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Keynote Speaker

Camille EddyOur conference keynote speaker will be Camille Eddy, a roboticist in Silicon Valley. Camille has held internships in mechanical engineering and machine learning at HP Labs and Google’s X. She is known for breaking barriers and breaking new ground. Camille has recently led talks on STEM and artificial intelligence at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA and at the Nonprofit Technology Network NTEN Conference in Washington, DC. She has served as the president of the National Society of Black Engineers: Boise State Chapter and as a board member for GIRL STEM STARS. 

 

Workshop Presenter Biographies

Jeff AchenJeff Achen is a board member and former executive director of The UpTake, a nonprofit video journalism organization. A U.S. Navy veteran and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nepal), Jeff spent the first six years of his civilian career as a multimedia journalist. He joined GiveMN.org and The Saint Paul Foundation in 2010 to help chart the course for online giving and Minnesota’s largest day of giving for four years. Today, Jeff is owner and principal videographer/photographer of CallSign51, a creative services company specializing in video and photography. Jeff became a licensed drone pilot and aerial photographer in 2016. 

Anna AndersonAnna Anderson, C.E.O. of Art Unlimited, has worked in the website design business for over 15 years. A born leader, she has spoken at conferences across the country discussing marketing related topics for national organizations. Her responsibilities include resource management and development, management consulting, strategy and visionary planning. She has a passion for developing teams and joining people together in business. Anna connects with the client and brings their ideas to life. She embodies Art Unlimited’s ability to meet the client where they’re at, anticipate and serve their needs, and blend artistry with technology to produce functional, attractive and cutting-edge products.

Juliana Anderson WilkinsJuliana 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.

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

Brian BakstAn award-winning reporter, Brian Bakst has worked at Minnesota Public Radio since 2016 as the Capitol reporter, and the writer of the Capitol News blog. Previously, he had been a correspondent for the Associated Press for 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.


 

Lauren Beek Lauren Beek is a communications and operations consultant with a focus on nonprofit work. She's currently assisting Start Reading Now with the logistics of planning 30+ book fairs across the Minneapolis metro area. Prior to her work as a consultant, Lauren worked at different nonprofits across industries - ranging from a large midwestern hospital network, an online cancer survivor network, to tutoring new-American refugee children. Prior to her nonprofit work, Lauren worked in public relations at Weber Shandwick and was also a staff writer for NEED Magazine. She earned her B.A. in English from St. Olaf College.

Katie BenesKatie Benes is the marketing director for the Reif Center, a multi-venue performing arts center in Grand Rapids. She is the sole marketing staff for the organization which presents 50+ national and international touring performances each season, offers educational programming in dance and theatre arts, and coordinates a daytime performance series for school groups. Managing traditional marketing, while exploring new ways of doing things has become her modus operandi. In addition to her work at the Reif Center, Katie is heavily involved with her local Business Network International chapter, Rapid Referral, and serves on several local nonprofit boards including Visit Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Arts. She stays involved in local theater, having performed in community productions of My Fair Lady, Chicago, and Young Frankenstein; and she tap dances.

Briana BierschbachBriana Bierschbach is a Capitol reporter for the MinnPost. Briana covers the Minnesota Legislature, from politics and policy to the campaign trail. She got her start in journalism covering city government and transportation for the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota's award-winning campus newspaper. She has also worked with the Associated Press, Politics in Minnesota, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.


Steve BolandSteve 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.

Joan Breslin LarsonJoan Breslin Larson, independent consultant, previously served as supervisor of Special Education Policy at the Minnesota Department of Education. Joan has provided advocacy and support services to individuals with disabilities for over 40 years. Her work focuses in the area of assistive technology and universal design. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Assistive Technology and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Assistive Technology from the State of Minnesota. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences and a co- author of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (2016). Joan has a master of education degree from the University of Minnesota.

Julie CohenAs 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.
 

Claire CollianderClaire Colliander is the director of finance and marketing for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. At Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, she oversees a budget of $6.2 million and marketing for programs that serve over 200,000 annually. Claire has previously held positions with CliftonLarsonAllen, the Jungle Theater and the Schubert Club. She has an M.B.A. and a B.A. in English.

