JULIE MURPHY – Principal
Julie Murphy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, School of Journalism with minors in French Art History and English. She has more than 20 years experience functioning as an Advancement and Development Director for various agencies including Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA), the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) and Tubman Family Alliance. Through these roles as well as positions with the National Retiree Volunteer Council and Twin Cities Public Television, Julie has honed her expertise in strategic marketing and communications planning, event management and fundraising. Her various experiences have also given her a strong background in Volunteer Leadership and Board Development. Professional achievements include launching the MVNA’s Flu Shot Program with the Health Fair 11 and UCARE to produce one of the nation’s most successful public flu shot campaigns to date, raising more than $500,000 annually from 2002-2005 for “An Evening Among Stars,” MEDA’s annual gala which became a “Business Journal Top 25,” and in 2005 launching her own business, J. Murphy & Associates. On her days off, Julie likes to… “Rest, throw dinner parties, cook and be with my family.” Her favorite food is… Lobster
EMMA BOHMANN – Development Coordinator
Emma holds a B.A. in Psychology from Earlham College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University. She has extensive experience with both creative and technical writing, as well as journalism. She has worked in a variety of fields, ranging from editing to tutoring to office management to billing support. She brings her passions for writing and helping others to her work at JMA. On her days off, Emma likes to… “I’m training for a marathon, so I generally go for a long run.” Her favorite food is… Ted Cook’s Barbeque and strawberry-rhubarb pie
BECKY BOLAND – Advancement Director
Becky brings more than 15 years of experience creating and maintaining public-private partnerships with outstanding results and impacts throughout Minneapolis in areas of safety, economic vitality, housing, and transportation while working in both the public and private sectors. In addition to many institutional, private family and corporate foundations, her grant experience includes successful public funding and development applications through the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Metropolitan Council, State of Minnesota Departments of Housing and also Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and the United States Federal Government Offices of Justice and Education. She has extensive project management experience in both commercial and residential development. Becky’s passion is bringing together public and private organizations and communities around common goals; then achieving those intended results through outside of the box thinking, funding, and new collaborations. A long-time volunteer as a City of Minneapolis election official, Becky also volunteers through the children’s council at her church, on various policy committees at Hennepin County Medical Center, and in her daughter’s school. At JMA, Becky manages multiple client accounts and oversees our finance development service area.
NANCY DRIESSEN – Development Manager
Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Journalism/Public Relations and French from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies/Writing from Hamline University. She has extensive writing and public relations experience as Director of Public Relations at Metropolitan State University and the consulting firm, Weber Shandwick, where she served such clients as Northwest Airlines, Mall of America and other corporate and nonprofit accounts. She also taught in the journalism department at the University of St. Thomas. On her days off, Nancy likes to… “Spend time with my family and travel.” Her favorite food is… Seafood
MARY SUE GODFREY – Advancement Director
Mary Sue Godfrey holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Promotional Communication from the College of St. Catherine. She has developed expertise in marketing communications and event coordination through her work in both the private sector and with nonprofits. She began her career in print advertising sales working with a variety of publications, including Corporate Report Minnesota and the St. Paul Pioneer Press contract publishing division. Through her work in the publishing industry she gained experience in writing, editing and print production. A long-time volunteer with The Junior League of Saint Paul and other community nonprofit organizations, Mary Sue transitioned her career to work for nonprofits, serving as director of a community youth hockey organization for four years. Mary Sue has coordinated numerous events including training sessions, volunteer appreciation events, sports tournaments and gala fundraisers. At JMA, Mary Sue serves as a writer and editor and maintains external and internal communications for development, marketing and communications projects. On her days off, Mary Sue likes to… “Spend time outdoors – cycling or gardening in the summer, skiing in the winter.” Her favorite food is… Sushi
KEELY HENDRICKSON – Grant Writer
