Friday, October 20, 2017
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Presentations

Students are invited to attend the following workshop presentations. Presentation rooms are located on the third floor of the Coffman Memorial Union building.

Mississippi Room (Third Floor)

10:15 a.m. - NP 101: Intro to Careers in Nonprofits
What is a nonprofit organization anyway? Will I get paid enough if I work at one? How do nonprofits stay in business? What types of jobs are available? What is the best way to get my foot in the door? These topics and others will be discussed at this session.

11:30 a.m. - Professionals in Government: City, County, State and Federal Jobs
Have you ever wondered how people successfully make the transition from college student to government professional? An eclectic panel of individuals from city, county, state, & federal government will discuss their current positions, and the variety of paths taken to arrive there.

1:00 p.m. - Keynote: From Miami to Managua to Minnesota: Navigating a Global Passion
JB Scherpelz is the Corporate Relations Officer for Global Minnesota in addition to serving as President of the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN), a nonprofit focused on connecting international practitioners and organizations within the state of Minnesota. JB holds a Masters in international development and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

PRESENTER BIOS

NP 101: Intro to Careers in Nonprofits

Matt Dreier – Director of Operations – Project Success

Matt is the Director of Operations at Project SUCCESS in Minneapolis, where he is responsible for the financial, people, and programming operations for an organization serving nearly 13,000 students in the Minneapolis School District. He has worked across the Midwest as a theater and film actor, director, and producer. He has launched a film production company (Whiskey Neat Productions) and is an Emeritus Ensemble Member of UrbanTheater Company in Chicago. He holds a MBA in Arts Administration and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt has previously served on the board of Forward Theater Company and is the current Board Chair for YNPN Twin Cities.

Cole St. Arnold – Operations and Project Manager – Native American Community Development Institute

Cole St. Arnold is the Operations and Projects Manager for the Native American Community Development Institute in South Minneapolis. Cole is an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation and is also a relation of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Lake Superior Chippewa. Cole has previously worked for the American Indian College Fund, Make-A-Wish America, Community Services for the Town of Gilbert, Arizona, and Maricopa County, Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Public Administration from the Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions. He currently serves on the boards for YNPN Twin Cities and Bii Gii Wiin CDLF. Cole regularly enjoys the state parks system with his wife, Cate, and their corgi, Dr. Finndiana Bones.

Morgan Weis – AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager – Saint Paul

Morgan is currently the AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager for Mayor Chris Coleman of Saint Paul, MN. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and has worked with various small nonprofits in the Twin Cities.

Biftu Takele – Nonprofit Services Assistant – Minnesota Council for Nonprofits

Biftu’s role provides customer service to all nonprofit and associate members as their first point of contact at MCN. She also provides behind-the-scenes administrative support to the Members Services and Marketing and Communications department through direct contact with members and nonmembers alike via phone calls, emails and in-person meetings. Biftu is a 2016 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and holds a B.A. in International Studies.

Professionals in Government: City, County, State and Federal Jobs

Krista Guzman:
Krista Guzman is a Human Resources Generalist for the City of Minneapolis supporting the Fire Department and 911. Fluent in Spanish, she has designed and implemented culturally specific recruitment, hiring and training initiatives in the public, nonprofit and corporate sectors and has worked for the YWCA of Minneapolis and Ameriprise Financial Services. She graduated from the Carlson School of Management with a dual degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations and Spanish.

Lark Weller:
Lark is a Community Planner for the National Park Service (NPS) at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in Minneapolis/St. Paul. There, she works to effectively engage communities around environmental issues and special places, and connects the scientific community to the public for non-technical learning and discussion. She developed and is Co-PI on a grant to identify barriers to institutional equity and inclusion. In addition to her work as a Community Planner, Lark is the co-founder and Chair of the Women’s Employee Resource Group of the NPS, which represents nearly 400 employees nationally. This spring, Lark had a temporary assignment with the NPS Office of Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion as an Internal Communications and Culture Change Specialist. She made recommendations to agency leadership about how to respond to workplace problems in meaningful ways that put employees first. Lark has a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture, sociology, and anthropology, as well as a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, both from the University of Minnesota.

Julia Wallis Holmoe:
Julia is the Resource Management, Quality Assurance, and Licensing Supervisor with Dakota County Social Services. Her team is responsible for ensuring that there are innovative, high-quality services available to meet the needs of community members, including persons with disabilities and seniors. Prior to starting this position in 2017, Julia worked for other human services agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Washington County Community Services, and homeless shelters. While in graduate school, Julia interned with the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer Program, serving at the embassy in Athens, Greece. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Julia keeps busy chasing after her two young children, Colman and Miller, and her energetic terrier mix, Otis.

Anjuli Mishra Cameron:
Anjuli Cameron serves as Research Director at the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, an executive branch agency for the state of Minnesota. In her capacity at the Council, Ms. Cameron provides original research and reporting to inform the legislature and governor's office about the economic, social, legal, and health status of Asians and Pacific Islanders residing in Minnesota. Prior to her work at the Council, Ms. Cameron conducted medical research at the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago. She also served as the Health Initiatives Director for Sewa-A.I.F.W., where she co-founded Minnesota’s first South Asian free health clinic. Ms. Cameron holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Carleton College and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences. Ms. Cameron also enjoys reading, hiking and canoeing with her husband.

Keynote: From Miami to Managua to Minnesota: Navigating a Global Passion

JB Scherpelz serves as the Corporate Relations Officer for Global Minnesota, an educational nonprofit dedicated to promoting international understanding and engagement through a series of programs here in Minnesota. JB joined Global Minnesota in October of 2015 and leads engagement efforts with over 45 businesses.

Prior to Global Minnesota, JB was the Director of Business Development for Sivo Insights, a consumer insights consulting firm, where he focused on identifying opportunities to increase each client’s portfolio. He worked with Fortune 500 companies based in Minnesota, and across the country, to bring action-oriented insights to their services and products.

Before moving to Minnesota, JB was a recruiter for Ernst & Young in Chicago, focusing on the Midwest region. Prior to Chicago, JB lived in Nicaragua working with several nonprofits focused on education and building homes. He began his professional career as the Director of Expansion and Recruitment for the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, a values-based leadership fraternity with chapters across North America.

JB currently serves as President of the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN), a nonprofit focused on connecting international development practitioners and organizations within the state of Minnesota. He has served on MINN’s board since 2014. He holds a masters degree in international development and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a BA in political science from Miami University. He has spent time living in Luxembourg, Nicaragua, and Jamaica.

JB currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Becky, and daughter Rory.