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Shana Cohen
Development and Events Associate

Shana Cohen joins the PFund team with extensive experience in development, event planning, and program development. She currently coordinates J-PRIDE, a Jewish LGBTQ program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Minneapolis. She has worked at The Minneapolis Jewish Federation in the role of Outreach and Engagement Manager. She has planned and executed over 30 signature events annually. She works from a collaborative mindset on an organizational level to launch community-wide celebrations and to cultivate new and existing donors. Shana’s skill sets in party and event planning started over ten years ago when she launched a queer dance night called, FUSE, in Philadelphia with some of the best promoters and DJs in the city of brotherly love. Since then, she has learned to use her creative energy in the realm of nonprofit fundraising to develop innovative events that attract the diverse interests and passions of philanthropists.

Shana completed her Master of Social Work at the school of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor in Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shana grew up in Excelsior, Minnesota and now currently lives in Saint Paul with her partner and a tiny tea-cup Chihuahua, Scout.

Lois Epstein
Accountant

With a wide range of professional accounting experience, Lois Epstein serves as the trusted accountant for PFund and a number of other Twin Cities-based nonprofit organizations including the Minnesota Council on Economic Education and Kingfield Neighborhood Association.

Eric Highers
QReach Fellow

Eric Highers comes to PFund with passion and experience for community organizing and development. Throughout college, in their home state of Michigan, Eric connected and built a more visible LGBTQ population, and also developed programs to address the social needs of underrepresented students. Eric received the Campus Pride: Top 12 Leaders in Action Award and Albion College's President Advisory Committee on Intercultural Affairs (PACIA) Award for their work. Eric has presented workshops that focus on building awareness of LGBTQ issues and is a trained Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator. Ericís leadership on campus led to exciting professional experiences, including working to connect people to resources to further empower themselves in Chicago through nonprofits in public health and higher education. Most recently, Eric worked at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture as the LearnCHICAGO program coordinator, assisting with the planning and execution of short term educational programs. Eric hopes to build upon these experiences and eventually pursue an MSW/MPH degree to continue to sharpen and develop skills useful for empowering others. During time off, Eric enjoys cooking delicious vegan meals, performing spoken word, running, and biking all over the Twin Cities!

Henry Schneiderman
Programs and Operations Coordinator

Henry joins PFund with a range of project and office management experience from managing multi-phase SEC reports to organizing community events and outreach through arts nonprofits. With an MFA from University of Kansas and a BA from Macalester College, Henry is thrilled to bring his passion for community engagement and background in organizational management under one roof. Henry and his partner, Owen Marciano, live with their dog in south Minneapolis.

Rebecca Voelkel
Interim Executive Director

Rebecca is a longtime friend and valued supporter of PFund. She has served as Faith Work Director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Executive Director of the Institute for Welcoming Resources; Interim Executive Director for the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns; pastor of Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ; and program staff for the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. Rebecca was a founding board member of Minnesotans United for All Families and worked closely on organizing efforts against Minnesota’s anti-marriage and voter restriction amendments in 2012.

Kayva Yang
Program Director

Kayva most recently worked as Gender & Justice Manager at CAPI, a refugee and immigrant community organization, where she managed a grassroots gender equity coalition and internal efforts to build social justice capacity. Prior to this, she helped to manage National Gender & Equity Campaign, a demonstration project of AAPIP (Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) and Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities spearheaded by Hispanics in Philanthropy. Both initiatives aimed to strengthen local community infrastructure and support grassroots organizations by mobilizing community and philanthropic resources. Kayva also worked at the Otto Bremer Foundation and Loft Literary Center on donor related activities.

Kayva also spends time growing as an artist nurtured by Ananya Dance Theatre, Aniccha Arts and Mu Performing Arts. She formerly served on the PFund Board and Women’s Foundation Social Change Fund. Kayva earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She lives, plays, creates and generally rocks-out in Minneapolis.


 

 


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