Breakout Sessions

9:00am - 10:00am

1A: Crafting and Executing Dynamic Non-Profit Development Plans

Join us for an informative fundraising presentation focused on building practical development plans for non-profit organizations. Co-led by Rob Ruchotzke, Consultant at Creative Fundraising Advisors, and Naomi Prabhakar, Director of Development at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, this session will provide insights into creating, implementing, and managing successful development plans. Explore the process of evaluating your organization's programs, outlining annual goals, and executing your plan over the fiscal year with confidence and clarity. This presentation aims to make development planning accessible and actionable for everyone, whether you're new to the field or looking to refine your approach.


Rob Ruchotzke is a Consultant with CFA. Rob focuses on providing annual giving strategy, development assessments, campaign feasibility studies, and campaign counsel. Rob uses his past annual giving experience and passion for building relationships to find the right solution for CFA’s partners. Rob has more than ten years of fundraising experience in higher education and consulting. His career began at Ruffalo Noel Levitz as a Project Center Manager (PCM) for Missouri S&T. In that role, Rob supervised student fundraisers and became a PCM trainer and mentor. Then, he joined the Missouri S&T Advancement team as an Annual Giving Officer, managing his own portfolio of donors and assisting with multi-channel mass donor outreach. 

Most recently, Rob served as the Director of Annual Giving at Wartburg College and then at his alma mater, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). As Director of Annual Giving, Rob led multi-channel campaigns, developed crowdfunding platforms, served as the primary contact for annual giving vendors, redesigned giving forms for ease of use, supported annual giving staff leading the student engagement center outreach and served as the lead for UNI’s Day of Giving strategy. Originally from Camanche, Iowa, Rob holds a BA in Public Relations from UNI. Based in Cedar Falls, IA, he's an avid outdoor enthusiast and virtual meetings sometimes include appearances from his cat Loki.

Naomi Prabhakar has served more than 15 years in various development and fundraising roles at nonprofits and colleges in the United States and Canada. A native of Toronto, Canada, she attended the University of Toronto for her undergraduate studies and earned a master’s degree in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Naomi currently serves as the Director of Development at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota where she oversees annual fundraising efforts. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cheering on the Toronto Raptors, and traveling with her young daughters and husband.

9:00am - 10:00am

1B: Building Resilience and Enhancing Retention in your Fundraising Team

In today's evolving fundraising landscape, organizations are constantly faced with the task of adapting to changing donor expectations, economic uncertainties, and philanthropic trends.  It is crucial for a healthy organization to communicate, be compassionate, and celebrate their employees as a way to cultivate resilience and enhance retention.


Princess Titus, GCDF has been serving families in the twin cities for 28 years and is most proud of her GED and her galangal plant in her living room. She is a teacher, an orator, and a philanthropist. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan State University, her Global Career Development Facilitation License from Normandale, and her Executive Certificate in Fundraising from the University of St. Thomas. As a co-founder of Appetite for Change and Standard Edition Women she works to provide access and knowledge about healthier external and internal environments, while modeling the benefits. Princess sits on the board of Parents of Murdered Children, on the Steering committee of Fostering African Americans in Total Health, and works closely with Hueman Partnership. Princess believes that liberation is finding peace in your life amidst the oppression and enjoys writing, sewing by hand, and painting.

9:00am - 10:00am

1C: Taking Your Planned Giving Program to the Next Level

Are you ready to enhance your planned giving program and expand your knowledge giving options? Do you want your loyal supporters to understand the power of what they can accomplish with a gift through their estate? During this session, you will learn tips on how to educate and promote legacy giving to your supporters, staff and board members. I'll share some tips on what to listen for in conversations and what questions you might consider asking in various situations. You'll also have the opportunity to become the philanthropist, determining the best way to give your assets to charity. 


Christine Pulkrabek, MA, CAP has worked for nonprofit organizations for 30 years, the past 18 years building and enhancing planned giving programs at both small and larger organizations. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of her community and developing meaningful and impactful relationships with philanthropists. Chris helps donors identify their values and then explores gift planning strategies that meet their goals. She also helps donors find joy in giving and create meaningful legacies. 

