Leadership

MACC brings the strength of its broad team to each of our members. Nearly forty expert and credentialed professionals combine skills and experience with deep roots in the nonprofit sector. Our depth of staffing provides “bench strength” to all our members, regardless of their size. As a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, we are active participants in the community of nonprofits we serve. 

Meet our Management Leadership Team.

Darlynn Benjamin, Vice President of Service Network Innovations and Collaboration

Darlynn is responsible for creating cross-sector partnerships and collaborations to deliver high quality services and best practices that enhance the community impact of our member organizations. 

Darlynn has over 20 years of leadership experience in both public and private sector organizations. She served a total of six years as both District Director and Deputy District Director for Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05). Prior to her work with Rep. Ellison, she was a managing principal of The McClung Consulting Group, a company she and her husband created to provide professional services in program development, administration and project management. Darlynn consulted as Research and Program Director for Minneapolis Public Schools, and the Director of Planning and Development for Community Action of Minneapolis, and Director of Way to Grow, then an initiative of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board. Darlynn holds a Master of Science degree in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Duquesne University. 

“I am looking forward to supporting the power of the membership to continue to bring networked solutions to issues facing the community. We are stronger together.”

612-341-1607
Darlynn.benjamin@macc-mn.org

Pete Czachor, Director of IT Services

Pete Czachor
 In his role as IT Director, Pete Czachor plays a key role in managing our members' IT services acting as a liaison to vendors, providing strategic IT advice and keeping an eye on the evolving IT needs of our members.  Pete has been in IT service management since 1997 in roles ranging from owning and operating his own Managed IT Services firm for six years to serving in several roles with deep business process design responsibilities. Most recently, Pete served as Director of Technology Consulting at Warner Connect, working closely with MACC and its IT Services members and gaining a deep understanding of our IT environment and needs.

 

"I like the concept of what MACC does for its members – clearing the “organizational overhead” so they can more effectively accomplish their missions. I'm excited by opportunities where IT can visibly amplify our members' missions and serve as catalyst for even greater mission impact!"

 

612-341-1639  
peter.czachor@macc-mn.org

Colleen Gjerdahl, Manager of Medical Billing and Faciltiies Service

As the manager of our Facilities Service and our Behavioral Health Billing Service, Colleen works closely with a team to support our members in these two key administrative areas.  Prior to joining MACC in 2010, Colleen held a number of leadership positions at Pillsbury United Communities and has extensive nonprofit experience.

"I enjoy the variety of people and situations I get to work with when engaging our members"

612.341.1676
colleen.gjerdahl@ma
cc-mn.org




Amanda Golly, Manager – Benefits & Payroll

Amanda manages our members' benefits plans and vendor relationships on behalf of our members. She serves as a main point of contact for our members' employees and management teams on their benefits. Additionally, she serves as a resource for strategic decision-making on benefit programs. She also manages our payroll department, coordinating payroll administration across all of our members. 
Amanda has over ten years of experience working at third party administration firms in the Midwest. Her strengths are compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and the Department of Labor on retirement and health and welfare plans. She enjoys learning and teaching about the intricacies of benefit plans.

"I look forward to helping nonprofit organizations better understand and utilize employee benefits and benefits strategies."

612-341-1637
amanda.golly@macc-mn.org

Judy Holston, Controller

July HolstonAs a controller, Judy leads the team that provides accounting services for Annex Teen Clinic, FamilyWise, MACC, Plymouth Christian Youth Center, and The Family Partnership.

Judy joined the MACC from The Family Partnership and has extensive accounting experience, having been a Certified Public Accountant since 1975 and many years of service in nonprofit organizations since 1987.

"I enjoy being support to a wonderful group of people who have a passion for helping to change people’s lives for the better."


612-341-1644
judy.holston@macc-mn.org

Steve Houtz, President and CEO

Steve Houtz
In his role as President and CEO, Steve has overall responsibility for ensuring that MACC fulfills its mission of supporting the unique missions of its nonprofit members by providing outstanding management and administrative services in a collaborative framework.

Prior to joining MACC in January 2013, Steve was a Group Vice President at Digital River, Inc. Before that he was with Thrivent Financial for nine years, where he held executive positions in technology shared services, continuous improvement, and as Director, Human Resources and Financial Systems. Steve’s background also includes eight years in executive consulting with Accenture. Steve holds an MBA in Finance, an MHA in Health Services Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Psychobiology from UCLA. Steve has served on the Boards of Directors at Pillsbury United Communities and Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP).

