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Madeline Stanionis is a principal and creative director of M+R, a firm that mobilizes supporters, raises money and moves the media, the public and decision-makers to change the world. Madeline has been raising money, organizing and communicating for organizations and causes for 25 years. She has led engagement strategies with organizations which include Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Amnesty International USA, Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Human Rights Campaign, the Humane Society of the United States, NARAL Pro-Choice America, CARE, Union of Concerned Scientists and ASPCA, among many others.

Madeline is a frequent speaker and writer in fundraising, advocacy and technology conferences and publications across the country. She is the author of The Mercifully Brief, Real World Guide to Raising Thousands (If Not Tens of Thousands) of Dollars with E-mail, published by Emerson and Church.


Joel BarkerJoel 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 on the board for Minnesota Food Association, and is a frequent speaker and instructor at nonprofit events and conferences.

Steve BolandSteve Boland is a nonprofit veteran with over 20 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 media 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 writes leading-edge industry research and opinions for organizations such as Nonprofit Quarterly, Community Tech Knowledge, and the Minnesota Council on Foundations. Steve is the managing partner of Next in Nonprofits, a consulting and writing firm based in St. Paul.

Tamara BredemusTamara Bredemus is the senior collaboration architect with The City of Minneapolis. At the City, Tamara heads up the collaboration team as they build solutions on various platforms for many audiences. Prior to working with The City of Minneapolis, Tamara was a SharePoint consultant with RBA, Inc., where her experience working with SharePoint, SharePoint Designer and InfoPath helped clients get the most out of their SharePoint deployments. Tamara used her teaching skills as a senior technical instructor with Mindsharp, process improvement skills as a promotion analyst at, and her leadership skills as the operations supervisor of Sunset Environmental.

Scott ChazdonScott Chazdon is an evaluation and research specialist for the Center for Community Vitality at the University of Minnesota Extension. In this role, he has developed tools for measuring community social capital and community readiness, and has developed a range of methods for measuring outcomes and impacts of the Center's community development programming. Scott has 25 years of professional experience in evaluation project management, grant writing, research, public policy analysis, and community development and organizing. As an independent consultant, he has conducted training sessions and full-scale evaluations for public and nonprofit sector clients. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Denver and an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.

Beth ClearyBeth Cleary is co-director of the East Side Freedom Library. She is chairperson and associate professor of Theater and Dance at Macalester College, where she has taught for 21 years. Beth has also been a resident of the East Side for 14 years. She writes plays, poetry, and fiction, directs plays, conducts movement workshops, and teaches yoga at the River Garden Yoga Center and the Lyngblomsten Retirement Community in St. Paul. She is an accomplished scholar, teacher and artist.

Seth DuinSeth Duin is the external relations associate at College Possible Twin Cities. Seth came to College Possible in 2012 as an external relations VISTA where he has since worked to build College Possible’s connection with new audiences through strategic social media, digital planning, local media relations and continued engagement with the organization’s former AmeriCorps members. Seth developed an interest working with media when he managed KWLC Radio as a student at Luther College.

Josh DyeJosh Dye has a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University. He has worked at the Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA), National Association of the Remodeling Industry - Minnesota Chapter (NARI MN), and now serves as the marketing & outreach coordinator for HousingLink. While working for MHA he doubled its membership in Greater Minnesota in less than 18 months, and launched the organization’s education programing statewide. At NARI MN, Josh set association records in member recruitment, event attendance and awards program participation. At HousingLink, the organization has reached all-time highs in website traffic and individual donations. He also spearheaded the recent launch of HousingLink’s first earned income venture. Josh is also the founder and president of Convene, LLC, a speaking, training and consulting company for nonprofits.

Peter FleckPeter Fleck, president at PF Hyper LLC, has been helping organizations realize their web visions since the nineties. He is a long-time teacher/trainer/presenter in the Twin Cities area and taught some of the earliest web-building (HTML) classes at the Science Museum of Minnesota and established courses in HTML, CSS, and web scripting for Minneapolis Community & Technical College. He has presented at previous MCN Tech Conferences, Minnewebcon, NetRoots Minnesota, Twin City Media Alliance Fall Forums, and Minnebar. He worked eight years as a web developer for the University of Minnesota Cancer Center, planning and leading major projects like the Cancer Center's "Find a Clinical Trial." His company PF Hyper LLC specializes in WordPress websites. He blogs irregularly at PF Hyper the Blog, and manages the Seward Neighborhood Forum.

