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R.T. Rybak has served as president and C.E.O. of The Minneapolis Foundation since July of 2016. As leader of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, R.T. oversees the management of nearly $700 million in assets; the administration of more than 1,200 charitable funds created by individuals, families, and businesses; and the average annual distribution of more than $50 million in grants.
He is the author of Pothole Confidential about his 12 years as Mayor of Minneapolis and serves as a senior advisor for Municipal Practice at Living Cities.
A Minneapolis native, R.T. spent almost 30 years working in journalism, the commercial real estate business, publishing and the internet before being elected mayor of Minneapolis (2002-2013) in his first run for public office. Most recently he served as executive director of Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business and school leaders focused on closing the racial achievement gap in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Jeff Achen is the executive director at The UpTake. Jeff was a television, print and digital reporter from 1999 until 2009. He has worked extensively in the nonprofit and journalism communities of the Twin Cities since 2006, serving as a digital strategist for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and GiveMN.org from 2010 until 2014. Jeff is an active video producer, photographer and owner of CallSign51, a creative services company specializing in video production and photography. He is a longstanding member of the Society of Professional Journalists and former Minnesota Pro Chapter board member. Additionally, he is a Navy veteran and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nepal).
Jamie Adams joined the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Super Chippewa in 2013 as the economic development planner. She previously worked for the University of Minnesota – Duluth as project manager for the Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project. She earned her degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in urban and regional studies and environmental studies with a minor in geography. Her primary responsibilities with the Fond du Lac Band include grantwriting, project management and program development.
Juliana Anderson Wilkins is a seasoned development and communications professional who has worked with organizations large and small to help create integrated and highly effective communications and development strategies. An Iowa native, Juliana moved to the Twin Cities after eight years in New Orleans, where she worked with the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Young Leadership Council, and created a social media driven communications campaign that helped raise more than $1 million in the aftermath of the Gulf Coast oil spill. She currently serves as the director of external relations for COMPAS, an organization that helps people from all walks of life connect with professional artists and unleash their creativity.
Nathan Austin brings 20 years of IT business management experience to his current position as vice president of business development at Mytech Partners. After co-founding Mytech Partners in 2000, he has focused on helping customers achieve their business goals through proper technology alignment, planning and investment. Additionally, he is the author of the upcoming book eCommunity: Building Better Business and Community. As part of the national IT community, Nathan has participated in the Heartland Technology Group peer organization since 2006, and for seven of the last 10 years facilitated one of the groups of other IT business owners. In addition, he serves on the board of the local nonprofit Cookie Cart. The organization provides life and job skills through youth employment at a North Minneapolis bakery.
Paul Bachleitner is the communications director of the Northwest Area Foundation and is known for his leadership, digital platform planning and interactive work for philanthropy and nonprofits. He leads the foundation's strategies for stakeholder engagement, directs and maintains digital and brand platforms, directs media relations, and develops the infrastructure and systems needed for communications inside and outside the organization. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, he served as the director of the Joint Affinity Groups, now known as CHANGE Philanthropy. Paul also served as a member of the advisory board for the D5 Coalition, a five-year effort to increase philanthropy’s diversity, equity and inclusion. He was also a member of the cohort of the Association of Black Foundation Executives national Connecting Leaders Fellowship.
Joel Barker is chief development officer/vice president of development at Fraser where he leads a team of professionals and serves in a senior leadership position. Fraser is the largest provider of autism services in Minnesota, along with providing a range of other services. In addition to his role at Fraser, Joel is the founder & C.E.O. of Backpack Tactics, an IT support firm which provides high quality, budget sensible services for nonprofits and small businesses. Joel has over 10 years of nonprofit experience, including leadership positions in development and marketing. He has worked as a nonprofit consultant where he provided strategic counsel to over 50 nonprofits throughout the upper Midwest. Joel is on the board for Minnesota Food Association, and is a frequent speaker and instructor at nonprofit events and conferences.
Steve Boland is a nonprofit veteran with over 25 years of experience helping charities grow with new ideas in fundraising and communications. Steve has presented over 100 learning sessions on topics such as crowdfunding, engaging corporate philanthropy, and social communications strategy for nonprofits. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Steve holds a master of nonprofit management from Hamline University, is an alumnus of the Shannon Leadership Institute, and serves on the board of directors for Outfront Minnesota. Steve is the managing partner of Next in Nonprofits, a consulting firm based in St. Paul, is an adjunct instructor of Development and Fundraising for Hamline University, and is the host of the Next in Nonprofits podcast.
