2022 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference

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Speaker Biographies

March 29 Keynote

Sarah BellamySarah Bellamy is president of Penumbra. She has designed several programs that engage patrons in critical thinking, dialogue, and action around issues of race and social justice. Select programs include Penumbra’s RACE Workshop and the Summer Institute, a leadership development program for teens to practice art for social change.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Sarah also holds an M.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago. She has taught at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and served as visiting professor of Theatre and Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She is a leading facilitator around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and has led coalition building efforts to address inequities in philanthropy and theater. Her lectures on the power of race and representation have been presented across the country illuminating the ways in which images, narratives, and media influence perception and ultimately shape lives.

She is a founding member of the Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition and has served on the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group. She is currently serving as a board member for the Jerome Foundation. She has been awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award and is a 2015 Bush Fellow.

March 31 Keynote

Kate Barr (she/her) is president and CEO of Propel Nonprofits, whose mission is to fuel the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital. She provides strategic leadership in partnership with the board of directors and oversees strategic and business planning and external relations. She led the merger of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits in 2017 to create a premier resource for nonprofits in the region. She is a national leader, speaker, and writer on nonprofit strategy and finance and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. Before joining the organization in 2000, Kate was a bank executive and an arts administrator. She has served on numerous boards of directors, currently as board chair at the Jerome Foundation.

Ruth McCambridge is the founder and editor emerita of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes 45 years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.

Breakout Session Speakers

Ben Aase (he/him/his) is a Principal with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) and leads our national nonprofit consulting practice.  Ben works with a range of nonprofit and governmental clients nationwide to drive both organizational and field-wide change and results at the intersection of strategy, finance, and operations.  Ben is currently a Cargill Foundation board director and investment committee member. He has his B.A. in Economics from Colorado College and an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  

In his role at Abdo, Steve Anseth leads the firm’s nonprofit segment. Prior to going into public accounting, Steve spent nearly 15 years working for a large nonprofit organization, giving him the experience that helps him understand his clients’ organizations from the inside out. He has an in-depth understanding of how—and why—nonprofits operate. Steve is passionate about helping nonprofits succeed by improving their operations and internal controls. Steve joined Abdo in 2013 and has more than 25 years of experience working in and for nonprofit organizations. Steve enjoys public speaking, and regularly presents at events for the Minnesota CPA Society, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, National Business Institute, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Elizabeth Barchenger, certified public accountant, is a director in the Assurance team at Mahoney with over 10 years’ experience in public accounting. Elizabeth’s primary area of practice is providing audit and accounting services to clients in the real estate and not-for-profit industries, including those with Uniform Guidance and HUD reporting requirements. Elizabeth is the treasurer of the Minnesota Chorale, a small nonprofit which includes a family of choirs of all ages and serves as the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal chorus. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.

John Bricout is a professor and director of research in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. He also serves as co-director of the interdisciplinary workforce development and research lab in the U of M’s College of Education and Human Development. Professor Bricout’s research examines the socio-cultural aspects of participatory, ethical design for robotics and intelligent assistive technologies to enhance the capabilities and well-being of people with disabilities. He also studies virtual interdisciplinary teamwork, community-engaged research partnerships, workforce learning, and inclusive design processes with diverse stakeholders. He has a strong interest in international work, and served as a Fulbright specialist in the Republic of Georgia.

Sarah Clyne
currently serves as EquaSpace's first executive director, a new co-location nonprofit center that will open in downtown St. Paul. Additionally, she served as executive director of Northside Funders Group, Domestic Abuse Project, and Joyce Preschool. She also serves on the board of directors for Propel Nonprofits as chair, Pollen Midwest as chair, Serve Minnesota, Gender Justice and a founding local advisory board member for Educators for Excellence-MN. She also served on Mayor Hodges' Cradle-to-K Cabinet and the Governor's Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations. Sarah is passionate about education, social justice, ending gender-based violence, and building cross-sector relationships to dismantle disparities in our communities. Sarah received a master's degree in education and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and Spanish, both from the University of Minnesota.

