Our People

The Shavlik Family Foundation is a private family charitable trust located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota exclusively serving Minnesota-based nonprofits. The foundation was created by Rebecca and Mark Shavlik with part of the proceeds from the acquisition of their company Shavlik Technologies in 2011. The foundation chose to focus on investing in technology for the nonprofit community to align with the expertise of its founders.

Grants are reviewed by family members and outside consultants with the goal of making the biggest impact from an investment made by the foundation.

Rebecca Shavlik, Founder and Executive Director

Rebecca has been active in the nonprofit community for decades. She has an Master in Library Science and worked for several nonprofits early in her career with a focus on research and planning and more recently has served on a number of nonprofit boards. 

In addition, she has overseen operations in two entrepreneurial organizations taking them from early growth stages to recognized leaders in their sectors and serving on their boards after her employment until each was acquired.

Since 2013 she has run the Shavlik Family Foundation as its founder and Executive Director.

Mark Shavlik, Founder and Trustee

Mark Shavlik has over 30 years of technical and business leadership experience starting his career at Microsoft, and working for several Fortune 500 companies before founding his own company.

As CEO Mark Shavlik made his company, Shavlik Technologies, into one of the most trusted and respected names in IT security. Mark also served as a VP and General Manager at VMware after they acquired Shavlik Technologies.

Mark currently is an early stage investor in select startup companies. He also has experience serving on nonprofit and corporate boards.

Kelsey McKenna, Grants Manager

Kelsey has previously worked in nonprofit development and grant management. She recently served as the Development Manager at Travis Audubon, an environmental nonprofit in Austin, Texas where she launched several initiatives that resulted in increased budgeted grant income and membership. She has also served as a Development Coordinator at Girls on the Run MN managing the marketing and outreach of their annual events producing an expansion of their corporate support. She is thrilled to bring her experiences and commitment to building nonprofit capacity to the Shavlik Family Foundation.

As the Grants Manager she will work to communicate the Foundation's objectives and their grant process to the nonprofit community. She looks forward to helping a wide range of nonprofits further their mission and better serve their communities through the implementation of technology projects. Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Our Board Members and Reviewers

Our Board of Directors is composed of family members and outside consultants who each bring a unique set of skills and perspectives from the nonprofit sector. We rely on each member’s expertise to review LOI’s and Applications, and make funding recommendations. See below a list of past and present members along with their areas of expertise.

Joel Barker
Experienced in philanthropic development, marketing, and technology strategies. President of Brave North Technology.
Board Member 2016-present
Karen Graham, MBA (Nonprofit Management)
Nonprofit technology leader and strategist who is a frequent writer and speaker. Former Chief Advancement Officer of Tech Impact, currently an independent consultant for nonprofits.
Board Member 2015-present
Ryan Sweeney
Focused on data driven operations and technology innovation in nonprofits. Director of Operations, Minnesota Zoo Foundation.
Board Member 2019-present
Lindsay Hansen Anderson
Fundraising professional with focus on operations and strategy. Senior Director of Fund Development Lutheran Social Services.
Board Member 2021-present
Barbara Pierre-Louis, PhD.
A linguistics specialist, literature and language instructor and lecturer. Currently studying IT security and infrastructure.
Board Member 2022-present
Anton Shavlik, MFA
American Film Institute cinematography alumni focused on audio/visual and fine arts technologies.
Board Member 2015-present
Irina Shavlik Vasdev
Worked on social science research proposals for NORC at the University of Chicago, currently enrolled in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Board Member 2016-present
Sarah Hernandez
Nonprofit development and foundation grants management experience. Grants Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Administration.
Board Member 2017-2019
Edward Minnema, Ed.D.
Former assistant professor in Tribal Administration and Governance with emphasis on strategic program management. COO of the Native American Community Development Institute and Equity coach for MNSCU.
Board Member 2021-2022

What We’ve Funded

To view what type of projects Shavlik Family Foundation has funded in the past, please view our past recipients.


To learn more about our grantmaking process, priorities, and limitations, please view our frequently asked questions.