Kris Kewitsch is the Executive Director of Charities Review Council, helping to ensure the Council delivers on its mission to be an independent resource so people are empowered to make informed and thoughtful giving decisions so they can be more effective in helping charities advance their important work.
Prior to joining the Council, Kris worked in corporate philanthropy with Target Corporation, U.S. Bank, and Piper Jaffray, directing resources—both human and financial—to nonprofits across the country. Kris attended Gustavus Adolphus College, receiving a BA in Sociology and Anthropology. She has served on numerous boards, including the Corporate Volunteerism Council, National Council on Workplace Volunteerism, and the Volunteer Resource Center (now HandsOn Twin Cities). Kris was recently named to Twin Cities Business List of 100 to Know in 2017. She lives in St. Louis Park with her husband and three dogs.
Nonprofit Services & Communications Manager
Abby Wellan joined the Charities Review Council team in 2012 and is currently serving as the Council’s Nonprofit Services & Communications Manager. In this role, Abby plans and executes the Council’s communications plan, including blogs, social media, E-newsletters, brochures, and more! Abby is also an integral member of the Nonprofit Services Team, providing one-on-one support and technical assistance to nonprofits as they complete their Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review. Additional responsibilities include donor education, management of the Council’s paid internship program, board and committee engagement, event planning, and overall project management.
Abby graduated with honors from St. Cloud State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and three minors: Intercultural Communications, Human Relations, and Political Science. When she’s not partnering with nonprofits to build their organizational capacity, she’s traveling/exploring both near and far with her husband, Adam.
Nonprofit Services & Development Specialist
Ian Cook joined Charities Review Council in 2015 and serves as the Nonprofit Services & Development Specialist. Ian coordinates the Accountability Wizard® review process and provides support and technical assistance to nonprofits as they work through the process. He also manages the Council’s individual giving and institutional fund development efforts.
Ian is an active musician. He works as a freelance composer and engraver of new music, and he sings in the National Lutheran Choir, MPLS (imPulse), and Aliro Voices. Ian serves on the board of directors of MPLS (imPulse) and serves in a leadership role in Aliro Voices. Ian worked for several other nonprofits before joining the Council, such as the Northfield Youth Choirs, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, and the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Ian graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, an emphasis in Music Theory and Composition, a concentration in Educational Studies, and a K–12 Instrumental Music teaching license.
Engagement & Outreach Manager
DeeDee LeMier joined Charities Review Council in 2018 and serves as the Engagement & Outreach Manager. DeeDee provides regional outreach and partner support to both internal and external stakeholders of the Council.
DeeDee is a passionate community developer and organizer, serving on the Pine City Planning Commission. DeeDee has extensive outreach experience across sectors including Target, Duluth Chamber of Commerce, Hamline University, and Hobsons. Years of working with employers and communities across Minnesota have inspired a passion for building thriving rural communities. DeeDee is a graduate of Hamline University, with a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, an emphasis in Business and an emphasis in Organizational Communication.