Meet our Team of Philanthropy Optimization Consultants

HHYL team members have received awards and distinctions for their service to the nonprofit sector, are frequently asked to speak to their professional organizations and instruct the CFRE review course for Certified Fund Raising Professionals.

Brighid Hansen

Brighid Holman Hansen, CFRE, CEO.

Brighid is a development professional with 35 years experience in national and senior level positions. She has conducted major annual, capital, and endowment campaigns for organizations such as: The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The National Park Foundation, Great Lakes Aquarium, Minnesota Diversified Industries, The Nature Conservancy and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. She has worked with nonprofits helping to raise over $200M throughout her career.  A former Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Minnesota Chapter, Brighid has broad experience in relationship building and public relations and has worked with major philanthropists across the country.

Timothy J.  Torgerson

Timothy J.  Torgerson, President.

Timothy J. Torgerson, President, is a development professional with extensive knowledge of capital campaigns and leadership giving. He has 37 years of experience in fundraising.  Prior to joining HHYL, Tim served for 18 years with the American Cancer Society and successfully led campaigns totaling over $225 million. Tim’s responsibilities included acting as an internal campaign consultant to campaign projects across the country.  He personally closed several large gifts including the largest gifts in the 105-year history of the American Cancer Society.  Tim’s career also includes leadership positions with the YMCA, Salvation Army, Opportunity Partners and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Tim currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter.

Stuart Lang

Stuart Lang, Senior Counsel.

Stuart G. Lang, Senior Counsel, has more than four decades of experience as a college advancement executive, capital campaign director, and major gifts fundraiser. He has been the chief development officer for the College of Saint Benedict, Dunwoody College, Lewis College and is the founding executive director of the F.K. Bemis International Center at St. Norbert College. Through direct solicitation and working with staff, boards and other volunteers he has raised more than $175 million. His expertise includes assessing and repairing fundraising organizations; planning and developing new programs including writing business plans; and raising funds for new construction and renovation. He has also worked as a consultant with Native American tribes, arts organizations, and international programs.

Randi Yoder

Randi S.N. Yoder, Senior Counsel.

Randi has dedicated her career to the advancement of not-for-profit organizations.  She is currently Senior Vice President for Development at American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio, and has led capital campaigns for the St. Catherine University, U of M’s Carlson School of Management, Neighborhood House and the Minneapolis downtown library.  She was the former Senior Vice President of Donor Relations at the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  Randi has been in the development and funding arena for 25 years and was awarded Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Executives.


Francie Nelson

Francie Nelson, Senior Counsel.

Francie is a development professional and consultant with more than 40 years of experience.  She managed the University of Minnesota’s first mega-campaign, establishing offices in Los Angeles and Manhattan.  She managed the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s campaign for capital and endowment funding.  In addition, she directed all campaign and major gift activity at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 1991-1998.  She has served as Development Director for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Theater Company and as Development/External Relations Director for the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.

Francie is an officer and served as President of a national Foundation and has served on the Board of Directors of the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Hennepin County Humane Society.

Marcia Lamb

Marcia Lamb, Emeritus.

Marcia Lamb has almost 40 years of senior leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  She is a Director of the Allworld Network, a company with offices in Boston, London and Riyadh. She recently completed a highly successful engagement in Saudi Arabia that resulted in the establishment  of the Saudi Fast Growth 100, recognizing the fastest growing companies in this country.  Previously she served as Executive Vice President of the National Park Foundation (NPF) reporting to the President and leading all development efforts.

Sarann Slattery

Sarann Slattery, Emeritus.

Sarann Slattery has more than twenty years experience in the Minnesota philanthropic arena, providing leadership within the fundraising programs at Cretin-Derham Hall, a Catholic secondary school in St. Paul and most recently as Vice President of Membership for Minnesota Public Radio. She is particularly skilled in program and budgetary management, identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors, database and record format design and has extensive experience in both annual and capital campaign design and management. Sarann was named Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Minnesota Chapter of AFP in 2006.

Michael J. Henley

Michael J. Henley, Emeritus.

Michael has 50 years of development experience with nonprofit organizations such as Diocese of Lansing Refugee Resettlement Program, Ronald McDonald House of the Twin Cities, Little Brother – Friends of the Elderly, Junior Achievement, American Refugee Committee, Maricopa Tech Community College, Glendale Community Council, Carmen Pampa Fund, Catholic Eldercare, Peace Corps and VISTA.  He co-authored and published the book Fund Raising & Marketing in the On-Person Shop-Achieving Success with Limited Resources. Michael was awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award by the International Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was named Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Minnesota Chapter of AFP.