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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.

Jacob LaCroix, CFRE, United Hospital Foundation (Co-Chair)

Jacob LaCroix is Director of Development at United Hospital Foundation. Jacob leads the fundraising efforts of the Major and Planned Giving programs, with special emphasis on deepening mission engagement with new donors.

Specializing in the strategic design of high-level donor and volunteer experiences, Jacob has over thirteen years of administrative and fundraising expertise in leading teams and projects.

Jacob earned an M.A. in Organizational Management and a B.A. summa cum laude in Communication Studies from Concordia University, St. Paul. He is a credentialed member of Certified Fundraising Executive (C.F.R.E.) International. Jacob lives in St. Paul with his wife Jennifer and their children Charlotte, Augustin, and Remington.

Conference Committee Members

  • Linda Carlson, Minnesota Zoo Foundation
  • Liz Cheney, Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • Janet Hallaway, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • Deborah Hanson, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Isabel Hughes, Regions Hospital Foundation
  • Sheryl Morrison, Gray Plant Mooty
  • Lynn Praska, University of Minnesota Foundation
  • Christine Pulkrabek, Regions Hospital Foundation
  • Frank Robertson, Retired (formerly University of Minnesota Foundation)
  • Bethel Ruest, Mayo Clinic
  • Juliana Sellers, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federation
  • Charles Semrow, Regions Hospital Foundation
  • Jane Townsend, Native Governance Center

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