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MEET THE BOARD CANDIDATES (Part 1)

05 December 2021 12:52 PM | jess hirsch (Administrator)




KAITLYN BOHLIN (she/her)

Kaitlyn Bohlin is a fundraising professional with 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration. From program operations at a sustainable tourism organization in the Sacred Valley of Peru to volunteer management at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, she has touched nearly every aspect of the nonprofit field. She moved to the Twin Cities after working in fundraising at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, and currently serves as Development Director at the Loft Literary Center. Kaitlyn is passionate about lifelong learning, the power of creation and construction, and the importance of diversity and accessibility in craft communities. She loves connecting people to causes they care about, and would look forward to being an ambassador for Fireweed Community Woodshop. In her non non-profit life she loves to knit, quilt, and sew at her Longfellow home shared with her partner and their fat black cat.

INTERESTED IN

Finance

Fundraising Support - grant writing, event planning

Fundraising Interface- organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Partnerships: seeking out community partners for collaboration (sharing space, hosting/conducting classes/demos/panels, new community members, etc)

Volunteer organization: helping bring in and organize volunteers for in the shop, for events, for social media/outreach

Marketing/Social media outreach

Event organizing: support role (food, decor, cleaning/prep/take down).

Leadership in meetings or at events (do you like keeping folks on task?)

EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT

Traditional Hand Crafts

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Has been on a board


STEVIE ADA KLARK (she/they)

Stevie Ada Klaark is an artist, educator and writer.

Klaark holds an MFA from Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) and a Post Baccalaureate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Their work has been featured in the Chicago Review | cover | , Bat City Review, Blue Mesa Review, Studio Visit Magazine, and on BOOOOOOOM!. Klaark has exhibited internationally at Biquini Wax EPS, Mexico City, Mexico; Hús Hákarla Jörundar, Hrísey, Iceland; and Milk Glass Co., Toronto, ON, Canada. She has been artist-in-residence at Norðanbál Gamli Skóli, Hrísey, Iceland; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT; Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper, NY; and Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, NY. They presently are an Adjunct Professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and Minneapolis College (MCTC). Previously, they have been an Instructor at Cornell University, Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) in Ithaca, NY, and an Educator at Marwen in Chicago, IL.

They are a Mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and  for Free Arts MN (a program of Big Brothers Big Sisters) — both being programs based out of Saint Paul, MN. She serves as a Mentor for Seedling, a program offered by Crown Affair which is based out of New York, NY. They have been a participant in The People’s Forum - School of Art, Culture and Resistance in New York, NY. She was born on occupied Apache and Navajo land. Klaark presently lives and works on occupied Dakhóta and Anishinaabe land in the Powderhorn neighborhood in Minneapolis, MN. Their practice is invested in the new future economy of care.

INTERESTED IN

Fundraising SUPPORT: grant writing, event planning

Fundraising INTERFACE: organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Partnerships: seeking out community partners for collaboration (sharing space, hosting/conducting classes/demos/panels, new community members, etc

Education: instructor relationships, supporting education coordinator, thinking about other future staff roles

Education: student focus, developing tracks for classes and certificate programs, virtual programs and resources

Staff/HR: developing policies and helping develop processes around hiring (in general and for specific staff needs in the near future)

Research: delving into ways other similar or connected organizations work, looking into cooperative models, etc.

Leadership in meetings or at events (do you like keeping folks on task?)

CHANGES/IDEAS

Fireweed is such an important part of the community and I would love to see there be a discussion around alternate economy models (i.e. what kinds of models can makers begin to use that move away from our current reliance on capitalism). I also would like to have the discussion around equity and repair continue to manifest in a multitude of ways. What kinds of new partnerships can be generated in the community? How do we continue to acknowledge and repair our relationship to the occupied lands we inhabit and repair/build our ties to Indigenous communities?

EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT

have taken woodshop classes (at Women's Woodshop/Fireweed, other folk schools, shop classes in school, etc

carpentry/handy-person vocational work

powertools

sculpture

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Committee Member - Twin Cities Co-op Partners


ROSE MANEY  (SHE/HER)

Rose’s inspiration to run for the board of Fireweed Community Woodshop stems from the desire to increase both the visibility and reach of the organization and accessibility for those with disabilities. Currently working for AmeriCorps as a Virtual Education Initiative Leader, her speciality lies in creating and strengthening community connections. 