Currently, Chis is a gift planning consultant to nonprofits who want to develop or expand their planned giving program. She also serves as a philanthropic advisor to individuals and families who want to explore impactful and creative giving strategies and as a mentor to new development professionals. In addition, Chris gives presentations on planned giving, joyful giving and on how to be a successful development professional. 

Chris earned her B.A. in Communication and Public Relations at Metropolitan State University and her M.A. in Nonprofit Management at Hamline University. She also earned her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) certification from the American College of Financial Services.

10:15am - 11:15am

2A: Let's Discuss Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, and our Faithful Donors; Policy and Practice

Nonprofit institutions risk litigation, negative media, loss of reputation among donors and the community, and other exposure – unless they have sound policies, procedures and a trained professional staff who are prepared for the inevitable conversation with a donor or prospect that seems to be experiencing confusion, has difficulty communicating, or may be exhibiting poor judgment. The presenters, who have spoken at many conferences on the topic of dementia and philanthropy, will provide attendees an update on the dementia crisis and treatments, and discuss their work to increase awareness of this critical challenge facing fundraisers. Attendees will be invited to review situational case studies and develop recommendations they can use at their organizations to mitigate these challenges.


Robert Hofmann, MA, CFRE is a native of the Minnesota. For the past sixteen years, he has worked at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) as a Senior Development Director.  At UMD he has helped to raise more than $24M for student scholarships and programs. He is one of only 7,700 worldwide Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE), an internationally recognized credential within the fundraising profession. For more than eight years, Mr. Hofmann has co-led a cohort of professional fundraisers and researchers who strive to address the ethical and moral dilemma fundraisers face with an increase of dementia among faithful donors. Mr. Hofmann has presented on this topic at numerous national conferences and has a number of published articles including peer reviewed journal publications.

Mr. Hofmann is an active member the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), AFP-MN Chapter Public Policy Committee, National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education serving in committee roles and as a frequent conference presenter.  He is deeply committed to his Duluth, MN community serving as a board member of the Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association,  Past Chair for the Depot Foundation, as an active board member of Rotary Club of Duluth Club #25, and as a Fourth Degree member of  the Knights of Columbus.  He earned his master’s degree in theatre and business communications from Rhode Island College and his undergraduate degree in theatre from Saint John’s University of Collegeville, MN. He lives with his wife of 40 years Kathleen and their Blue Heeler dog, Laura, in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Stu Silberman was most recently Senior Donor Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association, the global leader in Alzheimer's and dementia education, advocacy, research, and support. Stu led major gift fundraising for a six-state region. Prior to joining the Association, Stu served as CEO of two Jewish Federations: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Louisville, Kentucky, where he also ran a Jewish Community Center. In each location he also oversaw foundations and administered donor-advised funds.

Stu began his career in information technology with PaineWebber (now UBS), then spent thirteen years with Ford Motor Company in leadership positions in marketing, product development with a foreign assignment in Hiroshima, Japan, mergers and acquisitions, and information technology. Following Ford, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for two technology companies. Stu has been a director of AFP Minnesota since 2022, and previously served as a director of the Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School.

10:15am - 11:15am

2B: Challenging Mainstream Philanthropy with Giving Circles

Giving Circles use philanthropic collective action for the benefit of their communities. These groups, which vary significantly in structure and goals, bring individuals together to learn about community issues and solutions and subsequently use their collective funds to make a difference. Often fueled by volunteers, it’s participatory philanthropy at its best. One element of participation is that after raising funds, the collective determines where to allocate the resources—either to charitable organizations or community projects.

This panel will discuss how Giving Circles operate within our bodies of work. You’ll hear about three specific models: 1.) the Headwaters Giving Project, 2.) the Headwaters development committee annual campaign, and 3.) the Building More Purpose with Philanthropy (BMPP) Giving Circle, a culturally specific group of Asian American families from Minnesota and Wisconsin who come together to celebrate, learn, and pool their financial resources to support innovative projects that advance justice and equity.


