Benjamin Alfaro

Fundraising Officer

Benjamin is a graduate of University of Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Leadership program and Wayne State University’s Urban and International Studies program. An accomplished writer and arts administrator originally from Michigan, Benjamin has designed, implemented, and led several successful public programs, workshops, and community events while serving for more than a decade as a teaching artist in Detroit public high schools. In the Twin Cities, he has served a wide range of capital development, program evaluation, and consulting roles at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Northside Achievement Zone, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Hennepin History Museum, and other community organizations. He currently serves as the board secretary and fundraising chair for the Twin Cities Men’s Center, where he supports the advancement of accessible behavioral health programs and resources for families in crisis. When not at JMA, Benjamin enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with family.

Post-Covid travel plans:

Vancouver, British Columbia; Tulum, Mexico; Santorini, Greece

Bailey Beaderstadt

Development Coordinator / Graphic Designer

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.

Post-Covid travel plans:

California

Claire Huber

Communications Specialist, Grant Writer

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 music on my playlist right now:

Rachel and Vilray

Kelley Kozulla

Development / Administrative Coordinator

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.

Post-Covid travel plans:

Visiting family in Arizona & Florida

Julie Murphy

Principal

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.

Post-Covid travel plans:

I hope, Mexico

Craig murphy

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Hobbies: Traveling with my family

PAIGE MYERS

Fundraising Specialist

Paige graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Global Resource Systems and Agriculture & Society, and then found her way to Minneapolis/Saint Paul for a year of service in Americorps. After further experience with nonprofit development and communications, she knew she’d found the right career. Her role at JMA allows her to utilize her previous experience in nonprofit development and communications while also expanding her knowledge to better serve nonprofit clients. Outside of JMA, Paige enjoys volunteering and fostering cats for Pet Haven of MN, cooking using local food, growing food, and knitting/crocheting. Paige also consumes copious amounts of coffee in nearly all its forms.

Post-covid travel plans: To Sacramento to visit family! Then on to new places I’ve never been to- both in the U.S. and abroad.

Bev Ordahl

Director of Events

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.

Post-Covid travel plans:

Ireland

KORY PETERSEN

Grant Writer

Kory brings his love of writing and development to JMA as our grant writer. He has a passion for theater and music and moved to the Twin Cities in 2016 for the vibrant arts scene. Kory has broad development expertise, working on various feasibility studies, capital campaigns, donor prospect projects, and submitting many, many grants. A natural problem solver, he relishes any opportunity to discuss strategy, particularly board development and donor engagement. Kory graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received his B.A. in Music and B.A. in Arts Management. He is an avid rock climber, runner, and biker. When he isn’t writing a grant, he can be found biking to different parks, breweries, and eateries across the Twin Cities.

RACHEL PIERCE

Development and communications coordinator

Rachel is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in Strategic Communications. She was raised in Wisconsin and has since then fallen in love with the Twin Cities after moving here for college. She enjoys exploring Minneapolis, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Post-Covid travel plans:

Trip with my friends somewhere warm!

Shaine Picard

VP – Institutional Giving and Corporate Giving

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 traveling, cooking, skiing and yoga in her spare time.

Post-Covid travel plans:

Anywhere! Hoping to see family in Philadelphia and friends in Germany

TRisha Skajewski

Director of Individual Giving and Events

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.

Post-Covid travel plans:

I’m headed to the beach.

Caroline Swinford

Grant and Development Writer

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.

Gina Towle

Development Manager

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 summer activity:

Anywhere and everywhere!! Hopefully Alaska in the near future!

Brian Wachutka

IT Manager/Web Developer

Brian has worked with technology in educational and business settings his entire career. He brings this experience to his work as IT Support and Web Developer at J. Murphy & Associates. When he’s not troubleshooting tech problems, Brian can be found in his garden, out on a bike ride, or tinkering in his home workshop.

Post-Covid travel plans:

New Orleans

sarah wennerberg

Director of Operations and Projects

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.

Post-Covid travel plans:

Aruba