Karla Dross (she/her) is the director of finance at Hunger Solutions Minnesota, a statewide organization working to end hunger. She has proven expertise in driving efficiency and productivity through evaluation of financial management systems and implementation of process improvements. For nearly 30 years, Karla has dedicated her career in leading operations for nonprofit organizations.

As an area vice president within the Human Resources Consulting and Compensation practice of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Heather Eastman helps clients navigate large scale organizational change and optimize the human element of their operations. With more than 25 years of leadership roles in HR, strategy, and operations, Heather’s expertise lies in growth strategy, optimization and turnaround, M&A integrations, and organizational development. Throughout her career Heather has led both cross-functional teams as well as large-scale initiatives including global change management, post-acquisition integration, HR process re-design, and organizational restructuring. In addition to her consulting activities, Heather is often called upon as a speaker in the area of organizational change and culture and has presented for national conference audiences as well as regional and local associations and employers.

Tammy Feige Filippi is the community solutions specialist for Sourcewell, a service cooperative based in Staples and serving five counties in Central Minnesota. Tammy holds a master’s degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica and an undergraduate degree in urban and regional studies with a minor in social work from Minnesota State University - Mankato. She has been working, volunteering and participating as a nonprofit board member for over 25 years. She is currently responsible for coordinating the nonprofit programming for Sourcewell, which includes professional development, funding and resource development, along with coordinating funding opportunities for government entities.

Melanie Ferris, founder of Melanie Ferris Consulting, is passionate about helping her clients develop and implement strategies to support health and wellbeing in community and in workplaces. Through her background in public health, Melanie knows that the environments in which we live, work, learn, and play have a tremendous impact on our overall health and wellbeing. She draws on her 15 years of experience as a researcher, facilitator, and leader of organizational change initiatives to help organizations take a holistic approach to understand factors contributing to poor health and engage diverse stakeholder groups in planning and implementing meaningful action. Melanie holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

As director of the City of Duluth’s Workforce Development Department, Elena Foshay leads development and implementation of workforce strategy, employer services, and programs for jobseekers. Her roots are in youth development and social work, with close to 20 years of experience designing and implementing workforce development programs. She believes in building a strong community fabric of partners and envisions a future where we work together to create economic opportunity for all.

Yvonne Gardner is a managing principal within the Gallagher Human Resources & Compensation Consulting (HRCC) practice, where she is a national level senior advisor to HRCC’s organization effectiveness and performance management clients and regional compensation leader. With over 30 years focused in the organizational development space, Yvonne has a deep knowledge of best practices in organization design, broad based compensation, performance management, incentive design, executive compensation, competency assessment, pre-merger due diligence and post-merger integration, performance management, workforce planning and analytics, talent acquisition, development and succession planning, and diversity and inclusion. Throughout her career Yvonne has served clients across myriad industries including financial services, health care, high-tech, transportation and telecommunications and in recent years has taken great pride in the work she has done in the not-for-profit sector. 

Heidi Grinde is a principal in outsourcing services, specializing in nonprofit/public sector accounting. She has over 14 years of public experience with CLA providing audit, accounting, and consulting services serving foundations, social services organizations, associations, and other nonprofit entities. As a C.F.O. for her clients, she helps improve their financial operations and decision-making ability through customized outsourcing services, freeing their time from finance and accounting operations, so they can focus on managing their organizations.

Sara Gross Methner is general counsel and secretary of the University of St. Thomas. She previously served as chief human resources officer. Before joining St. Thomas, Sara was a managing director in the Hong Kong and Minneapolis offices of Piper Jaffray Companies. Initially hired as assistant general counsel, she took on a dual role as head of compensation, then became general counsel and chief administrative officer for the firm’s Asia division, and finally served as international general counsel. She previously practiced law in the corporate group of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Before earning her law degree, she was a legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Sara graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature.