Mary Delorié is the Director of Individual Giving at Headwaters Foundation for Justice. Her 20+ year nonprofit career has spanned across art, education, and social justice nonprofits. She has always served in mission-oriented, values-aligned organizations that center voices often pushed to the periphery, celebrate diversity, and actively work towards equity. Mary has experience in project & people management, communications, department start-ups, strategic planning with staff and board, fundraising events, budget creation and revenue intake, maintaining database integrity, and most importantly--building donor relationships. A self-proclaimed extrovert and lover of people, animals, and the planet, Mary subscribes to the Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) model of doing business. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, several certifications from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, and community organizing “creds” from various on-the-ground nonprofits like the YWCA, Hope Community, and the Loft Literary Center. Mary is honored to serve Penumbra Theatre as a board member.
Mary identifies as a bi-racial (black/white) Midwestern island-girl with Creole roots in the Seychelles Islands. Extra-curricular activities include BIPOC-guided theater experiences, digesting novels with her book club, and walking/skiing in her nearby park. Mary’s family is based in North Minneapolis and includes a toddler and a puppy! She is always planning an international trip to visit family abroad.
Terri Thao is a second generation Hmong American woman, mother, wife, sister, and auntie. Terri is passionate about building power with community. She is currently a program director of the Local Initiatives and Opportunities program at the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies which is responsible for funding across Minnesota. Terri has spent her professional career in the fields of community economic development, community building, leadership development, and philanthropy. She has also taught classes on leadership and advocacy at Metropolitan State University. Over the years Terri has served on several local non-profit, government, and philanthropic boards and currently serves on the board of Minnesota Housing. She obtained her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees from the University of Minnesota. She loves to read in her spare time.

Friendly Vang-Johnson is the first-generation daughter of Hmong refugees, who grew up in a high-poverty neighborhood, attended a Title I grade school, and her spent childhood summers farming and at the markets with my family in Minnesota. She holds master’s degree in public policy and a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. She has spent the past two decades as a federal performance auditor and investigator. During the height the pandemic, she founded a social enterprise business, a non-profit youth program, and farmland trust that serve and are led by Black, Indigenous, and peoples of color. Most significantly, she is an activist, an advocate, an organizer, and a rising shaman.

She has endured and fought against and early on the many barriers and struggles created by White Supremacy. Her understanding of the intersection between food sovereignty, land reparations, and racial justice has been shaped, informed, and enlightened by her identity and lived experience as a woman of color who has spent the majority of her life living at or below the poverty line.  She says "This has afforded me the opportunity to know oppression and liberation simultaneously. The fact that our communities continue to persist and flourish is due to our unrelenting spirit and solidarity. We love, hope, (freedom) dream, pray, exert, and endure not because we have the luxury or privilege to do so, but because that is what we are compelled to do for ourselves and the next generation. I have been so inspired by those I have met in the food sovereignty movement, and larger social justice movements—I have never wanted to quit despite the years of time sacrificed to realize the few and far between “wins.” I ua tsau ntau (give much thanks) all those before and with me for sustaining me and my praxis of community, reciprocity, and justice seeking."

Sierra Judy is a detail-oriented cross-pollinator who believes deeply in the power of community. She is the Giving Project Program Officer at the Headwaters Foundation for Justice where she stewards multi-racial, multi-generational cross-class cohorts of community members to mobilize their networks through donor organizing to support local BIPOC-led movements for justice in Minnesota. Sierra holds a degree in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and has varied professional experience in regional government, higher education, and her current practice in social justice philanthropy. With expertise in project management, program design and evaluation, facilitation, coaching, and radical hospitality, her passions lie at the nexus of empowering communities and abolishing oppressive systems. Sierra is a proud resident of Minneapolis, a big-time foodie, and a lover of funky earrings.

10:15am - 11:15am

2C: Bridging the Gap Between Annual Giving and Major Donor Development

Learn how the University of Minnesota has developed a thriving Leadership Annual Giving (LAG) program to personally engage more donors and develop a major gift talent pipeline. This session will include a case study detailing how the University's  Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is partnering with LAG Officers to identify and qualify donors at the leadership annual giving and mid-level tiers. We will discuss the donor criteria used to build contact lists and how results are shared in real time.


