Staff

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Terry Brown is a Sunday-Thursday case manager at Families Moving Forward's Hennepin program center. Terry previously taught preschool and guest-taught K-12 students. He was also a mentor for online students at Southern New Hampshire University.  Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida,...
651-789-6260 ext. 204
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...
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...
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In the newly created role as director of new projects, Anne oversees Beacon’s housing development and congregational organizing staff and the development of new service partnerships.  Her career includes positions as a senior program officer for the Corporation for Supportive...
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Chris recently joined Beacon and has 18 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...
651-789-6260 ext. 215
Claire works with Beacon congregations to facilitate the development of their leaders and to further our collective mission to build affordable housing and strong faith communities. She has also organized with the Frogtown Neighborhood Association in St. Paul and Take Action MN. Her passion for...
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Claire is a case manager at Families Moving Forward-Southwest. She came to Beacon after a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working in a day shelter for women experiencing homelessness in Boston. Claire is passionate about social justice work and believes in putting faith in action. She has a...
651-789-6260 ext. 212
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. 223
Our ACE intern through January 2018, Deb is assisting with the annual Ending Homelessness Together luncheon.  She has a B.A. in music from Earlham College and a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Ordained in 2016, Deb has been serving part-time as a Pastor...
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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...
Demetrius is the janitor/maintenance worker at Families Moving Forward Program Center. He has worked in environmental services for the past 15 years. The most important thing about his job is doing it without any complaints. Cleaning has always been something he enjoys doing. Originally from...
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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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Elodie is a part of the individual giving team, connecting dedicated volunteers and donors to Beacon’s mission. She has eight years of experience bringing together communities and the work of nonprofits with creativity and enthusiasm. A former intern with Beacon, Elodie returned in 2015 with...
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As a gifts officer new to Beacon, Erik is excited to connect 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 partnered with clients...
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As Beacon's asset manager, Janine monitors and maintains the overall health of Beacon’s portfolio of properties. Her work includes ensuring Beacon’s properties are financially stable and well-maintained for the long term, overseeing their successful transition from...
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Jill fosters effective supportive services relationships and collaborations among service providers, property managers, tenants and community stakeholders at Beacon's supportive housing. She also engages public and private funders, congregations, and volunteers to help...
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As a gifts officer new to Beacon, Jo Lum is excited to provide relational attention and gratitude to Beacon's donors at all giving levels. A native New Yorker, Jo is founder of the non-profit Friend of Camp Little Notch, an organization that owns and operates a summer camp in the southern...
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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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 Kiara Woods is a recent graduate from Concordia St Paul, with a Bachelors in Psychology and an Associates in Family Studies. Kiara is excited to work at Families Moving Forward as a Case Manager because she is passionate about helping communities create functional systems for families. She...
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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...
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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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Kurt is responsible for housing and shelter operations at Beacon. Functions within the department include asset management, service partner management, government grants administration and evaluation as well as shelter operations. In this role he and the staff work with our many external...
651-789-6260 ext. 210
Laura Vitelli leads the planning and execution of strategic, integrated fund development and communications for Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. With her team of seven, she is responsible for fund development, communications and marketing, and congregational relations. Laura joined...
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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...
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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...
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Lynn is responsible for many of the main accounting functions and serves as the office manager.  She has a BSB in accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  She has over 30 years of experience in a variety of accounting and management positions in...
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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...
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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...
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Sakinah heads the Families Moving Forward program serving Hennepin and Scott and Carver counties. Her office is at the FMF-Hennepin program center. She was most recently associate program manager for FMF-SW and before that, the FMF housing family advocate, working with families in our...
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...
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Sasoneia is the program center assistant for Families Moving Forward - Southwest. She is the seventh of eight children, a wife of 13 years, and a mother of three amazing children - two daughters and one son. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan...
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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...