Our Presenters

We are lucky to have so many wonderful presenters and organizations hosting breakouts for this year’s Annual Conference! Look below for more information about these presenters, and the organizations they’re representing:

Amy Stetzel, CSH (The Corporation for Supportive Housing)

Amy Stetzel is the Upper Midwest-Minnesota Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing.  Amy has held previous positions at the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness where she was the Director of Implementation and Community Engagement,  as the Principal Aide for Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman where she focused on helping to guide the creation of Hennepin County’s No Wrong Door Response Plan for sexually exploited youth, as a Senior Policy Analyst for the New York City Department of Homelessness focusing on families, and as a Senior Program Analyst for the New York City Department of Child Welfare where she helped create New York’s first Child Welfare Prevention Scorecard. Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Social Policy from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College.

Breakout Session: MN Supportive Housing Standards Engagement Session: Phase 2 – We Want To Hear From You!

Angela Larson, UCAP (United Community Action Partnership)

Angela Larson, CCAP, is the Family Services Director at United Community Action Partnership and has served in that role for 16 years. Through her tenure in administering programs and services for people experiencing homelessness, Ms. Larson has developed new shelter models and expanded UCAP’s programming to offer a true continuum of services from homeless prevention to permanent supportive housing. Ms. Larson currently services on the Board of Directors for the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, and is a past recipient of the Steve O’Neil award. Ms. Larson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Southwest MN State University and lives with her family in Marshall, MN.

Breakout Session: Innovative Shelter Models in Greater Minnesota

B. Rosas, CloseKnit

B. Rosas is the Director of Chosen Family Justice for CloseKnit. They grew up in South Minneapolis, where their passion for Housing Justice work started, as they grew up in a renter household. This passion led them to organizing renters on the University of Minnesota campus in 2018. More recently they were instrumental in organizing St. Paulites to pass a rent control policy for the city. Their hopes are to continue growing the renter power and solidarity, so housing can be looked at as a human right rather than a commodity.

Breakout Session: Stabilizing informal “chosen family” hosting for youth facing homelessness

Ben Ptacek, DJR Architecture

Ben Ptacek, AIA, is an architect at DJR in Minneapolis, MN. He has served as co-chair of the AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee, and for the past decade has been instrumental in protecting and growing the Search for Shelter design charrette program, which provides pro bono design services to nonprofits working in homelessness and affordable housing. He is also a member of the AIA Minnesota Committee on Equity in the Built Environment and has helped facilitate a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative at DJR.

Breakout Session: Housing Advocacy: Search for Shelter and the Affordable Housing Design Award

 Cassandra Nelson, Our Saviour’s Community Services

Cassandra Nelson has worked in Human Services since 2015. She began her career working at the front desk of Our Saviour’s. Shortly after Cassandra became a Case Manager for the Permanent Supportive Housing program. Cassandra’s caseload consisted of 16-20 clients that were chronically homeless. Cassandra was responsible for reporting to Hennepin County, theup monthly budgets with clients and helping the clients build their independence. The greatest success for Cassandra was keeping her caseload housed. Now, Cassandra is the Shelter Manager. She oversees the operations of a 21 bed low barrier shelter in Hennepin County. 

Breakout Session: Shelter Based Medical Respite

Cathy ten Broeke, Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness

Cathy ten Broeke is the Assistant Commissioner and Executive Director of the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness. In this role, she works with multiple state agencies, community partners, and private stakeholders to create a statewide partnership to end homelessness. Cathy has 27 years of experience working on homelessness in both the nonprofit and government sectors, including as an advocate and Shelter Director at St. Stephen’s Human Services, a Hennepin County Commissioner’s Policy Aide, the Director of the Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness and, immediately prior to her current role, Cathy served in the Obama Administration as a Special Advisor to the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness in Washington, DC. Cathy holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. 