Wade Hauser's is an attorney at Lathrop GPM. His practice centers on helping tax-exempt organizations—such as health and long-term care providers, colleges, foundations, and advocacy organizations—meet their objectives. Wade regularly guides nonprofits through major transactions including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and financings. Wade also regularly advises on grant making and charitable giving issues, including the management of endowments and donor advised funds. Wade also works with long-standing and startup organizations to establish a practical governance and corporate structure and secure and maintain tax-exempt status at the state and federal level. Clients aiming to influence public policy and elections rely on Wade's advice on state and federal campaign finance and tax-exemption law.

Mario A. Hernandez, strategic services director, believes nonprofits and their leaders can build and sustain a more just society. He’s been in the sector for nearly 25 years in numerous executive leadership and board roles. In his current role as Strategic Services Director at Propel Nonprofits he’s priviliged and excited to share what he’s learned leading nonprofit organizations with other current and emerging nonprofit leaders. He enjoys talking strategy with anyone who will listen; creating operational plans that bridge strategy into practice; furthering inclusive leadership development; and, paying for it all through sustainable business models.    

Peter Holupchinski (he/him) is a senior wealth advisor with CLA Wealth Advisors, LLC. Peter serves dozens of nonprofit and governmental clients providing strategic modelling, board of directors’ education, and investment management. He has his B.A. in accounting & finance from St. John’s University and is a CFA charter holder.

Heidi Hukriede, chartered Financial Analyst, brings over 30 years of diverse experience in managing portfolios and leading investment management teams. She is an owner of Stonebridge Capital Advisors where she is responsible for the management of portfolios for institutions and high net worth individuals. She is also a leader of the portfolio management team serving as a member of the Stonebridge Investment Review committee and Research committee. Heidi is an active member of and has served on the board of both the Minnesota Society of Municipal Analysts and National Federation of Municipal Analysts. She is also a member of the CFA Institute, and the Minnesota Financial Planning Association. In 2017 and 2019 Heidi was named one of the Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce.

Sarah Jackson (she/her) is a senior loan officer & financial specialist at Propel Nonprofits. She helps nonprofit clients navigate the often confusing and exclusionary finance world as a lender, trainer and partner. Her clients include organizations across many sectors including the arts, community development, affordable housing, education, mental health, and human services. Sarah has worked with or for nonprofit organizations in Minnesota for more than 15 years in various roles including as executive director of the Minnesota News Council and program director for the Minnesota Newspaper Association. She earned degrees in journalism and philosophy from the University of Minnesota, proving liberal arts folks can be finance leaders, too.

Beth Kaiser, care consultant/caregiver specialist, came to Age Well Arrowhead in April 2020, fresh from her work with the Victory Chorus, a choir comprised of persons living with dementia, their care partners, and community volunteers. She has extensive training in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, healthy aging, aging in place, and transitions and relocation (when living independently is no longer an option), and most recently completed Advanced Dementia Capability Training, leading to certification as a caregiver coach. Beth is the first person a new client meets at Age Well Arrowhead as they seek to create a customized service plan that can benefit all involved. Beth is passionate about helping others envision a healthy, meaningful life as they age and is a friendly, compassionate bridge in a time of need.

Amanda Kaler (she/her) brings over 16 years’ experience to the nonprofit sector. Through a variety of nonprofit leadership roles, she has facilitated and collaborated on numerous searches while interim executive director and associate director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), and acting general manager of Open Book (home to MCBA and its literary nonprofit partners). Amanda also has recent experience being on the other side of the hiring process, having joined Springboard for the Arts as their development director in February 2022. Amanda holds dual master's degrees in nonprofit management and arts administration from the University of Oregon.