Karen GrahamKaren Graham is a nonprofit leader and technology strategist who loves helping people solve problems – from making their work easier and more enjoyable to enabling their organization to more effectively achieve its mission. She is a frequent writer and speaker on database selection and strategic IT alignment, and author of The Buyers Guide to Nonprofit CRM Software. Karen owns Smart Girl Consulting, the technology strategy company for mission based organizations. From 2012-2015 she was director of technology & innovation at MAP for Nonprofits, where she led the technology consulting services and nonprofit technology learning programs. Before joining MAP, Karen was director of business development at thedatabank. Prior to thedatabank she worked in human resources for seven years. Karen has an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from the University of St. Thomas.

Lou HarvinFor 25 years Lou Harvin had a successful broadcasting career as a reporter and anchor in TV news in the Twin Cities. He worked with the news teams at KSTP, KARE 11 and Twin Cities Public Television. Now Lou spends his professional career helping the American Cancer Society get media attention in and around the Midwest as public relations manager. He also takes time to work with communications professionals and has a busy motivational speaking schedule. Lou has a bachelor of arts in journalism from Wayne State University.

Ivette Izea-MartinezIvette Izea-Martinez, community engagement manager, works to ensure that Casa de Esperanza’s community initiatives meet the needs of Latin@s and Latin@ communities. She oversees the development, implementation, and enhancement of community-based Fuerza Unida Amig@s initiative which provides opportunities for Latin@ youth, Latin@ adults and allies to enhance their leadership skills, learn about domestic violence, and develop and lead community action projects. This includes opportunities to become peer educators by facilitating workshops and conversation circles. Ivette focuses on creating partnerships within communities to develop community driven solutions. She is also responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, providing direction, coordination and consultation for volunteer functions within the organization.

Steve KinsellaSteve Kinsella has worked in the fields of communications and public policy for more than 30 years, including having served as the in-state political director and communications director for U.S. Senator Thomas A. Daschle, and as the press secretary to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration. He currently works as a consultant to a wide variety of organizations and governmental entities in the development of long and short-term communications strategies, grassroots outreach, campaign strategies and event planning. His areas of focus include conservation, the environment and public health, among others. Steve is also a freelance writer and editor whose works have appeared in a variety of publications. His book, 900 Miles from Nowhere: Voices from the Homestead Frontier was a finalist for the Great Plains Book Award.

Grace KintzingerGrace Kintzinger is the technical and program support at Child Care Aware of Minnesota. Her work is guided by the idea that technology innovations can empower the missions of nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes devising best methods for enhancing programs and operations through the use of new technologies, ranging from simple online tools to custom developed applications. Currently Grace provides technology and program support for Eager-to-Learn, an online professional development program serving child care providers. She strives to continually improve the experience of students and instructors by incorporating the latest tech tools in their online learning environment.

Gary LeathermanGary Leatherman, creative director/producer at Digital Watershed, has been developing interactive exhibits, web-based media, and broadcast television for over 20 years. He is the creative director for the “Earthworks Interactive Badge Project” which was funded by a MacArthur Foundation grant from the Digital Media + Learning Digital Badges competition. A former television producer with the Emmy award-winning PBS science series "Newton's Apple,” Gary was the supervising producer for “DragonflyTV:GPS” – PBS’s groundbreaking middle-school science television series which was also honored with two national Emmy Awards. Gary has also been a producer and project lead on numerous interactive and media productions for many varied clients including Ameriprise, United Airlines, The Learning Company, Science Museum of Minnesota, 3M, Honeywell, and the Mayo Clinic.

Sarah MartinSarah Martin has been working with donors for close to ten years. During her time at College Possible she has served as development officer and most recently major gifts officer. Prior to this, she worked at a local community foundation as the director of giver services, managing donor relations for 200 families. Sarah earned her bachelor of science in business from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and also has a certificate in nonprofit management from Hamline University.

Jamie MillardJamie Millard is a co-executive director for Pollen, a digital platform that builds better-connected communities. She is ultimately responsible for the development, implementation and sustainability of the organization's core strategic activities. Jamie serves on a Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul task force to address the retention and attraction of emerging talent in our region. Twin Cities Business magazine identified Jamie as one of "100 People to Know in 2015" and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal listed Jamie as a “2015 40 Under 40.” Recently, Jamie was nationally recognized in the Huffington Post as one of four millennial leaders. In addition to her dream job, Jamie is a current member, and former board chair, of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network — Twin Cities. In 2009, Jamie co-founded the literary arts magazine Paper Darts.

Stacey MillettStacey Millett is a senior program officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. She is responsible for working on a variety of health equity projects. Her mission: to help ensure that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to lead the healthiest lives possible. Prior to joining the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, Stacey held a number of leadership roles in the nonprofit, advocacy and community development sectors. Her previous employers include Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Area Foundation and the Selby Area Community Development Corporation. Stacey holds a master’s degree in marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in television and radio from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University.