Phavanna Nina Bouphasavanh is an accomplished, Emmy-award winning media professional with nearly two decades of combined experience in television and video production, digital marketing, news, writing and nonprofits. Though she loves storytelling, her greatest passion lies in working with organizations for a good cause and helping communities thrive. She is currently the director of marketing and communications at Ampers, Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities, collaborating with 18 community radio stations all across the state. In 2011 Nina formed Phavanna Media, where her dream of inspiring and informing the masses through her media services became a reality. The heart of Phavanna Media work is promoting worthy humanitarian causes.
Nancy Brown helps nonprofits increase their effectiveness through strategic messaging and brand strategy. Her participatory branding process allows organizations to discover the essence of who they are and why they matter. She has been supporting nonprofits as a brand and communications consultant for more than 10 years and previously worked on staff at Catholic Charities and at Aeon, an affordable housing provider. Nancy is also an expert in group facilitation and a trainer on consensus-based decision-making. She has conducted numerous workshops and has spoken to local and regional audiences on a variety of topics.
Liz Caspersen is the field and partner marketing manager for Code42. Previously she was on the learning & development team for Target’s Technology Services organization. Liz is a versatile, technology driven professional who has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, PR, communications, event planning, project management and learning & development. Liz is a trainer and creative facilitator, skilled at guiding learners through engaging learning opportunities. She’s a passionate team player with experience motivating diverse teams and building successful client relationships. She is the vice chair, programs board member for the Professional Association for Computer Trainers - PACT Twin Cities. Liz received her bachelor of arts in communications studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
As the director of communications and engagement for Pollen, Julie Cohen builds connections with and between members of the Pollen community. She is primarily responsible for membership engagement, strategic partnerships and sponsorships, and amplifying Pollen’s content. When she’s not bragging about how awesome this region is while serving on the Makers’ leadership team for GREATER MSP’s Make It. MSP. initiative, she can be found tutoring aspiring writers and English language learners.
Scott Cole is a ife-long tech/internet entrepreneur with a passion for using technology and Collective Impact strategies to solve chronic social problems. He started a technology cooperative, Collectivity, to bring service providers and users in the foundation/nonprofit/social enterprise space together to collaborate in new ways. Collectivity is creating, leading and participating in some extraordinary projects around the country, addressing some of the most intractable disparities around education, health and income. Scott enjoys being with other thought leaders who are on the cutting edge of transformation. He also co-chairs the Twin Cities Social Enterprise Alliance chapter, and has worked with many practitioners, academics and community leaders to promote the growth of the social business sector in our region since 2009.
Tara Dupuis is the principal of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School. She has been employed there since 2003 as an Ojibwe language teacher and elementary teacher. She was a part of the Gikinoo’amaagejig teacher training corps, a partnership with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and University of Minnesota – Duluth, in which she graduated with B.A.S. in elementary education. She earned her educational administrative degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2012. She was previously the director of Nandagikendan Youth Academy at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for three years.
Ken Ehling, chief executive officer and founder, started Montage Marketing Services in 1972 and it’s been his vision and leadership that has kept Montage at the forefront of its industry throughout that time. Ken has a bachelors of science degree in technical journalism from Iowa State University.
For 10 years, Rich Fischer led communications for the Medtronic Foundation, a global, corporate foundation with $40+ million in annual giving focused on improving healthcare access and enhancing community vitality. He is recognized as a strategic, creative communications leader with a proven track record of designing and implementing innovative programs that drive community action. At Medtronic, he blended digital marketing, social media, events, advertising and public relations to promote foundation programs and nonprofit partners to millions of people around the world. Before joining Medtronic, Rich worked for Twin Cities agencies Weber Shandwick and Colle+McVoy/Exponent. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
Danielle Gangelhoff is the fiscal sponsorship program manager at MAP for Nonprofits. Like many accidental techies, she was hired to do accounting and human resources, but when MAP discovered her technical aptitude she became a database administrator as well. Danielle also designed and runs MAP's highly successful fiscal sponsorship program. Previously she was with the tech company Nology Networks and worked in operations and administration for Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Women's Business Development Center, United Way and March of Dimes. Danielle is a board member for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.