Keely is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict with degrees in Communication and Nutrition Science. She brings more than five years of experience in grant writing, donor relations, event planning, social media and volunteer management to the JMA team. Since spending 2007-2008 volunteering at El Centro del Muchacho Trabjador in Quito, Ecuador, Keely has put her detail-oriented project management skills to good use by coordinating fundraising events and silent auctions to support the South American school. Most recently, at the Charities Review Council, Keely further developed her marketing and fundraising skills, along with a passion for working with Minnesota’s thriving nonprofit sector. On her days off, Keely likes to… “Spend time with my 10 month old and my husband – most likely jogging along the river, cooking/eating delicious food, riding our bikes, listening to live music, and planning our next big (or little) adventure.” Her favorite food is… Ice cream
KATHLEEN LOHMAR EXEL – Advancement Director
Kathleen brings 14 years of experience in the nonprofit, academic and philanthropy sectors to her work at JMA. Kathleen holds a B.A. in History from Carleton College and a J.D. from the University of St. Thomas; she is also a licensed attorney. Between Carleton and law school she worked in development for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, and after holding staff attorney and visiting professor positions at the St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services she worked in development for Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota for five years. Both development positions required proficiency in project management and annual fund, programmatic, capital campaign and public sector grants. She has a passion for managing events and enjoys everything from small scale special events, such as receptions for special house builds or donor receptions, to large scale signature/annual events. Additionally, since 2000, Kathleen has served on the board of directors of the all-volunteer led Westonka District #277 Foundation, where she participates in the grant making process, helps with the annual solicitations, manages the website and consults on governance issues. On her days off, Kathleen likes to… “Head to Lake Harriet to take a run, play at the park, walk the dog, and enjoy a concert.” Her favorite food is… A good pastry with a hot or iced chai tea
BEVERLY ORDAHL – Events Director
Bev earned her BS from Minnesota State University-Mankato bringing 10 plus years of retail merchandising/design and management experience to our Marketing and Design team. In recent years, Bev has been active in her community as the tournament director and age-group director with the Valley Athletic Association. Her volunteer experience also includes coordinating and planning school annual fundraising events and auctions. Bev’s eye and talent for merchandising and design have proven to be a great asset to the JMA team by creating well-coordinated and successful silent and live auctions for our clients. On her days off, Bev likes to… “Do yoga!” Her favorite food is… Crab legs
DREW SHERMAN – Web Developer/IT
Drew attended St. Olaf College and studied music. In 2009, he was deployed to Iraq with the US Army where he served as a Supply Sergeant and bass player for one year. After returning home, he formed a successful country band and music promotion business. His innate creativity and technical skills led him into the world of web development, and Drew acquired a passion for building efficient, user-friendly and visually appealing sites. On his days off, Drew likes to… “Relax, grill, make music and hang out with my family.” His favorite food is… Cow
NANCY SWANHOLM – Development Director
Nancy’s career has been focused in communications for both businesses and nonprofit organizations. Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English from the University of Minnesota and has seven years grant writing and development experience. She has written requests to and successfully secured funds from State, County and City sources, as well as from corporate, private and family foundations. Nancy is an active volunteer with the HealthEast Foundation and Girl Scouts of River Valleys. On her days off, Nancy likes to… “Read, walk, cook, and hang out with my family.” Her favorite food is… All things Mexican
BARB WESTGARD – Development Manager
Barb Westgard holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Speech-Communication, and has fifteen years of nonprofit volunteer leadership experience. Barb has served on the board of Wayside House, Junior League of St. Paul (including role of president), Home of the Good Shepherd and MN Quilters. She recently obtained a Fundraising Certificate through the University of St. Thomas. Barb has previously worked in the mortgage banking industry and has served as a Corporate Auditor for a division of Ford Motor Company. On her days off, Barb likes to… “Have lunch with friends.” Her favorite food is… Roasted beets with arugula, a dab of goat cheese, balsamic vinegar dressing – garnished with pistachios.
LIBBY PORTER – Development Coordinator
Libby recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Theater. When not at JMA, she works as a freelance costume designer around the Twin Cities. Her experience in local nonprofit theater gives her personal insight into the tangible good that fundraising does. She has a passion for the arts, food, and creative problem solving. Her favorite food is Tex-Mex.
CAROLINE LINDEN – Grant Writer
Caroline’s career has been focused on writing and marketing communications for a wide range of organizations, including: financial services, manufacturing, retail and nonprofits. Caroline earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. Her extensive writing experience includes corporate histories, grants, marketing collateral, direct mail, product manuals, and corporate newsletters. On her days off, Caroline likes to “Read a thick history or biography, walk the dog, and hang out with my family.” Her favorite food is… Breakfast!