Breakout Session: Implementing a Plan to Advance Housing, Racial, and Health Justice for People Facing Homelessness

Charlie Barba-Cook, CloseKnit 

Born and raised in southern California, Charlie has lived a life of activism. Most recently as the Deputy Director for CloseKnit (Twin Cities, MN), Charlie has focused their passion for community empowerment and justice for all people toward developing housing stability resources for youth. Charlie, having faced homelessness herself, finds it critical that our grander communities begin to change the narrative around homelessness and truly work toward repairing systems of systemic racism and prejudice affecting our communities every day. 

Breakout Session: Stabilizing informal “chosen family” hosting for youth facing homelessness

Charlotte Kinzley, Minneapolis Public Schools

Charlotte Kinzley is the Homeless/Highly Mobile Manager for Minneapolis Public Schools where she supports students and families experiencing homelessness. Over the past 20 years she has developed programming and initiatives in family shelters and supportive housing facilities in Minneapolis. Her focus in this work has been to support the development of young people and to advocate for stable housing for all families and youth. She is a member of the Hennepin County Family Coordinated Entry Leadership Committee, the City of Minneapolis Housing Advisory Committee and oversees the district’s role in the Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative.

Breakout Session: Stable Homes Stable Schools: A Housing and School Stability Partnership

Comfort Dondo, Phumulani

Comfort Dondot is working as the Founding Executive Director of her very own culturally specific organization, the Phumulani Minnesota – African Women Against Violence, addressing the needs of African immigrant victims and survivors. As their area of focus, they create gender-based domestic violence/sexual assault prevention/protection programs for Africans and their descendants in the US while improving literature and reviewing research on domestic violence/sexual assault in Africa and its impacts on Africans in the diaspora.

Breakout Session: Accessibility, Culture, and Healing

David Katzenmeyer, People Inc.

David (he/his/him) currently serves at People Incorporated Mental Health Services as a Program Manager with Project Recovery and Street Outreach, and has worked directly with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness for over ten years and additionally serves as the coordinator for Outside-In Outreach, a collaborative program aimed at building new and creative approaches to addressing unsheltered homelessness in downtown St. Paul. Previously, David worked for several years with Youth experiencing homelessness.

Breakout Session: Meeting them where they are at: Understanding the needs of people experience unsheltered homelessness

Deepa McGriff, Minnesota Department of Health

Deepa McGriff is a Drug Overdose Epidemiologist with the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Minnesota Department of Health. She works with the Minnesota Drug Overdose and Substance Use Surveillance Activity, providing real-time surveillance on substance misuse in emergency departments, with a focus on at-risk populations. Deepa completed her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and her past experience includes clinical and observational research, and qualitative program evaluation. 

Breakout Session: Homelessness in Minnesota Public Health Data: Using Existing and Emerging Data to Guide Action

Demetri Vincze, Office of Economic Opportunity

Demetri Vincze is a Homeless Assistance Program Grant Manager with the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  His role includes data collection and program evaluation for all OEO shelter and housing grant programs, working with the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and supporting a portfolio of grantees. Prior to joining OEO, he worked at the Institute for Community Alliances, leading Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for over five years. Before that, he served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Racine County (WI) Continuum of Care and as a part-time shelter advocate in Anoka. Demetri has a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Carthage College. Outside of work, Demetri loves being a dad, going for walks, cooking, traveling, (fantasy) football, and playing video games.

Breakout Session: An introduction to state programs and staff working to address homelessness and housing instability across the state

Desiree’ Flores, Stable Homes Stable Schools Parent Advisory Committee

Desiree Flores has been an active Parent Advisory Committee leader since the Stable Homes Stable Schools (SHSS) program began in 2019. During the 2021-22 School Year she worked as a Housing Navigator for Minneapolis Public Schools through AmeriCorps. She is a member of the SHSS Steering Committee and has done consulting work for the Corporation for Supportive Housing. 

Breakout Session: Stable Homes Stable Schools: A Housing and School Stability Partnership

Ed Morales, Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy

Ed Morales, MPP, MSW, LICSW, is a trainer and social worker based in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to being an adoptive and step parent and a husband, Ed is a full-time staff trainer with the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy; a social worker with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; serves as Community Faculty with the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work; a Clinical Trainer and Consultant with Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital; sits on the Minnesota Children’s Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health; and provides training, clinical supervision and professional development through his LLC, Socorro Consulting.