 

Vicky CouillardVicky Couillard has been with Vail Place since 1989. In 2011 she was asked to assume the role of executive director for the organization. Since then, she has led Vail Place through significant growth including expansion into new services and capabilities, all focused on community-based recovery for adults with serious mental illnesses. She is a passionate advocate for mental health and has led efforts to develop new programs with major healthcare providers and legislation to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses. In addition to her career at Vail Place, Vicky has participated as a board member of several organizations and is an active community volunteer. Prior to her work at Vail Place, she worked as a finance director in the construction industry.

Emory David DivelyEmory David Dively started working for the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans in 2016. Well known for his technical expertise, Emory has worked as an IT specialist and was also the director of technology for a marketing company. He has an extensive background in budgeting, development of office systems, data archiving, supervision, communications, and technology. His unique skill set aids the Commission in managing the scope, timelines, and budgets for the many activities and events undertaken by the Commission. Emory currently serves the nonprofit world as a member of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Access advisory committee and on ThinkSelf’s board of directors.

Kate Downing KhaledKate Downing Khaled is on a mission to use her skills in community engagement to shape the future to be more fair and welcoming. In her work, Kate is the owner of an independent consulting firm, Imagine Deliver, where she facilitates creative design and equitable strategy processes for her clients. In her past work at Charities Review Council, she served the role of director of engagement & programs, where she led the Council’s creative design, business modeling and partnership development efforts – including the development of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit for nonprofits, philanthropies, coalitions and municipalities.

Nancy Doyle BrownNancy Doyle Brown helps nonprofits thrive 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 consultant for more than 10 years and previously worked in communications for Catholic Charities and for Aeon, an affordable housing provider. Nancy is also an expert in group facilitation and consensus-based decision-making. She has been a workshop presenter and keynote speaker for local and national audiences.

David EricksonDavid Erickson is the V.P. of online marketing for Minneapolis public relations firm, Karwoski & Courage. In that capacity he helps clients formulate online communication strategies and supervises execution of those strategies. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, David has worked with organizations of all sizes, both local and international brands, and across many industries. He has expertise in all aspects of online marketing, from search and social to email marketing and web development. He has a particular focus on web analytics and measurement. In addition to publishing the Success @ Creative PR Blog, David also publishes e-Strategy Trends and co-hosts the weekly Beyond Social Media Show podcast.

Steven S. FoldesSteven S. Foldes is a social scientist with more than 30 years of experience conducting public health and health services research and leading research teams. Steven received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and was a Bush Foundation Leadership fellow. Following a career in applied research that spanned state government and private industry, in 2011 he started Foldes Consulting, LLC, and was appointed an adjunct associate professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. His work has been widely cited in the scientific literature and has influenced state and federal policy on tobacco control and coverage under Medicare Advantage for caregivers of persons with dementia. He was honored with the first national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association “Best of Blue” award for health services research.

Emily GoodEmily Good is the legal projects manager at Legal Services State Support. She works to improve access to justice for low income Minnesotans with web-based tools, including Minnesota Legal Advice Online and the LawHelpMN websites. Despite her training and practice as a lawyer, she values simple communication of complicated topics so people can actually understand them. When she isn’t administering websites, she supports idealistic law students through her adjunct teaching role with the Immigration & Human Rights Clinic at the University of Minnesota Law School.  You can also frequently find her officiating bike races all over Minnesota and feeding baby squirrels at the Wildlife Rehab Center.

Karen GrahamKaren 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.

