Melvin Clark is an experienced technology executive who drives organizations to surpass expectations, easily navigating both the IT and business worlds, becoming the integral bridge between the two. As the Vice President of IT for Allianz Investment Management, Melvin provides the overall leadership and vision for the company’s technical strategy and Cloud infrastructure to support Allianz’s business objectives as both a steward to standards and the chief change agent. Prior to Allianz, Melvin was a Senior IT Executive at both Delta Airlines and Best Buy. Melvin has a B.A. in Business Management and is a certified Scrum Master. Outside of work, Melvin has served as a mentor and career day speaker for the last three years.
Carolyn Deters, Treasurer
Indelible Aging, Gifts for Seniors
Carolyn comes to the Council with extensive nonprofit administration, finance, and development experience. She is fiercely passionate about alleviating social isolation and leads the charity Gifts for Seniors as Executive Director. Through her consulting practice, Indelible Aging, she is striving to create innovative, inclusive social aging options. Carolyn earned her BBA from the University of St. Thomas, is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP), and is currently CFRE pursuant having completed the Fundraising Certificate Series at the University of St. Thomas. She considers herself an avid smart giver and actively supports the community by serving in volunteer roles with SHIFT, Community Involvement Programs, and the Nonprofit Financial Group.
Garnetta Lowman, Vice Chair, Program Committee Chair
Neka Creative, ASDIC Metamorphosis
Garnetta Lowman is an eager community member dedicated to social justice and racial disparities for people of color through education and productive conversations. As an active member of the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC), Garnetta is a volunteer coordinator and sponsorship committee member assisting in the annual production of the Overcoming Racism Conference held each Fall by FREC. Garnetta also enjoys facilitating for the Brandlab on the Fearless Leadership Team by leading exciting workshops around the metro area that address racial inequities within the marketing industry with an open dialogue for participants. Garnetta currently works as an Account Supervisor at Russell Herder where she builds strong relationships as a liaison between the client and the agency. Garnetta has achieved certifications from the University of Minnesota in Project Management as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Garnetta has also completed the Nonprofit Organizational Leadership mini MBA and Business Administration degree program at the University of St. Thomas. In her free time, Garnetta enjoys spending time with her friends and two children practicing laughter in everything they do. Garnetta is most happy on sandy beaches with sunny days in moderate humidity eating seafood listening to neo soul.
CPA, retired, Olsen Thielen
Linda is a retired Certified Public Accountant, having advised nonprofit organizations regarding their complex tax issues throughout most of her 38+ year career in public accounting: Applying for tax exemption, annual compliance at Federal and State levels, unrelated business income taxes and related consulting. A graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Linda has been a long-time supporter and volunteer for the Charities Review Council and its mission to strengthen nonprofit organizations, having served on the program committee for many years. Linda is enjoying the benefits of retirement, including having more time to spend with family and friends, Minnesota Twins baseball, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, elementary school tutoring, and other activities through her church.
Stacey Nelson-Kumar, Chair
Stacey Nelson-Kumar serves as Director of Community Impact for Comcast Twin Cities Region where she is responsible for managing charitable giving and community partnerships in an effort to bridge the digital divide. She is also responsible for local implementation of the company’s national day of service, Comcast Cares Day, where more than 1,000 employees and family members volunteer on a single day, and for the region’s Employee Giving Campaign that benefits United Way. Stacey’s career in community relations spans nearly 20 years across several companies, industries, and geographies. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a dual master’s degree in Social Work and Business Administration where she was able to demonstrate her passion for the space where community organizations and for-profit businesses intersect. Stacey also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Molly Raymond has 15 years of experience as a practicing community social worker. Her bachelors and masters are both in social work, which is a source of pride, as she approaches all her work with a social worker lens of systems, social justice, empowerment, etc. Her community work has centered on youth development, community organizing, social justice, and social and emotional learning. She co-founded a youth social justice and arts nonprofit organization in 2008. She has worked for and done consulting work for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and community projects. Molly is a Fellow of the Institute of Polarities of Democracy, and Doctoral candidate of Human Services. Her research interests are in social and emotional health, the inner development and trauma-informed approach to changemaker education and empowerment, equity in philanthropy, positive psychology, equity in education, and how to make systemic social change.
Lisa Zellmer, Secretary
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Lisa Zellmer joined the board in 2018 and chairs the governance committee. Lisa is the Director of Advancement at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. As a collaborative of congregations united in action, Beacon creates homes and advances equitable housing across the Twin Cities. In this role, Lisa oversees the organization’s fundraising strategy, including individual and major gifts as well as corporate, foundation and congregational grants. Previously, she was an independent consultant working with nonprofit leaders to build community partnerships, increase board engagement and plan for diverse and sustainable funding streams. Lisa has also served as Development Director for two Twin Cities nonprofits, Prepare+Prosper and Stages Theatre Company, where she managed all aspects of fund development. Lisa has a BA from St. Olaf College and MA from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends trying new restaurants, going to movies and traveling whenever possible. She never gets tired of walking around Twin Cities lakes or better yet, the lakes and trails up north.