Our Team

Hugh Smeltekop Executive Director

Dr Hugh Smeltekop
Executive Director

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Hugh is responsible for the oversight of development and fundraising activities at CPF and managing communication and strategic vision at the College. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hugh meets with individual donors, foundations, and private businesses interested in supported students and special projects at the UAC-CP.

Hugh previously served as Director at the College during the 2013 academic year and was Vice Director for five years. He has more than 12 years of experience working and living at the College. During his tenure at the UAC-CP, he taught classes, developed and implemented extension and research projects, and coordinated international projects with collaborating universities. He is also credited with developing the College’s successful Research Institute and Thesis Boot Camp in 2006. 

Hugh holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Soil Science from South Dakota State University.

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Nadine Leahy
Development Consultant

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Nadine has served in a variety of capacities at Carmen Pampa Fund since she first started working in the St. Paul office in 1999. Today, as CPF’s Development Consultant, Nadine is responsible for processing gifts, managing the donor database, and general office management. Nadine holds a Bachelor's Degree of Applied Science from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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Sarah Mechtenberg
Communications & Development Consultant

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Sarah is a former UAC-CP volunteer who joined Carmen Pampa Fund staff in July 2008.  Living and working on-site in Bolivia, Sarah is responsible for facilitating communication between CPF and the College, writing grants, managing communication and marketing activities, and supporting the volunteer program and international partnerships.  

Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit program management, grant writing, and fundraising.  She holds a B.A. in peace studies and social science from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Board of Directors

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Mark Leahy,

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Mark has been in the financial services industry since 1994. Since 2004, he has held various positions with RiverSource Distributors, including national account manager; director, Variable Annuity Account Management; and vice president, National Accounts, where he managed a team of national account managers in the distribution of annuities through the outside distribution channel. Prior to that, Mark was director of Key Accounts with Jackson National Life Insurance Co., and also held a variety of wholesaling and marketing positions at Lincoln National Corporation in Philadelphia, including marketing manager, regional vice president and regional marketing director. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.


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Mary Pat Lee,
Vice Chair

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Mary Pat is Executive Director at Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. She has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and fund development. Prior to joining the Crisis Nursery, Mary Pat served as Director of Development and Communications for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She has also held executive positions at nonprofits including The Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., St. Catherine University in St. Paul, and the St. Paul Tenants Union. Mary Pat holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota.


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Becky Monnens,

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Becky lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband Chad and son Oscar and works as the Storytracker / Data Analys for First Peoples Fund. Becky was previously programs and operations manager for Black Hills Community Foundation in Rapid City and before that she served as international program officer for The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. Previously in her career, she spent three years in Bolivia at the Unidad Academica Campesina de Carmen Pampa. She is also a former employee of Mano a Mano International Partners and the Carmen Pampa Fund. Becky is fluent in Spanish and graduated from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. 



Lonny Wittnebel,

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Lonny has an extensive background in financial management and executive leadership with public and private corporations.  He currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Data Recognition Corporation, a leader in the education assessment business, providing information and services to state departments of education and private school entities to measure the performance of students and programs.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business, holding B.S. and M.B.A. degrees, and is active in school and fraternal organization alumni groups.


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Amparo Ballivian,

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Amparo is a Lead Economist at the World Bank; her current work is to provide support to countries’ Open Data, Big Data and other data innovations programs. She has worked in a variety of capacities in the private sector, diplomacy, academia, and government where she held high-level positions including Chairman of the Board of National Customs, Minister of Housing and Vice-Minister of Investment. She holds a PhD in econometrics and a Masters in mathematical economics, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas.



Pablo Eduardo,

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Pablo is a Bolivian-born sculptor.  For more than 20 years he has been a significant contributor to public works in the United States and internationally. His foremost collection of public works abroad is in the Republic of Bolivia.  These include installations for the Ministry of Foreign Service; the Ministry of Culture; the National Congress; the National Secretary of Culture, City of La Paz; and Iglesia Nuestro Señor de la Exaltacion, among others. His North American installations include two bronze portrait busts for the rotunda of the Rhode Island State House, several public works in the Boston, MA area, among others. 

Pablo attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Tufts University, Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994. He lives in Gloucester, Mass., where he works out of a private studio.


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Ann Leahy,

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Ann is a co-founder of the College, along with her husband Dick and Sister Damon Nolan, MFIC. Ann has a Master of Arts in Social Work, and worked in private practice in the Washington, D.C. area for most of her carreer. She has served as interim Carmen Pampa Fund Executive Director and is an active supporter of social justice issues and causes. 


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Tara L. Nolan,

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Tara served for nine years as Senior Vice President at Concentric Energy Advisers, then served as Carmen Pampa Fund Executive Director for three years. She currently works in philanthropy, and serves as an active liaison between the College and Carmen Pampa Fund. She is a graduate of Wheaton College, Massachusetts.


Jorge Crespo,

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Jorge has served in both the public and private sector during his life-long career. Highlights of his work include serving as Bolivia's ambassador to the U.S. and serving as Bolivia's Minister of International Commerce and Investment. Most recently he served as Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., and on the board of the SEMBRAR Foundation in La Paz, Bolivia. Jorge, who holds a B.S. in business and public administration from University of Maryland College Park and the London School of Economics, resides in La Paz.


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