Brent HafeleFor more than a decade, consultant Brent Hafele has helped nonprofits become vibrant, sustainable organizations. Brent cut his teeth in the sector early in his career as an executive director and a development director. Today, as vice president at Dickerson, Bakker & Associates, he coaches and equips a wide range of clients nationwide in nonprofit leadership, organization-level strategy, and high capacity fundraising—particularly capital campaigns. In addition to his consulting work, Brent is a popular speaker at national, regional and local conferences on nonprofit leadership and fundraising. He is also a faculty member of the University of St. Thomas’s Fundraising Certificate Series. Brent earned an M.A. in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Bonnie HarrisBonnie Harris is an integrated marketing communications (IMC) expert with more than twenty years of marketing communications experience across traditional and digital media. She has created IMC campaigns for a wide variety of clients from Ivy League universities to software companies to healthcare specialty practices. She blogs and writes about IMC for national publications and is a regular guest on shows and podcasts discussing marketing and IMC strategy. Bonnie has been quoted in USA Today, Success Magazine, PR Week, and many other publications. Prior to founding Wax Marketing, Bonnie worked in the technology industry in marketing and management. She is an adjunct professor for the Reed College of Media graduate program at West Virginia University and teaches IMC for the Public Relations Society of America.

Alison HollandAlison Holland is an academic technologist for University of Minnesota Extension Technology. She helps teams utilize technology in their outreach education efforts through consulting, production work and supporting professional development. Alison’s background includes experience in outreach education working for county government, nonprofits, K-12 schools and higher education. A doctoral student in Hamline's School of Education, she is currently focused on studying how people learn online informally every day in order to help researchers and outreach educators amplify their messages.

Amanda HornerAmanda Horner is the social justice communications manager at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In this role, Amanda works closely with the Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice to advance policies and build community engagement around stable housing, child and family wellbeing and economic mobility. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, she worked as a communications and public affairs consultant, providing strategic counsel and implementation support to clients in social services, health care, economic development, affordable housing and others. Throughout her career, Amanda has worked closely with new and traditional media to enhance the public conversation around critical issues in our communities. She is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, where she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy.

Nausheena HussainNausheena Hussain is committed to challenging the negative stereotypes surrounding Muslims by shining a light on changemakers in her community and addressing issues at the root causes as the co-founder and executive director of RISE – Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment. She is currently a Bush Foundation Leadership fellow and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota. In 2014, she was appointed as a commissioner on the Charter Commission for the city of Brooklyn Park. She volunteers on the Brooklyns Coalition of Communities of Color, has served as an election judge and was a 2016 Minnesota delegate at the Democratic National Convention. Her philanthropic work includes service on the advancement committee for the Charities Review Council and the Headwaters Foundation for Justice Community Innovation and Social Change Fund committees.

Becca JacksonBecca Jackson is the Special Education Workforce specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. She began her career as a Deaf/Hard of Hearing classroom teacher, and has been involved with teacher preparation in the areas of special education and deaf education for over a decade.


 

Evan JohnsonEvan Johnson is a director and producer. For almost 25 years, he has helped clients tell their stories with media—audio, video, photography—through his company, Ellida Productions. Evan believes storytelling is like getting the ingredients for your next great meal at the farmer’s market. You understand that sometimes, small is better. You want to know the person who’s doing the work, and you believe that the process matters. Ellida Productions helps ideas and stories grow all year long.
 

Mary KaczorekMary 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.

Joe KesslerIn his role as service engineer at Tech Guru, Joe Kessler is an expert in Office 365 and numerous other applications including Google Apps. Joe has helped make Tech Guru clients’ days better by solving tech issues for almost a decade, and has developed strong relationships with nonprofits in the metro area.


 

Taqee KhaledTaqee Khaled, founding principal of Imagine Deliver, is a moonshot-inspired business strategist constantly imagining and reshaping approaches to help clients leapfrog their competitors. His background includes corporate strategy and business development, innovation and diversification, management consulting, overseeing a $20 million dollar community innovation health and wellness investment portfolio, delivering merger and acquisition transaction advisory for corporate and financial buyers, and advising on financial performance, technology integration, human capital and strategic transformation for startups, Fortune 50, and middle market leadership. Taqee serves on the HealthEast Foundation's board of directors, the Super Bowl 52 Legacy Fund advisory committee, the Urban Land Institute's advisory board and the City of Saint Paul's planning commission.