Karen Graham is a sought-after speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant with expertise in technology leadership and innovation, nonprofit software and digital strategy. As Idealware’s executive director she leads a team of researchers, presenters and writers who create technology information resources designed to help nonprofit leaders put their vision into action. Her past experience includes leading the technology consulting services and nonprofit technology learning and networking programs at MAP for Nonprofits, helping to build the nonprofit CRM/database solution provider thedatabank from a startup to a thriving software company, and various roles in arts and human services organizations. She holds an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas.
Roger Hagedorn has had a varied career. After nine years teaching film and French, he moved into technology and specialized in helping nonprofits attain increased effectiveness through a thoughtful, mission-focused implementation of technology. For the past 15 years he has served as network administrator, security consultant, IT director, and technology strategist for agencies as diverse as the Trust for Public Land, Seward Coop, Minnesota Council of Churches, and MAP for Nonprofits. He is currently senior security analyst for the City of Minneapolis. Roger is an advocate for implementing secure technology solutions and passionate about helping people effectively securing their environments and safeguarding their personal information.
Prior to co-founding and becoming C.E.O. of Educate Tanzania, Jan B. Hansen served as a professor and administrator at the University of St. Thomas. Previously Jan served as associate director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University. After Purdue, Jan cofounded the Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education at the University of St. Thomas. While serving as an advisor in Tanzania in 2008, she learned about plans for a university and wanted to help. In 2010, she resigned her tenured position from St. Thomas to devote herself to building Karagwe University College in Tanzania. Jan holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Purdue University, a master of science in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor of arts in psychology and art from St. Cloud State University.
Patty Healy Janssen, director of development for Jeremiah Program in Minneapolis and St. Paul, has been in her role as a staff member for three years, and 14 years as a volunteer. She works with her development team in planning and executing events, generating over one million dollars in the annual fund, and writing grant proposals from corporate and family foundations. Patty and her team have focused on, and achieved great results, in their work with millennials over the last few years. Prior to that, Patty worked at Visitation School for 20 years in admissions, marketing, development, media relations and public relations. In addition, she ran a leadership camp for high school students from across the country. Patty has both her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
Charles Hilliard currently serves as the eLearning/technology coordinator at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School located on the Fond du Lac Reservation. In addition he serves as the American Indian Business Leaders advisor at the school. His educational background includes an A.A. degree with a focus on network administration and hardware support from Lake Superior College and a B.S. in education. He holds a graduate certificate in online education from Bemidji State University. Charles is active in the International Society for Technology in Education. He lives near Two Harbors.
Emily Hipps is the development and communications coordinator at the International Institute of Minnesota, a refugee resettlement agency that provides a continuum of social services to new Americans. Emily manages the Institute’s individual donors, social media, website and events. She is deeply passionate about honoring the determination of refugees and immigrants. Prior to her current work at the Institute, Emily worked as a Fulbright fellow in central Turkey and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Institute.
Michelle Horovitz is one of the co-founders and executive director of Appetite For Change (AFC), a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to using food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change. AFC works with residents to build strong families and healthy, equitable communities around food. They own and operate Kindred Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen incubator and Breaking Bread Café and Catering, a youth social enterprise serving North Minneapolis. Michelle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in bioethics and Spanish and earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. She worked as an assistant public defender in Miami-Dade County before working for a James Beard Award-winning chef. Michelle is a dedicated leader, passionate about social and racial justice and equity across all communities.
Eric Howard is a digital strategist at Fourth Sector Consulting, a Minneapolis-based communications agency that specializes in the development of local and national nonprofit organizations committed to social good. He received a bachelor’s degree in public relations and speech communications at Northern Arizona University. Eric moved to the Twin Cities five years ago to work for a nonprofit where he developed and managed online communication capacities. His areas of experience include social media strategy, website development and management, framing of messages through storytelling and communicating to diverse groups of audiences. He has had to wrestle with core website strategy questions, diverse budgets and how to lead organizations through their website launch.
Brad Janowski is the director of the Career & Educational Pathways program at AccessAbility. With more than 25 years of relevant experience, Brad leads a diverse team of individuals who work daily to help clients overcome barriers to employment and community inclusion. A public administration and criminal justice graduate of St. Cloud State University, he has worked in social service and correctional agencies in Iowa, Arkansas and Illinois. Returning to Minnesota in 2013, Brad leads AccessAbility’s work with transitional employment and reentry services to clients. AccessAbility has been a fixture in transitional employment and community inclusion in the Twin Cities for almost 70 years.