Daniel MosheTech Guru founder and C.E.O. Daniel Moshe is an expert in strategy, technical support, preventative maintenance, projects, and IT consulting. Working with an exceptional client support team, Dan brings caring IT to businesses and nonprofit organizations across the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. Dan volunteers on the board of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and organizes the regional qualifier for EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition. Dan also serves on the board of trustees and the finance committee at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka.

Erik PetzelErik Petzel is a campaign coordinator at the American Heart Association (AHA) where he staffs the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition and leads AHA’s coalition and grassroots advocacy work in Minnesota around their active transportation agenda. Prior to joining the American Heart Association, Erik spent a decade in Washington, D.C. with a political consulting firm where he worked with local, state and national electoral and issue advocacy campaigns. A Minnesota native, Erik has a B.A. in government and history from Connecticut College and a master of public policy degree from The George Washington University.

Peter RachleffPeter Rachleff is the co-director of the East Side Freedom Library. He is a professor of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, where he has taught for 31 years. Peter is a widely recognized scholar, writer, and teacher of labor history, with a particular interest in the roles of race and immigration in the making of the American working class. He has helped organize and shape the “Untold Stories” program (15 years of lectures, tours, films and discussions about local labor history) of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, has written essays for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, the Union Advocate, Workday Minnesota, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Peter has appeared in documentary films and as a commentator on local television and radio news programs.

Joseph RamponiJoseph Ramponi has been the IT manager for the last eight years with Opportunity Partners, a large nonprofit working with adults with developmental disabilities. An experienced professional of 14 years, Joseph has been the systems architect for the entire IT infrastructure and has guided the organization through the changes necessary to go from a traditional IT system to a dynamic and very mobile system while still building up security and moving into the cloud. Joseph has had experience as a systems administrator, manager, architect, database administrator and software developer with a strong eye to helping organizations find hidden efficiencies.

Anna RockneAnna Rockne is external relations specialist at College Possible, a nonprofit serving more than 10,000 Minnesota students on the path to college graduation. She joined the organization as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2010, then became communications coordinator. In her current role she strengthens and grows College Possible’s relationships with supporters and partners through digital strategy, donor communications, and media relations. Anna loves using writing and design to share inspiring stories. She has a bachelor of arts in media & cultural studies from Macalester College.

Brian RoemenBrian Roemen has 16 years of technical support experience and 10 years of IT consultation experience. He works 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 any kind of waste. He believes that technology, when harnessed correctly, can boost productivity and convenience while reducing stress (not the opposite), and he applies this philosophy with his clients and in daily life.

Diego RuizDiego Ruiz is the communications associate at College Possible’s national office. In this role, he coordinates College Possible’s national digital communications strategy across the organization’s five offices, located in Milwaukee, Omaha, Philadelphia, Portland and the Twin Cities. Diego has had a passion for storytelling and nonprofits since interning as a producer for a youth radio program as a high school student in San Francisco. After graduating from Macalester College in 2012, he served two years with College Possible National as a Communications VISTA.

Jason SamuelsJason Samuels is the IT director for the National Council on Family Relations. He is a nonprofit technology manager with experience managing projects, budgets and vendor relations. Jason is also accomplished in software implementation, staff training, network administration, end user support, procedure and policy documentation. He takes pride in meeting business needs with the right technology. Jason has a bachelor of arts in history and political science from the University of Minnesota.

Rebecca ShavlikRebecca 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.

Yesenia SoteloYesenia 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. Find her on Twitter as @silverbell.


Zayne TurnerZayne Turner is the tech manager for The Loft Literary Center, and is a certified developer and active member of the nonprofit tech community. She served as the first ever cloud solutions architect at the Vermont Studio Center prior to joining the Loft, and has experience in building systems from and leveraging the power of various cloud-based technologies, ranging from SalesForce to Google Analytics and ETL/integration tools. She has diverse work experience with various nonprofits, in both technical and leadership roles.

Dar VeverkaDar Veverka has worked in information technology for over 16 years. She started out in IT working in nonprofits on small networks, moved on to teaching Microsoft certified solutions expert courses as a technical trainer, and then moved into the corporate world. She worked her way up from helpdesk manager at an environmental engineering firm to manager of systems administration for a large virtual school system. More recently, Dar was the director of information technology for the NAACP and is now the vice president of technology for LIFT, coming full circle back to the nonprofit world that she missed.

Lynn WinterAs the director of projects at Gorton Studios, Lynn Winter works closely with each client to ensure that each web project goes off without a hitch. She works with the client right from the start to help define the project scope, budget, and timeline. From there, she guides all project conversations, leads the process, ensures that the project is on track, and ultimately helps both teams build a successful website. Lynn has over 14 years of project management experience; working at a nonprofit for eight years and now working with nonprofits to execute their goals. She finds that the most enjoyable part of her job is the people.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
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