Sehoon Kim is an assistant professor of Human Resource Development in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. He earned his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. He had worked in various industries in South Korea and the United States as a human resources professional and a consultant. His research interests include training and development, employee well-being, and workforce development. Sehoon holds a Ph.D.

Patrick Kincade is director of marketing where he develops and implements the overall marketing strategies for the firm. He is also a lead member of the Nonprofit Management team where he develops and maintains relationships with the firm’s nonprofit clients. Patrick is a member of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and the Financial Planning Association of Minnesota. He is actively involved with several local charities including sitting on the board of TheGoodGamerOrg and acting as a committee member for Nexus Family Healing and Goodwill Easter Seals MN, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Curtis Klotz is co-founder and chief learning officer at Diverge Finance Cooperative. As a presenter, Curt shares business model strategies for nonprofits and a commitment to equity in financial leadership that have emerged from nearly 40 years of direct work in nonprofit organizations. Prior to founding Diverge, Curt held roles as director of nonprofit innovation at CLA, V.P. of finance & CFO at Propel Nonprofits, and director of finance and administration at Indian Law Resource Center. He was a founding board member and past chairperson of the Montana Nonprofit Association. Curt has contributed articles to Nonprofit Quarterly, various CPA journals, and was the principal author of CLA’s Innovation in Nonprofit Finance blog. Curt is a certified public accountant.

Greg Larson, a Partner at Lathrop GPM, counsels nonprofit organizations in all aspects of their businesses. For almost 35 years, she has focused her practice, including formation, tax-exemption matters, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, financing, regulatory matters, and general business matters. Greg advises private foundations on the special tax regulations affecting them, especially issues concerning grant-making and fellowship program design and implementation. In his practice, Greg frequently advises higher education institutions and their related foundations, as well as health care entities, especially hospitals and long-term care providers. Greg provides ongoing advice regarding tax-exemption matters and regulatory compliance. Additionally, he advises private foundations regarding governance, grant-making programs, and general compliance.

Jenny Lee is the chief financial officer at Esperanza United. She joined Esperanza United in 2020 and has worked in nonprofits for the last six years. Prior to Esperanza United, she worked in public and corporate accounting with small businesses for 12 years. Jenny enjoys the rewards and challenges that come with her work.    

Rebecca Luxenberg (she/her) is an experienced finance and operations leader who has been serving nonprofit and philanthropic institutions for over 15 years. Currently working as an independent consultant, she previously held leadership positions at Borealis Philanthropy, National Council on Family Relations, and Conservation Minnesota. Rebecca received her B.A. from Earlham College and her MBA from the University of Portland. A millennial elder, Rebecca loves designing and implementing elegant financial and operational systems that seamlessly transfer data, reducing manual labor and improving scalability. Another passion is aligning financial data and reports to best support strategic analysis and decision making. A collaborative leader with a deep commitment to equity, Rebecca works to center those who are most impacted in financial and policy decision making.

Jessica Mendieta
joined the National Council of Nonprofits in September 2021 and serves as a policy associate. In this role, Jessica researches and develops educational content about policies that affect the nationwide network. Her experience in the nonprofit and government sectors, as well has her background in data analysis and visualization, led her to find opportunities to show trends, indicators, and policies that impact organizations and communities. Jessica has served at the Federal City Council, New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, and the New York City Department of Education. Jessica holds a master’s degree from the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Koa Mirai is a cultural anthropologist-turned-lender and financial specialist. As a researcher, educator, and nonprofit consultant they have worked closely with folks directing social change in widely diverse settings. Koa is committed to tackling structural inequalities and believes in a redistribution of capital and financial knowledge toward that end. As a lender, they value relationships and believes truly generative insights come out of attentiveness, curiosity, and deep personal engagement.

Marcie Moravec (she/her) is the finance and operations director at TakeAction Minnesota, a multi-racial, progressive, people’s organization building power for a government and economy that works for all of us. Marcie developed and has led the Fiscal Sponsorship program at TakeAction since 2018. This program focuses on collaborative and values-driven support and incubation of new and emerging projects within our community. Marcie is committed to building strong organizational infrastructure across our movement.