A lifelong nature lover, Rose became a Master Naturalist in 2021 and contributed to a nature documentary about endangered oak savannas as part of her capstone project. She has taken classes in woodlot management and mushroom cultivation at Cornell Small Farms. As a member of the Minnesota Mycological Society, she received the Marek Turowski memorial scholarship and was sponsored to attend the annual national NAMA foray in Colorado.

INTERESTED IN:

Finance

Fundraising Support - grant writing, event planning

Fundraising Interface- organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Education: instructor relationships, supporting education coordinator, thinking about other future staff roles

Education: student focus, developing tracks for classes and certificate programs, virtual programs and resources

Marketing/Social media outreach

Research: delving into ways other similar or connected organizations work, looking into cooperative models, etc.

Event organizing: support role (food, decor, cleaning/prep/take down).

Leadership in meetings or at events (do you like keeping folks on task?)

CHANGES/IDEAS

I'd love to see Fireweed take advantage of grants that are available to make spaces disability accessible when they move into their new space.

EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT

Have taken Woodshop classes

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Never on a board but president of LGBT Group in Highschool


TRACY MUMFORD (she/her)

Tracy Mumford is a podcast producer who came to Minneapolis "for a year," which then turned into ten. She has worked at different nonprofits across the Twin Cities, including College Possible, Milkweed Editions, Film North and Minnesota Public Radio. She consistently has seven craft projects going at once, sewing clothing, quilting, and printmaking. She has taken two classes with Fireweed, during which she made a toolbox that looks like a pigeon, and she's very proud of it.

INTERESTED IN

Fundraising support: grant writing, event planning

Fundraising interface: organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Staff/HR: developing policies and helping develop processes around hiring (in general and for specific staff needs in the near future)

Legal matters: assisting with review of policies and hiring procedures, or connections with legal resources.

Marketing/Social media outreach

Event organizing: coordinating people, places and outreach for member events, holiday sales, volunteer events, craft hangs, etc (community building focus, could also tie into fundraising).

Event organizing: support role (food, decor, cleaning/prep/take down).

Instructor: interested in potentially instructing workshops or courses in the future, leading a craft hang, or gaining skills to do so

Committee interest — Finance (includes Fundraising. How to keep the shop operational with well-paid staff and instructors and affordable classes)

Committee interest — Racial Equity (how to ensure that the shop is engaged in anti-racist work and supporting BIPOC communities in every area of the shop)

CHANGES / IDEAS

I'm eager to provide the muscle to other people's ideas and vision.

I've seen a lot of nonprofits give into mission creep. They chase funding but then potentially lose sight of their original intent and goals. I would love to serve an organization that is pairing art with confidence building and practical career applications, and has stuck to that vision.

EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT

Have taken Woodshop classes

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Has not served on a board, but regularly handled and organized board meetings for previous organizations


HANNAH NEPRASH (she/her)

Hannah Neprash (she/her) is a professor of health economics by day (UMN School of Public Health) and power tool enthusiast by nights/weekends. She fell in love with woodworking almost a decade ago and with Fireweed (then Women's Woodshop) upon moving back home to Minnesota in 2017. Since then, she has taken a handful of craft/furniture making classes and enjoyed many an open shop night. Hannah hopes to contribute her numbers savvy, fundraising expertise, and grant-writing experience to building a financially sustainable Fireweed that is well-equipped to serve the needs of its community. When not writing/teaching/building, Hannah likes to grow vegetables, play fiddle, bake sweet treats, and trade giggles with her 8-month old kiddo. 

INTERESTED IN 

Finance (creating a budget, accounting responsibilities, understanding the financial health and goals of the organization)

Fundraising support: grant writing, event planning

Fundraising interface: organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Education: instructor relationships, supporting education coordinator, thinking about other future staff roles

Education: student focus, developing tracks for classes and certificate programs, virtual programs and resources

Volunteer organization: helping bring in and organize volunteers for in the shop, for events, for social media/outreach

Research: delving into ways other similar or connected organizations work, looking into cooperative models, etc.

Woodworking/craft/powertool experience, ability to assist with open shop or tool upkeep (this is not a board responsibility, but board members could help with open shops in the future)

CHANGES / IDEAS

I would love to help Fireweed thrive financially through a combination of grants and philanthropic funding. I would also love to be involved in building out the fabrication program and thinking creatively about other community partnerships that might generate revenue for the shop.

EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT

Have taken Woodshop classes

Powertools

BOARD EXPERIENCE

I have no formal experience on a board, but I believe that many of my professional experiences (e.g., team-teaching and serving on academic committees) have built collaboration and leadership skills that would translate well to the Fireweed setting.


CONTACT US!

fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com


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