Mary Kaczorek is the supervising attorney of Legal Services State Support, a project of the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition. State Support's mission is to improve access to justice for all Minnesotans by providing information, connections, and tools for the public and for advocates, and to support the civil legal aid programs who share our mission. State Support works to educate the public about legal issues, improve client referrals to providers, strengthen the advocate community, and expand free legal services to underserved Minnesotans. Prior to working for State Support, Mary worked for the Department of Employment and Economic Development in St. Paul. Mary is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and the College of St. Benedict.
Eran Kahana is a technology and intellectual property attorney with extensive experience advising clients in domestic and international settings. His practice focuses on cyber security, patent, trademark and copyright law. Eran also advises clients on a variety of e-commerce, licensing, joint development and consulting in diverse industries. He serves as general counsel and on the board of directors for the Minnesota Chapter of InfraGard, a nonprofit partnership between the F.B.I. and the private sector dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructure. In addition, he is a research fellow at Stanford Law School, where he writes and lectures on the legal aspects of using artificial intelligence.
Ali Kier has been working in the social service and information technology profession for 20+ years. She is dedicated to using technology innovations to design and implement client-driven programs for marginalized populations through streamlining the process to access services. She uses her experience in project management and data analysis to assess programs for sustainability, impact and mission which allows for improved access to services for clients, demonstrated value and efficiency of programs to stakeholders. Her work has provided her the opportunity to collaborate with multiple governmental agencies, nonprofits and private sector partners to ensure services for community-wide solutions benefiting individuals and families at risk for or experiencing homelessness, poverty and health disparities.
Dan Kilbury is an IT professional at Community Involvement Programs. He has been with Community Involvement Programs since 2012. Dan is responsible for managing network infrastructure including desktops, switches, servers and multiple virtual private network connections. His responsibilities also include maintaining domain health. Previously Dan worked in the metal fabrication business for 33 years, and worked up from machine operator to production and personnel manager. He established and ran the company’s safety committee for 20 of those 33 years. Around 1997 Dan got into IT while implementing the company's first enterprise resource planning system. He managed safety training and technology training for all employees in a multilingual environment. Dan was instrumental in getting the company International Organization for Standardization compliant with a workforce of about 300 employees.
Kelly Kleppe has been with the Bush Foundation since 2000. She has spent half of that time as program operations director, where she heads up grants management and technology functions, in addition to tending to policy, legal, all-staff and board-related matters for the Foundation. Kelly spent the other half of her tenure as the first grants manager for the Foundation. Previous work experience includes nine years in the University of Minnesota’s investment office. Kelly holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Joanne Kosciolek is the vice president of development & external affairs for Project for Pride in Living (PPL). PPL develops and sustains quality, affordable housing for lower-income families and individuals through new construction, renovation, and management. She was previously the vice president of development & communications for RESOURCE, a multi-service organization providing chemical and mental health, employment services, and career training. Joanne has worked in the nonprofit arena for 28 years, including staff positions at Aeon, HealthEast Foundation, Girl Scout Council of Minneapolis, and the St. Paul United Way. She believes that a strong brand contributes directly to an organization’s public visibility and fundraising success. Joanne has led two organizational rebranding initiatives as an executive leadership team member in the past eight years.
Elaine Koyama, C.E.O. and general manager of Interlinx Associates, brings over 20 years of professional management and field experience in the area of customer relationship management. Elaine is known for her facilitation skills and working to get things done. Elaine was an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business where she taught advanced level marketing. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Carlson School of Management. Elaine has been active on several nonprofit boards, and has served as board chair of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation and past president of the Central Education Foundation of the Professional Ski and Snowboard Association. Interlinx Associates focuses on implementing customer facing applications in the nonprofit, governmental and agribusiness industries.
Since the early days of the World Wide Web, Alicia Lane-Outlaw has been integrating accessibility into her marketing firm’s web development and outreach services. In 2008, she testified before the Minnesota legislature to urge lawmakers to require that the state websites meet accessibility standards. Once the bill became law, she then served on the state's Technology Accessibility IT Developers Workgroup to aid the state in implementing the standards. Alicia has presented at numerous conferences at both the state and national level.
