About

Staff

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Kate Barr

President & CEO
kbarr@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6696

I’ve been making meaning out of financial information and strategies for decades, with stints as an arts administrator, a bank executive, Executive Director of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and now President & CEO for Propel Nonprofits. Whether it’s from a conference podium, a classroom whiteboard, or sitting at a board meeting, my goal is to help people connect the dots between mission and business model.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me at arts events or diving into policy issues. I live in an old St. Paul house with my husband and have two brilliant adult children. I’m proud to have been in all 50 US states (and working towards all 87 Minnesota counties). I also drink a lot of coffee.

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Beverly Bushyhead

Loan Officer & Financial Specialist
bbushyhead@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6682

I believe solutions to community challenges reside within empowerment and knowledge. I present equity workshops and am a trained Racial Justice Facilitator.

I switched roles after two years as Training Director to deepen partnerships with organizations. I serve on the Urban Indian Advisory Board to the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council (CECLC) appointed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner, and Coach for Wilder’s Neighborhood Leadership Program. I’m a James P. Shannon Leadership Institute alumnus and have a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, as well as a Master’s Degree of Public Administration, both from Hamline University. Previously I was a manager at Project for Pride in Living and Greater Twin Cities United Way.

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Ashley Caradine

Program Associate
acaradine@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6665

I coordinate the preparation and delivery of Propel Nonprofits’ training to individuals and organizations in Minnesota and the surrounding area by preparing training materials and providing event and administrative support. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, I served a wide variety of nonprofits, including Heifer International. I love working on projects and enjoy being extremely organized. In my free time I explore as much adventure as possible, try new foods and restaurants, and travel.

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Phil Duran

Incorporation Services Manager
pduran@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6701

I’ve worked in and around the nonprofit world for most of my adult life, as a board member, employee, volunteer, and supporter, and try to bring these perspectives to my work at Propel Nonprofits. I am inspired by the amazing array of people I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years, who seek to create mission-driven organizations that focus their talents and strengths on making the world a better place. My goal is to help people create organizations with the greatest potential for success and impact, and to provide the tools and knowledge to bring their visions to life.

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Donna Floyd

Management Associate
dfloyd@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6700

I currently provide data support for the board recruiting area at Propel Nonprofits.

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Sarah Fowler

Accounting & Operations Associate
sfowler@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6669

My dual passions for art and nonprofit work have overlapped much of my life. I graduated from MCAD with a B.F.A. in drawing/painting, and I’ve worked for arts organizations including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Children’s Theatre Company and Minnesota Opera. While I didn’t plan to work in finance just a few years after graduating from art school, I’m glad I chose to take that leap, because financial knowledge is a powerful tool.

Outside of the office, I serve as the audience development chair on Minnesota Opera’s board for young professionals. I’m happiest when surrounded by art, eating delicious food, reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with my favorite people.

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Dan Frankenfeld

Board Recruiter & Loan Fund Associate
dfrankenfeld@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6694

I’m passionate about mission-driven work and the capacity-growth philosophy informing our loan process, training, technical assistance, and other programs delivered by Propel Nonprofits. I started volunteering with MAP for Nonprofits as a Board Development Intern before becoming a Board Recruiter and Strategic Services Associate in 2016. Now, I support the lending team and nonprofits throughout the loan process and work on special projects.

Before Propel Nonprofits, I held several jobs and internships across sectors and disciplines, most recently serving as a New Sector Alliance RISE Fellow placed at Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. I graduated from St. Olaf College (2015) and am invigorated by conversation (and reading!) about vocation, analytics, mission metrics, or anything related to strategy, leadership, and philosophy.

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Danielle Gangelhoff

Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager
dgangelhoff@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6671

I started my nonprofit career as a “utility player,” learning and working in everything from event planning to finance, operations, business development, and program management. Currently, I manage the fiscal sponsorship program, which I developed and launched in 2014. Every day I support high-potential, emerging organizations advancing purpose-driven work in the region. I collaborate with exceptional leaders who are transforming the sector through new and imaginative strategies. Being able to support these organizations is both exciting and rewarding.

Outside of work I am a foodie—I spend time sampling new cuisines. I’m an unapologetic dog-lover, focusing on my pup, Turbo. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors. I love to travel and aspire to explore new destinations.

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Lu Hang

Loan Officer & Financial Specialist
lhang@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6676

I am a former Thai/Chinese restaurant owner turned banker turned Loan Officer and Financial Specialist at Propel Nonprofits. Over the last 19 years, I’ve used my financial savvy to help entrepreneurs and nonprofits achieve their goals. I’m passionate about helping nonprofits improve quality of life, particularly in underserved communities. I have been with Propel Nonprofits for over four years and as a “not-so-silent” nonprofit partner, I love providing financial advice and technical assistance in accessible and easy-to-understand terms. I serve on the Board of Regents for Concordia University St. Paul, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and Hmong Nationalities Organization.

