Geoff Wilson, President
Deputy Executive Director: College Possible
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: Romania 07-09
Geoff Wilson has worked with College Possible, an AmeriCorps partner program, since 2012 and is currently the Deputy Executive Director in the MN site. As Deputy Director, he manages the AmeriCorps program in MN and the relationship with Serve MN, the AmeriCorps state commission. He also oversees work with corporate and foundation partners, budgeting and forecasting, site operations and administration, HR functions, employee and AmeriCorps member on-boarding, training and engagement and consults closely on short and long-term organizational strategy.
Geoff graduated from the University of MN Twin Cities with a BA in Psychology. After working with Minneapolis Public Schools for a few years, he began service with the United States Peace Corps in Romania. In Romania, Geoff served at a startup nonprofit helping in all areas of nonprofit management. Through service with the Peace Corps, he grew a passion for National Service that carried into his work at College Possible.
In early 2015, Geoff continued his work with National Service as an Aspen Institute/Franklin Project Ambassador. In this role, Geoff collaborated with local business, higher education, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to expand awareness of the value of National Service programs in MN. He then served on the Service Year Alliance Service Alumni Board. Through this work, he advocated for national service as a common expectation and common opportunity for every young American. During that time he partnered with Service Year Alliance in their grassroots work and has participated in a number of National Service awareness events including speaking to a bipartisan group of members of congress with Service Year Alliance Chairman, Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret.).
Geoff works to build a future in which every young person, from all economic backgrounds, has the opportunity to serve and can begin to realize their full professional and civic potential.
Jeremy Burkauskas, Treasurer
Senior Director, Wholesale Finance: Supervalu
Jeremy got his undergraduate degree from the University of MN and then his MBA from the Carlson School of Management. He brings a wealth of experience from his finance roles at Target headquarters and now Supervalu. As treasurer he works to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization.
Katie Devlaminck, Secretary
Partner: Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Katie got her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from Coe College and then her JD from the University of MN Law School where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Katie developed a passion for serving in teaching abroad in Thailand and through her work as a Women's Program Intern at The Advocates for Human Rights.
Thando Kunene, Member
Assistant Director, Career Development & Coaching: Saint Olaf College
AmeriCorps Alumna: College Possible 14-16
Thando began working at St. Olaf in 2017. A class of 2013 graduate, and former Piper Center Peer Advisor, Thando is passionate about helping students make connections between their liberal arts education and the diverse social impact careers of the future. She believes that career coaching is vital work that demystifies and makes accessible the process of attaining one’s career and vocational goals.
Prior to joining the Piper Center, Thando worked in a variety of social impact and nonprofit roles. From coaching low-income, first-generation college students as an AmeriCorps member to managing an institutional giving program at a national nonprofit to acting as a lead graphic designer for a local city council race, Thando has spent the last five years exploring varied approaches to making a difference in the community. During her time at St. Olaf, Thando was a member of the Student Government Association, sang in Manitou and Cantorei choirs, co-founded a student organization, worked as a teaching assistant in the Sociology/Anthropology department, and had multiple internships including participation in the Social Entrepreneurship Scholars program.
Thando graduated with honors and distinction in the degrees of English and Sociology/Anthropology. She now lives in Minneapolis where she enjoys trying new restaurants, biking, visiting the lakes, and experiencing all the vibrancy and culture the city has to offer.
Bonnie Christensen, Member
National Director of Finance & Operations: College Possible
Bonnie Christensen has 30 years of experience in various financial management roles. She took and passed all sections of the CPA exam in one sitting, in 1989. She spent 20 years in several different corporate positions, working for Honeywell, Northwest Airlines and Deluxe Corporation.
At the end of 2007 Bonnie decided to leave the Corporate world and found it would be more rewarding to bring her talents to the nonprofit sector. She has transformed the finance function at 3 nonprofits and is currently the National Director of Finance & Operations for College Possible.