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Matt Varilek | President | mvarilek(at)ifound.org (320) 631-2005

"For more than 30 years, the Initiative Foundation has empowered local people to build thriving communities across Central Minnesota. The Foundation’s staff—working in conjunction with a diverse array of partners—plays a critical role in the important work of making our region an ideal place where people choose to live, work, give and play."

 
View our Board of Trustee summary statement on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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The Initiative Foundation employs highly skilled and diverse staff members with two things in common: All are passionate about Central Minnesota hometowns, and all believe in the power of local people to achieve a brighter future.

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Jessy Beto
Program Assistant
jbeto(at)ifound.org

(320) 631-2057

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Kate Bjorge
Community Philanthropy Manager
kbjorge(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2048

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Daniel Bullert
Business Finance Manager
dbullert(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2013 

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Mike Burton
External Relations Officer
mburton(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2059

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Lynn Bushinger
Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Treasurer 
lbushinger(at)ifound.org | 
(320) 631-2041

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Chris Fastner
Initiators Fellowship Program Manager
cfastner(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2019

LaRae Foehrenbacher

LaRae Foehrenbacher
Fund Development Associate
lfoehrenbacher(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2007

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Yadira Frey
Office & Facilities Coordinator
yfrey(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2020

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Brenda Gugglberger
 Philanthropy Specialist
bgugglberger(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2061  

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 Don Hickman
Vice President for Community
&
 Workforce Development
dhickman(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2043

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Barb Larson
Accounting Assistant
blarson(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2017

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Laura Larson
Program Associate for Entrepreneurship
llarson(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2064

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MaryAnn Lindell
Executive Administrator
mlindell(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2004

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Bob McClintick
Marketing & Communications Director
bmcclintick(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2008 

Michele Miller

Michele Miller
Controller
mmiller(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2050 

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Braden Moore
Accounting Manager
bmoore(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2049

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Carl Newbanks
Grants & Development Manager
cnewbanks(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2042

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Allison Norgren
Marketing & Communications Associate
anorgren(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2001

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Kimberly Slipy
Information Systems Administrator
kslipy(at)ifound.org 
(320) 631-2014

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Zach Tabatt
Nonprofit Development Specialist
ztabatt(at)ifound.org

(320) 631-2015

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Kerie Thoma
Program Associate
kthoma(at)ifound.org 
(320) 631-2054

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Matt Varilek
President
mvarilek(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2005

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Carie Verley
Finance Assistant
cverley(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2010

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Jeff Wig
Vice President for Entrepreneurship
jwig(at)ifound.org

(320) 631-2006

Among our many partners are several certified Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, that help us meet our goals to empower the people of Central Minnesota.

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Daniel Bullert
Business Finance Manager
dbullert(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2013

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Jeff Wig
Vice President for Entrepreneurship
jwig(at)ifound.org

(320) 631-2006

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Chris Fastner
Initiators Fellowship Program Manager
cfastner(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2019

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Laura Larson
Program Associate for Entrepreneurship
llarson(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2064

Jessy_web.jpg

Jessy Beto
Program Assistant
jbeto(at)ifound.org

(320) 631-2057

Don_web.jpg 

Don Hickman
Vice President for Community
&
 Workforce Development
dhickman(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2043

Zach_web.jpg

Zach Tabatt
Nonprofit Development Specialist
ztabatt(at)ifound.org

(320) 631-2015

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Katie Bjorge
Community Philanthropy Manager
kbjorge(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2048

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Brenda Gugglberger
Philanthropy Specialist
bgugglberger(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2061 

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Mike Burton
External Relations Officer
mburton(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2059

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Carl Newbanks
Grants & Development Manager
cnewbanks(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2042

LaRae Foehrenbacher

LaRae Foehrenbacher
Fund Development Associate
lfoehrenbacher(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2007

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Kerie Thoma
Program Associate
kthoma(at)ifound.org 
(320) 631-2020

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Lynn Bushinger
Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Treasurer 
lbushinger(at)ifound.org

(320) 631-2041

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MaryAnn Lindell
Executive Administrator
mlindell(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2004
 

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Kimberly Slipy
Information Systems Administrator
kslipy(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2014

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Yadira Frey
Office & Facilities Coordinator
yfrey(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2020

Michele Miller

Michele Miller
Controller
mmiller(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2050
 

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Carie Verley
Finance Assistant
cverley(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2010

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Barb Larson
Accounting Assistant
blarson(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2017

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Braden Moore
Accounting
Manager

bmoore(at)ifound.org
(320) 631-2049