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Apra-MN Board of Directors

President, Kristen Barlow
Prospect Development Manager
Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis

Kristen is the Prospect Development Manager at Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis. Kristen has been working on re-establishing relationship management and prospect research methods/tools/systems at her organization which, is currently in the midst of a $40 million dollar campaign. She has served on the APRA-MN Scholarship and Programming committees, and is a member of APRA Int'l. Kristen has 8 years of development experience working on Raiser's Edge and has her bCRE, Raiser's Edge certification, and a degree in Multi-Media. In her free time, Kristen enjoys seeing local bands, creating art, and exploring nearby parks and trails. Kristen lives in South Minneapolis with her middle-school age son and their two cats. Kristen has been a board member since 2014, her term expires at the end of 2017.

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.

Membership Director, Deb Dressely
Prospect Research and Database Manager
Fairview Foundation

Deb has served as the Prospect Research and Database Manager at the Fairview Foundation since 2007. She serves on APRA-MN’s Programming Committee and as the Membership Director is excited to extend quality learning opportunities to our members. Trained as a legal secretary, she has spent her entire career in the non-profit world working previously at ARC St. Paul, Arthritis Foundation and Jones-Harrison Residence. Deb and her husband are life-long St. Paulites, the parents of two adult sons and grandparents of two. Deb has been a board member since 2014, her term expires at the end of 2017.

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.

Vice-President, Jerica Price
Development Data Specialist
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 has 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 started his nonprofit career on the East coast fifteen years ago cultivating his expertise in prospect development working with university medical centers, faith-based institutions, cause-related nonprofits, and as a speaker at regional and national APRA conferences. He is also a Longhorn and a Lobo, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and a graduate degree from the University of New Mexico. In his adopted home of south Minneapolis, Joe enjoys cooking and gardening, while seeking out the next best thing on a foodie’s to-do list. Joseph has been a board member since 2017, his term expires at the end of 2018.

Programming Director, Jo Theodosopoulos
Manager of Prospect Development
The Minneapolis Foundation

Jo is the sole prospect development professional 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 and Wyatt the Rottweiler. Jo has been a board member since 2016, her 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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