"Together, we'll keep working to make a more powerful impact on our communities"

612-341-1630
steven.houtz@ma
cc-mn.org

Mui Ly, Controller

Mui Ly

As a controller, Mui leads the team that provides accounting services to the following organizations: Asian Women United of Minnesota, CAPI USA, Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, Minnesota African Women's Association, and Pillsbury United Community (and PUC affiliates). She also manages administration of MACC's financial software, MS Dynamics.

Mui has over twenty-five years of nonprofit finance and management consulting experience. In addition, she has served as internal auditor and business manager in the private sector.

"I enjoy being support to a wonderful group of people who have a passion for helping to change people’s lives for the better."

612-341-1605
mui.ly@macc-mn.org

Shane Miller, Vice President of Service Network Operations, CAO MACC Service Network, LLC.

As a member of the leadership team, Shane leads three areas: client data management, program evaluation, and service network operations. He is responsible for combining the expertise of staff with the power of operational best practices and high quality software to support members with things like HIPAA compliant billing, tracking and reporting program outcomes, secure data management, and leveraging the buying power of the collaborative to manage their individual facilities.

Shane has fifteen years of experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including five years with The Family Partnership as Director of Operations before joining MACC. He holds an MA in Organizational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bethel University.

“We have expertise and our members have expertise. I enjoy bringing everyone together to help achieve their mission.”

612-341-1658
shane.miller@macc-mn.org

Alicia Ranney, Director of Client Data and Evaluation

Alicia Ranney

In her role as the Director of Client Data and Evaluation, Alicia collaborates with member organizations to design strategy for client data management and evaluation needs. 

Prior to joining the MACC team, Alicia was the Database Administrator for Pillsbury United Communities, providing evaluation support and helping implement Client Track at the agency level. She also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with an emphasis on Social Economic Development and Research. 

“Working with our members is interesting and informative. I enjoy learning about their work and what’s going on in our communities,”
 
612.341.1677
Alicia.Ranney@macc-mn.org

Trisha Reinwald, Vice President of Member Advancement

Trisha Reinwald
Trisha works across all of our services as an advocate and connecting point for members and prospective members. She helps connect members to the right mix of programs and services that allow an organization to focus on mission and collaborate in new ways. She leads member engagement through technology and communications, and develops support strategies that help members get the most out of their member benefits.

Trisha’s career focus has long been in associations and capacity-building nonprofits in the Twin Cities community. Immediately prior to joining MACC she was Executive Director of the Minnesota Jaycees. Prior to that she held Program Assistant roles with Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She holds an MA in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and a BA in Political Science from St. Olaf College. Trisha served two terms on the national board of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and was a founder of the Twin Cities chapter of YNPN. 

"It's exciting to be a part of a unique organization- MACC's "special sauce" is something that makes us stand out in our community. Pairing social capital and trusting relationships with a powerful administrative platform makes a lot of new things possible. I enjoy supporting members as they engage and identify what might be possible."

612-341-1668
trisha.reinwald@macc-mn.org

Tim Savaloja, Vice President of Financial Services

Tim leads the Financial Services team in providing accounting services to MACC members.

Tim began his career in public accounting with a focus on nonprofit organizations. He later served as CFO of Crown College, and most recently was CFO/COO of Keystone Community Services. Tim has served on a number of nonprofit boards and audit committees. He holds a BSBA degree from the University of North Dakota.

“It’s an honor to serve the MACC membership as they make such meaningful differences in the lives of so many.” 

timothy.savaloja@macc-mn.org
612-341-1634

Karl Starr, Vice President of Human Resource Services

Karl Starr
Karl is responsible for leading the team of HR professionals who provide a full range of Human Resource services for MACC members.

Karl has twenty five years of Human Resources experience with Thrivent Financial. Immediately before joining MACC Karl was a consultant specializing in providing communication and organizational change management guidance to a variety of organizations. Karl holds a BA in mathematics and religion from St. Olaf College. Among his nonprofit engagements, he recently served as a board member and treasurer of the Minnesota Housing Partnership.

“I enjoy relieving our members of some of the risk and worry associated with human resource management, so that they can focus on making a bigger difference in our community.”

612-341-1616
karl.starr@macc-mn.org

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