Our Staff

Kelly Barbot

Lead Creative

Kelly oversees the design and branding direction for all of DMF's initiatives. Kelly joined the foundation in 2019.

Travis Christopher

Director of Donor Fulfillment

Travis leads the foundation's membership program and works closely with our donor-advised funds and fiscal sponsor initiatives, helping to provide clear pathways to achieve the greatest impact possible. Travis joined the foundation in 2019.

Amber DeKrey

Director of Programs

Amber is responsible for providing the vision, leadership, and strategy for our Giving Hearts Day and Impact Institute programs. Amber joined the foundation in 2019.

Andrea Feigum

Executive Manager

Andrea coordinates daily operations for the foundation’s leadership, facilitates board and committee meetings, and events, as well as oversees grants and sponsorships. Andrea joined the foundation in 2016.

Lana Foss

Administrative Specialist

Lana manages daily operations for the foundation and provides administrative assistance to the accounting department. She joined the foundation in 2014.

Cindy Graffeo

Chief of Staff

Cindy oversees the foundation's strategic business initiatives from development through successful execution under the guidance of the executive director. Cindy joined the foundation in 2019.

Heather Hanson

Lend A Hand Up Coordinator

Heather works closely with the Lend A Hand Up director, coordinating web logistics, social media, and administrative processes to support the expansion of the Lend A Hand Up program. Heather joined the foundation in 2017.

Michelle Hogan

Accounting Manager

Michelle is responsible for managing the general accounting functions for Dakota Medical Foundation, Dakota Medical Charities, and other contracted affiliates. Michelle joined the foundation in 2012.

Sandra Knutson

Accountant

Sandra is responsible for maintaining the general accounting functions for Dakota Medical Foundation, Dakota Medical Charities, Impact Foundation, and other contracted affiliates. Sandy joined the foundation in 2014.

Mike Little

North Dakota Dental and Optometric Foundations Executive Director

Mike is responsible for overseeing the strategic development, impact evaluation, board development, financial management, fundraising, and administrative oversight of the North Dakota Dental and North Dakota Optometric Foundations under the general direction of the board of directors. Mike joined the foundation in 2018.

Nate Mickelberg

Director of Communications

Nate oversees internal and external communications for the foundation, including content creation, communications strategy, and media relations. Nate joined the foundation in 2018.

Kim Palm

Donor Fulfillment Coordinator

Kim works with the director of donor fulfillment, coordinating the donor management system, DMF’s membership programs, charitable and endowment funds, and donor relations. Kim joined the foundation in 2001.

Jeana Peinovich

Director of Lend A Hand Up

Jeana directs the Lend A Hand Up program, which supports volunteer efforts to raise funds for individuals and families experiencing a medical crisis. Prior to launching the Lend A Hand Up program in 2008, Jeana served as the outreach coordinator for DMF’s Covering Kids & Families initiative. Jeana joined the foundation in 2003.

Cheryl Poirier

Events Coordinator

Cheryl manages our DMF Center for Excellence and Innovation. She greets our guests by phone or in-person and arranges event space for nonprofits, employees, and other groups. She joined the foundation in 2017.

Amanda Sayre

Assistant Director for Giving Hearts Day

Amanda supports the mission and goals of Giving Hearts Day. She assists with Giving Hearts Day logistics and works directly with charities to provide resources and help answer questions. Amanda joined the foundation in 2015.

Michael Schumacher, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Michael is responsible for the finance and accounting functions of DMF, Impact Foundation, and other contracted affiliates. He provides support to the board of directors and management for investment functions. Michael joined the foundation in 2013.

Alex Steen

Accountant

Alex is responsible for maintaining the general accounting functions for Dakota Medical Foundation, Dakota Medical Charities, and other contracted affiliates. Alex joined the foundation in 2015.

J. Patrick Traynor, J.D.

Executive Director

Pat plans, supervises, and directs foundation operations under the general direction of the board of directors utilizing the Carver Model of Board Governance. He serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the DMF board of directors. He also serves as executive director of Impact Foundation and previously served as the executive director and CEO of the ND Workers Compensation Bureau and practiced law in Fargo, ND. Pat joined the foundation in 2000.

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Dakota Medical Foundation has a long history of leading health improvement, building nonprofit success and investing in breakthrough innovation.

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Dakota Medical Foundation has a long history of leading health improvement, building nonprofit success and investing in breakthrough innovation.

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