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Katerina Herder

Katerina Lessard

Senior Director of Development, Healthy Minds Innovations

Katerina Lessard is the the Senior Director of Development at Healthy Minds Innovations where she works closely with the advancement team across the Center and HMI to engage supporters in meaningful and intentional ways. Before joining HMI, Katerina worked in the arts first in Chicago at The Joffrey Ballet and then in Madison while she was a MBA student at the Bolz Center for Arts Administration in the Wisconsin School of Business. She enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories, and genuinely connecting them to HMI’s mission and work.


  • M.B.A., Arts Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S., Dance & Sociology, Northwestern University

What does well-being mean to me?

For me, well-being is based in awareness and being present. It's taking the time to slow down, and often times, that means putting my phone away. That simple step helps me be fully present in the moment and (no pun intended) "recharge".