Breakout Session: Working with Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth

Elena Leomi, Foster Advocates

Elena is the Associate Director of Foster Advocates, overseeing programming and research platforms. Elena started facilitating youth programs in high school and has a range of experience designing and managing youth programs focused on healthy development and sexuality, leadership, violence prevention, as well as racial and gender equity. She has seen the impact of letting young people lead, and values creating settings where their expertise and voices are heard. Elena is passionate about youth participatory research and advocacy. She brings those values to Foster Advocates while building out our leadership programs, including the annual Fellowship, and research platform. Elena holds an MSW and MPH from UC Berkeley and consults on research projects around youth civic engagement and modeling consent in after-school programs. In her spare time, she likes to play in her garden, cook spicy food, and explore the outdoors with her spouse. 

Breakout Session: Want to end youth homelessness? Start with Fosters

Elizabeth Dressel, MN Interagency Council on Homelessness

Elizabeth Dressel serves as the Implementation Specialist and Equity Coordinator with the Minnesota Interagency Council focused on engagement and communication around the next statewide plan to prevent and end homelessness focused on housing, racial and health justice for people experiencing homelessness. Elizabeth is a licensed social worker and holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Council, Elizabeth was a Senior Planner with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Policy Coordinator and Director of Federal Relations for former Governor Mark Dayton, and Regional Organizing Director with Minnesotans United for All Families. 

Breakout Session: Implementing a Plan to Advance Housing, Racial, and Health Justice for People Facing Homelessness

Emily Fulton-Foley, Northfield Union of Youth

Emily Fulton-Foley is the director of a youth-led nonprofit that centers the voices of youth in combating issues that affect them daily. For over 15 years, she has worked to ensure that youth feel empowered to become leaders and validate individual worth. Along with the hundreds of youth that attend the youth center, Emily has three of her own children and half a dozen goat kids that keep her busy with her spouse in Northfield. 

Breakout Session: Trauma-Informed Community Partnerships

Heather Kelly, University of Minnesota Medical Center

My name is Heather Kelly and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I have a Bachelor’s
degree in social work from The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and a Master’s degree in clinical
social work from The University of St. Thomas. I currently work as the Manager of the Care
Management Department at The University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). Throughout my current and former roles in social work I have had a lot of experience working with patients that are experiencing homelessness and am very passionate about providing resources and support to this population. In my role at UMMC I assist in facilitating a partnership with Our Saviours Medical Respite Shelter to allocate 10 medical respite beds to M Health Fairview patients. Through this partnership we are providing temporary housing to patients upon discharge from the hospital that would benefit from further stabilization and additional medical follow-up. We have also partnered with M Health Fairview Community Partnership to provide nursing services at Our Saviours Shelter. The hope is that with these partnerships we can provide a safe community discharge plan and prevent Emergency Department visits and further hospitalizations.

Breakout Session: Shelter Based Medical Respite

Heather West, SHIP Collaborative

Hello, My name is Heather West. I am a passionate mother of 2 teenage children who brings a unique value and perspective to the world around me. I have a diverse back round in serving a wide range of people in my professional life and my personal life which has allowed me to relate to a broad audience of people. I am a people person who can relate to folks on all levels and speak the language. I have been told I am very determined and when I want something I am very resourceful. I truly enjoy being apart of the SHIP Collaborative and the SMAC Governing Board (Secretary) & Director’s Council. Through my lived experience, education, and experiences on SHIP and SMAC I bring much knowledge and valuable skills to any organization I represent. I am honored to be able to represent the SHIP Collaborative at this years Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless 2022 Annual Conference.

