We are excited to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Tim Mickleson. He will serve as the Director of Development.

“Tim brings 30+ years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit world,” said Mary Fete, executive director of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias. “We look forward to him leading our fundraising efforts. His strengths include not only his strategic planning and fundraising skills but his compassionate heart. He will play a significant role in keeping the NFED financially healthy, especially during these unprecedented times.”

Let’s get to know a little about Tim through some Q and A.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Twin Cities and am mostly Norwegian (with just enough Irish to be fun!). I’m the oldest of five and have four younger sisters. We didn’t have much money, but my dad could fix anything. That’s how we ended up with snowmobiles for the entire family! So I grew up riding (and often helping repair) snowmobiles on cold Minnesota winter weekends.

My parents grew up in the Fargo and Grand Forks areas. To understand my family, think about Sheriff Marge from the movie, Fargo. And that is pretty much what we all sounded like! Ya sure you betcha’! I got my degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where I studied English literature, chemistry and physics – and sang in the choir for fun.

Tell us about your family.

I have a beautiful daughter, son-in-law and two toddler granddaughters – and I’m lucky enough to live in the same town as they do! I also have another beautiful girl named Abby, who tends to be food obsessed and insists on being part of every conversation, online, in-person, or whatever! (She’s my golden retriever.)

Tim with his Granddaughters, Eilee (left) and Sylvi (right).

What is your role at the NFED?

As the Director of Development, I work to secure NFED funding from corporations, foundations and individuals. These are the dollars that allow us to support our family programs and research projects.

What are you looking forward to most in your new job at the NFED?

I’m really excited about celebrating our upcoming 40th Anniversary in 2021. Ultimately, I look forward to meeting our client heroes and helping make a positive difference on those living with ectodermal dysplasias!

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

I enjoy walking my golden, working in the garden, writing music, and playing with and telling stories to my beautiful granddaughters, Sylvi and Eilee. These days, I miss the personal visits, but I am relishing our Sunday video visits!

Which super power would you like to have?

I would be help able to heal the body, mind and spirit.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“God respects (us) when (we) work, but God loves (us) when (we) sing.”

inspired by Rabindranath Tagore

This quote beautifully embraces my goal to live life connected with others and filled with joy. By sharing beautiful music, we come together – regardless of differences in ages, languages, colors, or neighborhoods.

Please welcome Tim in the comments below or shoot him an email at tim@nfed.org.

3 comments on “Tim Mickelson Joins NFED Team”

  1. 1
    Kris Steele on April 17, 2020

    Welcome, Tim! I look forward to meeting you. Once you get settled in, let me know….I’d love to talk about how we could potentially engage my employer for a philanthropic gift.

  2. 2
    Tim Mickelson on April 20, 2020

    Thank you, Kris! I am fortunate and pleased to join the NFED and work for our youth and families. I’d love to talk – let’s do it soon!

  3. 3
    Anwar jeffery on April 22, 2020

    Welcome on board the NFED team and family. Great to have you join the drive to ensure families like ours are not left on our own to deal with our peculiarities. Looking forward to meet you someday.

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