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Board Chair

Biftu Takele

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Biftu works in Philanthropic Services at the Minneapolis Foundation. Previously, she served as the Executive Assistant for Healthy Building Network and as the Nonprofit Services Assistant for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She graduated from Macalester College in 2016 with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. She also served on the board of Friends of Africa Education, a Minnesota-based nonprofit providing HIV/AIDS orphans and at-risk children in east Africa with primary, secondary, and vocational education. With her college experience in campus engagement and programming, development, and student government, she wants to bring her passion for serving nonprofits to the YNPN-TC decision making table and strive towards the goal of helping other young nonprofit professionals develop and maximize their skills to serve their communities.  

 

Vice Chair

Emily Pyle

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Emily Pyle is the Donor Relations Manager for The Arc Minnesota. Previously, she worked for The Saint Paul & Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and Tubman. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Communications. In college, she was a Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor and volunteered with The Aurora Center. In her free time, you can find Emily playing with her cat, Billie, binge watching episodes of 30 Rock, and acting as an avid karaoke supporter (she doesn't sing, but will support anyone who does).

 

Secretary

Jillian Theuer

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Jillian is the Development and Executive Associate at Fresh Energy, an organization that shapes and drives clean energy policies that benefit all. Prior to working at Fresh Energy, Jillian interned at the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network. She graduated with a B.A in general business management and a minor in Spanish from the University of St. Thomas. When not at work, Jillian can be found biking around the twin cities, hanging out with her cat or learning a new song the saxophone or guitar.

 

Treasurer

Alishia Wright

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Alishia Wright currently serves as the Donor Relations Coordinator for Ascension Catholic Academy, a consortium of urban Catholic schools working to bring rigorous, intentional and individualized learning to scholars of color in Minneapolis and St. Paul through their three schools: Ascension Catholic School, St. John Paul II Catholic School, and St. Peter Claver Catholic School. Prior to her two-and-a-half years in development, Alishia worked for over eight years in direct service with various vulnerable populations such as foster care, those experiencing homelessness, and those struggling with drug addiction. Alishia holds a BA in Human Services from University of Phoenix. In her free time, Alishia enjoys cross-stitching, curling, board games, and making pancakes.

 

Volunteer Manager

Xavier Vazquez

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Director of Twin Cities Program Management, Bolder Options
Xavier Vazquez has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus on pre-medicine. He studied mechanical engineering for 4 years at the University of Puerto Rico, but decided to pursue another career and moved to Minnesota in June 17 of 2017 after he obtained his biology degree at the Universidad del Turabo of Puerto Rico. He is always willing to try new things and definitely up for adventures and new challenges. He enjoys playing baseball/softball, running, biking, camping, fishing, drawing, spending time with his furry “daughter” (Cuba) and everything else that piques his adventurous spirit. As the Director of Program Management he motivates pairs to graduate their 1-year long 1:1 program and to stay engaged with the Bolder Options Alumni Program and goes the extra mile to ensure that the current and alumni pairs get exposed to the most fun and adventurous activities his creative mind can dream up!

 

National Liaison

Dan Frankenfeld

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Dan Frankenfeld is a Board Recruiter & Loan Fund Associate with Propel Nonprofits. He graduated from St. Olaf College and served as a New Sector Alliance RISE Fellow placed at Rebuilding Together Twin Cities.

 

Leadership Institute Liaison

Hannah Chan

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Hannah is a Project Manager at Reading & Math, Inc., a national nonprofit that develops and scales evidence-based national service programs to help solve complex social issues and meet urgent community needs. Hannah has a M.Ed in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota as well as a Certified Professional Project Management (CPPM) certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She is a qualified ADR neutral and volunteers as a civil mediator through the Conflict Resolution Center. Before her time at Reading & Math, Inc., she served in Minnesota Math Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. 