Breakout Session: Setting the Table to End Homelessness

Hoang Murphy, Foster Advocates

Hoang is the founder and Executive Director of Foster Advocates. A former high school English teacher, he has seen the importance of amplifying student and family voices. Hoang also has had the honor of serving as the Public Policy Fellow with the United States Department of Education in the last year of the Obama Administration. As a Foster, he knows that children and families must, and absolutely can, have a seat at the policymaking table. At Foster Advocates, he works to ensure that those most impacted by current inequities have a voice in making decisions and crafting solutions. Hoang is a proud first-generation college graduate, with a B.A. from Syracuse University, where he majored in Policy Studies, and an M.S., Ed. from the Johns Hopkins University. In his spare time, he likes to brag about the Eastside of St. Paul, cook, and try to be the person his dog thinks he is.

Breakout Session: Want to end youth homelessness? Start with Fosters

Jacqueline White, CloseKnit

Jacqueline White is the Founder and Executive Director of CloseKnit, an anti-racist system change organization that champions investment in chosen family hosting arrangements to prevent youth homelessness. She is a renter and a doting grandma to her bonus grandkids! 

Breakout Session: Stabilizing informal “chosen family” hosting for youth facing homelessness

Jennifer Williams Toth, Northfield Union of Youth

Jennifer Williams Toth is a youth advocate with a Social Work degree from St. Catherine University. Driven by her desire to ensure equity in services, Jenn takes pride in ensuring that all young people feel empowered to make decisions based on what is best for themselves and their future rather than out of fear or lack of options. In addition to her commitment to the youth of her community, Jenn is an active wife and mother, passionate sports fanatic, and enjoys spending time outdoors. 

Breakout Session: Trauma-Informed Community Partnerships

Jon Lovald, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Jon Lovald is the Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) a nonprofit who’s mission is Ending Veteran Homelessness in Minnesota. After serving 25 years in the Army working in Logistics and Human Resources he’s rededicated his work to help Veterans less fortunate than himself. 

Breakout Session: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Affordable Housing comes in innovative housing solutions

Jordon Johnson, Life House

Jordon Johnson, PhD, is a researcher, educator and community engagement leader committed to creating, implementing, and sustaining innovate strategies and practices to advance the health and wellness of individuals, families and communities. Jordon is invested in reimagining what is possible for our communities by walking through situations in an honest, open hearted and authentic way. His work is embedded in establishing relationships and collaborative partnerships that are result oriented, which is critical to advancing the vision and mission of organizations, programs and projects. Jordon considers himself a lead learner and effectively creates a space to uplift stories and human capital that intervenes on a legacy of trauma. Jordon was born and raised in Duluth, MN, enjoys spending the days with his wife and family as well as running, reading, and venturing out for hikes in the Northland. 

Breakout Session: Rise Up. Reflect. Show Up. Connect.

Joshua Lang, Stable Homes Stable Schools

Joshua Lang (he/him/his) has worked for Minneapolis Public Schools since 2009 and holds a Masters in Social Work from Augsburg University. During his time in Minneapolis Public Schools he has done school social work in elementary and high schools, focusing on empowerment by incorporating student and family voices into his work. He currently leads the Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative for MPS.

Breakout Session: Stable Homes Stable Schools: A Housing and School Stability Partnership

Julie Jeppson, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing

Julie has been with Stepping Stone for 10 years, the last five years as Executive Director. She has over 20 years of a wide array of nonprofit experience, ranging from marketing to development to management/leadership. As Executive Director, she provides leadership and direction to all staff in ensuring that residents are treated with dignity and respect, and investments by the community and stakeholders are used in the most financially responsible way. Julie is humbled and honored to be in a role which makes a direct impact on the lives of those who briefly stop at Stepping Stone on their life journey; either through employment or shelter. Julie is very active in her community and was elected to Blaine’s City Council in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to warm destinations, reading books, laughing with friends, and hanging out with family.

Breakout Session: Task Force on Shelter

Katelyn Warburton, Office of Economic Opportunity

Katelyn has worked in homeless services for over seven years. Prior to the Department of Human Services, Katelyn worked in various direct care and administrative roles in the nonprofit sector gaining experience in person-centered services, program design and evaluation, and grant management. Katelyn has a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), which focused on how cultural, economic, and political forces affect individuals’ experiences within systems. Outside of work, Katelyn enjoys hikes with her dog Floyd, traveling, and tackling DIY projects in her home.

