The Birthplace of Apra

Apra-MN Board of Directors

President, Jo Theodosopoulos
Manager of Prospect Development
The Minneapolis Foundation

Jo is the Manager of Prospect Development at The Minneapolis Foundation. She launched the organization’s first prospect research program in May 2014, after successfully doing the same at Sanford Health Foundation/Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation (Sioux Falls, SD) in 2012. She works across the organization with all departments to find and help build potential relationships. Jo was elected to the board of APRA-Minnesota in January 2016. Prior to joining the prospect development field, Jo spent five years in development and donor relations at the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from South Dakota State University. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband. Jo has been a board member since 2016; her term expires at the end of 2019.

Secretary, Darren Cooper
Director-Prospect Research

Mayo Clinic

Darren joined Mayo Clinic in August 2015 as a Development Prospect Manager and was named Director of Prospect Research in March 2017. Previously, he was an independent prospect research and strategy consultant from January 2014 to July 2015. Key clients included the Humane Society of the United States, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church (in Rochester, Minnesota), and the Purdue Research Foundation. Darren began his prospect research career at Purdue University, where he was a research associate from June 2006 to December 2013. At Purdue, he supported fundraising in academic and non-academic units, along with corporate and foundation relations. Darren has extensive experience as a speaker and trainer and has spoken at multiple APRA state chapter events and the APRA-International conference. Past volunteer experience includes serving on the editorial advisory board for the Lafayette Journal and Courier and the membership services committee for Purdue Federal Credit Union. Darren has been a board member since 2016; his term expires at the end of 2019. 

Marketing/Communications Director, Kristen Cooper
Director of Advancement Services 
Augsburg College

Kristen currently works as the Director of Advancement Services at Augsburg College. She has over 10 yrs. of experience in the nonprofit sector that has included work in arts, cultural, educational, social service organizations and healthcare. Kristen has an undergrad degree in Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design and a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Winona. In her free time Kristen enjoys keeping up on the latest in Social Media and Design trends as well as volunteering at Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI). She is excited to serve as the Marketing Dir. at APRA MN and welcomes all ideas about engaging the greater community of Researchers in MN. Kristen has been a board member since 2015; her term expires at the end of 2018.

Programming Director, Aimee Fisher
Prospect Research Officer 
Carleton College

Aimee Fisher joined Carleton College's prospect research team in 2014. Previously, she spent four years as a data coordinator at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She has been an APRA-Minnesota member since 2013, attending local and international conferences and seminars. Aimee graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and resides in Northfield, MN with her husband, two children, and two fur-kids. Aimee joined the board in January 2018; her first term expires at the end of 2019.

Programming Director, Renee Francis
Prospect Research Analyst
Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation
  Renee Francis serves as the Prospect Research Analyst for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. For the past 10 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector in various positions including call center representative and coordinator of the sustaining donor program. Trained as a legal assistant, Renee is a former realtor and personal assistant. In 2016, Renee was elected to the Board where she serves as the Programming Committee co-chair. She previously served on the scholarship committee, as a mentor, and presented at the APRA International Conference in Nashville. A native of Milwaukee, Renee currently lives in Centuria, WI with her husband and her cat, Mozzie. Renee has been a board member since 2017; her term expires at the end of 2020. 

Membership Director, Alisa Lamont
Assistant Director of Prospect Management and Research
University of Saint Thomas

Alisa recently returned to Minnesota after 16 years living and working in New York City. As founder and principal of Bamboo Fundraising Consultants, she advised NYC arts and education organizations on various aspects of development, including annual and major gift strategy, event planning and execution, grant seeking, and board development. She is currently the Assistant Director of Prospect Management and Research at the University of Saint Thomas. Alisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton College and a Master of Science degree in Fundraising Management from Columbia University. Alisa joined the board in 2018; her first term expires at the end of 2019.

Vice-President, Jerica Price
Development Database Manager
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Jerica has a passion for researching, organizing, and analyzing data, which she is able to use in her every-day work. Jerica comes from a small, one-man shop and can provide perspective and assistance to other members of the chapter, along with providing helpful insight when choosing conference topics and speakers. She values the relationships she has developed at her organization and is well respected there. As she sees it, our field is to assist the success of fundraising in the organizations and we have potential of being great partners with front-line fundraisers to add to the success. She has served on the Apra-MN scholarship committee and has attended a number of local and international conferences, as well as other networking events. Jerica has been a board member since 2016; her term expires at the end of 2019.

Marketing/Communications Director, Joseph Gonzales

Prospect Research Manager 

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Joseph is a native Texan, Minnesotan by choice, but Brooklynite at heart.  As prospect research manager at the Greater Twin Cities United Way, he began his nonprofit career on the East coast sixteen years ago working as a prospect development professional with university medical centers, faith-based institutions, and cause-related nonprofits. He is a speaker at regional and national Apra conferences and is a volunteer leader with Apra national committees. Joe is also a Longhorn and a Lobo, with an anthropology degree from the University of Texas and an american studies degree from the University of New Mexico. In his adopted home of south Minneapolis, Joe enjoys home brewing, gardening, and getting his hands dirty under the hood of his Chevy. Joseph has been a board member since 2017; his term expires at the end of 2018.

Treasurer-Elect, Christen Tarantino
Director of Advancement Research 
Saint Paul Academy and Summit School

Christen is the Director of Advancement Research at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School, where she has worked since 2012. Previously, she spent six years as a senior member of the Advancement Research team at Amherst College in Amherst, MA. She has served on the Apra-MN membership committee, as a mentor, and has presented at Blackbaud’s annual conference. A graduate of the Pratt Institute’s Master’s Program in Library and Information Science, Christen began her career as a librarian before entering the prospect development profession. She lives in Richfield with her husband and daughter. Christen joined the board in 2018; her first term expires at the end of 2019.

Treasurer, Rika Young
Senior Researcher
University of Minnesota Foundation

Rika is a senior researcher at University of Minnesota Foundation with over 15 years of development experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in general management from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Business Communication degree from the University of St. Thomas. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and 3 children. Rika has been a board member since 2015; her term expires at the end of 2018.

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