RACHEL FULKERSON – Director of Communications, Development and Events
Rachel brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit communications, fundraising and event management to JMA. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Publishing Certification from the University of Denver. Working in the nonprofit, consulting and publishing arenas, she possesses expertise in marketing, creative event development, strategic planning, branding, media relations, individual giving and grants. From serving as the Founding Director of a literary nonprofit to working at Friends of the Hennepin County Library as the Communications and Program Director, she is passionate about her work and dedicated to helping nonprofits achieve their strategic objectives. On her days off, she likes to spend time relaxing, cooking, reading and exploring the outdoors (ideally all in the same weekend). Her favorite foods are chocolate, cheese and coffee (ideally all at the same time).
KATHRYN KEELER – Development Manager
With an expertise in grant writing, research, donor relations and communications, Kathryn is an accomplished development professional with a passion for connecting nonprofits and funders. She has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from St. Cloud State University and a certificate in Fundraising from the University of St. Thomas where she is actively pursuing her CFRE certification. On her days off, Kathryn likes to spend time with her nieces and nephews, take walks with her puppy or go on adventures – locally and abroad. Her favorite food is a good roast beef sandwich.
CATHIE LORENZ – Grant Writer
Cathie Lorenz offers several years of editing, grant writing, research and nonprofit management experience, managing a nonprofit community association at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, writing grants and communications for Arms Control Association and freelance editing for several international research organizations. She holds an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. When she is not working, Cathie enjoys spending time with her three children, walking her dog, and traveling with her family – especially in Europe. Favorite foods are Thai and Mexican.
RACHEL THOMPSON – Designer/Print, Web, Digital Media
Rachel brings more than 20 years of visual design and art direction experience in broadcast, print and online media. She has a B.A. in Art and Mathematics from Lawrence University and studied Marketing and Business Communications at the University of St. Thomas. She revels in shepherding companies through brand changes, developing new graphic identities for emerging groups and assisting organizations to develop a strong visual presence. In her career, she has developed a new visual and brand identity for KMSP-FOX9, worked with KARE11 on their public health initiatives and online presence, and designed campaigns and event collateral for Twin Cities Public Television. Favorite food: Loves most foods, especially when cooked by others.
SARAH PRICE – Development Coordinator, Prospect Researcher
Bringing over 12 years of non-profit experience, Sarah has expertise in prospect development, database management, annual fund and major gift strategy and event management. She has worked at St. Olaf College, Youth Frontiers, Minnesota Children’s Museum and St. David’s Center. Sarah has a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and is a member of the board of directors of the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers in Advancement. On her days off, Sarah likes spending time with her son, family and friends, biking the trails, wogging (walking/jogging), reading and cooking. Her favorite food is seafood.
HEIDI FAHNING – Development Manager
Heidi Fahning holds a Bachelors of Arts from Hamline University in political science and a Master of Science in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. Having previously worked at several nonprofit and governmental organizations both in Minnesota and the United Kingdom, she brings extensive knowledge of the relationship between public policy and nonprofit development to JMA. She is thrilled to return to the environment where she can see direct impact of her work in the community. Outside of the office, Heidi loves planning her next international adventure, finding treasures at thrift stores throughout the Twin Cities, and cheering on Golden Gophers football at the Bank. Her favorite food is squash from her Grandpa’s garden.
HEATHER FITZPATRICK – Marketing Communications & Events Manager
Heather earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in English and Spanish from the University of Minnesota. An experienced marketer, Heather has more than 10 years of experience successfully developing and executing high-impact, insight-driven marketing campaigns for companies like General Motors, Starwood Hotels, IBM and American Express. A strategic thinker, Heather likes taking the “big idea” and putting it into action through insight-driven strategy, strong project management skills, and a consistent focus on results to ensure that JMA clients are getting the most from their marketing and communications efforts.
MICHELLE BYERS – Human Resources Director
Michelle holds a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Psychology and Religion and a M.A in Management with Human Resource concentration from Azusa Pacific University, CA. She has extensive experience as an HR Generalists and in Strategic HR Management. Michelle is known for developing strong teams focused on achieving outstanding business results. When she is not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband doing DIY home projects, chasing around her very busy toddler, baking, cooking, and crafting. Michelle’s favorite food is… homemade soft chocolate chip cookies.