Breakout Session: Grant Writing from a Funder’s Perspective

Kathy Hermes, Lutheran Social Service

Kathy Hermes works for Lutheran Social Service out of Duluth in youth programming. She coordinates Together for Youth, a social support group for queer youths; performs HIV testing and outreach through the Teen Health Center; and works at reducing COVID vaccination hesitance among teens and young adults in St. Louis County. Kathy was a high School Life Sciences teacher for 19 years prior to joining LSS.

Breakout Session: Putting Queer Youths’ Safety Before Adult Discomfort

Khalique Rogers, Good Riddance Consulting

Founder of Good Riddance Consulting, Khalique is a Cultural broker who works on social impact initiatives within the Twin Cities. He focuses on Bridging the gaps and amplifying the voices of community, organizations and business that Creates spaces for the Culture. Khalique also is a skilled keynote speaker , storyteller facilitator and writer. Using his innovative youth lens and perspective yet wisdom gained though countless professional and lived experiences gives him a unique approach to the work. If you don’t believe it , tap in and see for yourself. Dreams don’t work until you do! 

Breakout Session: Youth Homelessness and the fight against Health Inequities

Kristina Krull, Management Analysis & Development

Kristina Krull joined MAD in 2015. She brings a wide range of professional experience to her consulting, including process improvement, organizational and data analysis, survey design, facilitation, and program evaluation. Kristina’s public sector background includes service at Dakota County, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and the Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. At Dakota County, Kristina served as an internal consultant. Her work there included a variety of analytical and facilitation projects, including leading county-wide process improvement initiatives, developing alternative governance and funding structures for an IT collaborative, and analyzing the prevalence of jail inmates with mental and chemical health needs.

Breakout Session: Task Force on Shelter

La’Quadra Neal, Our Saviour’s Community Services

La’Quadra Neal has worked in Human Services since 2014. Currently, La’Quadra is employed as the Housing Director for Our Saviour’s Community Services. She began her career working at a local day training program that served vulnerable adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities and physical disabilities. Shortly, after starting La’Quadra became a supervisor for room 302. Then in 2017, La’Quadra accepted the Shelter Manager position with Our Saviour’s Community Services. As the shelter manager La’Quadra overseen daily operations of the shelter, case managed for 20 clients and participated in industry specific workgroups. La’Quadra assisted in the transition of the shelter to a hotel during the peak of COVID-19. 

Breakout Session: Shelter Based Medical Respite

Laquita Love-Limo, SMAC

Laquita is the Chair of SMAC Directors’s council, Interim vice chair of Anoka Heading Home (prevention and out reach subcommittee), Housing Justice Team and a member of the SHIP Collaborative. Laquita is a resident of Minnesota by way of Mississippi and is the proud mother of an 12 year old. Laquita a person with lived experience is currently persuing a degree in Criminal Justice and hopes to lessen the distractions of racism and classism in pursuit of housing justice. in action she both tells hard truths and invites people who she may disagree with into a conversation with clarity, grace, and maybe sometimes also a little charm.

Breakout Session: Setting the Table to End Homelessness

Laura Harder, Happy With Work, LLC

Laura Harder, MA, CCFT, founder of Happy With Work, LLC, is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist and Psychology instructor at Metropolitan State University. As a researcher, she explores the causes of burnout in people-work and the effect of practitioner stress on their success with clients. By using psychology theory to create self-care techniques, Laura’s presentation style is as warm and interactive as it is informative. She believes self-care is a lens we use rather than a “thing we do.”

Breakout Session: Empathy’s Double-Edged Sword – How Caring for Others Helps, Hurts and Heals and Strategies for Balance

Lauren Ryan, Office of Justice Programs

Lauren Ryan is the Housing Specialist for the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Public Safety. In this role, she focuses on the policy, funding, and practice intersections of crime victimization and housing instability / homelessness to improve housing access and outcomes for survivors. Prior roles have included serving as assistant county attorney and as director of the Safe Harbor Program at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Breakout Session: An introduction to state programs and staff working to address homelessness and housing instability across the state 

LeAnn Littlewolf, American Indian Community Housing Organization

LeAnn Littlewolf (she/her) is Co-Executive Director for the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO). LeAnn is Anishinaabe from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and belongs to the Maa’iingan Doodem (Wolf Clan). She has worked for three decades in community advocacy, grassroots organizing, direct services, and community leadership. LeAnn is invested in Indigenous strategies that bring us closer to a sustainable and equitable future. She holds a Master degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership and a Master degree in Education.

