Avenues Team

Our dedicated staff are here to support youth. If you are looking for a staff member not listed below, call 612-522-1690 or email info@avenuesforyouth.org.

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Anika Tol, Data Compliance Coordinator


Anisha Sapho, Youth Support Specialist

(she/her), asapho@avenuesforyouth.org

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Beth Haney, Director of Finance & Operations

(she/her), bhaney@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-522-1690

Chelsy Peeler, Youth Support Specialist


Christopher Banks, Operations Manager

cbanks@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-844-2013

Corcincia Smith, Youth Support Specialist


Dee Loyd, Facilities Specialist


Dominique Black

Dominique Black, Youth Advocate & Engagement Specialist

(she/her), dblack@avenuesforyouth.org

Dr. Sheronda Orridge, Youth Support Specialist


Erica Williams, Youth Support Specialist


Ezra Waskey, Youth Advocate & Engagement Specialist

(he/him), ewaskey@avenuesforyouth.org

Garren Turner

Garren Turner, Youth Support Specialist Lead


Hashep Seka, Youth Support Specialist

(she/her), hseka@avenuesforyouth.org

Iesha Gosa, Family Advocate & Engagement Specialist

(she/her), igosa@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-759-7921

Jackie Lee, Training Coordinator

(she/her), jlee@avenuesforyouth.org

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JJ Fournelle, HR Manager

(they/them), jfournelle@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-522-1690

Karesia Coley

Karesia Coley, Director of Programs


Katherine Meerse, Executive Director

(she/her), kmeerse@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-844-2002

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Kevin Kjonaas, Associate Director of Development & Communications

(he/him) kkjonaas@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-522-1690 Ext. 117

Kim Peeler, Lead Youth Support Specialist

kpeeler@avenuesforyouth.org, she/her

Kunta, Young Families Program Manager

kharris@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-718-2401

LaReina Dominick, Program Manager, Minneapolis Avenues


Makeda Lacking

Makeda, Program Manager, Brooklyn Avenues

mlacking@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-844-2007

Marissa Bartels, Family Advocate & Engagement Specialist

(she/her) mbartels@avenuesforyouth.org, 612-790-3942

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Melissa Cuff, Director of Development & Communications

mcuff@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-844-2012

Norris Blackmon, Education & Career Specialist

(he/him) NBlackmon@avenuesforyouth.org

Rachel Hatch

Rachel Hatch, Associate Executive Director

(she/her), rhatch@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-804-3025

Rosie Irons, Youth Advocate and Engagement Specialist 


Ryan Berg, ConneQT Program Manager

(he/him), rberg@avenuesforyouth.org | 612-345-8445

Sarah Williams, Communications Manager

(she/her), swilliams@avenuesforyouth.org

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Sheena Jimmick, Database Manager

(she/her), sjimmick@avenuesforyouth.org

Teresa Howell Saxton, Campaign Specialist

(she/her), tsaxton@avenuesforyouth.org

Toni Wagner, Youth Support Specialist and Food Coordinator 


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Trevor Burns, Facilities Manager


Avenues Board of Directors

Avenues' Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers who provide strategic insight, governance, and fiduciary responsibility of the organization.


Paul Blom, President

(he/him), Owner/CEO, Right at Home

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Shawn Sorrell, Vice President

(he/him), Manager, Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Hennepin County

Rachelle Harldson

Rachelle Haroldson, PhD, Secretary

(she/her), Instructional Designer, U of WI – River Falls

Andy Sybilrud, Treasurer

(he/him), Vice President Commercial Banking, Bremer Bank


Alfred Walking Bull

(he/they) Development Director, Tending the Soil 

Corey Falls

(he/him), Senior Business Technology Consultant, Mytech Partners

Jenna Shermoen

(she/her), Relationship Manager, Riverbridge Partners

Jennifer Speagle 

(she/her) Licensed Practical Nurse, Regency Home Health Care & Volunteer Nurse, Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corps. 

Jesse Ross

(he/him), Principal Consultant, Mr. Jesse Ross, LLC

John Saunders

(he/him), Attorney, Avisen Legal, PA

Kristin Gaarder

(she/her), Chief Human Resources Officer, Perforce Software

Princess Titus 

(she/her), Co-founder at Appetite for Change & Standard Edition Women

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Russ Heilbrun

(he/him), Vice President of eCommerce, Covetrus

Sam Blackwell

(he/they), Director of Strategic Communications, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light


Sheri Johnson

(she/her), Associate Vice President Billing & Enrollment, UCare


Susan Grelling

(she/her), Owner/Value Creation, CMIT Solutions of the Twin CitiesOwner/President, Farm Squad LLC