Julie Murphy
Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy, Principal

Journalism BA, minors in French, Art History and English

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Julie has more than 20 years of experience functioning as an Advancement and Development Director for various agencies including Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA), the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) and Tubman Family Alliance. These positions, along with her roles in the National Retiree Volunteer Council and Twin Cities Public Television, have helped Julie hone her expertise in strategic marketing and communications planning, event management and fundraising. Julie also has a strong background in Volunteer Leadership and Board Development, her professional achievements include launching the MVNA’s Flu Shot Program with the Health Fair 11 and UCARE to produce one of the nation’s most successful public flu shot campaigns to date, raising more than $500,000 annually from 2002-2005 for “An Evening Among Stars,” MEDA’s annual gala which became a “Business Journal Top 25,” and launching her own business, J. Murphy & Associates, in 2005. When she isn’t busy running JMA, Julie enjoys resting, throwing dinner parties, cooking, and being with her family. She also loves watching crocuses bloom in the spring, taking vacations to Florida or Belize, and cheering for the Vikings.

Sarah Van Dusseldorp

Sarah Van Dusseldorp, Development Manager

Sarah is a graduate of Hamline University, where she majored in English and Secondary Education. After student teaching in Minneapolis Public Schools, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, focused on building the capacity of nonprofits in the Twin Cities. It was there she found a passion for grant writing. Sarah has worked in a variety of fields including the culinary industry and in youth development, but one thing has always remained the same: her drive to help others. When not at work, you can find her busy whipping up something delicious in her kitchen or outside in her garden with her beagle. She also loves Tiger Lilies, the Chicago Cubs, and vacation in Cinque Terre, Italy.

Kate Gunderson

Kate Gunderson, Director of Marketing and Communications

B.A. degree in Strategic Communications

Kate holds a B.A. degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and a M.A. degree in Strategic Leadership from Bethel University. Kate has marketing and communications experience in the private sector and in higher education. She has experience developing new products, determining consumer trends, analyzing product pricing, managing complex projects, creating event communications plans, developing marketing and communications materials, and leading a team. Known for her positive attitude and results driven approach, Kate is a self-starter who thrives on responsibility. Kate ensures accurate, creative, and timely development of marketing materials, communications initiatives, and strategic planning. On her time off, she likes outdoor adventures with her family, running, and spending time with friends. Kate enjoys lilacs in the spring, Gopher football, and vacation in New York City or Disney World.

Molly Hemes
Molly Hemes

Molly Hemes, Manager of Development Coordination

English BA

Following her graduation from Carleton College, Molly found her passion for nonprofit development as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at the Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center, which provides tennis and life skills programming for Twin Cities low-income youth. Molly researches and writes grants on a variety of topics for our clients, and provides valued assistance to the JMA team. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Emily Rollag
Emily Rollag

Emily Rollag, Human Resources & Operations Manager

Paralegal – Multi-Legal Option BS

Originally joining JMA as a Development Associate, Emily, a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato, was a paralegal for Meshbesher & Spence law firm. She has also worked for Bremer & Trollop, Foley & Mansfield and GMAC. She serves on the Children’s Ministry Committee at her church and has volunteered teaching Firelight, Ablaze and Affirm classes. In her spare time, Emily enjoys being with her family, especially cheering for her 4 children as they are active in band, track, soccer, baseball and basketball. She likes to bike, run 5K’s and explore new restaurants.

Gavin Murphy
Gavin Murphy

Gavin Murphy

Liz Williams
Colleen Mclaren

Liz Williams, Development Coordinator, Prospect Researcher and Grant Writer

Psychology BA

Liz graduated from Hamline University in 2010, and has been involved in non-profits ever since. With more than 5 years of development and grant writing experience, she enjoys helping non-profits grow and deliver on their mission. Liz has a personal passion for dance and the performing arts, and has produced and performed in several shows for Twin Cities dance companies. In her free time, Liz can be found geeking out over Lord of the Rings, researching new and exciting travel destinations, hiking with her husband, or taking care of her cats (also known as “the kids”).

Bev Ordahl

Bev Ordahl, Events Director, Business Administration

Management and Operations BS, minor in design

A graduate of Minnesota State University – Mankato, Bev brings over 15 years of management, marketing and visual merchandising experience to the JMA event team. Active in her community, Bev has managed and coordinated numerous Minnesota Youth Athletic baseball tournaments and annual school fundraisers. On her off days, she enjoys reading, watching Minnesota Twins baseball games and going to yoga classes.

Shaine Picard

Shaine Picard, Development Manager

Public Health Masters, Environmental Science and Nutrition BA’s

An alumnus of the University of Minnesota and MN School of Public Health, Shaine brings over 10 years of experience in customer service, management, research, fundraising, and development. She has worked in various capacities with nonprofits like Southeast Como Improvement Association and the Coalition of Somali American Leaders, as well as several local for-profit start-ups in the Twin Cities Metro. Shaine also volunteers locally and internationally with organizations including Relay for Life, Feed My Starving Children, and Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. She enjoys travelling, cooking, skiing and yoga in her spare time.

