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.” She also loves watching crocuses bloom in the spring, taking vacations to Florida or Belize, and cheering for the Vikings.
SARAH PRICE – Prospect Researcher & Development Coordinator,
Bringing over 12 years of nonprofit 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. She loves blooming peonies, Gopher Women’s Hockey, and vacations in the mountains or at the beach.
SARAH VAN DUSSELDORP – Development Manager
Sarah is a graduate of Hamline University, where she majored in English and Secondary Education. After student teaching in Minneapolis Public Schools, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, focused on building the capacity of nonprofits in the Twin Cities. It was there she found a passion for grant writing. Sarah has worked in a variety of fields including the culinary industry and in youth development, but one thing has always remained the same: her drive to help others. When not at work, you can find her busy whipping up something delicious in her kitchen or outside in her garden with her beagle. She also loves Tiger Lilies, the Chicago Cubs, and vacation in Cinque Terre, Italy.
KARI THOMPSON – Development Director
Kari has more than 20 years of experience working in nonprofit/philanthropic communities in Minneapolis, MN and Denver, CO. She has worked in both development and nonprofit management, and holds a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Mankato State University. As an independent fundraising consultant, Kari worked with a diverse range of clients, including a variety of nonprofit organizations, schools, political campaigns and even a major league baseball team. She has helped executive leaders and boards of directors to develop strategic fundraising plans and has served as a mentor to start-up organizations on capital campaigns, special events, and the research, development and writing of grants. Kari has also served as development manager for Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, a community foundation, and Cornerstone, a domestic violence organization, providing direction and leadership to staff while overseeing all aspects of marketing and fundraising.
Collectively, Kari has helped to raise nearly $50 million dollars! When she is not working on raising money for a cause, Kari enjoys spending her weekends on the hiking trail, on the ski slopes, or running and biking around Lake Harriet with her family.
AMY CONNER – Senior Grant Writer
With a professional background in the nonprofit and government sectors, Amy brings over 5 years of development, project management, and communications experience to her role as Senior Grant Writer at JMA. She feels privileged to serve a group of vibrant nonprofit clients through her work. Amy is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Spanish Studies, and History, and an alumna of the U.S. Fulbright Program in Croatia. On her days off she likes spending time with friends and family, listening to live music (preferably outdoors), thrifting, traveling, and reading. She loves lilacs, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and vacations in Split, Croatia.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Kate holds a B.A. degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and a M.A. degree in Strategic Leadership from Bethel University. Kate has marketing and communications experience in the private sector and in higher education. She has experience developing new products, determining consumer trends, analyzing product pricing, managing complex projects, creating event communications plans, developing marketing and communications materials, and leading a team. Known for her positive attitude and results driven approach, Kate is a self-starter who thrives on responsibility. Kate ensures accurate, creative, and timely development of marketing materials, communications initiatives, and strategic planning. On her time off, she likes outdoor adventures with her family, running, and spending time with friends. Kate enjoys lilacs in the spring, Gopher football, and vacation in New York City or Disney World.
EMILY LAMBERTY – Senior Grant Writer & Events Coordinator
Emily graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in Sociology. She enjoys helping organizations make strategic decisions and develop sustainable funding through diverse streams of revenue. Emily is a creative but pragmatic thinker, passionate about integrating communications and fund development through donor-centered communications. In her time off, she can be found playing viola in a local chamber orchestra, tutoring at the library, exploring Minnesota State parks with her dog and boyfriend, trying new Minneapolis restaurants and breweries, hunting for antiques, cooking, baking, knitting, and binge watching Netflix. In the spring, she loves wildflowers popping up after the snow melt.
MOLLY HEMES – Development Coordinator & Grant Writer
Molly graduated with honors from Carleton College with a B.A. in English. Following graduation, she found her passion for nonprofit development as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at the Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center, which provides tennis and life skills programming for Twin Cities low-income youth. Molly researches and writes grants on a variety of topics for our clients, and she provides assistance to the JMA team. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
BECKY FRANKLIN – Senior Manager of Quality Control
Becky has over a decade of experience working with small businesses and non-profits, expanding their growth through development and communication strategies. Most recently she was the Managing Director for the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.
Her skills include designing and editing for a wide range of print and online materials, as well as writing and reviewing grant applications. She has a passion for sharing the stories of mission-driven organizations through innovative and creative thinking.
