Staff

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Lee and the Board of Directors set the strategic direction of the organization to effectively accomplish our mission of developing affordable housing.  Lee is responsible for the organization's overall operation, including financial management, fund development, public relations and...
952-452-8682
Anistasia is a dedicated civil servant, working to help restore, maintain, and expand wildlife habitats. She enjoys spending her spare time volunteering with Simpson housing, and teaching English as a Second Language at the English Learning Center, both in South Minneapolis. She grew up in Southern...
651-789-6260 ext. 209
AJ oversees financial and administrative activities including accounting, finance, IT, HR, risk management and office services. He generates financial statements for the board and external needs and coordinates the audit and filing of the 990 and other government reports.  Finally, he’s...
651-789-6260 ext. 206
Chris has over 20 years of experience in housing and community development in the public and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining Beacon, Chris was with Project for Pride in Living (PPL) and has worked for the Carver County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, for the Center for Urban and Regional...
651-789-6260 ext. 215
In his role as Congregational Organizer, Chris is responsible for building a faith and value-based collaboration of congregations in the Twin Cities area.  Chris is passionate about social justice and has more than a decade of experience working on both political and issue campaigns....
651-789-6260 ext. 232
As Beacon’s Donor Experience Manager, Clara connects donors to Beacon’s important work throughout the Twin Cities area. Prior to joining Beacon, Clara worked for AchieveMpls, the nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools, as their development analyst where she used her passion for...
651-789-6260 ext. 229
As Beacon’s Ambassador and Tour Manager, Craig introduces Beacon to future leaders and supporters. Part of the advancement team, Craig oversees all aspects of educational tours/presentations, leads the organization’s ambassadors, and brings new donors to Beacon. A former litigation...
651-789-6260 ext. 237
In his role as Strategic Communications Manager, Dan helps shape how the stories of Beacon are shared. Developing, executing, and evaluating our messaging strategies, he works across the organization to ensure that our vision and initiatives are told in a compelling way. Dan has more than 10...
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David Jeffries is the Service Provider Partnership Manager for Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. In this role he is responsible for providing collaborative leadership for Beacon’s housing programs and develops strong partnerships with the directors of our service providers, with a...
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Davis manages public funding for services and operations in Beacon’s housing developments so that the community can sustain these programs. Davis also helps to evaluate and communicate the progress our tenants and shelter guests make as a result of participating in Beacon’s programs...
651-789-6260 ext. 218
Deb leads Beacon's congregational organizing team that works with congregations to live out their mission of justice through community building and the development of affordable housing. Trained by the Gamaliel Foundation for Leadership, Deb has more than 15 years of community...
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  As Content Specialist, Dennis helps to get Beacon's message and mission out on our website, social media and other communication platforms. Dennis has 10 years of experience working in communications and technology and is also the part-time pastor of First Christian Church (...
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El has provided event and data management for several nonprofits, and is excited to continue down that path with Beacon. At Whitman College, El studied Studio Art and Politics, and nurtured a passion for equitable community development through collaboration. When El’s not at Beacon, they work...
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Elodie (she/her) is driven to tackle systemic issues with hospitality and transformative relationships that inspire giving. In this role at Beacon, Elodie connects the passion of supporters with the Beacon’s vision that all people have a home. She has ten years of experience of creatively...
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Rev. Emily Goldthwaite Fries joins the Beacon staff from Mayflower United Church of Christ where connecting with neighbors at Creekside Commons was a highlight of her five years there. With experience organizing for social and environmental justice in local, state, and international campaigns,...
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As a gifts officer for Beacon, Erik (MBA, CPC, DYL) connects with Beacon’s current and prospective donors on how their support impacts and changes the lives of those in need of housing. Erik previously worked as a client relationship manager for a Fortune 500 firm that...
651-789-6260 ext. 216
Janet has worked in affordable housing development, asset management, disability rights and community organizing in the Twin Cities, Iowa, and Chicago.  Most recently she has worked as a consultant with a range of Twin Cities organizations on the development of emergency shelter, workforce,...
