Who We Are

Apra Wisconsin traces its roots back to 1985, when it was a loosely affiliated group, calling itself Wisconsin Development Researchers (WDR). In 1996, WDR reorganized as APRA-WI and aligned itself with APRA International. Inspired by Apra International's mission, Apra Wisconsin serves as a regional leader for engagement, collaboration, education, resource sharing, and advocacy among professionals dedicated to philanthropy, particularly those whose strategic use of data and information drives their organizations' success.

Apra Wisconsin has approximately 45 members, representing institutions of higher education, health care organizations, social service agencies, environmental protection and conservation groups, and independent prospect research contractors. We are diverse in both industry and geography.

Apra Wisconsin typically hosts two annual chapter conferences and has a long history of featuring the best-known national speakers in the prospect research field. The conferences provide an opportunity for our members to share best practices and to network.

We invite you to learn more about Apra Wisconsin!

Chapter Leadership


 Julie Nurse

 Senior Director of Prospect Research

 Marquette University

 Vice President

 Jessica Scordato

 Director of Prospect Research

 Marquette University

 Director of Programming

 Erin Olson

 Prospect Identification Analyst

 Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni   Association


 Director of Finance

 Cliona Draper

 Prospect Researcher

 Marquette University

 Director of Records

 Reuben Schmitz

 Prospect Analyst

 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

 Advisory Director

 Jeff Walker

 Senior Strategic Research Officer

 Simmons University

Director of Membership


Director At-Large

Anitra Hovelson

Indiana 4-H Foundation

Database, Prospect Research Manager

Emeritae/Emeriti Leadership

Gail Anshus (President, 2001-2002, 1995-1996)

Cynthia Bertsch (President, 1997-2000, 1993-1995)

Linda Gage (Recording Secretary, 2008-2012; Secretary/Membership Secretary, 1999-2005)

Kathy Graff (Unofficial Photographer, until 2014; Treasurer, 1998-2000)

Mary Kay Ohmer (Unofficial Archivist, until 2017; Treasurer, 2000-2002)

Barb Siepe (Vice President, 1998-2001)

About Us

Apra Wisconsin is the local chapter of Apra International for prospect development professionals living and working in Wisconsin. View our bylaws here.

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