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Speaker Bios

Keynote speaker, Akaya Windwood, is the president of Rockwood Leadership Institute, the nation’s largest provider of transformative leadership trainings for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Akaya leads trainings nationally and internationally, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Independent Sector Conference, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She is recognized for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit and social benefit sectors, and is the recipient of an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and a Transformative Leadership Award from the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation. Akaya’s vision for our global community includes infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. She has a life-long commitment to working for a fair and equitable society, and believes that Rockwood’s network of over 5,000 powerful, collaborative, and interconnected leaders will help lead the way. 


Breakout Session Presenter Bios

Workshop presenter biographies will be coming soon.

  • Gaye Adams Massey, C.E.O., YWCA St. Paul
  • Steve Anseth, CPA, nonprofit group leader, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
  • Kate Barr, president & C.E.O., Propel Nonprofits 
  • Dawne Brown White, executive director, COMPAS 
  • Robert Cedergren, CPA, partner, Wipfli LLP
  • Mary Cleary, nonprofit accounting & fiscal management consultant, president, Cleary Consulting Group
  • Sarah Clyne, executive director, Domestic Abuse Project
  • Melissa DeLay, message maven, TruPerception 
  • Nicki Donlon, partner, Baker Tilly
  • Megan Genest Tarnow, principal, The Mobius Group
  • Gina Graves, controller, Be the Match
  • Karen Gries, principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Adam Hennen, audit principal, Olsen Thielen CPAs
  • Veena Iyer, shareholder, Nilan Johnson Lewis
  • Becky Johnson, finance manager, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Curtis Klotz, CPA, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, Propel Nonprofits
  • Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, chief operating officer, American Swedish Institute
  • Michele Krolczyk, EOS implementer, Vivid360
  • Mary Larson, finance director, Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners
  • Lars Leafblad, co-founder / principal, Ballinger Leafblad
  • Adair Mosley, president and C.E.O., Pillsbury United Communities
  • Monica Murdo, HR business consultant, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Heidi Neff Christianson, shareholder and chair, corporate and transactional services, Nilan Johnson Lewis
  • Kelli Nelson, workforce development manager, HIRED
  • Peter S. Olsen, CPA, chief financial officer, YWCA St. Paul
  • Bethany Palm, founder, Social Good Impact
  • Jon Pratt, executive director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Sarah Reichling, principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Chad Schwitters, executive director, Urban Homeworks
  • Chris Vanecek, accounting and finance consultant, Propel Nonprofits
  • Craig F. Warren, chief operating officer, Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Akaya Windwood, president, Rockwood Leadership Institute
  • Elaine Wyatt, executive director, WomenVenture


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Nonprofit Finance and
Sustainability Conference

April 19, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr. 
Brooklyn Center, MN 



Minnesota Council of Nonprofits



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