Consultants & Contractors

Dr. Brita Midness

Nonprofit Services Associate

Brita Midness originally joined Charities Review Council in 2013 and now serves as a Nonprofit Services Associate, working with nonprofit organizations participating in the Accountability Wizard® review process. She holds a BA from Colby College (USA), a M.Litt in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews (Scotland), and a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. Brita enjoys being a member of the vibrant Twin Cities nonprofit community in a number of additional capacities, including managing development for a locally based INGO, working as a consultant, and serving as an active volunteer.


Nonprofit Services Associate

Kennon originally joined Charities Review Council in 2019 as a Nonprofit Services Intern and now serves as a Nonprofit Services Associate, providing assistance and support to nonprofits as they complete the Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review process.

Kennon recently graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Technical Writing and Communication. She is attending the University of Michigan Law School beginning in Fall 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking excessive amounts of coffee and attempting to solve crossword puzzles.

Andrea Cole

Graphic Design Consultant – AmplifyDMC

As the resident graphic designer at AmplifyDMC — a development, communications, and marketing consulting company based in St. Paul — Andrea brings beauty and life to her nonprofit client’s work. She lends an artistic eye to print and digital design projects, including annual reports, brochures, banners, newsletters, social media, and websites. She also takes a lead role in branding projects, ensuring visual elements of a brand are representing the organization, product, or service with personality and style.

Jana Nelson

Fundraising Consultant – AmplifyDMC

Calm, cool, collected, creative, confident, and competent: with attributes like these, it’s no wonder that clients love Jana’s work. Whether a client needs grantwriting, engaging social media campaigns, powerful newsletter content, or all of the above, Jana brings years of experience and an understated depth of knowledge to each client project. Her thoughtful approach delivers consistent results leading to great outcomes and happy clients. Jana’s expertise along with her clear writing and ability to communicate the complex challenges that clients are working to address make for a stress-free client experience. Jana previously held positions at Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, House of Hope Church, and Milkweed Editions.

Benj Vardigan

Fundraising Consultant – AmplifyDMC

Benj brings a range of writing experience to his role at AmplifyDMC. A former managing editor at Consumer Health Interactive in San Francisco, Benj has written investigative pieces on health topics from hypochondria to the hazards of ephedra supplements. He later moved to the nonprofit world, becoming communications director at the Oakland Public Education Fund, where he wrote stories and grants that celebrated and supported Oakland public schools. When not writing for AmplifyDMC and its clients, Benj is either in Minneapolis with his wife and their dog, or writing poems by the river at the cabin his grandfather built in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula


Accounting Consultant – All In One Accounting

Crystal has the ability to light up a room with her enthusiasm for accounting. She brings focus, patience, and the talent of helping people understand their financials. An Accounting Associate with All In One Accounting, Crystal graduated with high honors and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems, from Metropolitan State University. Prior to joining All In One Accounting Crystal stayed home to raise her two daughters while completing her degrees. Crystal also served with Minnesota Reading Corps as a K – 3 Literacy Tutor in Minneapolis Public Schools. She was able to provide a lasting impact on the students she worked with by preparing them to be successful readers for the rest of their lives. Crystal lives in South Minneapolis and enjoys volunteering, baking, and spending time with her husband, daughters, and two dogs.

Jerry Frick

Accounting Consultant – All In One Accounting

Jerry Frick brings over 30 years’ finance and accounting experience to All In One Accounting serving as non-profit Controller. Jerry applies a consultative approach to ensure nonprofit clients gain strength through process and controls improvement, in-depth financial review, timely delivery of financial reports, effective problem solving, comprehensive audit support and advising on the alignment of business operations to organizational mission. Jerry completed his Bachelors in Accounting and Business Management at Anderson University in Anderson, IN. He then went on to complete his Masters in Accounting Science at the University of Phoenix.

Kaizen Technology

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit Technology Partner

Kaizen Technology Partners is a woman-owned firm based in San Francisco, California. Kaizen has over twenty years of Cloud Industry experience and proven customer success. Their diverse customer base, global presence, and extensive network of partners and advisors have enabled them to become thought leaders in their industry. Kaizen provides end-to-end cloud strategy consultancy, technology, and infrastructure evaluation, solution selection, and implementation across today’s leading cloud services and vendors, including Amazon Web Services, Google Apps, Microsoft Azure.

Kate-Madonna Hindes

Writing Consultant – GirlMeetsGeek

From Petco to Amex, Miracle-Ear to U.S. Bank, Kate-Madonna has worked with businesses and organizations to transform their marketing copy to elevate awareness and create emotional connections. Published in national magazines, quarterlies, and books, Hindes has established herself as a leader in the marcom world. With over 15 years of published experience from running regional magazines to leading newsrooms, Kate-Madonna pinpoints often underlooked trends and takes b2b, b2c and internet cat videos… very, very, seriously. Notably, Hindes sits on the board for The Mars Generation and is the owner of GirlMeetsGeek, a boutique content firm in St. Paul.

Kelly Rietow

HR Consultant – Roo Solutions

Kelly helps leaders and organizations create simple and sustainable solutions to people and process challenges. She excels in aligning Human Resource and performance management systems with organizational strategies. With broad-based expertise in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Facilitation, and Leadership, Kelly helps leaders and organizations be accountable and effective. Kelly has a particular passion for optimizing the performance of nonprofits and organizations experiencing growing pains. A two-time recipient of the Employers Association Best Practices Award, Kelly earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas and the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through the Society for Human Resource Management.

Kelcey Patrick-Feree

Attorney – Law Office of Kelcey Patrick-Ferree

Kelcey Patrick-Ferree is a business, internet, and intellectual property attorney. Kelcey is invested in making sure her clients’ ideas are protected and helping them usher in the future. With a top ten legal education from Duke University, large firm and in-house experience, the Kelcey makes elite level legal advice accessible to nonprofits, startups, small businesses, and mid-size businesses. She tailors her process to each client’s unique needs, and applies her professional excellence and a personal touch to every project. Her practice includes intellectual property, internet, privacy and data security, complex contracts, marketing and advertising, social media, e-commerce, and information technology law. Kelcey is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Iowa.

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