Elizabeth Brandt

Elisabeth Brandt, Senior Grant Writer

Creative Writing Masters, and English, BA

Since attending Penn State for undergrad, followed by the University of Minnesota Twin cities for her MFA, Elisabeth has worked with a wide range of non-profits—from tribal organizations to international schools to public broadcasting stations to land-grant universities to art museums—as both a teaching writer and a grant writer. She has committed herself to social change and the imagination via the transformative power of the written word, and has published poetry on an international scale under the pen name Elisabeth Workman. When she is not writing, Elisabeth teaches creative writing at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and enjoys spending time with her dog.

Gretchen Merritt
Gretchen Merritt

Gretchen Merritt, Development Manager

English/Language Arts BA

A Bethel University alumnus, Gretchen has held numerous roles in the nonprofit sector from executive director to development director for the last 15 years. She has experience with fundraising, friendraising, grantsmanship, board development, public relations, leadership development and organizational management. She has worked with national and international nonprofits serving teens, refugees and victims of trafficking. On her days off, Gretchen loves spending time with her family, volunteering with high school students, and sipping on a cold Starbucks beverage.

Erika Weldon
Erika Weldon

Erika Weldon, Graphic Designer

Graphic Design, BA

After graduating Dunwoody College in 2015 Erika began her design career at Move Minneapolis, a nonprofit organization. She spearheaded their Breathe Easy campaign, and has a passion for creating and designing. At JMA, Erika handles web and print graphics, and works with clients to create content and specific branding for their events. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, drawing, and spending time with her dog.

Caroline Swinford
Caroline Swinford

Caroline Swinford, Development Coordinator and Communications Specialist, Grant Writer

English Literature BA

Following her graduation from Whitworth University in 2014, Caroline joined the nonprofit sector in her native Colorado as a project manager and social media coordinator. At JMA, Caroline specializes in database management, donor stewardship, and communications. In her spare time, Caroline makes pilgrimages to the Twin Cities’ independent book stores, attends live storytelling shows and theater, and explores the riverfront on her road bike.

Jolie Wood
Jolie Wood

Jolie Wood, Grant Writer

Government PhD

With a background in academia and policy analysis, Jolie is an experienced writer, coordinator, and researcher. She has published several articles and book chapters on her research on civic engagement in India. Prior to her academic career, she drafted and coordinated reports and policy documents (in addition to conducting policy research and analysis), for a large government contractor and two independent research institutes in Washington DC and New Delhi, India. With nearly six years of work and research experience in India and Bangladesh, Jolie is highly experienced in intercultural communication and collaboration. When she is not writing grants at JMA, she is teaching political science courses at Metropolitan State University, volunteering, hiking, biking, reading, enjoying music, and cooking.

Kate Polman
Kate Polman

Kate Polman, Development and event coordinator

Sports Management BS

A Sport Management graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Kate has experience in social media management, client communications, and in-house and promotional marketing. She brings her experience as a Gopher Sports Marketing Assistant to JMA, assisting in events coordination and development. Kate is an avid water skier and enjoys being active outdoors.

Sarah Wennerberg
Sarah Wennerberg

Sarah Wennerberg, Senior manager of quality assurance

Environmental Biology, MA/Educational Leadership Studies, MA

Courtney White
Courtney Whited

Courtney Whited, Development Coordinator

AAS in Paralegal

A Minnesota School of Business graduate. Courtney has over 10+ years of experience directing and overseeing a variety of non-profit programs with a special emphasis on interpreting and facilitating government rules and regulations, particularly with the field of transportation. She has served on a number of Advisory Boards, Commissions, Work Groups and Task Forces. Her experience spans from strategic planning, new business development, multi-level community organizing, compliance, managing staff, setting and managing budgets, granting writing and reporting, presentations and more. She has worked with organizations that serve a diverse population, homeless population and low-income families. Courtney’s area of expertise is working with senior and disabled populations. In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors year-round with her family and friends, sharing puns with anyone who will listen and snuggling with her two cats.

Stephanie Malon-Rufi
Stephanie Malon-Rufi

Stephanie Malon-Rufi, Communications Manager

BA in Psychology & Sociology, MBA

Stephanie brings over 15 years of experience in community engagement, philanthropy, and both nonprofit and business management. She has worked with many passionate founders to help them turn their ideas into reality through strategic planning, specific goal setting and implementation. She has helped small to mid-sized organizations revamp their marketing communications to better align their operations and communications with their mission and institute multi-facetted PR campaigns. Outside of work, Stephanie can be found enjoying her family, working on a house project, cooking up a storm or enjoying time outdoors.

James Tran
James Tran

James Tran, IT/Web Developer

BS in Computer Information Technology, BS

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