Bailey Beaderstadt

As a graduate from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, Bailey brings experience in customer service, graphic design, branding, and illustration. She develops creative and engaging digital and print designs for clients. These experiences contribute to her interest for designing a variety of work and supporting nonprofits. On her days off, Bailey enjoys jogging, drawing, or watching her favorite sport teams.

Favorite food: CHEESE.

Specifically in queso form or over macaroni.

Elisabeth Brandt

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.

Favorite food: CHEESE.

Currently, mussels and fries, french style.

Claire Huber

An alumnus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, Claire spent the summer of her junior year in college in Capetown, South Africa, working for an education non-profit. It was through this experience that she found her way to the non-profit sector, writing grants and communications materials for internationally focused non-profits in Seattle for two years upon graduating. She moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis, where she continued developing her grant writing and communications skills at a youth-development non-profit. When she isn’t in the office, you can find Claire at choir rehearsal, playing volleyball or badminton, lounging in a hammock around the lakes, walking her dog, or bargain hunting at flea markets!

Favorite food:

Pizza, chocolate chip cookies, and bagels are all tied for first place. #health

Kelley Kozulla

Kelley is a student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she is currently working towards her degree in Economics and minor in Management. On her days off from JMA, she enjoys travelling, going to new restaurants, playing with her dogs Charlie and Winston, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite food:

Seafood Pasta or Mexican

Michael Macbride

Prior to joining J. Murphy, Michael taught English, Literature, and Humanities courses at colleges and universities around the Midwest. These experiences inform his interest in the arts, literature, and education in general. When he’s not working, Michael is busy with his wife and two boys—often playing around the house, but also traveling whenever they can.

Favorite food:

Falafel with hummus from Jerusalem Garden in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Mayer

An Alumnus of George Washington University (MA) and Southern New Hampshire University (MBA), Ann brings 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, 12 of which serving as a development director, individual giving manager, and annual fund support. She has worked in Museum, Higher Education, and Director Service sectors, holding key positions at Fuller Craft Museum, The Bridge Center, Boston Children’s Museum, and Wellesley Centers for Women. She brings a broad background in development including grant writing, strategic planning, individual giving, capital campaigns, events and more and has spoken for Women in Development of Greater Boston on the topic of fresh ideas in annual giving. Recently returning to her home state of Minnesota, Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, reading, exploring the arts, and rediscovering her love of Caribou.

Favorite food:

Mexican, Greek, pizza… I have a difficult time choosing!

Julie Murphy

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. Julie also has over 20 years of experience with CRM and fundraising softwares and platforms including Raiser’s Edge, eTapestry, Goldmine, Little Green Light, Donor Advisors, Salesforce, Ewave and more. 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.

Favorite food: Crab

Craig murphy

Craig Murphy, graduate of Mankato State University, with honors, is a skilled financial expert with over 30 years of experience working at RSM US LLC (formerly McGladery, LLC) where he became a Managing Partner of the Upper Midwest Financial Institutions practice, from which he retired in September of 2017. His specialties include Audit related issues, bookkeeping, general accounting matters and mergers and acquisitions advice. Craig assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer at JMA in 2006. Craig is best able to work with clients on their ongoing accounting questions and issues and related financial management needs. When not at work Craig enjoys his wife’s home cooked meals (Craig also enjoys cooking) and long walks with his wife and their three dogs Reagan, Stella and Millie, cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and traveling, including trips to Las Vegas and sunny beaches.Craig Murphy, graduate of Mankato State University, with honors, is a skilled financial expert with over 30 years of experience working at RSM US LLC (formerly McGladery, LLC) where he became a Managing Partner of the Upper Midwest Financial Institutions practice, from which he retired in September of 2017. His specialties include Audit related issues, bookkeeping, general accounting matters and mergers and acquisitions advice. Craig assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer at JMA in 2006. Craig is best able to work with clients on their ongoing accounting questions and issues and related financial management needs. When not at work Craig enjoys his wife’s home cooked meals (Craig also enjoys cooking) and long walks with his wife and their three dogs Reagan, Stella and Millie, cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and traveling, including trips to Las Vegas and sunny beaches.

Favorite food: Alaskan King Crab on the grill

Bev Ordahl

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.

Favorite food: Dim Sum

Shaine Picard

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.

Favorite food: Ramen – the real kind, not the dry noodles in a package.

Emily Rollag

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.

Favorite food:Mexican

TRisha Skajewski

Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Trisha began her non-profit career with the Alzheimer’s Association. A move to northern Minnesota officially launched her fundraising career where she served in higher education and independent schools. Upon transitioning back to the Twin Cities, she continued in development and has held roles in annual giving, development operations, CRM software and events. Her campaign experience includes capital, capacity building and the comprehensive approach. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling, and in the winter, you can find her cheering on her son at the hockey rink.

Favorite food: Anything with bacon

Sigrid stensvold

An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sigrid is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Graphic & Web Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has professional experience in front-end web development, graphic and web design, typography, branding, content marketing, and customer service–which along with her educational background fuel her interest in designing thoughtful experiences for web and print that reflect client values and user expectations. In her free time, Sigrid enjoys cooking, reading, bike touring, playing ultimate frisbee, and cuddling with her dog Pepper.

Favorite food:

Wood-fired, Italian-style pizza.

Caroline Swinford

Following her graduation from Whitworth University in 2014, Caroline joined the nonprofit sector in her native state of Colorado as a project manager and social media coordinator. At JMA, Caroline specializes in database management, donor stewardship, and communications. Caroline is an info-tech guru. She thrives in data strategy and management and is a competent user of CRM/fundraising softwares and platforms, including Raiser’s Edge and other Blackbaud products like eTapestry. 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.

Susan Thurston-Hamerski

Susan’s professional communications career spans almost 40 years, having held positions in journalism, higher education, and non-profit advancement. Committed to bringing the power of storytelling to every grant application, she believes in the transformative power of community-driven organizations. An award-winning poet, Susan’s creative work has appeared in publications including the StarTribune, the Writer’s Almanac, and numerous anthologies; her novel “Sister of Grendel” is published by The Black Hat Press and she co-authored the cookbook “Cooking-Up the Good Life” with acclaimed chef Jenny Breen.

Favorite food: The roasted Brussels sprouts at Duluth Grill.

Gina Towle

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gina moved to Minneapolis and quickly fell in love with the city she now calls home. Prior to JMA, Gina worked with ex-offenders integrating back into the community from the criminal justice system, followed by developing fundraising campaigns and assisting with events at a local non-profit. She believes in the importance of funding opportunities for underserved & deserving communities. In her spare time she loves to volunteer at the humane society, take her dog hikes, and explore new spots around the city.

Favorite Food: mac & cheese

sarah wennerberg

Upon college graduation, Sarah became the evaluation specialist/internal grants manager for a Children’s Mental Health/Family Services Collaborative in west central Minnesota. There, she dove into the world of grant writing and reporting, building relationships with collaborative partners, and driving outcome-based programs. After a stint as a stay-at-home mom to her three children, Sarah joined JMA to manage the grant development process and ensure a great product. During her non-JMA time, Sarah hangs out with her husband and kids, walks, reads, and occasionally starts a crochet project (but does not necessarily finish). She also volunteers whenever possible for church, school, recreational sports teams, and slams a lot of coffee.

Favorite Food: Ruffles potato chips and Dean’s dip