PFund Foundation’s Team

Staff

Aaron Zimmerman, Executive Director

Aaron Zimmerman, CFRE is the Executive Director of PFund Foundation. He is a career fundraiser and non-profit manager who has supported 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 PFund Foundation’s Director of Development, 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 has 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  non-profit professionals and corporations, including corporate charitable engagement, white supremacy in fundraising and philanthropy, 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 LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce, and CloseKnit, in support of systems approach to ending youth homelessness.

Racquel Williams, Program Coordinator

Racquel Williams, is the Program Coordinator of PFund Foundation. She is a talented communications specialist with an expertise in social media management, videography and content creation. In addition, she also regularly volunteers and consults with Black owned businesses in the Twin-Cities.

Previously, she has worked with other non-profits based in the Twin-Cities, that focused primarily on education, equity, and equality. Such as, Girls Are Powerful, the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network and Literacy Minnesota. Outside of work, she often seeks opportunities that allow her to advocate for Black Lives Matter and other issues pertaining to Black intersectionality in the communities that she is a part of.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota. She focused her degree to have an emphasis on media and public relations; to better suit her interests professionally. With this in mind, she has created and developed several short films, that pertain to race, injustice and self-love.

In her free time, Racquel participates in helping build thriving black businesses in the Twin-Cities, advocating for basic human rights and taking care of her small terrier Cupcake, whom she co-parents with her twin sister.

Join Our Board or a Committee

Join Our Board

PFund Foundation is seeking engaged and thoughtful members of the community to join our Board of Directors. As the upper Midwest LGBTQ community foundation, it is critical to have diverse voices at the table guiding the mission and vision of PFund Foundation. The Board of Directors sets the path for true investment in our LGBTQ leaders, organizations, and communities.

Please take a look at our 2022 PFund Board Information Packet to learn more about PFund Foundation and what service on the Board could look like.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying to be a member of the PFund Foundation board of directors, please submit an email of inquiry to our Executive Director, Aaron Zimmerman, [email protected] who will connect you with our Nominations Committee. Upon inquiry, we send a link to our board application. The Committee will review your application and reach out for an interview if they want to proceed in the process. We are actively recruiting for a January 2022 Board term.

Join a Committee

The PFund Foundation Board of Directors appoints both Board Members and community members to sit on various committees that support the development of the foundation. These committees enable the Board to carryout thoughtful governance of the organization.

Overall, the members of committees contribute to the educational, management, legal, philanthropic, programmatic and financial skills needed to ensure long-term organizational stability and ensure year-to-year efficacy and dedication to the mission and vision of being a vital resource, catalyst and community builder for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, Two-Spirit and allied community members in the upper Midwest.

Check out our PFund Board Committees Description 2022.

If you have any questions or are interested in applying to be a member of a PFund Foundation committee, please submit an email of inquiry to our Executive Director, Aaron Zimmerman, [email protected] who will connect you with our Nominations Committee. Upon inquiry, we send a link to our application. The Committee will review your application and reach out for an interview if they want to proceed in the process. Committee recruitment is an on-going process throughout the year.

2021 Board of Directors

Lois Carlson

Lois Carlson

Board President

First Vice President-Wealth Management
Wealth Advisor
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

Tito Catuncan, MSW

Co-Secretary

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

Dr. George Hoagland

Co-Secretary

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).

Ralph Wyman

Ralph Wyman

Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

Community Philanthropy

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.

Kay Waggoner-Johnson

Kay Waggoner-Johnson

Board of Directors

Realtor / Broker
ReMax Results

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

Scott Cabalka

Board of Directors

Ret. Vice President, Institutional Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.)

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.

Sarah Julius

Sarah Julius

Board of Directors
Patricia Nelson

Patricia Nelson

Board of Directors
Linda Theis

Linda Theis

Board of Directors
Chong Moua

Chong Moua

Board of Directors
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