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2017 MPGC Annual Conference

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 265-4800

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MPGC's 41st Annual Conference & Brisk Walk
November 14-16, 2017
St. Paul RiverCentre

Conference Committee

Co-Chairs, 2017 MPGC Conference

Alex D. Bakkum, U.S. Bank Charitable Services Group (Chair) and Jacob LaCroix, United Hospital Foundation (Co-Chair)

Alex D. Bakkum joined Wells Fargo in 2007 and is currently and Assistant Vice President and Specialist with Philanthropic Services. Alex provides customized solutions and advice to nonprofits, private foundations, and individual philanthropists.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services, Alex worked directly for nonprofits including, St. John’s University, The River Keepers, and College Possible. In addition to his efforts on behalf of nonprofit organizations, Alex is an active member of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council where he serves as Treasurer and sits on the Conference Committee and Finance Committee.
Alex is a Notary Public and is a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Specialist.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John's University, a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University, and a juris doctorate from Hamline University School of Law.

Conference Committee Members

  • Linda Carlson, Hamline University
  • Liz Cheney, Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Janet Hallaway, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Deborah Brown Hanson, MPR
  • Sheryl Morrison, Gray Plant Mooty
  • Lynn Praska, University of Minnesota Foundation
  • Christine Pulkrabek, Regions Hospital Foundation
  • Frank Robertson
  • Bethel Ruest, Mayo Clinic
  • Juliana Sellers, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Foundation
  • Chuck Semrow, Regions Hospital Foundation
  • Jane P. Townsend, J.D.


Thank you to MPGC Benefiting Sponsor, Crescendo Interactive, and Supporting Sponsor, US Bank Charitable Services Group

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