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MWL Foundation: Founding Donors

Founding Donors Support the Charitable Work of MWL


In order to support the charitable activities of Minnesota Women Lawyers and its efforts to advance the success of women attorneys, the MWL Foundation Board of Directors is excited to create a foundation that is as flourishing as MWL itself.  To do that, we need the support of MWL members – women and men who have contributed so much in the past and who want to continue to see the work of MWL expand and affect even more current and future women lawyers.


This year, the MWL Foundation Board of Directors has set a goal of raising $30,000 through Founding Donor contributions.  (One hundred donations of at least $300.)  This campaign will jumpstart and support the work of the MWL Foundation by ensuring its long-term financial stability and building a reserve of unrestricted resources to allow MWL to continue its efforts towards equality, leadership, and community. 


In Fall 2016, when the MWL Foundation first reached out to MWL’s leadership for support, over 30 leaders committed to be a Founding Donor. Subsequently, the MWL Foundation Founding Donor opportunity was formerly launched at 2017 MWL Wahl Lecture, with an additional 30 donors signing-on.  


For information or assistance, please contact MWL Foundation Executive Director Debra Pexa (; 612/338-3205).



Special Thanks to MWL Foundation "Founding Donors":


Peggy Steif Abram Cindy Ackerman  Connie Armstrong  Laura Arneson Jan Ballman 
Dana Bartocci Anonymous Sonja Beddow Suzanne Born Lisa Brabbit
Hon. Tanya Bransford      Sonya Braunschweig Kendra Brodin Patricia Carl Dixie Carroll
Hon. Margaret Chutich          Hon. Francis J. Connolly Hon. Elizabeth Cutter     Annamarie Daley Jana Aune Deach
Dani Deering     Dorsey & Whitney Foundation Sheila Engelmeier Marie Failinger Susan Gaetner
Susan Gallagher Anonymous Michelle Grant Emerald Gratz Shannnon Harmon
Kristin Haugen

Lindsay Hewitt

Beverly Jones Heydinger  Susan M. Holden  Melissa Houghtaling 
Ann Huntrods Veena Iyer  Gina Janeiro Ann Jenrette-Thomas Anne T. Johnson
Sara Jones Shawn Judge  Ann Juergens Sheila J Kelly Brandi Kerber 
Laura Krenz Poonam Kumar Susan Lach     Kimberly Chapman LaFrance       Connie Lahn
John W. Lang
Michelle Looby Anonymous       Kathleen A. Marron Tara Mattessich
Karin McCarthy  Teresa McClain Laura McKnight  Hon. Susan Rester Miles       Anonymous 
Arleen Nand  Bridget Nason  Anna Nelson  Brooke Nelson  Hon. Susan R. Nelson 
Anonymous Hon. Cara Lee Neville Judy Oakes Anonymous Jessica Palmer-Denig
Jessica Pecoraro Theresa Peterson Ella Phillips  Rebecca Putz Alona Rindal
Julie Ritz-Schlaifer Jenny Robbins Pam Rochlin Brent Routman Anonymous    
Hon. Miriam Rykken       Ellen Sampson Hon. Kathleen Sanberg   Schaefer Halleen LLC Breia Schleuss
Amy Schmidt Sara Schwebs Amy M Schwarz Evon Spangler Anonymous
Keiko Sugisaka Tina Syring-Petrocchi Mary Szondy Amy Taber Terry Trogdon
Christine Tuft U.S. Bank Foundation Gina Uhrbom Jennifer Urban Hon. Mary Vasaly
Chelsea Walcker Erica Weber  Katie Welsch Katie Barrett Wiik Anonymous
Debra Yerigan The  Benevity Community Impact Fund Law Office of Katherine L. MacKinnon     





The MWL Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions, as allowed by law.



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