Joanne KosciolekJoanne Kosciolek is the vice president of development & external affairs for Project for Pride in Living (PPL). PPL has a dual focus of developing permanent affordable housing for lower-income families and individuals and providing job training and employment. She was previously the vice president of development & communications for Avivo, a multi-service organization providing chemical and mental health, employment services and career training. Joanne has worked in the nonprofit arena for over 30 years, including staff positions at Aeon, HealthEast Foundation, Girl Scout Council of Minneapolis and the United Way. She believes 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 10 years.

Josh LaBauJosh LaBau has spent most of his career in nonprofit social enterprises, focusing primarily on digital marketing and growth strategy. After hitting technological walls too many times, he made a career switch to software engineering, and later co-founded Significant Digits in part to help social purpose organizations provably further their missions with technology. He is also lead developer at Local Crate, a venture-backed Minnesota startup that aims to flip the food system back to its local roots nationwide.
 

Jessica LehmanJessica Lehman is the chief operating officer at Jeremiah Program, a leading national nonprofit in the two-generational field, headquartered in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Jeremiah in early 2016, Jess held multiple leadership positions at Target Corporation in Organizational Effectiveness, Store Operations, and Human Resources. In her current role, Jess applies her skills and experience from the private sector to lead day-to-day operations, including organizational strategy and policy, programming, human resources and IT. Jess' current focuses include leadership of Jeremiah Program's executive directors and the development, design and improvement of infrastructure to support a growing organization. Jess received her B.S. from the University of Minnesota and her M.S. from Indiana University.

Pam LongfellowPam Longfellow is co-founder and vice-chair for Start Reading Now, a nonprofit that focuses on closing the achievement gap by hosting free book fairs in high-need public schools. She is also a principal consultant at Longfellow Solutions, where she works with teams and organizations in launching initiatives across industries. Prior to that, Pam worked as a project manager with Hollstadt & Associates, and has over 20 years of IT and project management experience. She was also previously a middle school teacher, and spent three years as the finance director of Think Small, the Twin Cities’ support agency for thousands of childcare providers. Pam earned her B.S. in finance from Miami University.

Jamie MillardAs 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.

Sarah MoeSarah Moe is a board registered polysomnographic technologist and sleep specialist, and is the founder of Sleep Health Specialists, which provides sleep health education to the employees of local businesses and corporations. She is also an adjunct professor in the Polysomnography (Sleep) Program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Sarah sits on the board of directors for the Minnesota Sleep Society, and also volunteers on the Educational Products committee for the American Association of Sleep Technologists.

Daniel MooreDaniel Moore is the director of operations and donor experience at GiveMN. He runs the training programs that help nonprofits and schools make the most of GiveMN. Dan joined GiveMN in 2012. Before joining GiveMN, Dan spent five years as a gift planning officer at Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and holds a political science degree from the University of Minnesota – Morris. When he’s not doing the GiveMN thing, Dan helps to lead the Champlin Park High School Vocal Music Association and serves as president of the University of Minnesota Morris Alumni Association.

Laura MortensonLaura Mortenson is communications manager for the Minnesota Budget Project. She manages media relations and oversees communications outreach to promote the research and advocacy efforts of the team. Her professional background includes serving as communications director for a St. Paul mayor and managing public and media relations for city organizations. Laura received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.


Daniel MosheDaniel Moshe
is the founder of Tech Guru, the premier source for cloud and technology services in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Dan and Tech Guru service B2B businesses and nonprofit organizations with 10-100 users. Tech Guru was built on the ground of Dan’s core values: caring, accountable, responsive, and empathy. Though the company has grown, it continues to focus on exceptional computer support. Clients look to Tech Guru for services like cloud computing or comprehensive outsourced business technology support. When he’s not running Tech Guru, Dan serves on the Accelerator subcommittee and Central Regional Council of Entrepreneurs Organization, where he’s the Central Regional Accelerator director and engages entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

Meghan MurphyAs the art+story director, Meghan Murphy guides Pollen's vision for art and story and establishes the highest standards for composing artful, entertaining stories of unsung heroes. She is also the editor-in-chief of Paper Darts, a literary and arts magazine.

 

 

Mónica NadalAs 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.


