The Birthplace of Apra

Apra-MN Board of Directors

President and Mentorship 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 second term expires at the end of 2021.

Immediate Past 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-MN 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.

Vice President, Andrea Dowd
Prospect Research Program Manager
Augsburg University

Andrea joined St. Mary's University of Minnesota in September 2020 as a Prospect Research Analyst. She was previously the Prospect Program Manager at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, from 2019-2020, Prospect Research Officer at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, from 2015-2019, and a Prospect Researcher at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Prior to discovering the wonderful world of prospect research, Andrea worked for an independent publishing company, Good Ground Press, in St. Paul, MN. She has been a member of Apra-MN since 2015, has served on the Programming and Membership Committees, and her first term expires at the end of 2021. Andrea lives in St. Paul, MN.

Secretary, Amy Modin
Prospect Research Specialist
CommonSpirit Health Philanthropy

Amy received a Master's degree in Public Administration after fulfilling a Graduate Certification program for Nonprofit Management and Fund Development during her 12-year career in Operations Management at UPS.  In that role, she supervised 60-100 employees, (depending on the operation) and was responsible for the daily operations safety, service, and production business goals. Since then she's worked or volunteered at Citizens Project, Council of Neighbors and Organizations, Citizen's College, and Pikes Peak United Way.  Her capstone project entailed a program evaluation of the efficacy of the local 4-1-1 UW program.  Currently, she is Prospect Research Specialist at CommonSpirit Health Philanthropy (formally Catholic Health Initiatives Nat'l Foundation). In addition to developing professionally, learning from peers, and broadening her network, Amy plans to bring to the board (and chapter) a professional business acumen of efficiency, articulation, and follow-through, as well as diverse thinking and passionate outcome. She currently serves on the Apra Connections Committee, recruiting Apra members to represent their chapter with industry-specific contributions of insights, reviews, and experiences. She also serves on the Apra Midwest Conference 2020 Logistics Committee, and has served on the El Paso Community Corrections Board and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) Alumni Executive Board. Amy's first term expires in 2021.

Marketing and Communications 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 second term expires at the end of 2021.

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. 

Programming Director, Janna Holm
Associate Director of Philanthropy Operations
The Trust for Public Land

Janna is the Associate Director of Philanthropy Operations at The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that creates parks and protects land for people. She and her team oversee the Philanthropy CRM, and provide prospect research, portfolio management, and analytics services to staff around the country. Janna has been in this role at The Trust for Public Land since October 2017 but also worked there from 2008-2012. From 2012-2017, Janna worked at Johns Hopkins Institutions in Baltimore, most recently as the Director of Relationship Management and Customer Support. Janna is the former president of Apra Maryland and a former member of Apra's Online Curriculum Committee, and she chaired Apra’s 2018 Plug In to Relationship Management virtual conference.  Janna joined the board in January 2019; her first term expires at the end of 2020.

Marketing and Communications Director, Ryan Marshall
Prospect Development Analyst
Concordia University, Saint Paul

Ryan serves as the Prospect Development Analyst for Concordia University, Saint Paul (CSP). He has worked in advancement for more than five years and was promoted to his current position in January 2016. Ryan has been an active member of Apra-MN since 2016. He joined the programming committee in 2018 and has presented at local and national conferences. Ryan has also served as chair and database administrator for the annual missions fundraiser at his congregation for 5 years. He lives near Isanti with his wife and six children.  Ryan joined the board in January 2019; his first term expires at the end of 2020.

Treasurer, 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 second term expires at the end of 2021.

Alison Freeman
Senior Researcher
 of Minnesota Foundation

Alison is currently a Senior Researcher at the University of Minnesota Foundation where she works with numerous development officers on prospect management, research, and utilizing databases. She also works on various projects to develop best practices and continue the growth of the prospect development team.  Alison has been a member of Apra-MN since 2014 and is grateful for the community that has taught given her so much in her career. She believes she can make an impact on the board by thinking of our members first and keeping motivation behind what research/prospect development means to all different types of organizations throughout Minnesota.  Alison is a current Apra-International member, former member of AFP and has served on the programming committee since 2014. Alison's first term expires in 2021.

Susan Gahan
Senior Researcher
University of Minnesota

I am currently a senior researcher at the University of Minnesota where I work with several different units on campus as a prospect researcher.  I am lucky to work with degree granting colleges, professional schools and membership and culturally based units at the university.  As their assigned prospect researcher, I do research as well as prospect management and work with each development team closely to help them meet their goals.  Prior to the University of Minnesota, I worked at the Minnesota Historical Society where I was the only prospect development associate and having the experience of being a one-person shop was very beneficial in allowing me to have a broad understanding of what prospect development is. 

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