Board Members

Mn Fundraising Initiative has an all volunteer Board of Directors with 3 officers.   

Board of Directors & Officers

Martin Cross

CEO
Term Jan 2022 - Dec 2023

In 2016, my wife Patti and I finally took the advice of a friend and joined an NPO group that specialized in fundraising via volunteer work.  In 2019, after a lot of soul searching, we decided to leave this group and start searching for an NPO group that offered everything we were looking for.  We realized very quickly that this group did not exist, and, on June 2nd, 2019 we decided to open MNFI.  My goal as a board member is to build the most welcoming, transparent and professional NPO group in MN.

Outside of volunteering, I am the owner and operator of All Things Diapers.  In the last 12 years, Patti and I have built All Things Diapers from a crazy idea to the largest cloth diaper service in MN.  I believe as a small business owner I have a unique perspective to offer MNFI and it’s Board.  As a Board member, I can use my business knowledge and expertise to help guide the organization in a forward-thinking direction.  I see MNFI as an NPO that has huge growth potential which will expand its grant outreach to the larger MN community.

Jessica Musta

Board Director & Vise President
Term Jan 2022 - Dec 2023

Elizabeth Di Grave

Board Director & Secretary
Term Jan 2023 - Dec 2024

Community involvement is a primary focus in my life. I’ve been a block captain in Richfield for over twenty years. My partner, Jody and I, along with our children Juan and Crystel, have hosted the annual nite to unite in our back yard. The initial impetus for this decision was to show that our family was just like yours. After attending the Citizen Police Academy put on by the Richfield Police Department, I became an active Police Reserve Officer for over 10 years. Jody joined Police Reserves the last few years of my tenure and our patrol duty, school dance security and traffic control, and looking for lost dogs became our date night. We never did find the dog but sure had fun driving the police car.

 

My family kicks butt. I’m a 2nd degree black belt. Juan, Crystel and Jody also hold this distinction. I joined Cub Scouts with Juan and soon learned that scouts are run by volunteers. I became a Cub and Boy Scout leader. Juan earned his Eagle Scout when he was 15 years old.

 

I was a Project Development Officer in the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga. I hope to return to the island some day.

 

June 2022, I started volunteering with MNFI. I was impressed with the transparency of the NPO and that it was first come first served with the signup of events.

 

Having worked in human resources management for over 40 years, I will strive to bring the skills of communication, confidentiality, teamwork and leadership to assist MNFI’s growth potential and expand its grant outreach to the larger MN community.

Patti Cross

Board Director & Treasurer
Term Jan 2023 - Dec 2024

I have worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and have worked in various fields of medicine. On a daily basis, I am involved in many team decisions and am continuously advocating for my patients. I believe that hard work and determination is the key to making the life you want.

I started volunteering with an NPO about 4 years ago, and have very much enjoyed the people we have met and am grateful for the experiences we have been able to provide our children. As a parent, I try daily to instill a strong work ethic in my children, and I feel as adults we need to remind ourselves of the importance of working hard.

I want to be a member of the MNFI board to be involved in the decision-making that can expand the reach that our nonprofit grants can have across the broader Twin Cities community.  I believe I can offer valuable insight from my nursing experience working with families, and other professionals in a collaborative way.  I look forward to the exciting future of MNFI.

Stacy Schelkoph

Board Director & Treasurer
Term Jan 2022 - Dec 2023

I am currently the Director of a Contact Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis where I manage 65 staff.  Our focus is on helping customers with Savings Bonds and Marketable securities purchases and redemptions.  My day is filled with work on Strategic Direction, Staff Career Development, and Exploring Technologies to deploy.

I am interested in becoming a board member for MNFI because I would like to further apply my business knowledge to a non-profit that supports the community that I live in.  As a previous board member for a High School Booster club, my experience helped me get the team everything they needed for a successful season.  MNFI helps some of the same people, helping enrich the lives of our youth helps us all prepare them for becoming responsible young adults ready to become the new workforce. 

