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Staffing Changes Usher In New Opportunities

November 26, 2013

Changes is in the air at the Initiative Foundation. Some are new staff additions, and some are departures. Each change represents new opportunity for the Foundation and for each individual team member.

While saying goodbye to long-serving and cherished team members is always hard, we recognize that each departing employee was recruited to pursue impressive career advancement opportunities. We think that’s a testament to the quality of our organization and the professionalism of our staff.

Matt_Kilian.jpgMatt Kilian, Vice President for External Relations: Matt has been offered a wonderful opportunity and has accepted the position as CEO for the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Matt has been employed by the Initiative Foundation since 1998. In 2003, he directed the creation of IQ Magazine, the foundation’s award-winning quarterly publication. As vice president for External Relations, Matt leads regional fund development, public relations and marketing activities. While he will be greatly missed, the Initiative Foundation team looks forward to continuing its work with the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce to sustain our long tradition of collaboration around critical issues and opportunities for the lakes area. Matt’s last day at the Initiative Foundation is Dec. 20. He begins his new duties with the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 6, 2014. You can contact Matt at mkilian(at)ifound.org.

Bob_McClintick.jpgBob McClintick, Marketing and Communications Manager: We’re excited to introduce Bob McClintick as the Initiative Foundation’s new marketing and communications manager. Bob joined the Initiative Foundation team on Nov. 11 and will oversee the quarterly publication of IQ Magazine, the rollout of the Initiative Foundation’s new brand and accompanying website, as well as the Foundation’s ongoing marketing and communications efforts. Bob brings a sturdy background in community journalism, corporate communications and website marketing to his role at the Initiative Foundation. Feel free to contact Bob at bmcclintick(at)ifound.org.

Anita Hollenhorst, Grants and Communications Manager: Anita coordinated our communications and grant partnerships for more than six years. In October, she accepted an exciting new position at the Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT) in St. Cloud, Minn., as its managing director. She has the gift of creativity, and this is a perfect fit for her.

Mary Bauer, Development Officer: Since 2010, Mary has strengthened relationships with our regional donors and investors. In December, Mary will join the Central Minnesota Council on Aging, a longtime Initiative Foundation partner and grantee. She will also continue volunteering with her husband, Joe, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.

Tricia Holig, Program Specialist: For more than six years, Tricia worked in the areas of nonprofit capacity building and charitable fund services before joining the team at St. Cloud’s Microbiologics, an Initiative Foundation partner and business financing client. Tricia will take advantage of her degree in biology as the firm’s new customer service manager. Soon we will be announcing some new team members.

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