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About Us

Creating Amazing Events. Inspiring Generosity.
That’s our mission! As the Twin Cities leader in fundraising events and conferences, we are 100% focused on the nonprofit community.
  • Cultivate donors and expand engagement with your target audiences
  • Raise awareness of your mission and services
  • Increase revenue
  • Provide an amazing guest experience

Meet the Team

We take pride in the success of our clients. We thrive on helping organizations maximize the impact of their events. We love what we do, and it shows! Meet our event experts. 

Ann Nelson
Senior Event Producer

Meet Ann
My passion is helping nonprofit organizations produce hugely successful events by creating effective fundraising strategies and engaging program content that inspire generosity. Prior to founding Ann Plans in 2007, I served on the fundraising and event teams for organizations including the International Special Olympics, Lutheran Social Service, and Children’s Home Society.

On the fun side 
When I am not at the helm of planning events, you can find me on my bike, running, or traveling to beautiful destinations. I am passionate about food and wine and love trying new restaurants, meeting up with friends at taprooms, and experimenting in the kitchen. My husband Steve and I live with our furry feline family members in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood. A stretch goal on my bucket list is to complete an Iron Man competition.

A little-known fact about Ann
I am a trained pastry chef, and there’s even an Ann Plans’ signature chocolate chip cookie recipe. Contact me if you would like the recipe!

Kathy Chimento
Event Producer

Meet Kathy
Nothing makes me happier than working on events that support the amazing work of nonprofits throughout the Twin Cities. I am thrilled to be a part of creating events for our clients that help move their missions forward!

On the fun side
As a busy mother, you can find me having adventures with my husband and our twins (a boy and girl) up north and around town. We love spending time outdoors and showering attention on our adorable dog, a Pudelpointer named Higgins. 

A little-known fact about Kathy
A fun fact about me is that I danced professionally for the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves. It was a long time ago but still something that I’m so proud of and had such a blast doing!

Sarah Patnode
Marketing and Events Manager

Meet Sarah
Communication is key when sharing the powerful work local nonprofits do every day in our community. Through my role at Ann Plans, I am honored to work on projects that change lives and make our community a better place. Before joining Ann Plans, I worked as a director of training for the Minnesota State College and University System and was adjunct faculty for Concordia University, St. Paul. 

On the fun side
I love spending time with family and friends including going to our family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. My husband, son and I also enjoy fishing, taking nature hikes, and playing with our cute rescue dog Bella.

 A little-known fact about Sarah
I am an Equine Coach. Through a coaching certification, I have been trained to use horse interactions in an experiential model for personal and professional development.