Virginia Kaczmarek currently serves as the Development Officer for the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. Prior to joining the Center, she served in leadership roles for the YMCA for 22 years. She was responsible for operations, fundraising, budgets, staff development and community relationships. Her experience includes 19 years of development work that includes Annual, Major Gift and Planned Giving as well as a Capital Campaign that resulted in a new YMCA in Northfield, Minnesota. She is a veteran having served in the United States Marine Corp.

Larry Traversie currently serves as the Director of Leadership Annual Giving at the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF). He has been with the Foundation for the past 5 years and oversees a team of 9 Leadership Annual Giving officers. Prior to joining UMF, he served in a sales/service capacity for the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx for 13 years. 

1:45pm - 2:45pm

3A: Building a Values-Aligned Capital Campaign

Can we raise millions without sacrificing the principles we hold dear? Absolutely! This engaging session will provide powerful tools that balance the rigor of a large-scale campaign with the values that drive your work, your mission and your organization. From the early pre-campaign planning to installing the names in a finished building, you’ll leave this workshop with fresh energy and concrete ways to make capital campaigns less transactional, and more joyous.


Debra deNoyelles is a strategic thinker, tenacious resource gatherer and unabashed believer in the power of collective community. She holds a BFA and MA in Art History from the University of Kansas, and has 19 years of experience building relationships and resources for nonprofits in Minnesota. Debra sits on the boards of three nonprofits, Soo Visual Arts Center, Just the Pill, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals - MN Chapter. Although she has raised millions for multiple capital campaigns, she is most proud of her two amazing daughters who also lead values-driven lives.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

3B: Increase Donor Giving to the Donors Highest Potential

We all know that some donors and prospects have greater capacity to support your organization’s important mission. Wouldn’t you like to know how to identify, cultivate and solicit them at a higher level? Our panel of experienced fundraising professionals will share their ideas, proven practices and answer questions about moving your donors and prospects to a higher level of giving.


Jennifer Rubel is the Director of Fundraising at AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising. Jennifer leads a team of experienced fundraising consultants offering expertise in campaign management, prospect identification and cultivation, campaign communications and donor stewardship. With more than 25 years in the fundraising and marketing industry, she is a true professional when it comes to consulting on successful campaigns, providing recommendations and solutions and helping clients achieve high-dollar fundraising goals. Jennifer’s communication skills and measurable results keep enthusiasm and support high until campaigns reach a successful finish. She also excels in effectively conducting feasibility studies, coordinating the creation of campaign marketing materials, prospect identification, managing donor solicitations, leading volunteer training sessions and more.

Prior to her work at AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, Jennifer served as the Campaign Manager at the University of Iowa Foundation. During her tenure there, Jennifer played an instrumental role in reaching two university wide campaign goals of $1 billion and $1.7 billion. Jennifer also served as the Director of Advancement at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Jennifer has worked on campaigns for higher education, museums, libraries, conservation organizations, public/private partnerships and more. In support of these campaigns, she has evaluated prospects; trained campaign volunteers; coordinated the creation of campaign videos, case statements and collateral materials; helped develop campaign brand awareness and messaging; and led fundraising software training. She has also served on the board of directors for the Quad Cities Planned Giving Council and Bethany for Children & Families as well as the Development Committee for TRAIL of Johnson County.

Tim Torgerson has been a development professional with extensive knowledge of strategic planning, capital campaigns and major gift development for 38 years, he is most proud of his titles of husband/partner with Carol for 44 years, father of two amazing kids and grandfather for four even more amazing grandchildren!

Prior to joining AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising, Tim was President/Partner with Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb for over 4 years beginning in 2018. Additionally, Tim served for almost 19 years with the American Cancer Society and successfully led campaigns with goals totaling over $450 million. Tim also held positions with the YMCA of Greater Saint Paul, the Salvation Army, and Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Tim is a former member of the AFP Board of Directors.