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Tracy Harris

Board Recruiter
tharris@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6702

I work to recruit the right potential board members to fit nonprofit board openings. I previously worked as a law school Academic Success Tutor and have worked pro bono as a political asylum attorney. I am a writer of creative nonfiction and have been a volunteer tour guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center. I am an enthusiastic supporter of all the arts—theater, dance, visual arts, music.

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Phil Hatlie

Senior Loan Officer & Financial Specialist
phatlie@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6673

I’ve spent most of my career in the Minnesota nonprofit sector. Although my degree is in liberal arts, I spent 15 years directing the finances at nonprofits including the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, TC Habitat for Humanity, and HECUA. I’ve been with Propel Nonprofits for more than 10 years as a financial trainer and lender, working with nonprofits in areas ranging from education and social services to the arts to chemical dependency and community health. I treasure the relationships I’ve been able to form with these nonprofits, and am proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish together.

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Mario Hernandez

Strategic Services Director
mhernandez@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6688

I’m a firm believer of nonprofits’ ability to build and sustain a more just society. I’ve been in the sector for nearly 20 years and have served in numerous executive leadership and board roles—executive director, vice president and chief operating office, board chair, board vice chair, and board treasurer. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned leading organizations with other current and emerging nonprofit leaders. I enjoy talking strategy, methodical operation plans and marketing campaigns, collective impact through collaboration, inclusive leadership development, and paying for it all through sustainable business models.

St. Paul is my home. I cross the river daily. Family and connection to community matter to me.

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Abbi Iticha

Accounting & Finance Consultant
aiticha@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6748

I am one of the fortunate immigrants who arrived in my second home in Minnesota in June 1997. I came with a dream to support the nonprofit community, and I was excited to get that opportunity when I joined Propel Nonprofits. When I came to Minnesota, I never took a break until I learned a new language and the culture so I could become involved in the community.

I earned a degree in accounting and started at the University of Minnesota in 2001 as an Accounts Specialist, and was then promoted to Accountant and later Senior Accountant. I decided to continue my education while working full time and raising three great kids, achieving another educational goal that I had long dreamed of.

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Sarah B. Jackson

Loan Officer & Financial Specialist
sjackson@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6668

I’ve been working with or for nonprofit organizations for more than a decade. Mission-driven work has always been my passion and it is an honor to serve nonprofit organizations in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. As a Loan Officer/Financial Specialist, I work closely with nonprofits as a lender, technical assistance provider, trainer, and partner.

Previously, I worked as the program director for the Minnesota Newspaper Association, leading the organization’s training, events, and communications programs. Before that I was executive director of the Minnesota News Council. I earned degrees in Journalism and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

I also love: reading (newspapers, books, magazines – everything), traveling, spending as much time on the water as possible paddleboarding or kayaking, and cooking. I am always looking for a new volunteer opportunity!

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Curtis Klotz, CPA

Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer
cklotz@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6664

Nonprofits are my passion and profession. I’ve taught in inner-city Washington D.C with the Higher Achievement Program, coordinated national communities of volunteers with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and supported persons living with HIV/AIDS at Seattle Shanti. At the Indian Law Resource Center in Helena, Montana, I discovered my calling to be a nonprofit CFO. A stint as the chairperson of the Montana Nonprofit Association deepened my commitment to the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Joining Propel Nonprofits has given me the perfect opportunity to share my passion for nonprofit finance every day and use my 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to make a positive, lasting difference in the world.

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Jennifer Kramm

Strategic Services Consultant
jkramm@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6686

Form following function, finding a niche in an ecosystem, leveraging existing research before developing a hypothesis: the biological concepts I studied as a biology major at St. Olaf College have proven to be extremely applicable as a nonprofit management consultant. Whether it’s a board governance, strategic planning or merger facilitation project, I enjoy facilitating conversations of substance that help an organization evolve to the next stage of its development as a Strategic Services Consultant at Propel Nonprofits. In these engagements I draw on my experience as a grantmaker at the InFaith Community Foundation and social enterprise work at Thrivent Financial.

My core values are innovation, equity and inclusion, and spirituality. I am a tree hugger.

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Ian D. Law

Strategic Services Associate
ilaw@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6698

I am the proud father of twins! I love Timberwolves basketball, video games, pretty much all things nerdy, but most of all my family. At Propel Nonprofits I work with nonprofits on strategy, business modelling, governance, and infrastructure.

