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Staff

  • Foundation staff members are committed to serving Abbott Northwestern Hospital and its supporters. To discuss your particular philanthropic interests, or for more information about giving opportunities, please contact the Foundation at 612-863-4126.

  • Richard Meyer

    president

    • Richard Meyer became president of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in 2007.
    • Previously, he was vice president of organizational advancement for Minnesota Masonic Homes and director of the Children's Theatre Company's development program.
    • He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle and a jurisprudence degree from the University of Minnesota.

    Deena Bartley

    administrative assistant

    • Deena Bartley joined the Foundation staff in October of 2013.
    • She brings with her 23 years of experience in public and non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served as project and development coordinator at Search Institute in Minneapolis.
    • She holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell College and a MA in Liberal Studies from Hamline University.

    Stacy Elsholtz

    executive assistant

    • Stacy Elsholtz has served as the Executive Assistant to the Foundation President since 2009.
    • Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a fundraising professional for the Minnesota Orchestra where she supported capital campaign, major gift and planned giving efforts.
    • She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Bethel College.

    Nicki Hines

    senior development officer

    • Nicki joined the Foundation in July 2015 and brings with her more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, program development, and project management.
    • Prior to joining the Foundation, Nicki held corporate and foundation fundraising positions in both higher education and social service.
    • Nicki holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University and an undergraduate degree in sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Kathy Ingerson

    manager, granting programs

    • Kathy Ingerson began working in the hospital’s Development Office in 2001 and has been with the Foundation since 2002.
    • Ingerson manages the Foundation’s grants program, which provides $10 million annually to Abbott Northwestern Hospital and its surrounding community.
    • Previously, Ingerson managed the Medical Education/CME departments of Children’s Hospital-Minneapolis.
    • She has a bachelor's degree in human resources management and development from Metropolitan State University.

    Anne Walker Langaard

    director of development

    • Anne Langaard joined the Foundation staff in 2009 and brings extensive fund raising experience to her position.
    • Prior to joining the Foundation, she led the development department of the Minnesota Orchestra for five years, was vice president for development for Community Health Charities, and was director of corporate and foundation giving for the Orchestra from 1990 to 2000.
    • Prior employers include Planned Parenthood, MEDA and ARC in Minnesota, and Aviva Center in Los Angeles.
    • Langaard is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

    Andrew McIlree

    senior development officer

    • Andrew joined the Foundation in February 2016 and brings with him more than 10 years of experience in fundraising, strategic communication and project management. 
    • Prior to joining the Foundation, Andrew held fundraising positions in health care, higher education and social services.
    • Andrew holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University and is a credentialed member Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International. He has an undergraduate degree in history from St. Norbert College.

    Laura Narhi

    donor relations associate

    • Laura Narhi joined the Foundation in August 2015 and brings with her extensive experience in stewardship, annual giving, social media management and event planning.
    • Before joining the Foundation, Laura served the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as its Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator and the Carlson School of Management as its Assistant Director of Annual Giving. 
    • A native of Massachusetts, she holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Rachel Rivard

    clinical innovation research grants coordinator

    • Rachel joined the team in June of 2015 and serves as a liaison between the Foundation and the Allina Department of Research Administration.
    • Rachel’s background is in nursing with work experience at Park Nicollet, Vascular Surgery, and Minnesota Gastroenterology.
    • She holds master’s degrees in Nursing and Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College. 

    Kirsten F. Yeager

    annual fund manager

    • Kirsten F. Yeager joined the Foundation as Annual Fund Manager in February 2013 and brings with her more than 10 years of experience in healthcare philanthropy and nonprofit fundraising.
    • Prior roles include director of development for the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts and manager of the Women’s Board at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
    • Originally from southern Indiana, Kirsten obtained her education at Indiana University, Bloomington.


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