Lindsay Kruh Community Volunteer, President
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.
Luciano Patiño Customer Outreach Representative, NorthstarMLS, Vice President and Board Development Committee Chair
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.
Dawn LaDassor Senior Consultant, Blanchard Consulting Group, Secretary
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.
Curtis Brock Ameriprise, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Claire Wilson Hubert Humphrey Fellow, Advancement Committee Chair
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.
K Adams 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.
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.
Brian Gilligan Director of Credit Account Management, Bluestem Brands
Brian first became interested in PFund's work through exposure at Pride events and quarterly Folio newsletters. As he read more about PFund’s mission and work, his interest and involvement with PFund grew. Brian is excited about the work PFund does in the community and the support it provides to youth and fledgling organizations. He says, “Although PFund grants are small in comparison to those offered by other well known foundations, they are generally directed to organizations with smaller budgets that are able to maximize the impact of those dollars.”
Jennifer Houston Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Jason Howard Print & Packaging Consultant, Print Craft, Inc.
Jason 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.
M. Kathryn Ross Director of Development, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center
Kathryn’s first involvement with PFund was as a grant recipient with Film in the Cities’ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film & Video Festival in 1992. At the time, the festival was very controversial and the landlord of the building where the films were screened had threatened to revoke their lease. Kathryn served as an early Board member beginning in 1997, helping to build the foundation’s infrastructure. She brings over 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and a historical perspective to her current tenure as a Board member. Kathryn appreciates that PFund is evolving and thoughtfully considering what its role should be at this stage of its life, and that it is trying to build the financial and human resources so the foundation will always be able to respond to the changing needs of the community. She adds, “I also appreciate that with a single gift to PFund, I can support many individuals and organizations whose work I value but otherwise would not be aware of.”
Barbara Satin The Institute for Welcoming Resources and GLBT Generations
Gregory Wildhaber 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.”