Quentin Moore has spent almost a decade in the nonprofit sector driving fundraising results for organizations. From the Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, where he developed his fundraising expertise, to his time with the YMCA of the North to serving as the director of Development at Project for Pride in Living, Quentin has spent many years cultivating relationships with his warmth and generosity.

Quentin hails from North Minneapolis. He loves nothing more than spending his day developing fundraising strategies with his team, while working with volunteers and major donors on meaningful gifts that fulfill their personal values and meet their philanthropic goals. Quentin currently serves as the vice president of Advancement at Church of the Ascension and Ascension Catholic Academy in North Minneapolis. He also serves on the board of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-MN) and is the vice president of its Resource Development Committee.

Brendan Bannigan leads the Ebenezer Foundation as its Director of Philanthropy and serves on the Ebenezer Society Executive Leadership Team. He previously served as Vice President of Development and Leadership Gifts at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He brings extensive experience in fundraising, including for the University of St. Thomas, HealthEast Foundation and Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.

In his role with Ebenezer, he is responsible for the leadership of Ebenezer Foundation’s systemwide fundraising functions focused on maximizing philanthropic revenue to support the mission and vision of Ebenezer and the communities it serves. He leads new and innovative philanthropic partnerships in alignment with The Ebenezer Society’s mission and strategic objectives. Brendan is a former member of the AFP Board of Directors.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

3C: Hustling: The Life of an Independent Fundraising Consultant

Is the gig economy calling your name? Are you dreaming about leaving your full-time fundraising job and setting off on your own as a consultant/freelancer/contractor? In this workshop, Laura Tufano of Tufano Consulting will share the ups and downs of her journey and give tips for those considering life as an independent fundraising consultant.


Laura McCarty Tufano, CFRE has raised money for social justice, the arts, education, and human services over the course of her 20-year nonprofit career. After directing overall development efforts at NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and OutFront Minnesota, Laura turned to specializing in individual giving. She has increased individual giving revenue at the Minnesota Orchestra, Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota, Breck School, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. As the Vice President of Advancement at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Laura provided strategic oversight for fundraising, volunteer recruitment, marketing, and brand management. Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.

Laura now owns and operates Tufano Consulting, LLC, a small fundraising and nonprofit consultancy specializing in fundraising coaching and training, development planning, and individual giving.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

4A: Tip(s) of the [AI]ceberg: How to Use AI as a Fundraiser to Make Your Life Easier

Questions about the value and role of artificial intelligence (AI), large language models (LLMs), natural language processing (NLP), and a ton of other acronyms loom large in fundraisers' minds. Can we harness technology like chatbots to improve our ability to connect deeply with donors? Should we pack up our things and leave fundraising to the robots? What if funders use AI detection software and reject any grant applications that use ChatGPT? In this session, we won't provide any concrete answers about whether we're on the cusp of Terminator: Rise of the Automated Development Department, but we will provide some practical tips for using AI in a way that enhances your day-to-day work, helps organize tasks and automate some of your processes, and frees up your time to focus on building authentic, human relationships with your donors.


Drew Coursin, CFRE is a recovering attorney, nonprofit fundraiser, and writer. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with organizations across the United States and Canada on strategic planning, mid-level and major gifts fundraising, creative writing, and authentic relationship building. He takes a thoughtful, methodical approach to helping organizations connect deeply with their supporters, and hopes one day to apply the same principles to raising his twin toddlers.
Frank Mumford, CFRE is a fundraiser at heart who found his way into supporting nonprofits through creative software solutions. Frank got his start as a student telethon fundraiser and joined Gratavid after serving as Senior Donor Advisor at Greater Twin Cities United Way. He serves on the AFP MN Board of Directors and NMU Alumni Association Board, obtained his CFRE in 2019, and has been in the space for more than 14 years.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

4B: Demystifying Analytics: How to Become a Better Consumer of Data to Drive Fundraising

This session will provide a high-level overview of the current state of analytics, and vision the future, as it relates to non-profit sectors, applications, and technology.  While there are countless applications to cover, the fundamental themes, and techniques presented will empower anyone to be a more knowledgeable and stronger consumer of data supported decision making.