Breakout Session: Cultural Strategies in Action

Lorna Schmidt, Catholic Charities

As the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Lorna Schmidt leads the strategic development and execution of Catholic Charities’ public policy agenda, which includes advocating for policies and programs across state, federal and local levels that promote justice in the community. Her leadership has helped secure historic investments and policy reforms for housing and homelessness, including Housing Support and emergency shelter, to support stronger pathways to safe, stable housing. She earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and brings more than 10 years of experience in public health policy, advocacy and project management.

Breakout Session: Barriers to Housing Stability: Addressing Inequities through Services & Advocacy

Maia Uhrich, MN Department of Human Services

Maia Uhrich (she/her) is a social worker with a background working with housing instability and homelessness, particularly in harm reduction settings. She currently works as a Housing Support policy and training specialist at the Department of Human Services.

Breakout Session: An introduction to state programs and staff working to address homelessness and housing instability across the state

Michael Huffman, St. Stephen’s Human Services

Mike brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit work, most recently as Director of Outreach and Shelter at St. Stephen’s Human Services. He spent two years in the Peace Corps as a community health educator in the Saharan desert in Morocco and holds a BA in sociology from the University of Minnesota. Mike lives in NE Minneapolis with his wife Jana, two children, and numerous pets.

Breakout Sessions: Shelter Based Medical Respite

Michelle D Seymore, Michelle D Seymore Consulting

Michelle D Seymore focuses her efforts toward equity by reducing disparities in Child Protection. Seymore started her career in child protection case management. This role gave direction to her public service career. She remains committed to identifying systemic barriers and biased policies impacting families as a Human Services Manager for Ramsey County child protection. Additionally, through a collaboration with the University of MN and the Child Welfare training academy, Seymore writes curriculum and trains child welfare professionals in compliance with the governing MN statutes; and provides training, consulting, and professional development through her LLC, Michelle D Seymore Consulting. With over 20 years of child protection experience, she remains passionate and committed to better outcomes for families of color.

Breakout Session: Working with Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth

Nancy Nord Bence, Beacon Interfaith Housing Coalition

Nancy Nord Bence is the Public Policy Manager at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, where she represents the needs of providers and residents of deeply affordable supportive housing at the state, regional, and local levels. An ordained Lutheran pastor, Bence has been a leader in organizing and advocacy in Minnesota for three decades. Beacon is a non-profit collaborative of more than 100 congregations in the Greater Twin Cities area that creates and sustains homes, shelters families, and advocates for equitable housing policies.

Breakout Session: Garnering Support for Supportive Services: Legislation that Works

Natasha Kingbird, Northwest Indian Community Development Center

My name is Natasha Kingbird. I work at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center as Ombishkaa Director. I’m an enrolled Band member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. I reside in Bemidji and am a mother, auntie, and grandmother. I also attend college at LLTC to gain professional development in my career. I have been employed at NWICDC for 5 years. I continue to serve our people transitioning home from incarceration and our program provides services for people who have barriers. 

Breakout Session: Accessibility, Culture and Healing

Nicque Mabrey, Emma Norton Services

Nicque Mabrey is a 40-year-old Queer, Indigo, mixed race Black Femme in the struggle to get free. They are a Community Organizer, Brujx, and DJ proud to be making good trouble with Minnesotans for over 15 years. Nicque is the Supportive Housing Program Manager with Emma Norton Services. They are passionate about an intersectional, abolitionist justice movement that centers families and Queer folks. Nicque grew up in rural Wisconsin, now lives in Lowertown St. Paul with their brilliant partner, and a whole lot of crystals. 