Active in the public sector, Becky is in her second term on the Minneapolis Arts Commission, most recently completing a term as Chair of the Commission. She holds a B.A. in Art from Luther College and since graduation has founded and sustained the “Internship in the Visual Arts Scholarship.”
During her time off, Becky loves to spend time with her husband and toddler, as well as hiking, visiting museums, and eating donuts.
EMILY ROLLAG – Human Resources & Operations Manager
Emily joined us as a Development Associate. Prior to coming to J. Murphy & Associates Emily was a paralegal for Meshbesher & Spence law firm. She has also worked for Bremer & Trollop, Foley & Mansfield and GMAC. Emily earned a B.S degree in Paralegal from Winona State University. She serves on the Children’s Ministry Committee at her church and has volunteered teaching Firelight, Ablaze and Affirm classes.
Emily enjoys spending time with her family, especially cheering for her four children as they are active in band, track, soccer, baseball and basketball. She likes to bike, run 5Ks and explore new restaurants.
MICHAEL HOFLAND – Grant Writer
Michael has joined J. Murphy & Associates as a Grant Writer. He has extensive nonprofit experience, as a Thoughtful Giving Specialist at Augsburg College, working with the Minnesota Historical Society’s Development Department and through an internship at Emma Norton Services.
He earned a B.A. in English and History from Winona State University, an M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and an M.A. in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University. His particular emphasis is on research and writing.
Michael volunteers his time and services as a grant writer with the North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Heritage Area, a new organization he is helping become a nonprofit. He loves creative writing—particularly science fiction— as well as watching movies, traveling, hunting and football. Michael lives in River Falls, Wisconsin with his wife, their toddler and Tetra, the family cat. As a Wisconsin native, he loves cheering on the Packers.
PAUL HUDACHEK – Graphics Intern
Paul recently completed his sophomore year at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he is studying graphic design. He is already well-versed in print design, creating books to brochures to posters, and he understands the printing process. Paul has a particular interest in typography and learning more about coding.
LIZ WILLIAMS – Senior Grant Writer
Liz graduated in 2010 from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and has been involved with non-profits ever since. With more than 5 years of development and grant writing experience, she enjoys helping non-profits grow and deliver on their mission. Liz holds a particular passion for dance and the performing arts, having produced and performed in several shows for local dance companies.
In her free time she can be found geeking out to pretty much any and all things Lord of the Rings, reseraching new and exciting places to travel to, hiking with her husband, or taking care of the cats (also known as “the kids”).
BEV ORDAHL – Events Director
A graduate of Minnesota State University – Mankato, Bev holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Designs. She brings over 15 years of management, marketing and visual merchandising experience to the JMA event team. Active in her community, Bev has managed and coordinated numerous Minnesota Youth Athletic baseball tournaments and annual school fundraisers. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching the Twins and going to yoga classes.
KATHRYN ROSS – Advancement Director
Kathryn joined JMA in July 2016. She has over 25 years of experience as a development professional with an emphasis on institutional giving and has worked at The Minnesota Opera, Walker Art Center, Rochester Art Center, Open Arms of Minnesota and Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. She has raised over $15 million from national and local foundations and corporations for capital campaigns, arts programs, workforce development and human services. She holds a BA in English from Carleton College and is a 2012 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute participant. She is a past board member of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and PFund and currently serves on the boards of Kulture Klub Collaborative and OutFront Minnesota.
SUSAN THURSTON-HAMERSKI – Advancement Director
Susan brings more than 30 years of development and marketing experience to JMA. After several years as a journalist, she created distinctive brand identities and messaging, developed corporate and donor relationships, wrote numerous successfully funded grants, and produced multiple events though her leadership roles at St. Olaf College, Carleton College, and the University of Minnesota. With experience in the private sector, she understands the nuances and direction needed in social media and business marketing trends. As a board member of the Illusion Theater, Susan believes in the essential benefit of non-profits and the transformative power of life-long learning and the creative arts. Susan’s work has been published in numerous publications including Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Los Angeles Review.
TREVOR PLATE – IT/Web Development Specialist
Trevor graduated from the Evergreen State College with a B.S. in Computer Science. He has worked as a Systems Operator in Washington and then later as Information Systems Technician in Minneapolis.
Trevor also volunteers at The English Learning Center to help immigrants and Refugees learn the basics of using computers. He is constantly striving to increase digital literacy in the community. In his free time, Trevor enjoys relaxing with friends and writing.