Sheryl Morrison is a Partner at Lathrop GPM. For almost 35 years, she has focused her practice
in the areas of estate and wealth planning, transfer tax strategies, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and charitable giving and nonprofit organizations. She helps clients accomplish their objectives for management, protection, and preservation of their wealth through strategies that minimize taxes and promote effective family management of assets, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, generation-skipping planning, charitable trusts and corporations, and various grantor trusts (e.g. SLATs). She works with clients in the administration and operation of their trusts, estates, and businesses. Sheryl's practice also focuses on philanthropy through creation, qualification, and administration of nonprofit and tax-exempt entities. She also counsels higher education institutions, health care organizations, and other charities about their charitable gift acquisition programs and administration practices.

Vanan Murugesan
leads initiatives that make Pillsbury United and the communities we serve more innovative, effective and future-ready. Embedded in work across the agency—from community media to grocery to finance—he collaborates with leaders and teams to improve how they operate and design strategies that meet complex needs. With a background spanning engineering, entrepreneurship and organizational change, Vanan steers bold ideas that can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. He has also guided two of our social enterprises, KRSM radio station and Full Cycle bike shop. Vanan holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, earned a certificate in human centered design at Stanford’s d.school. He is currently working thru his certificate at the Executive Leadership Institute at Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business.

Miski Noor (they/he/she) is an organizer and writer where they are co-director with Black Visions, a power and base-building force for Black Queer and Trans people and their families within the larger Movement for Black Lives. Miski is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where they studied political science and African and African-American studies, and has been published in Colorlines and HuffPost BlackVoices. Miski prioritizes relationship building, transformative justice, and co-creating movement cultures that are collaborative and sustainable. As a Black, African, and Queer immigrant, Miski is committed to working to create a world in which Black life is protected and our collective liberation is realized.

Peter S. Olsen is the director of finance and administration for Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, a mid-size not-for-profit organization that runs a 24-hour shelter for homeless families in Ramsey County and a food shelf that works primarily with the Indigenous Peoples community. Peter's role includes finance, human resources, and information technology, giving him a diverse business background. In addition, Peter is the chair of the board of directors of the Nonprofit Financial Group, an association of over 250 members who work in the nonprofit sector, in the financial area. He's served as chair for over six years. Peter has served on the Ideal board of directors for nine years after serving two years on the Supervisory committee.

An avowed finance and operations geek, Luciano Patiño is co-founder and co-CEO at Diverge Finance. He started his career working at NorthstarMLS, helping realtors make the best possible use of the tech tools at their disposal. Since then, he has worked with several nonprofits, all with different business models, on their technology and financial infrastructure. As a consultant, Luciano leads workshops on cultural competency, using the Intercultural Development Inventory and other tools. He is the recipient of the Moxie Award for Community Leadership from PFund Foundation, and is a former Humphrey Policy

Scott Rahja
is a controller at Meet Minneapolis, a nonprofit organization tasked to promote the city of Minneapolis by bringing conventions, groups, sporting events, and conferences to Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Scott joined Meet Minneapolis in 2021. In his current role he is an accounting specialist. This involves financial statement preparation, presentation of financial information to the board of directors, as well as running the day-to-day operations of the accounting department. Scott has an extensive background in automating accounting departments, bringing them to a virtually paperless environment.  

Shétu Rose
is co-founder and co-CEO at Diverge Finance Cooperative with 18+ years of financial management experience. Over the years she has led administrative and strategic management teams for local and international organizations in the nonprofit sector. Prior to Diverge, Shétu was V.P. of finance and operations at Center for Economic Inclusion and director of finance at AchieveMpls. She has a wealth of international experience in the humanitarian sector, having worked in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is a passionate advocate for equity and human rights and is committed to bringing about sustainable economic change for families and communities. She serves on the board of The Cedar Cultural Center and One Village Partners in Minnesota.