 

Development Manager

Jessie Fiene

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Jessie serves as the Community Partner Liaison for LifeSource, an organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Prior to working at LifeSource, she has worked a variety of roles within the nonprofit community ranging from development and grant writing to event coordination. Through all her career endeavors she has found mission driven work gives her the greatest motivation and sense of accomplishment. In her spare time, you can find her spoiling her dog, Sullivan, spending time outdoors, running, and enjoying the company of friends and family whenever possible. 

Development Manager

Kate King

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Kate King helps transform and support nonprofits and communities through effective leadership and fund development.  Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she had a winding career path that took her through professional photography, veterinary nursing, project management, and art history.  After moving to the Twin Cities, she worked in fundraising for nonprofits focused on youth development and mental health before landing at CAIR-MN in 2020.

Kate is passionate about changing lives through the intersection of informal learning and social justice. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she holds a dual Masters degree in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management with a focus on executive leadership. Her writing on the importance of strong nonprofit leaders has been featured in academic textbooks, fundraising blogs, and podcasts.  She lives with her husband and son in St. Paul.  In her free time, Kate enjoys scrapbooking and reading debut authors.

 

Communications Co-Chair 

Rachel Garaghty

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Rachel Garaghty (she/her) is a Development Manager at ServeMinnesota, which administers AmeriCorps funding across the state. Prior to her work with ServeMinnesota, Rachel was a Development Officer for Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. She raised funds for Perkins’ international education programs that served children with disabilities around the world. Rachel graduated from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a master’s degree in global public policy. An unabashed policy and sci-fi nerd, Rachel enjoys imagining possibilities for a better future, including but not limited to reverse-engineering a TARDIS to conserve our precious natural resources (it’s bigger on the inside, making it the ultimate in tiny house living).

 

Communications Co-Chair 

Arwen Tag

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Arwen is a Senior Associate Producer for Twin Cities PBS, working in the National Productions department and with the SciGirls STEM team. Her passion lies in continually learning, strategic thinking, and the creative process of filmmaking, especially project ideation, development and on-set production. As a newer nonprofit employee, she has found the opportunity to engage with peers through YNPN-TC helpful for understanding nonprofits, career paths in public media, and ally-ship across the sector. Before joining TPT in 2018, Arwen worked for 6+ years in cable and commercial film and television production. Work accomplishments included directing digital web series, and producing broadcast television series for Travel Channel, Food Network, and HGTV. Between projects she has delighted in working on side video projects with friends, in particular comedy shorts. The short comedy film she produced in 2018, Networking Lunch will premiere at multiple comedy film festivals in 2020. 

Arwen lives in Minneapolis and enjoys attending concerts, live theater, and whenever possible, traveling to see family and friends around the US. You can find her working and attending events at The Coven - St Paul or trying to start a rousing game of Would You Rather? with friends or colleagues. 

 

Governance Co-Chair

Kelsey Parsons

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Kelsey Parsons is a Senior High School Program Coordinator with College Possible. Previously, she was Curriculum & Instruction Director at LearningWorks at Blake: A Breakthrough Program. She got her B.A. in History from Carleton College in 2013. Outside of work, Kelsey loves to camp, bike, and run (her goal is to one day qualify for the Boston Marathon!). You can count on her to cheer for the Vikings and hate on the Packers.

 

Governance Co-Chair

Audra Weigand

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Audra is the Development Specialist for fundraising and events with CaringBridge. She has her BA in sociology and political science with minors in management and Spanish studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Audra has a love for non-profit organizations and has interned and volunteered with several organizations including The Arc Minnesota, MPIRG, Alexandra House, TakeAction Minnesota, and HECUA to name a few. Audra is passionate about community engagement, communications, social justice, and organizational development. When she has free time, you likely can find Audra hiking a new trail, tending to her plant babies, flowing through vinyasa, or learning how to embroider.

