanagan joins Animal Humane Society as Digital Marketing Strategist
June 3, 2016 - Animal Humane Society welcomed Maggie Flanagan as Digital Marketing Strategist. Maggie comes to AHS from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter where she was Senior Marketing Manager. 

Molly Pederson Named Executive Director at Audubon Minnesota
June 2, 2016 - Audubon Minnesota announced Molly Pederson will be the next Executive Director, starting June 20. Most recently, Molly served as Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Mark Dayton, covering the areas of environment, energy, agriculture, and commerce. Previously, Molly spent nine years as the Government Affairs Director for Conservation Minnesota. 

Michael Brannan Named Development Associate at Wingspan Life Resources
May 25, 2016 - Wingspan Life Resources, a Twin Cities nonprofit that has served adults with developmental and other disabilities for over 43 years, has hired Micheal Brannan as a new Development Associate reporting to Development Officer, Darolyn Gray. Micheal will provide assistance in the areas of fundraising, donor stewardship, and events. He will also provide administrative support to Executive Director, Therese Davis.

Greater Twin Cities United Way Names Two New Staff Transitions
May 11, 2016 - Greater Twin Cities United Way, the second largest in the 1,200 United Way national network, announced the promotion of Kittie Fahey from Director to Vice President of Major Gifts and the addition of Leslie Wright as Director of Community Engagement. 

Lifeworks Introduces Lisa Zaspel as Vice President of Services
May 2, 2016 - Lisa Zaspel has joined the Lifeworks executive team after spending more than eight years at Fraser. In her new role, Zaspel has primary responsibility for all of the Lifeworks fiscal support programs, including Consumer Directed Community Supports, Consumer Support Grant, PCA Choice, and Personal Support.

Kris Cramer Named Annual Giving Acquisition Strategist at Animal Human Society
April 27, 2016 - Animal Humane Society (AHS) recently welcomed Kris Cramer as its new Annual Giving Acquisition Strategist. Kris comes to AHS from Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media where she was the Digital Fundraising Manager.

Kim Witczak Named Emeritus Board Member at Free Arts Minnesota
April 19, 2016 - Free Arts Minnesota named Kim Witczak as its first Emeritus board member. As a Junior League of Minneapolis member, Witczak was a co-founder of the Free Arts Minnesota project, which eventually led to the organization becoming its own free-standing nonprofit.

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