Interim Executive Director
She/Her/Hers & They/Them/Theirs
Chong Moua (or Ntxhoo Muas, in Hmong) is a Hmong Queer Woman living in the United States and mother of one.
She started her journey in community organizing and non-profit with SOY (Shades of Yellow) and has since been involved with local, state and national organizations. Chong is most passionate about building community, liberation and advancing economic sustainability for Queer Transgender Indigenous People of Color.
She is also a spoken word artist and speaker/facilitator focusing on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, trauma and values-based living. She strives to share her voice as a first-generation survivor of war and a U.S.-created refugee. Chong is currently an events producer and founder of Faded Productions.
With a wide range of professional accounting experience, Lois Epstein serves as the trusted part-time accountant for PFund Foundation and a number of other Twin Cities-based nonprofit organizations including the Minnesota Council on Economic Education.
Tom Vance is the development manager for PFund Foundation. He comes to us from Des Moines, Iowa where he has spent the last six years as the development and communications coordinator for Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Iowa’s largest regional homeless opportunity center for adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions. In his tenure, Tom raised more than $8 million for operations and a $15 million capital campaign for a new facility completed in September 2012. His passion for the community and others makes him a great addition to the PFund Foundation team.
Tom is a 2009 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Art in Journalism and Mass Communication and minors in Sociology and Horticulture. Journalism led Tom down many paths from campus publications to planning the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity and educating students on issues of White Privilege to joining Delta Lambda Phi. ISU made Tom social justice-oriented and committed to a progressive future.
Alfred Walking Bull
Alfred Walking Bull (Sicangu Lakota) is an enrolled citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. He is the former Managing Editor of The Circle News in Minneapolis. Before that, he served as the Communications Specialist for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. where he studied journalism and fine arts. He is a graduate of the American Indian Journalism Institute, a project of the Freedom Forum, dedicated to increasing representation of Native American people in newsrooms across the country.
Alfred’s background also includes political organizing for elections, issues and community. He identifies as gay, queer, Two Spirit and a person of faith. His hobbies include reading, designing and percolating the perfect cup of coffee.
Board of Directors
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Ralph began supporting PFund Foundation with the Kerstin & Winn Wyman Memorial Award three years ago. He then joined the Advancement Committee and joined the Board of Directors in September of 2015. He has been active in faith organizing for LGBT equality and freedom to marry, and brings experience in faith-based social change grantmaking. He enjoys policy wonkery and troublemaking in favor of employment equity at MnDOT and other public agencies. Honoring his family traditions, Ralph is actively exploring new forms in community philanthropy.
Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Coya is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been involved in various communities and movements since the age of 15. Coya is currently an advisory committee member for the GLBT Host Home Program, working to provide safe homes for homeless queer youth. She is also a board member for SisterSong, a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, Ga. Coya is currently the secretary on the board of directors for PFund Foundation. She has worked with various small community foundations.
She is a writer, poet and speaker on issues regarding race, equity, Two-Spirit identity and sovereignty. Coya or her writing has appeared in After Stonewall (After Stonewall Productions), a film; The Advocate; “40 under 40” LGBT Leaders in the United States for 2010; Sharing Our Stories of Survival (Altamira Press 2007); and the Bilerico Project blog. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and tweets @coyahope. Coya enjoys soccer, poetry readings and traveling. She lives in the Powderhorn Park area of Minneapolis with her trusty co-pilot EmJay, the best laser chasing cat on the Southside.
Dr. Abel Knochel
Board of Directors, Development Committee Chair
Abel Knochel first became involved in PFund through the foundation's aging initiative and is committed to deepening and growing this piece of the work. Ze has also served several times on the Scholarship Review Committee. Abel is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Hir work focuses on aging in trans* and LGBQ communities, including research, curriculum development, volunteer training and founding board work that helped to create Training to Serve.
Dr. Saby Labor
Board of Directors, Advancement Committee Chair
Educator, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU)
Saby first became aware of PFund Foundation's work while researching scholarships for LGBTQ college students. She was impressed by the size and scope of PFund Foundation’s contributions to college and university scholars. Saby brings a unique perspective as a Hapa masculine of center student and educator from the West Coast. As a board member, she believes her role is to advocate for bi+ and trans* inclusion and raise up queer communities of color.
She values PFund Foundation's commitment to racial justice and aging, and looks forward to PFund Foundation’s future of endless possibilities.