Specific topics covered will include:

  • Defining the three “families” of analytics    
  • Busting the analytics “myths” that keep people and organizations at arm’s length from leveraging the insight at their finger tips
  • Understanding the benefits and limits of predictions and personas
  • Framework to evaluate analytics projects and deliverables to increase ROI
  • Simple segments and impact analysis techniques to complete the very next day

From curious analytics consumer to experienced fundraiser, attendees should come away with a deeper understanding of how analytics can support their work.


Alexander W. Oftelie is a Senior Vice President of Decision Science. He oversees all analytics engagements, workshops and trainings, and product implementation. His specific areas of expertise include predictive modeling, business impact analysis, survey design and sampling methodology, analytics training, and analytics implementation. 

Prior to his work with BWF, Alex worked as a non-profit subject matter expert for IBM, and advanced analytics consultant for Gallup. He is a recognized leader, speaker, and trainer for CASE, AHP, and Apra and holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. 

3:00pm - 4:00pm

4C: Power of Your People: Professional Development for Joy, Social Justice, and Business Success

In today's challenging financial circumstances, professional development is an afterthought and deprioritized, especially when it comes to budget season. Professional development is a great tool for recruitment, retention, and advancement. This panel discussion will help you bring intentionality and create a business case for support for professional development. We'll share our recommendations on how best to focus resources for the greatest impact. The panel will also highlight how professional development can be used to effectively move forward inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility goals for our organizations.


Aileen Rosa Sánchez is an entrepreneurial, donor-centric strategist with a successful career increasing revenue and furthering organizational missions. She currently serves as Senior Director of Philanthropy at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home of Minnesota. Aileen graduated from New World School of the Arts, received her BA from Oberlin College and MBA from Augsburg University. Aileen was an inaugural AFP IDEA Fellow and also received the Oberlin College Community Action Fellowship, Mayo Clinic Bronze Quality Fellowship, Metro State University Community Development Careership, and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) Next Generation Philanthropy Fellowship. She is also a certified Culturally Conscious Collaborator. Aileen is an avid volunteer, currently serving as a board member of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and a member of the City of Lakes Rotary in Minneapolis. She helped found LEDC and the New World School of the Arts Foundation in Miami, FL. A first-generation Cuban-American from Miami, Aileen learned English on Sesame Street. She lives with her daughter and a small menagerie of animals in North Minneapolis. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and is part of the LGBTQ+ community. Aileen enjoys spending time in community with her family, learning languages, running with her pups, making music, and participating in faith communities.

Milpha Blamo is the Vice President of Talent & Culture at The Minneapolis Foundation. She leads and executes strategies for talent management, learning and development, and HR systems. With more than a decade of experience in nonprofit management, Milpha is currently serving her third term on the board of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and she is a member of the Business Advisory Committee at Normandale Community College and a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council. Milpha is currently a doctoral candidate (Ed.D) at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and an adjunct faculty of the Master of Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program at Saint Catherine University where she teaches Organizational Strategies: People and Culture.

Lindsay Anderson is the Senior Director of Fund Development at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) and Children’s Home Society of Minnesota. As early as high school, Lindsay knew she wanted to work the nonprofit sector. Over the past 15+ years, she has supported both national and local nonprofit organizations, serving in a variety of capacities including marketing and communications, event planning, volunteer management and grant writing. In her current role she leads of a team of fundraising professionals. One of the things Lindsay loves most about her work is bringing a team of individuals together and supporting their growth so their unique gifts and talents shine. Earlier this year, Lindsay received the Anti-Racism and Social Justice Leadership Award at LSS and is personally and professionally passionate about inclusion, equity, belonging, diversity, and social justice.

Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict, is on the board of the Shavlik Family Foundation, and volunteers with youth soccer programs in her neighborhood. She lives in Chaska with her husband Matt, a middle school teacher, and two young children. Lindsay is an avid reader who is currently engaged book reading challenge with her 5th grade daughter. To date, Lindsay is lagging behind, having read only 29 books compared to her daughter’s nearly 100 chapter books.