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Alum Darla Nemec named nonprofit CFO of the Year

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Alum wins CFO of Year award from Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal.

By Jim Hammerand, Business Journal Staff Reporter [published in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 11/18/2011]

Despite Darla Nemec’s many responsibilities as CaringBridge’s director of finance and administration, she somehow still finds time to bake a birthday cake for each of the Eagan-based nonprofit’s 70 employees.

“She’s kind of a force of nature in that she works extremely hard and there’s nothing I can give to her that she can’t get done,” said CaringBridge Founder Sona Mehring. “She certainly has displayed passion toward our mission. … We’re about impacting people’s lives, and how we spend our money influences a lot of that.”

Mehring created CaringBridge, which gives medical patients customizable Web pages to keep family and friends updated, in 1997. Nemec volunteered her accounting skills in 2002, when Mehring established the organization as a nonprofit and moved CaringBridge's headquarters from her dining room to space shared with Bremer Bank.

Since then, CaringBridge has grown rapidly. In 2002, the nonprofit had no full-time employees and a $54,000 budget. Last year, it had revenue of $8.16 million.

In addition to managing the nonprofit's finances and tax-exemption compliance, Nemec also oversees its human resources, facilities and administrative operations.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal CFO of the Year, Nonprofit Civic/Cultural:

  • Darla Nemec
  • Age 45
  • Residence: Eden Prairie
  • Education: B.S., accounting and finance, Minnesota State Mankato
  • Family: Married; two sons, ages 14 and 11
  • Hobbies: Baking, community volunteering, family time.

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