Angie Keay

Board Director
Term Jan 2023 - Dec 2024

Chris Johnson

Board Director
Term Jan 2023 - Dec 2024

My goal in being a member of the MNFI board is to be a voice for the volunteers.  I have been volunteering since the Twins and Vikings played at the Dome and joined MNFI in June of 2019.  I want to use my 15+ years of experience volunteering with NPO’s to help with our groups decision-making process and to help set expectations for our volunteers.

During the day I work for Bell Bank in the Mortgage department and manage a team of 5 managers and 53 loan processors/assistants.  Each and every day I strive to be the best manager I can be.  I am trust-worthy, honest and believe in coaching up my staff to be the best they can be. 

I have 2 girls , Erin is 24 and Sarah is 21.  Dance has been my whole life!  Both of my girls have been involved in studio dance since the age of 3, continued dancing on the high school dance team and then on the University of Minnesota Duluth dance team through College Graduation.  I was always involved at the studio working the front desk or applying rhinestones to costumes.  When my girls were on the high school dance team I was also a volunteer member of the booster club.  I worked with the coaching staff and parents to give the team the best season possible.

I have been married to my husband Brian for 28 years.  When I am not volunteering we enjoy riding our motorcycle, spending time at the race track (drag racing) and hanging out with friends.

I look forward to working with our volunteers and the continued success of MNFI!

Heather Murphy

Board Director
Term Jan 2022 - Dec 2023

Jana Kachmarek

Board Director
Term Jan 2023 - Dec 2024

Kelly McElderry

Board Director
Term Jan 2022 - Dec 2023

Monica Fisher

Board Director
Term Jan 2022 - Dec 2023
I worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for 23 years and I currently work at RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis for the past 10 months. I have learned that RBC is a huge supporter of the community and they do many activities to help where they can. My goals are to meet and support others by volunteering and reaching out to the community. I am striving to learn new things and spread my wings during the second part of my journey in life. I also am on the board for Blaine Area Little League where I am the Vice President of the Challenger Division this will be my 3rd year.  This is a league that is available for players that have disabilities and want to be involved in little league baseball.
 
I live in Spring Lake Park with my husband Greg, daughter Sadie(16), son Harmon(12), and two dogs, Buttercup(2) and Dottie(1). We have been together for about 27 years and married for 18 of those. My daughter is huge in the arts, she plays the violin and is involved in theater programs. Sadie is also a unified partner in the Special Olympics. Sadie hopes are to go to college in NYC. My son is a sports guy. He is involved in the Challenger Division, loves to swim and is a traditional athlete for Special Olympics. Harmon was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. So I am also a supporter of Down syndrome Minnesota and I am sure as Harmon gets older I will be come more involved with Special Olympics. 
 
My wanting to be on the board for MNFI is to be a voice for others. I am always looking out for the underdog and want everyone to be included. I strive for honesty, I am a hard worker and I also want to  make sure we are all having fun while we help our families. I started working with MNFI July – 2019, I really enjoy the friendships I have made. I am sure I will still be volunteering for many years to come. I look forward to helping MNFI succeed and be a great program for the community.

Advisory Committee

We are currently looking for volunteers willing to help in this committee.  Click here for more information.

The following individuals have generously donated their passion, time, and talents to support MNFI

  • Amond Neuville (Founding Board Member) 
  • Joe Kubiatowicz
  • Martin Cross (Founding Board Member) 
  • Miranda Oliver

Contact MNFI
Email – info@mnfundraisinginitiative.org
Call – (763) 575-7585

An organization you can trust

 When you give to MNFI, 97.47% of every dollar goes straight to our mission. 

Contact MNFI

Email – info@mnfundraisinginitiative.org

Call – 763-575-7585

An organization you can trust

 When you give to MNFI, 97.47% of every dollar goes straight to our mission. 

Contact MNFI

Email – info@mnfundraisinginitiative.org

Call – 763-575-7585

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