Brenda Shafer-Pellinen has worked for the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging since 2016 and is a planner working primarily under the Eldercare Development Partnership (EDP) grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. EDP staff work with service providers, local governments, and other partners to explore and develop innovative programs, pilot system changes, or utilize technology or informal resources to meet the growing and changing needs of the long-term care system. Brenda’s primary areas of focus include workforce issues and housing options in the region. Brenda received her bachelor of arts in aging policy and advocacy from Metropolitan State University. In addition, Brenda completed both the certificate in Aging and Disabilities and Care Transitions through Boston University Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research. 

Becky Schueller
trains and consults with staff and board members in nonprofits, tribes, and counties. Her work is grounded in 30+ years of practice in running nonprofits and serving on boards and committees. In addition to 30+ years of management, leadership, and supervisory experience with nonprofits, Becky served multiple community agencies in board, staff, committee, volunteer, and consultant roles in urban, rural, and tribal communities. In Chicago, she worked for the Chicago Foundation for Women, supervised an all-Cambodian refugee staff, and served at the YMCA of the USA. In 2018-19, she was the Northwest Minnesota Continuum of Care coordinator, supporting housing and homeless service providers. Becky’s most recent long-term staff role was serving as a youth and family service agency executive director from 2001-17, where she worked with 40 staff.

Alene G. Sussman is the executive director of the Minnesota Jewish Community Foundation (MN JCF), which helps its fund holders give through a Jewish lens and promotes the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world). In 2020, MN JCF helped its fund holders send almost $8 million out to causes and organizations (both Jewish and non-Jewish) all around the world. Alene is a former in-house attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and prior to that practiced at the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney LLP. She graduated from Howard University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia University. She volunteers for a variety of nonprofit boards around the Twin Cities, including Mia and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Zach Tabatt is the nonprofit development program officer for the Initiative Foundation, based in Little Falls, and serving the 14-counties of Central Minnesota. Zach holds a master’s degree in negotiation and dispute resolution from Creighton University and an undergraduate degree with concentrations in criminology and Spanish language and literature from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He has a broad professional background that includes experience in the financial industry, government, and the private sector. He is currently responsible for the nonprofit programs and resources available through the Initiative Foundation.

David L. Thompson is vice president of Public Policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofit organizations. He has served in all three sectors over the course of his career. He practiced law for 17 years specializing in labor relations, employment law, government contracting, and subsequently directed advocacy for a government relations firm. He served in the public sector as senior counsel and as policy director to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, notably as counsel to the Pension Protection Act conference committee. He was honored as one of the NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 for 2019, 2020, and 2021. David Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Georgia Law School.

Patti Tototzintle is the president and chief executive officer of Esperanza United (formerly Casa de Esperanza), a national Latina organization founded in 1982 with a mission to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end gender-based violence. Patti has over 35 years of experience in community development and nonprofit management and is recognized as a national expert on leadership development and community engagement. Patti is an active board member of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda), a coalition of 45 national Latin@ organizations focused on racial and social justice; VALOR US, a national sexual assault organization; the Neighborhood Development Center, focused on community development through entrepreneurship; and a member of the Minnesota Young Women’s Initiative Executive Council—sponsored by the Minnesota Governor’s office and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

Keven Truhler
is a principal with the BizOps Group of CLA. He has been with the firm for 15 years providing audit, accounting, and software services with a wide variety of nonprofit and government clients. Today, Keven specializes in implementation of cloud-based accounting solutions and has implemented financial systems on more than 200 nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Shannon Zila’s ancestors belong to the Siksika Blackfoot tribe in Montana and Canada. Shannon holds a master of science in human services and social and community outreach from Capella University along with a bachelor’s degree in history and human relations from Saint Cloud State University. She is currently operations director for the American Indian Cancer Foundation.


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