Tom Lany serves as online marketing manager at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), where he directs web marketing projects and supports web content contributors. He develops the employee intranet, the extensive LSS website including its microsites, and finds email marketing and social media solutions to help the organization effectively reach donors, volunteers, clients and advocates. He is experienced in creating paid social media campaigns, and training others to effectively to meet their service goals. Tom has a B.A. in communication studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and is finishing his M.A. in strategic communication at the University of Minnesota.
Sally Levine is system administrator at Aeon where she is responsible for configuring, managing and integrating multiple systems across departments. Aeon is a responsive nonprofit developer, owner and manager of high-quality affordable apartments and townhomes which serve more than 4,500 people annually in the Twin Cities area. Prior to her role in IT, Sally worked in fund development at Aeon, during which she noticed a strong need for a productive CRM and used Salesforce to transform the organization’s donor records and communications. Her custom implementation of Salesforce has enabled the nonprofit’s resident connections team to track their impact and further Aeon’s mission. Outside of Aeon, Sally co-leads the Twin Cities nonprofit Salesforce user group, a community that empowers local nonprofits to efficiently manage their data.
Nick Lindberg has a passion for building things. Currently he serves as the nonprofit delivery director for Redpath Consulting Group. At Redpath, he helps nonprofits by configuring Salesforce databases to track donors, volunteers, supports and programs. Prior to joining Redpath, he co-founded Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) and built an organization which helped reveal leadership in young people across the country. It was at STLF which he was introduced to Salesforce. Nick has been recognized as a Salesforce M.V.P. for his contributions to the Salesforce community and is the co-leader of the Twin Cities Nonprofit User Group.
Nicole Lovold-Egar is an emerging leader; currently the direct fundraising specialist for Minnesota Public Radio, and previously worked at Jeremiah Program as the development and annual fund associate. Born and raised in Minnesota, she loves collaborating with fellow fundraisers in the Twin Cities. Her career in fundraising focuses primarily on millennial philanthropy, storytelling and strategic planning for sustainable change. She received her bachelor of arts degree in justice and peace studies from the University of St. Thomas, and is passionate about making people’s voices heard.
Mike McIntee is the executive producer at The UpTake. Mike is a former network television news executive with more than 30 years of broadcasting experience. He began his broadcasting career at the University of Minnesota's student radio station. He is an expert producer, writer and video editor who has a fondness for new technology but denies that he is a geek.
Cathy McLane is an independent communications consultant, with over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits. Prior to hanging out her own shingle, Cathy was the director of marketing and communications at the Blake School, one of the largest, secondary educational institutions and nonprofits in Minnesota, for 15 years. Digital communications is one of her passions – including social, web and e-mail campaigns.
As the executive director of Pollen, Jamie Millard leads the development, implementation and sustainability of the organization’s core strategic activities including sharing the stories of local leaders, linking people to opportunities, and hosting events where essential conversations happen. Jamie has been identified as a “2015 40 Under 40” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, as a “100 People to Know in 2015” by the Twin Cities Business Magazine, and as one of four millennial leaders “doing important work to move us toward a more just and equitable society” by the Huffington Post. She is also a current member and former board chair of YNPN – Twin Cities. In 2009, Jamie co-founded the literary arts magazine Paper Darts, which is now a premier Twin Cities literary institution.
Bonnie Morris is the producing director of the Illusion Theater. As an actor, writer, educator and leader in the Twin Cities theater community, Bonnie has a passion for new work, a deep commitment to developing young artists and a gift for using the transformational power of theater to change lives and improve the community. Over the theater’s 40-year history Bonnie has developed and led a nationally recognized peer education program, mentored countless theater artists and produced new plays that are performed in theaters across the nation. Bonnie has received the Sally Award from the Ordway Center for Performing Arts for Vision and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Ivey Award. In 2015, Illusion received the National Theater Conference’s 2015 Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Theater.
Eric Mueller has been at the Science Museum of Minnesota since 2003. He currently heads up the digital marketing team, setting the museum's digital strategy and overseeing its websites, email marketing and social media initiatives. Eric works closely with internal clients throughout the organization to effectively communicate the museum's many programs and services to diverse audiences.
