Katrina Scoville, M.A., graduated from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. in 2000, and subsequently began her fundraising career working on a successful $12.5 million dollar capital campaign for her alma mater. Upon her return to the Mississippi River Valley, she has served both at Cotter Schools as their Development Director and at Saint Mary’s University of MN (SMU) as a Leadership Gifts Officer which offered her practical experience in all areas of fundraising. Earning her Masters of Philanthropy and Development at SMU reinforced her professional proficiency and provided an increased awareness of the philanthropic process.

While her professional career allowed her to be engaged in volunteer opportunities with organizations, like the Association of Fundraising Professionals, her role as a mother has inspired volunteerism with Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE).

Ellen Hongerholt

Brianna Pyka, MBA, serves Crescendo Fundraising Professionals as a consultant with a specific attention to the process and communications areas. Her expertise supports the brand strategy, social media content, proposal generation and coordination/collaboration of all volunteers and those connected to the client. Details include all communications channels, specifically website, Give by Cell, Twitter, Facebook, and all communications tool kits.  

Brianna received her Master's of Business Administration degree from Concordia University, St. Paul and her undergraduate degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. She also has background as a digital marketing strategist, special events manager and marketing/public relations specialist.

Her volunteer activities include a former volunteer tutor at Simpson Housing Services and she currently serves on the Marketing Committee for Girls on the Run, Twin Cities Chapter.

Who we are

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Ellen Hongerholt, M.A., owner and co-founder, received her undergraduate degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has more than 26 years of experience in the fundraising field and 20 years specializing in campaign management. Hongerholt has raised millions for municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and schools. Her education, skills and experience are combined with an engaging personality to effectively work with individuals of many backgrounds and interests. She is tenaciously devoted to reaching her clients’ goals by planning and creatively managing a fundraising process unique to each project or campaign. Ellen has consulted and specialized in capital campaign management including but not limited to the feasibility or campaign readiness study process, fundraising proposal development, grant development, capital campaign execution and individual, foundation and corporate major gift solicitation.

 Ellen is secretary of the board of Houston Community Food Shelf and serves on the church council for Cross of Christ Church, both of Houston, Minnesota. She formally served on the Board of directors of the Upper Mississippi Chapter of Association of  Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Children’s Museum of La Crosse Board of Directors. Ellen is a former adjunct professor in Major Gifts and Capital Campaign Management for St. Mary’s University’s Master of Arts Program in Philanthropy and Development.

Susan Langer, has a 30-year career spanning financial services, marketing, international development and philanthropy. In 1996, Susan formed Mosaic Marketing to offer growth-oriented entrepreneurs a new formula for success by combining brand advertising with direct marketing.  This results-oriented strategic planning and marketing services firm targeted financial services and high-tech industries, and grew to a staff of 10 and $3.5M in billings by 1999.  A professional opportunity later led Susan to serve as executive director for World Vision on the East Coast. She has worked with women and youth in the Middle East, helped launch a women’s homeless shelter in New York City and helped develop a national growth strategy for a non-profit serving at-risk teens in Minneapolis. 

In 2010, Susan relocated back to the Midwest and shifted Mosaic to Mosaic Mindshare to help non-profits and entrepreneurs help respond to changes in the sector following the Great Recession. Susan has served on several non-profit boards, was elected to her local school board and actively supports initiatives that demonstrably empower, equip and encourage women and youth to discover their value and realize their full potential.  

Jamie Schloegel, CFRE, received her undergraduate degree in social work from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and is working towards a graduate degree in the Philanthropy and Development Program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2015. 

Jamie has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including working as the Director of Development for the La Crosse region's largest private human services organization overseeing both its fundraising and marketing/public relations strategies. She has helped meet multi-million dollar fundraising goals with her positive attitude and enthusiasm combined with her expert knowledge of philanthropy. 

 Jamie is also a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter, currently serving as the immediate past-president.  

Linda Albrecht

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Linda has extensive experience serving not-for-profits in the area of branding, marketing, volunteerism, event planning, database management and publication development.  Linda serves Crescendo with her engaging personality, most specifically in the areas of business development, publications, project management and assists campaigns with their management administrative needs.

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