STAFF

Meet our staff

Executive Director

Patrick Troska

Patrick Troska has been with the Foundation since 2000 when he came on board as a Program Officer. In January 2005 he was promoted to Senior Program Officer with responsibilities to oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking program, including reviewing all final reports submitted on grants made by the Foundation.

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Program Director

Joel Luedtke

Joel Luedtke is Program Director at the Foundation. Joel serves as the point person for the Foundation’s Student Centered Learning grantmaking strategy, and has primary responsibly for the Foundation’s overall impact and evaluation efforts. Joel also has considerable experience in adult workforce development.

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Grants and Operations Manager

Tracy Lamparty

Tracy Lamparty is the Grants and Operations Manager at the Foundation. She manages both the Foundation’s grantmaking process as well as its administrative and financial operations. Tracy joined the Foundation as the Office Manager in 2008.

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Program Officer

Elizabeth Coco

Elizabeth Coco is the Program Officer at the Foundation. Coco joined the Foundation in fall 2015, and in her role she manages the C3 Twin Cities VISTA Program by providing meaningful professional development opportunities to members and support to supervisors and partner organizations.

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Foundation Mascot

Zander

If you’ve been around the Foundation offices, you may have noticed Zander.  He’s a very friendly and gentle Australian Cattle Dog, whose one objective is to give and receive love. Zander’s work life consists of the occasional visit to the office, chasing a ball, greeting visitors and fielding “ooh’s and aahs”.