Luciano Patiño President and Board Development Committee Chair
Customer Outreach Representative, NorthstarMLS
Luciano’s first involvement with PFund was serving on the Community Grant Review committee several years ago. He brings a blend of past experiences, from growing up in a foreign country to being an activist at the college level and working in the corporate world. Luciano is enthusiastic about the youth work that PFund funds and values PFund’s original programming, like the Aging Initiative and QReach, the new regional mapping work.
Gregory Wildhaber Vice President
Executive Underwriting Consultant, Prudential Financial
Gregory was recruited as a volunteer with PFund over 10 years ago and since that time has served on the Communications Committee and multiple times on Community Grant Review committees. He brings an enthusiasm for PFund’s growth strategy; a wealth of experience running a multi-million dollar business; and a commitment to making our community stronger, integrated and self-supporting to his new role as a Board member. Gregory believes that PFund’s most important work lies in its commitment to supporting individuals and organizations to make their futures possible through the scholarship and grant programs. He notes, “We are honest to our values in making these decisions and I appreciate that integrity.”
Curtis Brock Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Bio coming soon.
Claire Wilson Advancement Committee Chair
Hubert Humphrey Fellow
Claire’s introduction to PFund was through serving on the Grant Review Committee, where she was impressed with both the process and the diversity of voices at the table. She believes that as a Board member, her perspective is that of person who has benefitted from the type of programming PFund supports in the community and who has advocated for the changes PFund advances. She appreciates PFund’s commitment to social justice, both through its internal work and through the way it supports and advances equity within the LGBT community.
Kay Adam Independent Operations Contractor with a Public Health Agency and a variety of part time volunteer and contractor capacities as a researcher for public health and policy organizations
Kay’s first involvement with PFund was as a PFund Scholarship recipient when he was an undergraduate student. Since that time, Kay has volunteered with PFund and served on the Grant Review Committee. Kay brings intangible but necessary perspectives as a recent Somali immigrant. Kay is interested in shaping and facilitating sustainable community partnerships as PFund expands its regional capacities. Kay is especially excited about the intersectional work being undertaken by PFund, and is passionate about implementing and evaluating PFund’s recently developed strategic plan.
Ruth Birkholz IT Auditor, Xcel Energy
Ruth first became aware of PFund while attending the Minneapolis Creating Change conference in 2011. Since that time, she has been involved with PFund as a donor, event host and committee volunteer. Ruth is excited to bring both industry experience and prior nonprofit board and committee experience forward to her work on PFund’s Board of Directors. She appreciates that PFund is inclusive of a broad community, including communities of color, the aging community, the transgender community, and students and grantees that represent all of those populations.
Jason Bucklin Coordinator, Out4Good
Bio coming soon.
Lois Carlson Wealth Advisor, UBS Financial Services
Lois has a long history with PFund as a donor and volunteer and joined the Board in 2011. She brings valuable business experience to the board, and believes that her network of friends and associates who help her understand the beauty of the LGBT community is her greatest contribution to PFund. Lois most appreciates PFund’s support of community work that flies below the radar and its recognition of the community impact of individuals and organizations.
K.M. Davis Founder, Davis Law Office
Davis was first introduced to PFund as an attendee at PFund’s inspiring events, and then joined the scholarship community review committee, the development committee and had the pleasure of serving as a Cabaret co-chair in 2014. Davis served on various boards prior to her work with PFund, including serving as Quorum's Board President and legal counsel for RECLAIM and other local LGBTQ organizations. As a business owner with limited time, Davis has specifically chosen to serve on PFund's board because of PFund’s dedication to social justice not only in Minnesota, but across the Upper Midwest LGBTQ community.
Jennifer Houston Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Bio coming soon.
Jason Howard Print & Packaging Consultant, Print Craft, Inc.
BJason served on PFund’s Community Grant Review Committee and as a volunteer for several years before joining the Board in 2008. Jason brings many kinds of expertise to PFund’s Board including experience leading another non-profit, the Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis. Jason loves that PFund constantly educates and challenges him in his thinking about the vastness of our LGBTA community. Jason and his partner live in Minneapolis where they enjoy their pets and a love of art.