 

Programming Co-Chair 

Keliyah Perkins

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Programming Co-Chair 

Alyssa Whalon

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Alyssa Whalon is an Event Manager at YWCA Minneapolis. In this role she helps plan YWCA's signature events and leads the planning for the annual fundraising event. Previously, she worked as Development Service Manager at Scholarship America. Originally from Kansas City, MO, Alyssa graduated with a B.S. in Anthropology and a minor in History from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. In her free time Alyssa enjoys going to the movies, DIY projects, listening to music and taking walks.

Membership Co-Chair

Molly Budke

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Membership Co-Chair

Meg Reid

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Meg Reid is an MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management with a passion for building effective and sustainable social impact organizations. Before starting school, she worked in Scandinavian imports at Cose Nuove, Inc., and previous roles include Medical Records Coordinator at Washburn Center for Children and serving as a St. Joseph Worker at Open Arms of Minnesota. She loves cooking (and eating), podcasts, and boy bands and is currently crocheting her way through a huge stash of yarn.

At-Large Members

Brittany Deleon-Buckley

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Brittany Deleon-Buckley is a passionate curator of creating spaces where people feel like they belong by encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion.  As Human Resources Generalist for Brooklyn Center Community Schools, her bottom line remains -education and supporting those who are boots to the ground in the work. With over 7 years of experience in the non-profit sector, she believes that everyone can be a leader regardless of their titles when given the opportunity. Brittany holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership and is a certified Executive Coach who enjoys working with others on ways to tap into their fullest potential. When she is not busy putting the HR in Super HERO, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and trying new foods!

Madie Domm

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Madie Domm works as the Corporate Relations Manager at TheArc Minnesota, an organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She enjoys being the connection between fund development at The Arc Minnesota and community engagement teams at large companies. Before starting her career in the nonprofit sector, she worked as an outside sales representative in southeastern Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she was an active board member of Net Impact when the chapter won Undergraduate Chapter of the Year in 2016. In her free time, you can find her exploring her neighborhood in south Minneapolis or visiting friends and family across the US.

Nora Henle

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Nora is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Spina Bifida Association, an organization that works nationally to create a better and brighter future for all those impacted by Spina Bifida. After graduating from St. Olaf, Nora found her calling in the nonprofit sector and has been passionate about rallying support for nonprofits through storytelling. In her free time, you can likely find Nora somewhere outside with her husband and two dogs.

Amanda Idinge

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Amanda Idinge is the Foundations Coordinator for the Minnesota State Bar Association. Her position involves fundraising, event planning, database management, and grant distribution for three 501(c)3 foundations: the Minnesota State Bar Foundation, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, and Ramsey County Bar Foundation. All three foundations work to promote access to justice and distribute funds to local legal-related nonprofit organizations. 
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2018, Amanda moved to Minneapolis to begin her career in the nonprofit sector.  When she is not working, Amanda enjoys taking advantage of all outdoor activities Minnesota has to offer. She can often be found rollerblading, biking, or walking around the lakes. 

Kayla Martin

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Kayla is the Advancement Coordinator at the Montessori Center of Minnesota in East St. Paul, where she makes up 1/2 of the development team and assists with a wide spectrum of organizational fundraising efforts. She holds Master’s degrees in Arts and Cultural Leadership and Museum Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kayla is also involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - MN Chapter and the growing regional Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) group. She has spent time living, working, and traveling extensively abroad, and from these meaningful international experiences has become wholly appreciative of her homegrown Minnesotan roots. Kayla is most passionate about relationship building and improving outcomes through diverse, targeted, and innovative methods of engagement. Outside of work, you can find her on one of her favorite running trails, exploring new neighborhood spots, hanging with her fur children, and leaning into her best granny self with plenty of cross stitching and knitting projects.

Rob Muschler

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Rob is an Associate at HMA Community Strategies, a consulting company that specializes in strategy development, capacity building, and evaluation for nonprofit and public sector organizations. Following 5+ years living in Los Angeles, he returned to Minnesota in 2019 and is excited to reconnect with the local nonprofit scene. He received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and holds an undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University. Rob is an avid cyclist/runner as well as a former board member of YNPN Los Angeles.

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