YNPN Twin Cities has three new board members and they all bring great talents and experiences to the YNPN-TC community. Can you guess who attended space camp as a child, who has the sordid addiction to creating flow charts and who founded a young nonprofit professionals group in their native Tennessee?
Brian Gioielli is the Director of Major and Alumni giving at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His passion for creatively engaging individuals in all walks of community goes beyond his professional work for such organizatons as St. Paul’s Riverview Economic Development Association (REDA), the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the YMCA, into his personal life. He is the volunteer glow necklace distributor at local dance nights, and recently provided much needed new bingo tiles to the weekly Liquor Lyle's bingo nights, at which he can typically be found on Wednesday evenings sporting his signature Hawaiian shirts (for which he also has an exotic passion). Additionally, Brian—whose great grandfather immigrated here from Italy was known in New York as "Giacomo the Barber"—went to space camp when he was a young man, which is the kind of thing that definitely can tell you a lot about a person.
Katie Tharp is the Foundations & Special Initiatives Manager with Greater Twin Cities United Way, managing the organization’s centennial anniversary fundraising campaign and writing grants. Katie geeks out on project management and loves scheming ways to put things into flowcharts. She serves on the board of Torch Community and also volunteers with Fourth Generation and Casa de Esperanza. Katie loves bicycling and art – sometimes both combined.
Sarah Townsend Morris
Sarah Townsend Morris works as a project consultant for Impact Strategies Group, where she helps create and share sustainable strategies for social impact. Her interests lie in nonprofit management and communications, as well as cross-sector collaborations and social entrepreneurship. Sarah has worked previously with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana, Social Venture Partners Minnesota, and the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville. In Nashville, she helped found Middle Tennessee’s first nonprofit conference and the only young nonprofit professionals group. Sarah is a native Tennessean, alumna of Rhodes College in Memphis, and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. As a newbie to the Twin Cities, Sarah loves meeting new cool, people and learning new, cool stuff. She tweets from @morrissaraht.