Meet the Access Philanthropy team
Steve Paprocki, President
Steve has spent his entire professional career in philanthropy—as a foundation director, fundraiser, trainer, donor consultant, author, researcher, and lobbyist. He knows his stuff. He draws on his diverse experience and connections to help you meet the right people and meet your goals.
- 35+ years of philanthropic experience
- Has worked extensively in the U.S. and internationally
- Former program officer and foundation advisor
- Author of over two dozen books and directories on foundations and corporate giving programs
- Teaches philanthropy, fundraising and communications in business and nonprofit graduate school programs
- Former research director for national and regional philanthropy think tanks
Roberta Worrell, Managing Director
Roberta combines 25 years of strategic marketing and corporate community affairs experience with hands-on nonprofit knowledge. She oversees Access Philanthropy’s business operations, and works with clients on communications audits and marketing plans. Roberta loves helping organizations put their best foot forward with clear, strategic communications.
- 25 years of experience in marketing and community relations
- Marketing expert, writer, editor and stickler for details
- Former foundation, nonprofit and community relations director
Walken Schweigert, Database Director
Walken Schweigert is a queer/trans actor, musician, composer and director from St. Paul, MN. He is a 2009 graduate of the Dell’ Arte International School for Physical Theatre, and a 2006 graduate of the Perpich Center for Arts Education (Theatre Major). He has worked with the Taller Xuchialt and the theatre company Ronda de Barro in Leon, Nicaragua; lived and performed with the internationally renowned Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA; and has performed on the streets of 11 countries. He has also facilitated Theatre of the Oppressed workshops in Nicaragua and Minnesota, and co-founded an all-transgender theatrical/dance/circus ensemble entitled the Gay Unicorn Triplettes (GUT). A classically trained violinist, he has co-founded and/or performed in over nine musical ensembles of varying genres, from klezmer to metal. In 2008 he founded the Unseen Ghost Brigade, an ensemble that toured an original piece of street theatre down the Mississippi River on a raft they built themselves. In 2013 the UGB became Children of the Wild, and Walken became Artistic Director. In 2017 Children of the Wild moved to Philadelphia Community Farm and became Open Flame Theatre, an ensemble with similar predilections for adventure and artistic rigor. A prolific composer, Walken was also recently awarded a commission from the Jerome Foundation via the American Composer’s Forum for the composition of his second opera, The Garden, to be produced by Open Flame Theatre and Philadelphia Community Farm.