Anna Myers is a web communication specialist at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). Her work focuses on implementing strategic communication for services supporting people with disabilities on the LSS website, social media, blogs, and through email marketing. Anna enjoys exploring new online strategies to make information more accessible, improve user experience and reach new audiences through targeted advertising. Prior to joining LSS, Anna worked as a web developer, building and supporting websites for media and nonprofit organizations. Anna holds a B.A. in professional writing from Michigan State University with a focus on writing and designing for the web.
As the communications & engagement coordinator, Mónica Nadal is a jade of all trades who oversees the publishing of all opportunities on Pollen’s website, assists with design, produces digital campaigns, and manages social media. She’s passionate about meeting new people and making them feel welcome.
Libby Nickel Baker is a senior researcher at the University of Minnesota Foundation. Prior to her work at the University, she was the prospect and database manager at the Hazelden Foundation. Libby has also worked at Benilde-St. Margaret's school, Augustana Care Corporation, and Episcopal homes of Minnesota Foundation. Her volunteer experience includes working with Second Harvest Heartland and the Milaca Fine Arts Council. Libby has a B.A. from the University of Twin Cities.
Janeece Oatman is the development director for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), serving the Minnesota Area. Since joining the ADA in 2009, she has led the rapid growth of the Twin Cities Tour de Cure cycling event to the million dollar level with strong support from volunteer committee members. She is the 2012 national winner of the ADA’s highly distinguished RAM award, recognizing her success in fundraising through retention, acquisition and management.
Jamin O’Malley is the IT manager at Hennepin Theatre Trust. Hennepin Theatre Trust is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development and is owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres and is located in the WeDo™ MPLS Cultural District. At the Trust, Jamin is leading an organization-wide effort to bring the processes and data of all of its departments and programs under the Salesforce umbrella and recently completed their first fiscal year managing their finances in the cloud. His vision is to break down data and operational silos within the Trust to create efficiencies for each team member to allow everyone to work towards achieving the mission and vision. Jamin is also a frequent contributor to the Twin Cities Nonprofit Salesforce User Group.
Shelby Pasell graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in nonfiction writing, Spanish, and global studies. She uses her strong writing background to craft online communications for nonprofits big and small, including AdoptAClassroom.org and the Creative Enterprise Zone. Shelby excels at growing organic social media audiences with minimal or nonexistent budgets. She grew AdoptAClassroom.org's organic social media reach by 440% in her first year with them. Shelby joined the Triangle Park Creative team this winter, and is excited to work in collaboration with branding and design experts.
Jeff Rabkin is president & creative director of Wowza, Inc. A brief list of Jeff’s varied job titles includes: editorial photographer, advertising copywriter, brand strategist, experience designer and organic farmer. Jeff has navigated the fast-changing world of advertising and marketing by acquiring expertise in experience design, word-of-mouth marketing, design thinking, data transparency and agile development. Over the last 13 years Jeff has led his team to design user experiences, produce videos, develop web applications and craft strategic programs for small businesses, nonprofits, universities and state agencies across the nation. Wowza is a leading expert in the public reporting of healthcare cost and quality, contributing to transparency initiatives in eleven states. A certified permaculture designer, Jeff also owns Crazy Rooster Farm and Amish Telephone Booth, an organic farm in Mondovi, Wisconsin.
Aswar Rahman is Triangle Park Creative's director of web services. With a background in user experience design, Aswar is keen on bringing web design practices refined in the commercial sector to the nonprofit world. In his time at Triangle Park, Aswar has grown the firm's web capabilities to include comprehensive Wordpress design, and guided the organization towards a more agile design process, putting emphasis on iterative development. Alongside his web profession, Aswar is an independent filmmaker with eight feature films to his credit (two of which are premiering this March at the Mespies Film Festival).
Sondra Reis is the director of e-Learning at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Previously, Sondra served as MCN's associate director, tracking issues related to the nonprofit sector’s workforce, financial structures and regulation, as well as overseeing the organization's internal functions as well as publishing, training, leadership development and communications. Sondra has held a variety of leadership positions on boards and committees of local and national nonprofits, including the Minnesota Real Estate Foundation, LegalCORPS, Nonprofits Assistance Fund and the Unemployment Services Trust. She was a Humphrey Institute Policy fellow from 2006 to 2007 and a 2008 American Marshall Memorial fellow. Sondra has a master's degree in nonprofit management from the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University.
