A. Charlene Leach most recently served as Executive Director at Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Service, an organization that addresses the unique HIV prevention and care needs of rural and suburban populations in Virginia. She has more than 12 years of experience in program design and implementation, major donor and foundation fundraising, corporate sponsorship, strategic planning, capacity building, and staff and board development. She has worked extensively in the LGBTQ adolescent field and in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, with the bulk of that work occurring within or focused on communities of color.
Leach served as a member of the training staff at Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York, where part of her duties included developing trainings to assist the larger community in understanding LGBTQ youth issues. She also served as Deputy Director at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, the only national organization that advocated for and with LGBTQ young people. She attended Nyack College, where she double majored in Clinical Psychology and Business Administration.
Leach has more than 20 years of combined experience as a program developer, manager, administrator and policy maker. Previous work experience includes extensive involvement in diverse areas such as public health, substance abuse treatment and prevention, community development, and education and training. As an administrator, her responsibilities have included marketing, program development, proposal development, technical assistance, contract negotiation, project management, evaluation, fiscal management, and faith-based initiatives.
Aaron Zimmerman, Director of Development
Aaron Zimmerman, CFRE is the Director of Development at PFund Foundation. He is a career fundraiser who supports social justice nonprofits in the Upper Midwest through comprehensive communications and development. As a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), he utilizes best practices to support missions important to him and the community.
Previously, he served as a Major and Planned Giving Officer at Twin Cities PBS (TPT) and as the Director of Development and Communications at Domestic Abuse Project, a Minneapolis-based domestic violence therapy and advocacy program. Aaron has also worked at Family Tree Clinic, OutFront Minnesota, and the Red Ribbon Ride.
He is currently finishing his Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He focused his capstone on the history and practice of white supremacy in philanthropy and development in the United States. He has also presented on topics for other development professionals, including website best practices for fundraising and successful online campaigns.
He grew up in Western Wisconsin with his parents and five sisters. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Language and Political Science. In his free time, Aaron volunteers on the boards of Quorum, Minnesota’s LGBT and allied chamber of commerce, and CloseKnit, in support of systems approach to ending youth homelessness.
Board of Director Bios
First Vice President-Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
I am honored to be President 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
Case Manager, Avivo
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 Master 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. 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
Faculty, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
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).
Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Ralph began supporting PFund Foundation with the Kerstin & Winn Wyman Memorial Award six years ago. He 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.
Board of Directors
Realtor / Broker
Kay T Waggoner is a licensed realtor in the Twin Cities and a member of the No Place Like Home team. A US Air Force veteran from the Gulf War, Kay is a supporter of LGBTQIA initiatives. Kay and her family, including wife, Rebecca, reside in Minneapolis.
Scott Cabalka, Vice President, Institutional Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.), is responsible for client service coverage of the RBC Money Market Funds, local government investment pools, and other short fixed income solutions. Scott provides guidance on investment policy and implementation for the firm’s short mandates. In addition, he leads the communication with clients invested in RBC’s short fixed income strategies. Before joining RBC in 1993, Scott was an account executive at Merrill Lynch, where he focused on short strategies for institutional investors. He has specialized in short fixed income since he began working in the investment industry in 1980. Scott earned a BS and an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Scott is a native of the Twin Cities and enjoys cycling, sailing, skiing and the performing arts.
Board of Directors
Jacob Maxon coordinates Positively Hennepin, the county government’s strategy to end its local HIV epidemic. The strategy is based off the National HIV/AIDS Strategy---the first national plan to stop HIV. Jacob’s career in public service includes the Office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy during the Obama administration. He is also a published neuroscientist and has a Sc.B. in neuroscience from Brown University. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing the alto saxophone and keyboard.