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Meet Karen Tuecke

In October 2014, Karen Ann Tuecke became the Partners in Mission Coordinator (previously titled Director of Development). She began her journey by creating and strengthening relationships with the sisters, their families, staff and partners in the community.

By reverencing relationships and fostering partnerships, Karen will expand the network of partners in mission. This stewardship drives the mission and ministry served by the Sisters of the Presentation.

Karen has networked with various religious orders of sisters since 2001, when she began her career in fund development and grant writing. She firmly believes, “Relationship fundraising is an approach to the marketing of a cause which centers not around raising money, but on developing, to its full potential, the unique and special relationship that exists between a charity and its supporter.” (Relationship Fundraising: A Donor-Based Approach to the Business of Raising Money, 1992). She will identify the donors’ passion and match the time, talent or treasure with the needs of the community.

A native of Western New York, Karen came to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1998, where she met her husband Todd, and began a family. Todd and Karen have two daughters, Kristine (age 16) and Kennedy (age 9). Both girls are very active in their parish and schools, St. Joseph in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, and Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, Iowa.

Karen is active in the community and currently sits on a number of not-for-profit boards of directors. These include the Association of Fundraising (AFP) Professionals as the communications chair, St. Joseph School Athletics Board and Parish Council, as well as Sustainable Dubuque: Wading Pool Gardens. She has also served as a past co-chair of the AFP National Philanthropy Day, board member of Project Concern and the Loras College Dubuque Area Swimming Hurricanes’ (DASH).

“Some personal goals are to learn each sister’s story and convey how each story impacts others. The result will be a celebration of unity with the communities we serve and encourage engagement in our ministries.”

For more information, contact Karen at 563-588-2008 ext. 105 or partnersinmission@dbqpbvms.org.

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