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
alamont@apra-mn.org


Alisa is serving the second year of her term as President of Apra-MN. She loves being part of this vibrant community of prospect development professionals. Prior to joining the University of St. Thomas in 2017, Alisa was Director of Prospect Management and Research at Winona State University. Previously, she lived in New York City and founded Bamboo Fundraising Consultants, advising arts and education organizations on various aspects of development, including annual and major gift strategic planning, grant seeking, and board development. Alisa earned a BA in Economics from Carleton College and an MS in Fundraising Management from Columbia University. Alisa joined the board in 2018; her second term expires at the end of 2021.



Vice President, Andrea Dowd
Prospect Research Analyst
St. Mary's University
 

adowd@apra-mn.org



Andrea is a Prospect Research Analyst at Saint Mary's University since 2020. She was previously a Prospect Research Program Manager at Augsburg University, Prospect Research Officer at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, and a Prospect Researcher at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Prior to discovering the wonderful world of prospect research, Andrea was a customer service representative for an independent publishing company, Good Ground Press, in St. Paul, MN. She has been a member of Apra-MN since 2015 and has served on the Programming and Membership Committees. Her first term expires at the end of 2021 and she starts her second term as President in 2022. Andrea lives in St. Paul, MN.



Secretary, Amy Modin
Prospect Research Specialist
CommonSpirit Health Philanthropy
 

amodin@apra-mn.org


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. At the same time, she 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 Development Anaylst at CommonSpirit Health’s Philanthropy offices. Other community service positions have included the El Paso Community Corrections Board and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) Alumni Executive Board. 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 has served on the Apra Midwest Conference 2020 Logistics Committee, Amy's term expires in 2021.



Marketing and Communications Director, Michael Van Dyke, MLIS

Business Consultant

Blackbaud

mvandyke@apra-mn.org


Michael Van Dyke is a Strategic Consultant at Blackbaud and has worked with clients utilizing the Fundraiser Performance Management Platform since October 2015. She has over 12 years of experience in the world of fundraising, has worn several different fundraising hats, but mostly worked for smaller organizations in the prospect research/manager role. Prior to her consultant role, she earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from St. Catherine University/Dominican University library program and taught Information Literacy and Research Skills at MCTC (now Minneapolis College).  Throughout her career, she has remained passionate about empowering people to use technology and information to make better decisions that have a greater impact to the social good.  Michael serves on the membership committee and as marketing and communication director. She joined the board in January 2021 and her first term will end December 2022.




Marketing and Communications Director, Aimee Fisher
Prospect Research Officer 
Carleton College
 

afisher@apra-mn.org


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, Janna Lee
Director of Philanthropy Operations
The Trust for Public Land
 

jholm@apra-mn.org


Janna is the 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 second term expires at the end of 2022.



Treasurer-elect, Tom Brown

Senior Prospect Research Officer

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

tbrown@apra-mn.org


Tom received his Master’s degree in International Relations and International Economic Development from Northern Arizona University.  Moving back to the Midwest to be closer to family, he transitioned into the nonprofit sector in 2014 after spending 7 years in the political field working for a U.S. Senator and a U.S. Congresswoman.  Skills learned from performing constituent research and engagement from the political field easily transferred over into the nonprofit sector and allowed Tom to successfully establish prospect research programs at two nonprofits in the Twin Cities Metro.  Tom is currently working to establish his third prospect research program at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, and is primarily focused on revamping and growing the major gifts program, supporting capital campaigns, and helping to launch a grateful patient program.  Tom has served as a mentor, and currently serves on the Membership and Program Committees; and will act as Treasurer starting in January 2022.  Tom joined the board in January 2021; and his first term will end December 2023.


Membership Director, Alison Freeman
Senior Researcher
University
 of Minnesota Foundation
afreeman@apra-mn.org


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.



Mentoring Program Director, Susan Gahan
Senior Researcher
University of Minnesota
sgahan@apra-mn.org


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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