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Kim Bowman | At-Large Board Member
Kim has joined Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota as Senior Major Gifts Officer & Planned Giving Principal. Previously, she served the Minnesota Zoo Foundation as Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as Director of Major and Planned Gifts during the Bring Art to Life capital campaign, and St. Olaf College as a Principal Gifts Officer. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and an M.B.A. in finance from University of St. Thomas. Kim also leads development efforts for, and sings with, the Twin Cities choral ensemble Magnum Chorum.
Tricia Bunten | At-Large Board Member
Tricia Bunten serves as the Chief Development Officer at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). She also serves as the Director of Planned Giving at UMD. She has been with UMD since 2001. Prior to that she served in a variety of roles at Bemidji State University from Director of Annual Giving to Director of the BSU Foundation for over seven years.
She holds a MS degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary's University and she received her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) in 2000.
Tricia is actively involved in the Duluth community including the Duluth Rotary Club, Lake Superior Fundraising Executives, and a variety of other community organizations.
Jennifer Foth | At-Large Board Member
Jennifer Foth is the Planned Giving Officer at Carleton College. Prior to Carleton, she lead the Major and Planned Giving programs at CaringBridge.org. Jennifer also served Lawrence University as an Associate Director of Major and Planned Giving, where she traveled nationally to raise major and planned gifts in support of the institution’s most ambitious capital campaign. She holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University and a Bachelors of Arts from Lawrence University. Jennifer volunteers for the PKD Foundation and with her husband hosts an international student through St. Catherine University’s Friendship Family Program. They reside in St. Paul with their pup Riley.
Rick Kimbrough | Past Chair– Executive Committee
Rick Kimbrough was recently named as the Vice President for University Advancement at St Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.
Recently Rick served as the Chief Development Officer for Mayo Clinic Health System. His responsibilities included management of development operations in regional medical centers located in Mankato, Fairmont, Springfield, St. James, New Prague and Waseca.
Keevan Kosidowski | Chair — Executive Committee
Keevan Kosidowski serves as the executive director of Regions Hospital Foundation. In addition to leading the foundation staff and board of directors, her work at Regions includes managing and successfully completing their first ever capital campaign and developing a planned giving program. Prior to joining Regions, she spent eight years at the University of Northern Iowa working in campaign management and annual giving followed by her work as a senior associate with Bentz Whaley Flessner serving educational and health care organizations. Keevan graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Business Administration. She has been involved as a youth mentor with the St. Paul School's Multicultural Excellence Program and Hosanna! Lutheran Church. She is married and has three teenagers.
Sally Forbes Friedman | At-Large Board Member
Sally Forbes Friedman is the Director of the Jewish Community Foundation at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. She holds a B.A. in History from UCLA and attended Southwestern Law School and received a JD. She has been an attorney at Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, PA; Thiel, Campbell, Gunderson, Anderson and Friedman (now known as Thiel, Campbell, Gunderson and Anderson).
Sally has been past president of the Minneapolis Jewish Day School (now known as the Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School), past Executive Board Member at Beth El Synagogue; participant in the Harry Kay Young Leadership Program. She resides in Plymouth with three daughters, Blair, Nicole and Sloan.
Tara Mattessich | Secretary - Executive Committee
Tara Mattessich is an attorney and partner with Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd. Licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Tara specializes in estate and charitable planning, business succession planning, tax strategies, disability planning and post-death administration. She also counsels nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations in a number of areas including planned giving, governance, legal compliance issues and tax matters. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and received her law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer on estate and charitable planning and nonprofit law.
Sheryl Morrison | At-Large Board Member
Sheryl Morrison is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty who, for over 20 years, has focused her practice in the areas of estate and wealth planning, transfer tax strategies, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, creation and administration of charitable trusts and nonprofit organizations, and guardianships and conservatorships. She helps clients accomplish their objectives for management, protection, and preservation of their wealth through strategies which minimize taxes and promote ongoing family management of assets, including wills, revocable trusts, testamentary and inter vivos irrevocable trusts, generation-skipping trusts, charitable trusts, and other charitable gift entities, gifts and sales to grantor trusts, GRATs and QPRTs, family partnerships, and other business entities. Her experience enables her to advise clients about the ongoing administration and operation of their trusts, estates, partnerships, and other business entities, and about the many issues that arise in those contexts. Sheryl also addresses the unique business succession planning issues and strategies involved in the estate planning for business owners.
Her practice also focuses on philanthropy planning through creating, qualification, and operation and administration of nonprofit and tax-exempt entities and counseling higher education institutions and health care organizations about their charitable gift acquisition and administrative programs and practices.
