Our Development Team

Randi Yoder, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Randi Yoder is the senior vice president and chief development officer for MPR | APM, overseeing all major and institutional giving. Prior to joining the organization in 2011, Randi was senior vice president of donor relations for the Greater Twin Cities United Way. She also served as president of Yoder Henley Development Resources, vice president of institutional advancement at St. Catherine University, and associate dean for external affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. In recognition of her work, Randi received the of the 2011 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the 1995 Woman of Distinction award, from Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Journal. She received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management with a focus in international business and marketing. Randi serves on the community advisory board of the Minneapolis Junior League, the board of trustees of EARTH University in Costa Rica, EARTH University Foundation, and chairs the advisory board of WomenVenture.

Major and Planned Giving

MARK ABNER, Director of Major and Planned Giving

Mark Abner came to MPR I APM in 2016 with more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive and development professional, working primarily in environmental conservation and higher education. He was most recently vice president for development for Trout Unlimited, a national trout and salmon habitat conservation organization with 400 chapters and 154,000 members. There Mark grew the development program, re-established a planned giving program, and helped complete a $175 million campaign. He has also held development leadership positions with The Nature Conservancy, the University of Minnesota Foundation, the University of Minnesota’s College of Natural Resources and the Trust for Public Land. Mark was appointed by Governor Dayton as a member of the Minnesota Clean Water Council that advises on spending of the $100 million/year Clean Water Fund. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a master’s from Evergreen State College, and lives in St. Paul with his wife Gabe.

SONJA GREENWALDT, Planned Giving Director

JEFF SMITH, Development Officer

Jeff Smith joined the Major Gifts team in 2015. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. Prior to joining American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio, Jeff designed and implemented the major gifts program at Common Hope, a St. Paul-based non-governmental organization that provides educational, health and housing support to students and their families in Guatemala. Jeff was director of the AmeriCorps Program at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity for nine years, and led several international mission trips of Twin Cities volunteers to places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico on behalf of Habitat. Jeff was raised in St. Paul and graduated from St. John’s University, Collegeville.

JAMIE ZIEMANN, Manager, Major Gifts

Jamie Ziemann grew up in Wisconsin, and moved to the Twin Cities in 1999 to work for Minnesota Public Radio. She spent her first three years in the MPR Traffic department, transitioning to the Development division in 2003. Jamie managed MPR’s Leadership Circle program for eight years, and became a development officer in 2011. She enjoys being part of the APM | MPR Major Gifts team, and finds great joy in her daily interactions with donors who share her passion for public radio. Jamie currently works with major donors for annual membership support and raises vital designated funds through major gifts to support specific areas of programming for American Public Media, MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Institutional Giving

ANDREA BORK, Interim Director of Institutional Giving

ALEXANDRA KOUAME, Development Officer, Institutional Giving

Alexandrea Kouame joined MPR | APM in 2018 with more than 13 years of fundraising and development experience. Alexandrea has most recently served as a fundraising and development consultant and has held development positions at McNally Smith College of Music, Regions Hospital Foundation and the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation. She is a hobby musician and reinforces her passion for music through her board service for She Rock She Rock. Alexandrea lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, Richard, teenaged daughter, Helena, and beautiful red-headed dog, Layla. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

LIZ MCGONAGLE, Institutional Giving Coordinator

Liz McGonagle manages a portfolio of institutional funders to secure unrestricted grants for Minnesota Public Radio. She has over 15 years of development and nonprofit experience, having previously worked for Project SUCCESS and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

HILARY SMITH, Development Officer

Hilary Smith manages the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund fundraising relationship, raises funds for MPR’s three regional broadcast services (Classical MPR, The Current, and MPR News), and raises funds for national programming including classical music (Performance Today and Pipedreams) and APM Reports (In the Dark and the Educate documentary series). She has held institutional giving positions at The Trust for Public Land, Guthrie Theater, American Red Cross – Twin Cities, and Children’s Theatre Company. Hilary earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College and Master of Arts and Cultural Leadership from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a board member of Trademark Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a long-time volunteer with Jawaahir Dance Company and as a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant review panelist.


STEPHANIE PATTERSON, Director, Development and Donor Engagement, Marketplace

Stephanie Patterson came on board in 2017 as the Los Angeles-based director of development and donor engagement, overseeing all individual and institutional giving efforts for American Public Media’s Marketplace. She brings 20+ years of development, marketing, and communications experience to the role, including more than 15 years in public radio, at both Southern California Public Radio and Houston Public Radio. While at SCPR, Stephanie was responsible for more than doubling the donor base and significantly increasing annual giving revenue. She has also held development leadership positions with Providence Health and Services, a nonprofit health care system in Southern California, as well as LA’s Downtown Women’s Center, where she directed all public and private fundraising as well as capital campaign efforts. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Houston, and she lives in Burbank with her husband Josh, teenage son Griffin, two elderly pugs, and a feisty tortoiseshell cat.

MEGAN UEBELACKER, Senior Development Officer

Megan Uebelacker serves as senior development officer for American Public Media’s Marketplace, where she solicits and manages foundation funding for all Marketplace programs. Prior to this position, she worked as a fundraiser and administrator for KIPP Austin Public Schools, WNYC New York Public Radio, the New Orleans Ballet Association, Southern Rep, and Classic Stage Company (NY). Megan holds degrees from Wellesley College, the University of New Orleans, and the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.