Executive Director – Heather A. Christopherson, CFRE, MPA
For over 20 years, Heather has been working with small to large nonprofits to advance their goals in fundraising, donor communications and volunteerism. She firmly believes all progress within organizations, for profit and nonprofit, is rooted in solid internal and external relationships. Heather earned her BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in nonprofit management and fundraising. She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2003 and is a 2015 alum of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Heather is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter, currently serving on their board. She also proudly serves on the Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Advisory Board. She joined Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest as VP of Advancement just as Breanna’s Gift was starting a program there. At RMH, she was responsible for all aspects of fundraising, volunteerism, strategic donor development/major gifts, corporate partnerships, events, planned giving and grant writing. She’s looking forward to leveraging her expertise to invest in the Breanna’s Gift infrastructure.
Founder and Program Director – Marsha Ovitz
Marsha Ovitz has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. Her formal training began at the age of 5 in Chicago, IL. Trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance, she was drawn naturally to fusing these disciplines into becoming a contemporary dancer, teacher and principal performer during the early years of Loyce Houlton’s Minnesota Dance Theatre. Marsha als