The combination of my study in nonprofit management and entrepreneurship, my time as a nonprofit contractor, and now my time with Propel Nonprofits has equipped me with a holistic view of nonprofits that I hope to bring to every project I work on. Nonprofits are constantly working to build our communities, and I’m honored to support them wherever I can.

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Sarah Leistico

Fiscal Sponsorship Associate
sleistico@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6687

My passion is connecting others to resources that empower their voice and impact within communities. Before joining Propel Nonprofits I was Operations Coordinator at Metropolitan State University’s Institute for Community Engagement & Scholarship supporting events, initiatives, and programs. Working with participating Propel Nonprofits’ Fiscal Sponsorship projects to build capacity, I recognize what tools are useful to an organization’s mission and strategy. In all stages of the sponsorship lifecycle I provide service uniquely tailored to projects’ needs and goals.

Outside of the office you might spot me on a hiking trail, at community events, or knocking on doors for voter outreach. I have a serious sweet tooth and I’m always up for weekend trips and live music.

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Mary Nehring

Assistant to the President
mnehring@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6678

I work directly with the President and CEO, helping with fundraising proposals and grant tracking, statistical information documentation, and special projects for Propel Nonprofits. I work with the board of directors with meeting correspondence and meeting logistics. I also oversee the human resources functions and onboarding new employees.

Outside of Propel Nonprofits, you will find me active at my church as a Confirmation teacher and Music Team vocalist, helping to lead worship services, along with being the chair of the Turkey Task Force that plans and runs an annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner each year. I have also been involved in community theater as an actor and assistant director. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially working on puzzles and playing board games.

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Pshorrwon Pshorr

Accounting & Finance Consultant
ppshorr@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6683

I have over 10 years of experience working as an auditor and accountant globally. Since 2013, I developed the passion of working in the nonprofit environment. Prior to joining Propel Nonprofits, I worked as a staff accountant and finance and administrative manager for nonprofits in the Twin Cities.

I hold double master’s degrees in Business Administration and Finance from Argosy University and Cuttington University respectively.  I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.-USA and candidate for Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

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Glyn Northington

Senior Program Director
gnorthington@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6672

I’ve spent my career fostering relationships while working either for or with nonprofit organizations. I began as a marketing college professor at two liberal arts colleges in Iowa and Missouri before moving to the Twin Cities. Here I got to feed my passion for performing arts by marketing the Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Opera, and then marketed Target’s support of nonprofits across the country before managing Target’s Foundation and its national arts and food philanthropic portfolios.

Becoming part of the Propel Nonprofits team has allowed me to combine my passions in nonprofits, relationship development, and teaching/training into one position as I partner with nonprofit organizations as they add such incredible vitality to our communities.

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Janet Ogden-Brackett

Vice President of Lending
jogden-brackett@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6677

I direct the nonprofit loan program. As a loan officer, I assist individual nonprofits during the loan application, review process, and throughout the lifecycle of the loan. I also deliver training workshops and provide technical assistance on financial management topics to nonprofits throughout Minnesota. I’ve collaborated on 10 cohorts for nonprofits exploring the launch of a social enterprise. I love the idea of nonprofits having autonomy with their money and think that social enterprise is a good option on how that can be achieved.

Prior to joining Propel Nonprofits, I was Director of Operations and Financial Manager at Minnesota Environmental Initiative. I have a B.A. in Business Management from the University of St. Thomas. A graduate of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Leadership Institute, I serve on the board of directors for Family Tree Clinic, Danish American Center (Minnesota), and Twin Cities Film Festival.

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Becky Olson

Accounting & Finance Consultant
bolson@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6782

I advise nonprofit organizations on accounting and tax-related matters.

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John Pain

Head Board Recruiter
jpain@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6689

My managerial experience comes into play as I work at Propel Nonprofits to find the right potential board members for board openings in the Twin Cities.

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Kathi Rogers

Management Associate
krogers@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6681

With over 40 years of experience in accounting, finance, mergers and acquisitions, leadership and management in the banking industry, I’m now retired and volunteering at Propel Nonprofits. I hope that my work background and experiences can help this great team to move forward with their mission in supporting the nonprofit sector. I enjoy working with a team of individuals who are so dedicated and passionate about what they do.

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Kallie Rollenhagen

Marketing Manager
krollenhagen@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6685

I joined Propel Nonprofits in October 2017 to carry out marketing and branding initiatives. I have a love for community development financial institutions and nonprofits, so Propel Nonprofits is a perfect fit! I believe that the narratives we use to talk about our work are important; our clients have some transformative stories to tell.

My background is in psychology and architecture. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I did a couple years in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Baltimore and Chicago, and most recently worked at a rural economic development foundation. In my free time, I travel, take photos, read, or head down to the family farm in south central Minnesota.

