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I have had the privilege to work with Rebecca as an Evergreen board member and community professional over the last nine years. During that time our agency went through a tremendous amount of growth and change. During Rebecca’s tenure with the agency she was responsible for obtaining, organizing and leading the agency through millions of dollars in funding to provide programming and services to the highest risk and most vulnerable youth in our community. Rebecca has many strengths, most notably her selfless determination, integrity and heart to put clients and her community above all else. “

Katherine Houchins, MSW, LISW, Director of Case Management & Behavioral Health, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center

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Becky has been a strong leader at Evergreen and created a capable team to carry on their important work. I always admired Becky’s willingness to “tackle” the hard and heavy issues. She has my utmost respect and admiration! Miigwech for all she’s done for the community!” 

Rose Robinson, MSW, Minnesota Dept. of Human Services Cultural and Training Consultant and former Leech Lake Child Welfare Director

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It was an honor to work for Evergreen and to have Becky as my supervisor. I had the opportunity to work under her supervision at Evergreen Youth & Family Services from 2006 through 2010. She worked tirelessly on multiple grants that enabled Evergreen to serve many youth and families in the Bemidji area. Her grant writing skills are superb, detailed and effective.”

 

Randy McKain, M.Ed., L.S.M., Program Director of Addictions Counseling & Youth Ministry, Oak Hills Christian College

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Becky’s leadership successfully revamped the YMCA of the USA’s single most important international funding raising project, a national annual campaign that involved the coordination of field divisions in 7 cities, and which ultimately benefitted YMCA youth and community development work worldwide. Her efforts demonstrated the ability to lead and motivate high powered corporate individuals as well as an untiring persistence and a commitment to detail and meeting deadlines. … Most notable perhaps is Becky’s ability to work effectively and respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Such people ranged from corporate leaders, YMCA CEOs, and board and campaign volunteers to staff colleagues, international counterparts and program beneficiaries.”

Scott Charlesworth, MPA, International Development Consultant (former Associate Director, International Division, YMCA of the USA, Chicago, IL)

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In 1996, as a pro bono Consultant, Becky provided her expertise to help successfully launch a non-profit organization for our fledgling nature center in Lynchburg, VA and create an environment for successful collaboration. Becky guided our group through the process of creating a strong mission, and developing core values and goals. We were very grateful for Becky’s ability to help our group understand the importance of each member’s role. I have known Becky for over 40 years, as a friend and as her nonprofit client. She is professional in every manner and is very intuitive in working with group dynamics.”

 

Kathie Strong Driscoll, Education Director, The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen (VA)

Professional Background

     Owner and principal consultant Rebecca (Becky) Schueller has three decades of experience working with national, urban, and rural nonprofits, community groups, tribal organizations, and small businesses. Becky has a passion for community development and believes that partnerships with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, tribes, counties and cities, and schools and colleges can optimize effective services that improve community well-being over the long haul. Becky commits to communicating authentically with you about your organization’s strengths, opportunities, challenges, and areas for improvement.

     In addition to 25+ years of management and leadership experience with nonprofits, Becky has also served multiple community agencies in Chicago and the Greater Bemidji area in Board, committee, and consultant and training roles. She served as the primary staff member and resource development lead at three organizations for more than 25 years.

     Becky’s most recent role was serving as Executive Director for Evergreen Youth & Family Services in Bemidji for nearly 16 years (2001-2017). Evergreen’s $1 Million budget more than doubled during Becky’s tenure and the staff grew from 20+ to 40+ members. Under her leadership, the agency initiated new programs and services, and Evergreen developed a new agency site with youth supportive housing units. Becky developed and coordinated 13 Evergreen Annual Conferences, which now draw 400+ participants and net $50,000 in revenue.

     After relocating to Minnesota in 1998, Becky developed the first Catalog of Philanthropy for the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, served as a Business Development Specialist for the Native American Business Development Center, and worked for the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes in Cass Lake.

     Becky began her management and leadership work at the Cambodian Association of Illinois in Chicago’s diverse Uptown Neighborhood, where she worked with an all-Cambodian Board and a majority-Cambodian staff for four years. She also served for five years at the YMCA of the USA as the primary staff person for a national campaign which raised funds for international development projects.

Leadership, Cultural, & Nonprofit Management Training

Becky Schueller is a 2016 Graduate of the Institute for Executive Director Leadership, a Certificate Program offered by the University of St. Thomas Opus School of Business in Minneapolis. Becky completed a Community Service Management Certification Program at the Roosevelt University School of Public Administration in 1990. In 2017, Becky arranged and participated in a 3-day Native American Cultural Competency Training for 25 staff members with a Minn. DHS-endorsed team of regional consultants.  Becky completed multiple trainings through the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, including:

  • StrengthFinder for Teams (2016)
  • Cultural Diversity (2006)
  • Workshops on Human Resource Management, Board Development, Resource Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Organizational Excellence, and Meeting Management/ Facilitation (2004 -2005)
  • Intensive Leadership Development Training (1999).

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Achiever | Learner | Connectedness | Arranger | Input

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