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Joan has worked in youth development, neighborhood organizing and commercial real estate. She is especially passionate about partnering with service providers and property managers to maintain high-quality housing communities. Joan has a BA from Macalester as well as master’s degrees in...
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Kat works with Beacon congregations to develop affordable housing and to build their power to advocate for policies and funding to end homelessness. A longtime Beacon volunteer leader, she has a passion for Beacon’s mission, and a wealth of on-the-ground congregational...
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Kevin leads the development of our new housing.  In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing Beacon’s housing development activity through the development process, from feasibility analysis, site acquisition, financing, and construction and also helps develop new supportive...
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Kirk has 15 years of housing development experience, including with Central Community Housing Trust (now Aeon, Inc.), where he was project manager for the 180-unit East Village development in Minneapolis and the 70-unit Crane Ordway building in St. Paul, among other developments. In more than four...
651-789-6260 ext. 205
Kristin connects with congregation clergy, leaders and volunteers to facilitate their involvement with the Families Moving Forward program and other Beacon housing and programs. She formerly provided administrative support for Beacon's advancement department and finance and...
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Laura leads the planning and execution of strategic, integrated congregational engagement, fund development, and communications for Beacon. Laura joined Beacon in 2011 and has extensive experience in development, communications and nonprofit leadership. Her work has consistently focused on...
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Lauren coordinates institutional gifts from foundations and congregations as part of Beacon’s advancement team. She appreciates the opportunity to write about Beacon’s work connecting individuals, families, and communities across the Twin Cities, and engaging in collaborative efforts...
612-529-2185 ext. 12
Linda provides a calm, centered presence at the Families Moving Forward Hennepin program center. She provides key assistance to program center staff, welcomes volunteers and visitors and supports families as they manage their daily routines, and helps connect them with resources in the...
612.529.2185 ext. 16
Loretta is a mother of 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Dedicated to changing the lives of families in the community, Loretta has 16 years experience in the social services including the last 7 years at a variety of agencies such as PICA Headstart, St. Anne Shelter and St. Stephens Human...
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Melanie is Beacon’s accounting and office assistant. She has 13 years of experience providing administrative office support for several organizations including a shelter for homeless women and children; a center for disabled children and adults; a local parish; and an organization that helps...
651-789-6260 ext. 238
In his role, Paul connects and builds deeper relationships between donors and Beacon’s mission of creating homes and advancing equitable housing. Before joining Beacon, Paul supported the missions and fundraising efforts of Tasks Unlimited and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits....
612-529-2185 ext. 10
Rebekah joined Beacon as a case manager for Families Moving Forward fter a completing a year of service with AmeriCorps in the Community Technology Empowerment Project. During this year she served in the employment program, working with families at Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners...
612-529-2185 ext. 13
Sakinah (MA Marriage and Family Therapy) heads the Families Moving Forward program serving Hennepin and Scott and Carver counties. Her office is at the FMF-Hennepin program center. She has held several positions at Beacon including program manager for Families Moving Forward,...
651-789-6260 ext. 208
Sarah oversees individual and institutional donor relations at Beacon. She manages the fundraising team, develops strategy and partners with staff leading our congregational relationships. Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Minnesota Twin...
952-452-8682
Sheldon has expertise in the fascinating fields of aviation, manufacturing, assembly, delivery driving, commercial printing and more and hopes to use all his gifts to help move the world toward regenerative sustainability.   Sheldon has a love for animals big and small (including humans)...
651-789-6260 ext. 219
Susan handles Beacon’s human resource needs and assists with other finance and administrative responsibilities. She joined Beacon with over 15 years of non-profit experience, with a focus on credit and housing counseling as well as financial literacy. She holds a bachelor's...
612-529-2185 ext. 11
Before coming to FMF, Vang worked in a Domestic Violence shelter and with families who have disabilities, helping and connecting families to programs and community resources. She completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. After completing her schooling, Vang...
651-789-6260 ext. 235
As the Donor Database Coordinator, Vicky works with and trains staff in the Beacon database system. She comes to Beacon with 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including database work in drug and alcohol addiction recovery programs, Minnesota Public Radio, and in an organization which...