Breakout Session: When We Lose Our Fear They Lose Their Power

Ranee Rock

Hello, My name is Ranee Rock. I am a Native American woman, a tribal member of The White Earth Nation, with lived experience as homeless. Currently, I am housed in Shakopee, MN under a disability housing support program. Since being housed, I have had the opportunity of representing Scott/Carver County as a member of lived experienced groups such as: The SHiP Collaborative, where my focus is on the SHiP Governance & The Regional Kitchen Table Planning subgroups, led by persons with live experience. The SMAC Director’s Council, where I serve in my current position as secretary for the council, led by persons with lived experience with decision making powers. I love being a part of these lived experience groups because I can collectively join voices identical to mine in the fight for housing justice. I am passionate about ending homelessness for everybody, no matter who they are.

Breakout Session: Setting the Table to End Homelessness 

Raymond Young, People Incorporated Training Institute

Raymond Young, CPS, BA, has 15 years of experience training diverse groups of adult, youth, and adolescent learners prior to joining the Training Institute at People Incorporated Mental Health Services. He has trained mental health workers, police officers, transportation professionals, business partners, and clients. Ray joined People Incorporated as a Certified Peer Specialist and loves working directly with individuals with various mental health conditions and behavioral health concerns, but also enjoys sharing tips and experiences with others in the field in his job as a Trainer. Ray has a passion for speaking and leadership topics as well as being a mentor in the community. In his spare time: Ray enjoys comedy shows, concerts, rollercoasters, and traveling, to balance his ambition with relaxation.

Breakout Session: Leading Resilient Teams

Roger Meyer, Mighty Consulting

Roger Meyer, Co-Owner of Mighty Consulting, has worked alongside large systems, small non-profits and public-private partnerships for over 20 years to improve Minnesota’s mental health and substance use crisis system. He is currently the Project Director for the East Metro Crisis Alliance, the North and South Metro Round Tables, and other projects, where he facilitates and manages efforts to improve individual recovery outcomes and systems effectiveness. He co-owns Mighty Consulting with Melissa Martinez-Sones where they provide Project Management, Collaborative Support, Interim Executive Director and Strategic Planning services to Minnesota’s non-profit sector. When he’s not working, he’s probably on a bicycle tour, having recently ridden across Missouri from Kansas City to St. Louis. 

Breakout Session: Navigating the Unnavigable – Minnesota’s Mental Health and Substance Use Crisis System

Russ Turner, People Incorporated Training Institute

During Russ’s 16-year tenure he has written and taught thousands of hours of person-centered curriculum to help people become more effective helpers, communicators, and leaders. His audience includes workers and leaders across a wide range of organizations from human services, healthcare, and libraries, to law enforcement and corrections. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on training projects across multiple sectors of the economy. He has worked as an educator for three decades in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic, and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.

Breakout Session: Meet the Client Where They’re At: Then What? 

Ryan Rasmussen, The Other Side of Recovery

Ryan’s lived experiences and career in human services as a Certified Peer Specialist enable him to connect with audiences by providing a deeper look into the impacts of childhood trauma,addiction,the recovery process,the benefits and downfalls of systems that are meant to support recovery, and ultimately the resilience that is innate in each and every one of us. Ryan has been honored to share his story with individuals at non-profit organizations, colleges, treatment centers,conferences,businesses and hospitals. He is always open to, and enjoys speaking with a variety of audiences. 

Breakout Session: Childhood trauma, addiction, homelessness and ultimately recovery

Samuel Simmons Jr., Samuel Simmons Consulting

Sam Simmons has over 32-years’ experience as an alcohol and drug counselor and behavioral consultant specializing in practical, culturally sensitive trauma-informed strategies focused on improving outcomes for African American males and their families. He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. Sam received the Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma and the Black Tear Drop Awards in 2016 for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma-informed work around the country. In 2018 he received the Public Health Hero Award for his unique, innovative, and culturally specific trauma-informed work in Minneapolis. He is co-host of the “Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses urban community issues.