Jon Reynolds is a founder of VENN Design and Media and also works in communications at the Neighborhood Development Center. He enjoys wearing many hats including public artist, entrepreneur and ice cream enthusiast. Jon has also served on several local nonprofit boards and has presented workshops at other conferences including bushCONNECT, Youth Intervention Programs Association, and the Community Connections Conference. His expertise with VENN includes branding, graphic design, video production and project management.
Stephanie Ritenour has 10+ years of experience in advocacy, community outreach and direct care services. She serves as program coordinator of Communication Services for the Deaf Minnesota's (CSD) Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing advocacy program for interpersonal violence survivors, is a member of the board for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, on the committee for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division – Metro, and is a volunteer newsletter editor and web team member for the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens. Through her work at CSD and their partnership with the Day One Network, Steph has presented for local and national audiences on topics related to improving Deaf community access to services via policy enhancements which complies with the law and honor the intersectional identities of survivors.
Brian Roemen has 17 years of technical support experience and 11 years of IT consultation experience. Over the past 6+ years, as co-founder and lead tech for Backpack Tactics, he has worked in nonprofit, for-profit, educational, and residential environments. His expertise is in network administration, computer setup/repair, cloud computing, IT security, and a wide range of hardware and software support for Macs and PCs. He especially enjoys educating others to become more comfortable with technology. Brian has also taught part-time at Concordia University in St. Paul for several years. Brian thrives on problem solving. He loves efficiency and hates waste. He believes that technology, when harnessed correctly, can boost productivity and convenience while reducing (rather than causing) stress. He applies this philosophy with clients as well as his own life.
Rebecca Shavlik is a founder and the executive director of the Shavlik Family Foundation, which is focused on grantmaking to Minnesota-based nonprofits to increase their information and technology resources in order to remove barriers or build capacity for nonprofits and their clients. Over the course of her career, Rebecca has had the opportunity to work in such diverse environments as government, nonprofits, private sector and franchising. She was part of the entrepreneurial team that founded Shavlik Technologies a security software company bought in 2011. Rebecca also serves on a number of nonprofit boards including MinnPost and Century College Foundation. Her range of experience gives her a unique perspective on budgeting and funding for the resources necessary to create strong operations that lead to impactful program development.
Jenny Singleton is the legal technology project manager at Legal Services State Support, a project of the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition. Jenny specializes in using technology to increase access to justice. At State Support, she manages a statewide online intake system that connects potential legal aid clients with regional legal aid programs in all 87 counties. Jenny also manages www.ProJusticeMN.org, a website for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, and develops guided interviews on www.LawHelpMN.org to help self-represented litigants draft court forms. Prior to joining State Support, Jenny worked at Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.
Anne Sittner Anderson joined the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) in September 2015. She launched their Hearing Loss Matters site, www.hearinglossmatters.org, and guided MNCDHH’s main site through two migrations. Prior to her current position, Anne was a content author for her previous employer’s website. She also educated businesses and medical providers about their Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) obligations to their deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing customers and patients. Before moving to Minnesota, Anne did indexing for an e-learning database publisher. Anne is scheduled to begin volunteering for the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens, a nonprofit, on their future website redesign and maintenance. She is a first-time conference presenter.
Yesenia Sotelo is a web developer and nonprofit nerd. She has been building and growing nonprofit websites since 2001. As the founder of SmartCause Digital, she serves as an approachable, expert resource that can answer all your questions about web technology, strategies for online fundraising, data security and anything that could affect your organization’s online presence.
Gina Szafraniec began contributing to nonprofit organizations in marketing, development, public relations, administration and customer/constituent relationship management (CRM) after her brother was paralyzed in an accident. Today, as an Eide Bailly salesforce consultant, her CRM work impacts numerous nonprofit organizations by implementing technology applications to improve data management, access, reporting and many other integral parts of a nonprofit organization’s success. She has had many different roles, from running her own media production business to volunteering for major organizations, and understands firsthand the obstacles organizations experience. She has a degree in psychology from Cleveland State University. She is currently serving as president of the Bloomington Optimist Club, a chapter of Optimist International.
Peter Tatikian has been involved with nonprofit technology since 1993, when he programmed the fax machine on his first day as a college intern. He has worn many nonprofit hats, including director of communications and director of operations/IT at Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit organization. A California native, Peter recently moved to Minnesota and is currently the technology manager at Can Do Canines. Peter has managed the IT infrastructure at nonprofit organizations ranging from small grassroots startups to established organizations with multiple locations. He regularly leads his coworkers in hands-on trainings to help them get the most out of their technology tools and has presented at several user groups, including the Minnesota Apple Computer Users Group.