 

Julie NielsenJulie Nielsen directs the Innovation Group of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center located in North Minneapolis. NorthPoint is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing direct patient care in medical, dental and behavioral health services while engaging with the community to affect conditions from which health disparities emerge. The Innovation Group functions as an internal resource for NorthPoint, conducting applied research and program evaluation; and providing support for continuous project and organizational improvement. In this role, the Innovation Group conducts research, translates research into practice, monitors outcomes, promotes evidence-based practices; and analyzes and advances innovative ideas and strategies. Julie earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in organizational leadership, policy and development from the University of Minnesota, focusing on evaluation studies.

Ryan PeasleyRyan Peasley is a consultant on the information technology management team in Wipfli LLP’s Milwaukee office. He provides consulting services to help clients manage their IT environment. Ryan is an experienced nonprofit consultant, advocate and technology enabler. He has 15 years of experience working with and planning for technology in regulated industries helping organizations manage, implement and utilize technology to engage constituents and customers and achieve organizational goals. Ryan’s experience includes all aspects of IT service delivery and planning including scoping, planning, migration, configuration, training, documentation, report writing and user adoption.

Michelle Ramirez RothMichelle Ramirez Roth is a passionate advocate for evaluation. Michelle earned her master’s degrees in clinical psychology and applied experimental psychology. She obtained her Ph.D. in applied experimental psychology, where she studied decision making and role of emotion in making high-impact decisions. As a senior research associate, Michelle has worked on evaluation projects related to health disparities in American Indian populations, child-welfare disparities in historically marginalized populations, and impact of recovery groups tailored to honor the cultural identity within adult Hmong men.

Brian RoemenBrian Roemen has 17 years of technical support experience and 11 years of IT consultation experience. Over the past eight years, as principal and lead tech for Brave North Technology, 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 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. 

Jason SamuelsJason Samuels joined American Craft Council in early 2017 as IT operations manager. He previously worked for the National Council on Family Relations as director of innovation and technology. Jason has strong interests in technology and nonprofit management and strives to implement solutions that meet business needs strategically and effectively. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and an active participant in local and national nonprofit technology professional networking groups.
 

Henry SchneiderHenry Schneider is a multi-faceted media producer specializing in video production. Operating independently under Open Window Productions, Henry has had the opportunity to work with incredible nonprofits and small businesses for marketing campaigns, fundraising efforts, product demonstrations and much more. 



Chris SerresChris Serres covers social services for the Star Tribune. He writes about issues affecting society's most vulnerable populations, including the poor, elderly, mentally ill and people with cognitive and physical disabilities. He has been a newspaper reporter for 20 years.




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.

Anne Sittner AndersonAnne Sittner Anderson joined the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) in 2015. She launched their Hearing Loss Matters subsite 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.

Ginger Sorvari BucklinGinger Sorvari Bucklin leads The Nerdery Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to activate technologists to use their talents and skills to better our world. Through its flagship event, The Overnight Website Challenge, over 1300 volunteer web pros have donated over $7 million in pro bono services to 200+ nonprofits. In addition, Ginger is a founding partner at Cimarron Winter, a digital innovation consultancy. Whether engaged by enterprise marketing, IT, or the business team, Cimarron Winter strives to deliver a great customer experience based on a solid technical solution and an effective business operation. Ginger has been a featured speaker at national and local conferences for over a decade, speaking on topics including technology, innovation, volunteerism, and diversity. Ginger has a passion for volunteering, is active in Minnesota's nonprofit community.

Erika StenrickErika Stenrick is the co-founder and creative director of Us Creative Works, a Minneapolis-based webfirm that helps nonprofits tell their story and realize their missions through digital. She has been a web designer, UX specialist and strategist for over 15 years and is passionate about user-centered design.


 

Kevin TerrellKevin Terrell has more than 20 years of leadership experience in top performing organizations, including McKinsey & Company and General Electric, and P&L ownership in firms ranging from Fortune 500 to startups. Functionally, Kevin has led all facets of go-to-market teams including overseeing voice of customer, marketing, product development, sales, business development, pricing and strategy. He was a 6 Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, and has led cross-functional teams to deliver IT, operational and engineering solutions. His industry experience includes healthcare, B2B and financial services, manufacturing, construction, government and nonprofits.