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First Vice President-Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
I am honored to be a part of the PFund Foundation Board of Directors. We are a serious, thoughtful and committed board. Our diverse backgrounds are enlightening to me and illustrate our diverse LGBT community. I value PFund Foundation and believe that we are strengthening our collective voice through our scholarships and grants. My work in financial services gives me a perspective on what a legacy truly can mean to families like ours. For over 25 years, I have specialized in personalized advice to individuals and families. The importance of philanthropy and giving back to one's community is front and center for me.
Tito Catuncan, MSW
Board of Directors
Tito Catuncan identifies as a cisgender, gay, second-generation Filipino American male who is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities from Chicago. After graduating with his Masters of Social Work from Augsburg College in 2015, he aims to provide culturally responsive therapy, counseling, advocacy, and community education to reduce stigma around adults with mental illness, especially those who identify as LGBTQ and/or members of communities of color.
Outside of PFund Foundation, Tito works as a Housing Case Manager, is involved with a Social Justice Collaborative at his workplace, and currently co-facilitates a pilot support group for LGBTQ Hmong Asian Pacific Islander youth through RECLAIM! and Shades of Yellow (SOY.) Tito has also served on SOY’s Leadership Circle, been involved with RECLAIM!’s People of Color Cohort, served on PFund Foundation's 2016 Scholarship Review Committee, and interned at OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program.
Dr. George Hoagland
Board of Directors
George first learned about PFund Foundation by writing letters of recommendation for students in cultural and gender studies courses, and went on to become a volunteer for community review during the scholarship process. An invitation to join the board in 2016 has been followed with an even greater commitment to PFund Foundation’s mission and vision, especially in regard to the current Elevated Priorities.
As an androgynous, temporarily able-bodied, African American person with a working-class perspective on everything from education to food security to the appropriate number of accessories, they are constantly looking for more ways to put their expensive Ph.D. in comparative literature to work. When not teaching, writing, or giving conference talks, George can usually be found looking for snacks or celebrating community (or both).
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Lorrie Janatopoulos is a 2016 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow currently working with the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) in the areas of community, workforce and economic development. Prior to her Fellowship, Lorrie was the Planning Director at Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA), a large community action agency with an anti-poverty mission where she developed programs for children and youth, seniors, job seekers and people experiencing homelessness. Lorrie currently is a member of the Governor’s Workforce Development Board (GWDB) as the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) appointee and serves on its Racial Equity and Operations Committees.
Lorrie has a Master of Public Affairs, a Bachelor of Behavioral Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Management, a graduate level certificate in Dialog, Deliberation and Public Engagement and a Certificate in Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School. Lorrie also has an extensive background in public policy, has managed a county commissioner’s office, served on a Governor’s Task Force for LGBT Minnesotans, run for public office twice and has over 30 years of local and statewide non-profit board experience. A lifelong resident of Northeastern Minnesota, Lorrie currently lives in the woods with her wife, Sharon and their cat, Willow, and African Grey Parrot, Meikoo.
Zachary Packineau, MBA
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Zachary Packineau, MBA, has spent the better part of his personal and professional career advancing social justice advocacy in the upper Midwest region. Zach is a former public librarian, the former organizer for the ACLU of North Dakota, and is a proud alumnus of the Midwest Academy of Organizing for Social Change, the Social Justice Training Institute, and Camp Wellstone.
While mastering the art of wearing multiple hats in movement building, Zach has worked on two incredibly successful campaigns to defeat two restrictive ballot measures in North Dakota, each by a 2-to-1 margin. He is a founding member and the Chair of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee to the North Dakota Department of Health and has served on the Board of Directors for PFund Foundation since 2015. Zach is currently an Education and Outreach Specialist with Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) and in his spare time practices his asanas in yoga class.
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Luciano moved to Minneapolis almost 12 years ago to study at the University of Minnesota. There served as a group facilitator and co-chair of the U's Queer Student Cultural Center. He helped plan several major conferences in Minneapolis, including the Midwest college conference (MBLGTACC) in 2007 and The National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change conference in 2011. Luciano is veteran of the PFund Foundation Grant Committee – having served as part of community review for an unofficial record of 5 years consecutively. When not acting as a sidekick to some of the Twin Cities' most talented young activists, he serves as an Operations Assistant at the Minnesota Council on Foundations. He believes strongly in the PFund Foundation vision and mission, and is honored to serve on PFund Foundation's board of directors.