Ruby A. Pediangco | At-Large Board Member
Ruby is the Director of Planned Giving for the Minnesota Orchestra, working in the arts since 2005. Prior to her position with the Orchestra, she worked as a gift planner for the Lutheran Community Foundation for five years. In addition to the MPGC, Ruby serves on the board of the American Council on Gift Annuities. Originally, from the west coast, she earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine and her J.D. from the University of Washington. Before working in planned giving, Ruby practiced law in Washington and California.
Amy Polski Larson | At-Large Board Member
Amy recently joined Children’s Cancer Research Fund after being in the Development Office at St. Catherine University. In her new role she will be raising funds for major gifts that go toward the research to find a cure for childhood cancer. Amy enjoyed 19 years at St. Kate’s and worked in the Admission Office before joining the Development staff. She and her husband, Eric, live in St. Paul and have three children.
Brad Reiners | At-Large Board Member
Bradley joined the Mayo development team in June 2007 and the Gift Planning team in December 2007 and has over twenty one years of experience in fundraising at various higher education institutions. Prior to joining Mayo, Bradley worked at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota; Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa; Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin (where he began its current planned giving recognition program); and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to entering fundraising on a full time basis in 1987, he practiced law in Southwestern Minnesota for ten years.
A primary focus of his work at Mayo involves helping development officers and their benefactors understand and consider charitable gift options that frequently require a measure of tax, legal, or financial planning. His areas of interest include: income-returning gift arrangements, such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts; real estate; mineral rights; charitable estate planning, including wills and living trusts; and other complex gift arrangements.
Marie Ruzek | At-Large Board Member
Marie leads Planned Giving and Endowment-building for the Greater Twin Cities United Way, uniting caring people to build pathways out of poverty, thereby improving individuals and the community. She has over 15 years experience building capacity for local nonprofit organizations, including volunteer management, major and planned gift, fundraising, annual fund, and board development. Marie has a special interest in unleashing the power of women’s philanthropy, which she shares with anyone who will listen.
Prior to joining United Way, Marie led the gift planning program at William Mitchell College of Law for nearly eight years. She has been the Director of Development for the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, a Staff Attorney for the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and a Volunteer Coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Marie earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN, and holds the CFRE designation.
Chuck Semrow, CFRE | At-Large Board Member
Chuck serves as a senior development officer at the University of Minnesota Foundation, where he works closely with volunteer leaders and faculty to communicate the Medical School's organizational vision and mission to grateful patients, alumni, and other external audiences. He has fourteen years of experience in higher education and medical philanthropy.
The most gratifying aspect of his job is helping donors make a difference with their money, time, and talents in a way that is most meaningful to them and their families. He contributes to the profession of fundraising by volunteering with the Minnesota Planned Giving Council and mentoring newcomers to the profession. He is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and serves as vice president of the Minneapolis Ambassadors Lions Club. In 2010 he was named to the President's Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Minnesota.
Chuck graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Epsilon Chapter (1993). In October, he and his wife welcomed their first child to the family. They are active members at Redeemer Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, Minn.
Joe Thiegs | At-Large Board Member
Joe is the Senior Planned Giving Officer with for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media in St. Paul. He holds previous experience as Associate Director of Advancement at the University of Minnesota Law School and as a Planned Giving Officer with the University of Minnesota Foundation, for seven years and following more than five years as a tax, trusts, and estates attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis. Joe has been named a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine multiple times, most recently for 2009. He is a 1999 cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was a Managing Editor for Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice and won First Prize in the school's 1999 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition for legal writing. Joe received his undergraduate degree in 1996 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
In addition to active involvement in MPGC, Joe is a member of several other professional organizations, including the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and various bar associations and their probate and trust law sections. He currently serves on the Legislation Committee Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Probate and Trust Law Section as well as its Legislation Committee, and previously served on the MSBA Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) Task Force.
Grant K. Wacker, CIMC®, CTFA® | Treasurer – Executive Committee
Senior Vice President and Wealth Specialist, Wells Fargo
Grant coordinates fiduciary investment management and other financial services for tax exempt organizations, and provides integrated estate and financial planning services for affluent individuals including philanthropic planning and foundation support. Grant has twice served as a nonprofit board chair, and has ten years of experience on nonprofit boards. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Leaders Impacting the Nonprofit Community program sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Grant is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.), University of Arizona (M.A.) and Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A.). He is a member of the Bar Associations of Minnesota and Wisconsin, a Certified Investment Management Consultant®, an Accredited Asset Management Specialist®, and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor®.