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 affiliated itself with APRA International. 
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 hosting the best-known speakers in prospect research field. The conferences provide an opportunity for our members to network and share best practices. 
We welcome you to learn more about Apra Wisconsin!



Sarah Bernstein, Principal Consultant

Vice President

Emily Glinert, Prospect Identification Analyst
Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

Events Coordinator

Jenny Ziegler, Director of Development Analytics
Lawrence University

Membership Secretary

 Dehnel Petre, Prospect Research Analyst
The Nature Conservancy


Alex Mendez, Prospect Development Data Specialist
Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association


Ellen Finn, Assistant Director of Research
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Recording Secretary

Julie Nurse, Director of Prospect Research
Marquette University

Board Member

Chris Zello, Prospect Research/Database Manager
Milwaukee Public Museum

Board Member & website administrator

Seth Pourciau, Prospect Development Analyst
Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association


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 (treasurer 1998-2000, unofficial photographer)
Mary Kay Ohmer (treasurer 2000-2002, unofficial archivist)
Barb Siepe (vice president 1998-2001)



Become a new member or renew your membership with Apra Wisconsin . Fill out the membership form below, and submit the completed form as directed.  If you have any questions, contact the chapter's membership secretary, Dehnel Petre.


The Apra Wisconsin chapter by-laws are a living document. In many ways, the by-laws are the chapter's operating manual, detailing its overarching philosophy, its organization and structure, and its operations. Chapter members are encouraged to review the by-laws and suggest areas of improvement.