Leadership & Service Delivery Team

Board Members

  • Zoe Brown; Ojibwe Language Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota
  • Raleigh Fromstein; Special Education, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Fred Herron; Retired Project Management Leader
  • Jonathan Horick; Chief Investment Officer Together Capital Advisors (Board Treasurer)
  • Randy Nelson; Manager of Strategic Solutions Group, HealthPartners (Board Secretary)
  • Joy Shealer Orson; Senior Manager, Ernst & Young, LLP (Board Chair)
  • Ben Paul; Marketing Online Training Apps, Articulate

Leadership Team

  • Julie Ellefson, Executive Director
  • Jennifer Bridges, Program Director
  • Diane Cullumber, Development Director
  • Laura Beth Landy, Accountant

Direct Services Team

  • Yusuf Abdurahman, Bus Driver
  • Maribel Atilano Horopeza, Cook/Kitchen Manager
  • Emani Coops, Assistant Preschool Teacher
  • Ana Guzman, Lead Preschool Teacher
  • Missy Galindo, Assistant Preschool Teacher
  • Anya Helgeson, Database Coordinator
  • Maricarmen Hernandez Atilano, Assistant Toddler Teacher
  • Lorely Hernandez Atilano, Assistant Teacher
  • Miguel Hernandez Ortiz, Bus Driver/ Building Maintenance
  • Fatumo Isse, Home Visitor
  • Lindsay Markworth, Music Therapist
  • Ruby Machuca, Home Visitor
  • Sadaf Pruitt, Assistant Toddler Teacher
  • Margaret Vergara, Assistant Preschool Teacher

On-Site Partners

  • Barbara Bettelyoun provides clinical supervision and reflective practice for Home Visitors and Parenting Support providers.
  • Capernaum Pediatric Therapy provides speech and motor skill development therapy for children with special identified needs.
  • Gene McBride, Facilities Management
  • Little Earth Resident Association for Child Play Therapy and Adult Mental Health Therapy
  • Twin Cities Music Therapists use music to promote health, empowering children to become actively invested in their process of growth.

Classroom Volunteers

  • Jim McCormack
  • Phil Grove