Brooke Thomson is the development and communications director at the Annex Teen Clinic, where she is responsible for all development initiatives, social media, marketing, communication and volunteer management. Brooke has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s in nonprofit management from Hamline University. She is passionate about healthy youth development and helping nonprofits thrive.
Cary Lenore Walski is an entrepreneur using her background in psychology and the arts to create positive online experiences for mission-driven organizations. Passionate about nonprofits making informed decisions, Cary has delivered presentations locally and nationally for organizations including NTEN, Idealware, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Minnesota Council on Foundations and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. As owner and nerd-in-chief at Copilot, she works with small to medium sized nonprofits to produce websites, email campaigns and social media communities that connect with and inspire individuals to action.
As marketing and communications manager at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Amy Wartick develops and implements strategies for eleven lines of service statewide. She is experienced in multi-level communications campaigns through channels that include public relations, social media, websites, blogs, events and video. Amy enjoys hashtags, public policy, graphic design and collaborating with teams to turn hazy ideas into targeted action plans. She previously directed communications at the Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota and Living Well Disability Services. Amy co-chairs the Best Life Alliance communications team, a coalition urging state legislators to support home and community-based services for people with disabilities. She holds a B.A. in communications and art history from Macalester College.
Robyn White is the associate director of digital marketing at the University of Minnesota Foundation, where she helps shape the U’s online fundraising strategy. She led the design and launch of the U’s first crowdfunding platform, crowdfund.umn.edu, in 2014, which raised more than $362,500 in its first full year. In addition, Robyn works on Foundation websites, special U-wide fundraising projects, and co-leads the U’s Give to the Max Day marketing and fundraising campaign, givingday.umn.edu. Her team is responsible for managing the U-wide online giving systems, digital marketing for major U fundraising events, and email and social media promotions. Robyn is a frequent speaker on the topic of crowdfunding and has more than 10 years of experience working in digital marketing.
Austin Wiebe is the marketing and communications director for CLUES – Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio. Austin has worked as a writer, editor, web manager and creative professional in the nonprofit, academic and publishing sectors. Austin studied journalism, Spanish and design at the University of Minnesota. His previous work includes positions at CSC Publishing, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Xperitas, where he led the website redevelopment for the organization following a merger and rebranding. Austin also provides freelance editing, web management and marketing services for a variety of clients.
Lyf Wildenberg is a co-founder and president of Mytech Partners, Inc. Lyf began his quest into the IT industry by starting a graphic design firm in the late 1980’s servicing the airline industry. Working in a cross platform environment laid the foundation for an early understanding of both MAC and Windows networks. After a successful sale of the design company, he began consulting for Digital Equipment Corporation on several global systems projects specializing on large network infrastructure and collaboration systems. In early 2000, along with 3 other individuals, Mytech Partners was founded. Mytech Partners focuses on offering enterprise IT solutions to the small and midsize business market.
As owner and C.E.O. of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 40,000, Tracey Williams-Dillard has the responsibility of running the day-to-day operations as well as providing leadership to grow the business. She also leads its not-for-profit arm, the Spokesman-Recorder Nonprofit. Hard work and dedication to her family business have always been Tracey’s focus, embracing the values of her grandfather, the late Cecil E. Newman, who founded the newspaper more than 80 years ago. Tracey also has served as vice president of the Minnesota Minority Media Coalition, and on numerous nonprofit boards including the Boys and Girls Club, Minneapolis NAACP and the Southside Community Collaborative. In 2006, Tracey founded Sister Spokesman, a group that provides women of color an opportunity to connect and support women-owned business ventures.
Michael Winikoff is communications director for the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute where he has worked to foster diversity and provide training/mentorship opportunities for young writers and visual communicators. His work as a graphic designer has focused on the not-for-profit sector including New York-based Soros Foundations and Open Society Institute, Just and Fair Schools Fund and Treatment Action Group.
Lynn Winter has been managing projects, process, and client relationships both at a nonprofit and with nonprofits since 2000. In her current role as the production director at August Ash, she manages the interactive team and implements new processes and strategies in order to improve the planning and build of all new websites. Lynn also works with clients on content strategy, user experience, user testing, and more.