Abel Knochel Instructor, University of St. Thomas
Bio coming soon.
Lindsay Kruh Community Volunteer
Lindsay first became involved with PFund as a volunteer and through establishing a grant in memory of his partner. As Director of PFund’s Board, Lindsay focuses on accomplishing immediate goals, balanced with maintaining a long range vision. He believes that what is important about PFund is that the foundation is nimble in responding to today's priorities and needs of the Upper Midwest LGBT community. Through PFund's extensive grant and scholarship review process, great effort is made to assure our donors' generosity is channeled in the direction of greatest need. Donors can be assured that throughout their continued years of supporting PFund, every gift is always making a difference in positively impacting current issues facing the LGBT community.
Saby Labor Women's & LGBTQ Coordinator and Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University
Saby first became aware of PFund's work while researching scholarships for LGBTQ college students. She was impressed by the size and scope of PFund's contributions to college and university scholars. Saby brings a unique perspective as a Hapa masculine of center student and educator from the West Coast. As a board member, she believes her role is to advocate for bi+ and trans* inclusion and raise up queer communities of color. She values PFund's commitment to racial justice and aging, and looks forward to PFund's future of endless possibilities.
Dawn LaDassor Senior Consultant, Blanchard Consulting Group
Having previously served on PFund’s Board of Directors in 1994, Dawn brings a rich perspective of long-term involvement as a donor, volunteer and Board member to her current role as Board Secretary. Dawn is proud of PFund’s longstanding commitment to serving diverse community needs.
Rachel Orville Community Innovation Associate, The Bush Foundation
Rachel first became aware of PFund when she was invited to attend a house-party fundraiser. She was impressed with PFund’s commitment to racial justice and its recognition of the multiple identities LGBTQ people and communities experience. This inspired her to become a monthly donor and look for more ways to be involved. Rachel is excited to bring her philanthropy, policy and faith-based LGBTQ organizing experience to the Board, and to have her current foundation work impacted by serving with PFund.
Barbara Satin The Institute for Welcoming Resources and GLBT Generations
Barbara Satin is an 80-year-old transgender woman who has been deeply involved with LGBT issues locally and nationally, particularly around issues of aging and faith. She currently works part time for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force as Assistant Faith Work Director in its office in Minneapolis. Barbara has also been heavily involved in the development of a LGBT senior housing project in Mid-Town Minneapolis; called Spirit on Lake, the 46-unit affordable rental facility opened in September 2013. Besides her work as a PFund board member, she is also the co-founder of GLBT Generations, a local organization working on aging issues, and serves on the board of Training to Serve which provides training on LGBT aging to senior care providers in Minnesota. Barbara also serves on the board of The Aliveness Project and just completed her role as president of that organization.
Robert Smith III University of Minnesota
Robert is currently pursuing a PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Before graduate school, Robert worked in the Development Department at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in New York City, where he also served as a volunteer for a number of LGBT organizations including the Ali Forney Center, Queers for Economic Justice, and the Audre Lorde Project. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009 from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he is happy to call Minneapolis home.
Donald Whipple Fox Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Bio coming soon.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker MCF Philanthropy Fellow, The Bush Foundation
Coya is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been involved in various communities and movements since the age of 15. Coya is currently an advisory committee member for the GLBT Host Home Program, working to provide safe homes for homeless queer youth. She is also a board member for SisterSong, a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, Ga. She currently chairs the grant review committee for PFund Foundation. She has worked with various small communityfoundations. She is a writer, poet and speaker on issues regarding race, equity, Two-Spirit identity and sovereignty. Coya or her writing has appeared in After Stonewall (After Stonewall Productions), a film; The Advocate; “40 under 40” LGBT Leaders in the United States for 2010; Sharing Our Stories of Survival (Altamira Press 2007); and the Bilerico Project blog. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and tweets @coyahope. Coya enjoys soccer, poetry readings and traveling. She lives in the Powderhorn Park area of Minneapolis with her trusty co-pilot EmJay, the best laser chasing cat on the Southside.