Breakout Session: Trauma Across Generations: the impact of Historical Trauma on disability and aging

Sandy Hennum, Village of Hope

Sandy Hennum currently lives in Bemidji Minnesota with her hubby and her snuggly black cat on the shores of Lake Bemidji. She fell in love with helping people see and achieve their potential at a young age and never recovered. She has spent 40 years belly-to-belly and eye-to-eye with people of all ages and stages of their lives, partnering in a creative process that inspires them to fulfill their personal and professional potential. Today she is the Executive Director of Village of Hope, an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, is a community health strategist and certified life coach. She is a contributing editor for a new book, Transformation, that will be available soon! Sandy spends her time reading, hanging with friends and family, advocating for families experiencing homelessness, and enjoying the outdoors in Northern Minnesota when she’s not working. 

Sarah Broich, Minnesota Housing

Sarah Broich is a Supportive Housing Quality Officer with Minnesota Housing.  She has many years of experience working with programs that serve people facing homelessness including scattered site and site-based supportive housing and the Adult Shelter Connect in Hennepin County.  In her current role, she helps with the monitoring of supportive housing properties that are financed by Minnesota Housing.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Metro-Urban Studies and Sociology from Augsburg College.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and trying new restaurants. 

Breakout Session: MN Supportive Housing Standards Engagement Session: Phase 2 – We Want To Hear From You!

Shannon Lowe, MAC-V (Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans)

Hello! My name is Shannon Lowe, and I am currently a Clinical Program Manager at Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V) in St. Paul. I just recently left a Program Manager position at Catholic Charities where I was for 6 years, and I continue to really enjoy working with folks struggling with homelessness. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and have been working in the field for the last 12 years. I also teach at St. Katherine’s University in both the graduate and undergraduate social work departments and do some contract adult mental health work as well.

Breakout Session: Barriers to Housing Stability: Addressing Inequities through Services & Advocacy 

Steve Carlson, Psy.D, Center for Practice Transformation

Steve is a Clinical Trainer with the Center for Practice Transformation, part of the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. His career spans forty years primarily working with individuals with serious mental illness. During the past fifteen years, Steve’s interest and work has been assisting people who live on the edges of society, particularly those with serious mental illness who are also homeless, obtain and maintain housing. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Steve provides workshops for agencies and groups in enhancing motivation for change. 

Breakout Session: Targeted Illness Management & Recovery in Supportive Housing

Tammy Moreland, Minnesota Tribal Collaborative

Tammy’s greatest passion is to bring healing to Native Americans who have been through stressful experiences including homelessness. She helps Native families to find healthy perceptions of themselves and to strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as whole. 

Breakout Session: How can we stay grounded in our values while we work and advocate together?

Tim Thompson, Housing Justice Center

Tim has worked as a public interest lawyer focused on affordable housing and tenants rights for over four decades. Formerly the Litigation Director at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance and then President of the Housing Justice Center, Tim also recently co-authored a report entitled ” Opening the Door : tenant screening and selection –how it works in the Twin Cities Metro Area and opportunities for improvement.”

Breakout Sessions: Legal Strategies to House Persons with Barriers in Their Background: Lessons Learned

Warren Duncan, People Incorporated

Warren Duncan, BS has had various roles throughout his career working with households experiencing homelessness and multiple barriers to stable housing. He has worked as direct support staff on mobile teams in Permanent Supportive Housing program across the metro area, assisted in outreach efforts for program participants living on the streets and in shelter, provided outreach to property managers and landlords, connecting them to support services in metro and greater Minnesota communities. He has worked to provide support to a network of supportive housing programs and community organizing among County, State, and local community agencies in Southern and Central Minnesota. He is currently overseeing all programming as Program Director for a Minnesota Nonprofit. Warren enjoys facilitating workshops and has led a number of training sessions. Topics include Building Landlord Relationships, Housing First, Harm Reduction, Navigating Conflict, De-escalation, and Mindfulness. Warren grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Minnesota shortly after graduating from Iowa State University. He currently lives with his family in the Twin Cities western suburbs. He enjoys drawing, painting, and photography in his spare time.

Breakout Session: How to Speak Harm Reduction