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John Skillings

Accounting & Finance Consultant
jskillings@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6715

I’m a seasoned professional who enjoys helping nonprofit organizations with their finance and accounting needs. Like other Propel Nonprofits accounting consultants, I understand the relationship between good finance/accounting systems and practices and mission success.

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Eric Stoebner, CPA (inactive)

Controller
estoebner@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6670

I am passionate about and truly enjoying the opportunity to apply my wealth of nonprofit financial experiences and skills to the internal financial operations of a respected, mission-driven nonprofit organization. Over the course of my professional career, I have provided accounting and financial management services to a diverse range of Twin Cities nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of roles, including Controller, Finance/Business Manager, Senior Accountant, Consultant, Contractor, and Auditor. This is my professional calling—to work with and for nonprofit organizations and to provide accurate, timely, and informative financial reporting and analysis.

I have a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and I hold professional memberships with the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Nonprofit Financial Group of the Twin Cities.

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Chris Vanecek

Accounting & Finance Consultant
cvanecek@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6829

I’ve been working in nonprofits in various capacities since moving to the Twin Cities in 2007, including everything from wielding chainsaws to crawling around in attics to being an interim controller. I’ve been doing nonprofit accounting and finance since graduating with an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio University in 2013.

Currently I enjoy helping nonprofits connect sound accounting practices with larger questions about finance and strategy. I believe that having solid accounting footing gives organizations the ability to plan for their future. In my non-work time I volunteer on the board of the Social Enterprise Alliance, enjoy biking around the Twin Cities, cooking and baking.

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Allison Wagstrom

Portfolio Director & Financial Specialist
awagstrom@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6695

I believe in the fundamental power of financial understanding to transform individuals and nonprofits. Financial language, too often, is rarified and exclusionary. I seek to make it accessible to everyone and provide scaffolding to leaders as they increase their knowledge. My professional background is in community and political organizing, nonprofit management, and nonprofit financial leadership.

My perfect conversation is about financially healthy nonprofits and 1990’s British Rock bands. I love Minneapolis, First Avenue, Doctor Who, astronomy, anthropology, and cats.

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Acacia Willey

Senior Accounting & Finance Consultant
awilley@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6758

I’ve been working in the nonprofit sector for over 18 years. I have experience in a variety of roles: technology support, program management, financial management, human resources, and fundraising. Prior to joining Propel Nonprofits, I was a senior accountant at a public accounting firm. I have since determined I am a nonprofit lifer! With a passion for helping others and a natural gift for problem solving and analyzing numbers, there’s no better way to support nonprofits carrying out their missions than to coach, train, and teach nonprofit organizations and accounting professionals.

My husband and three young and energetic sons make up a family of “good eaters,” so I’m always looking for a new recipe to try! My pursuit is a healthy, well-balanced, and active lifestyle.

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Steve Woldum

Board Recruiter
swoldum@propelnonprofits.org
612.249.6699

I have extensive knowledge in technical phone sales, which I put to use in volunteering with Propel Nonprofits. I work to recruit the right potential board members to fit nonprofit board openings in the Twin Cities area.

Kate Barr »

President & CEO

Beverly Bushyhead »

Loan Officer & Financial Specialist

Ashley Caradine »

Program Associate

Phil Duran »

Incorporation Services Manager

Donna Floyd »

Management Associate

Sarah Fowler »

Accounting & Operations Associate

Dan Frankenfeld »

Board Recruiter & Loan Fund Associate

Danielle Gangelhoff »

Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager

Lu Hang »

Loan Officer & Financial Specialist

Tracy Harris »

Board Recruiter

Phil Hatlie »

Senior Loan Officer & Financial Specialist

Mario Hernandez »

Strategic Services Director

Abbi Iticha »

Accounting & Finance Consultant

Sarah B. Jackson »

Loan Officer & Financial Specialist

Curtis Klotz, CPA »

Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Kramm »

Strategic Services Consultant

Ian D. Law »

Strategic Services Associate

Sarah Leistico »

Fiscal Sponsorship Associate

Mary Nehring »

Assistant to the President

Pshorrwon Pshorr »

Accounting & Finance Consultant

Glyn Northington »

Senior Program Director

Janet Ogden-Brackett »

Vice President of Lending

Becky Olson »

Accounting & Finance Consultant

John Pain »

Head Board Recruiter

Kathi Rogers »

Management Associate

Kallie Rollenhagen »

Marketing Manager

John Skillings »

Accounting & Finance Consultant

Eric Stoebner, CPA (inactive) »

Controller

Chris Vanecek »

Accounting & Finance Consultant

Allison Wagstrom »

Portfolio Director & Financial Specialist

Acacia Willey »

Senior Accounting & Finance Consultant

Steve Woldum »

Board Recruiter