Micah ThorMicah Thor is president of the innovative IT service firm Tech Guru, which delivers technical consulting, support and leadership to businesses who do not have the necessary IT resources in-house. As a committed and passionate business leader, Micah uses his broad business development and operations expertise to lead Tech Guru in delivering exceptional business guidance and technical solutions to his clients. His areas of expertise include assessing clients’ technical risks and threats, advising clients on peripheral efficiencies, managing complex IT projects, ensuring client success as well as operations leadership and business development for Tech Guru.

Ariel TilsonAriel Tilson is devoted to sharing relevant, community-driven, empowered narratives as a freelance documentary filmmaker and producer. She earned her graduate degree in documentary film and impact from The New School in New York City and received her undergraduate degree in journalism and international studies at The University of Kansas. Her documentary projects include Emmy-nominated feature length documentaries and nationally distributed digital video content, with a focus on cross-cultural and socially conscious issues.

Mai VangMai Vang, support specialist, was born and raised in St. Paul and brings a background in community outreach and philanthropy to help GiveMN continue to ignite generosity and grow giving. She helped kick off the Knight Green Line Challenge in 2014 that awarded more than $1 million to community projects along the new Metro Transit Green Line connecting downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. She currently serves as a committee member on the Asian Pacific Endowment Fund through The Saint Paul Foundation. Prior to joining GiveMN, Mai served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation. At GiveMN, Mai assists thousands of nonprofit and school leaders and donors as part of the GiveMN Help Team. Mai studied sociology at Augsburg College.

Linda WiddopLinda Widdop manages all aspects of client relations for Tech Impact, including educating nonprofits about technology solutions. She works with local, regional and national partners to provide the nonprofit community with increased knowledge of technology through speaking engagements. Linda has been using Office 365 since it was first introduced and has helped over 800 nonprofits get on board with the software.

 

Jay WilkinsonJay Wilkinson is founder and C.E.O. of Firespring—a Nebraska-based Certified B Corporation. In 2016, Firespring was featured in Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 50 Places to Work in America and has been listed on the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies seven of the last eight years. As a philanthropist, Jay has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits. He spends half of his time helping nonprofit organizations leverage their mission and deepen their impact. For two decades Jay has informed and educated thousands of professionals with his empowering messages. His TEDx talk on company culture has more than 1 million views. A graduate of MIT’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program, Jay has appeared on CNN and other national news outlets discussing the important role nonprofits play in the U.S. economy.

Alessandra WilliamsAlessandra Williams is an educator, artist and activist. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California - Los Angeles in culture and performance and she teaches courses in gender and sexuality, performance and ethnic studies. After graduating from Macalester College with an American studies and theatre and dance B.A., her community organizing earned her the Grassroots Solutions Organizer of the Year award. As a collaborator of the East Side Freedom Library, she has supported communications and social media, collaborative engagement with volunteers and community partners, and grant proposals in intercultural engagement in the arts. Currently, she is participating in a national tour of the performance piece “Shyamali: Sprouting Words” with Ananya Dance Theatre, a company led by Ananya Chatterjea.

Lynn WinterFor the last 17 years, Lynn Winter has grown her expertise in the areas of user experience, content strategy and project management. This wide range of skills allows her to provide a holistic approach when solving problems. Lynn is currently a freelance consultant helping agencies and clients by solving complex problems, providing expertise in areas they might not have, and offering support when their workload is too much. Lynn specializes in working with nonprofits.
 

Tom ZimmermanTom Zimmerman, marketing and communications manager, leads GiveMN’s marketing and communications outreach to donors and nonprofit and school administrators. He joined GiveMN in 2015, coming from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, where he managed marketing and communications across several brands, including Georgia Gives, an online platform for Georgia nonprofits to raise money on Georgia Gives Day and all year round. Tom received a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Lynchburg College. Tom also serves on the board of directors for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.

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