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.
Trina Olson Executive Director
Trina comes to her role as Executive Director at PFund from Immigration Equality where she served as both Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director. With over a decade spent working on progressive ballot measure and legislative campaigns, Trina brings a wealth of fundraising, messaging and management expertise. Before being with Immigration Equality, Trina spent years fighting for health care, family and LGBT rights at The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Equality California, Family Equality Council and Washington Citizen Action. A seasoned strategist, leader, activist and organizer, Trina is proud to advocate at the intersections of progressive justice issues and LGBT movements.
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.