Our organization’s culture emphasizes the concept of family. This is true for staff as well. When you come to work at St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter or The Micah Center you are not simply filling a position. You are joining a family.
I am most passionate about restoring hope to the downtrodden and ensuring every single person understands their inherent value. I have a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008). Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate of Social Work through the University of Southern California with an anticipated graduation date of December 2019. I have served in the role of Executive Director for St. John’s since June 2012 and have witnessed it grow from a seasonal, overnight shelter to the robust organization, with multiple locations and programs, that it is today. Prior to coming on at St. John’s, I worked in various capacities serving the homeless, those with addictions, individuals receiving government assistance, and women engaged with the criminal justice system as victims of human sex trafficking.
I am the “big picture” gal – I work to set the vision for the organization and ensure that staff and volunteers have the resources and support needed to carry out their roles with passion. From leadership to fundraising and awareness, I work to guarantee we have the means to love on our homeless brothers and sisters while addressing the systemic issues creating poverty and homelessness in the first place. My work matters because our people matter…no role is more important but, together, we instill dignity into the lives of others. Together, we are St. John’s.
When I’m not at work, you will see me hanging out with my kids (my 8 year old son and 3 year old foster daughter) and enjoying the outdoors.
I am passionate about dedicating my life to alleviating as much suffering in the world as I can. It is important to me that every person feels noticed, valued, and loved. I am especially empathetic to the issues of mental health and wish to bring awareness and change for those who are underserved, disregarded or devalued due to misconceptions and insensitivity.
My educational background was focused heavily on psychological development throughout a lifespan. While my BA in Human Development from UWGB is nearly identical to the Social Work Degree, it is more all-encompassing, which allows me more options in the workforce. Previously, my background was working with adults with mental illness and other disabilities.
It is my privilege to oversee and coordinate our women’s resource program, ensuring that we effectively offer a safe and empowering environment for the mind, body and spirit to grow. Much of my time is spent working directly with guests and managing our team of 1 part-time staff and 20+ volunteers, earning me the nickname, “Den Mother” by some.
When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family outdoors, enjoying nature or working on my latest Pinterest project.
I am passionate about serving others. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of an organization where I can use my God-given talents to serve others in my community.
I am a highly motivated servant leader who provides over 15 years of collective experience in strategic planning, business/bank operations, project management, business analysis, accounting and customer experience development. During my tenure, I was recognized for thought leadership, team development and creative problem solving. I am an MBA graduate of Lakeland College and have a BA in Finance and Accounting from UW-Oshkosh.
I am responsible for “all things business.” I oversee accounting, finance, human resources, etc.
When I am not at work, family is my priority. We enjoy hanging out in our backyard or going to the family cabin for a quiet weekend away.
I am most passionate about simply being nice to people. I hold a Bachelors in Behavioral Science and Law from UW-Madison and a Masters in Criminal Justice from UW-Milwaukee with an emphasis was in Corrections. After working for about 15 years in the correctional field, I came to the shelter to work as the Program Manager in 2012.
Currently, I am the Director of Operations. I make sure the shelter and the Micah Center have what they need to operate properly (computers, phones, supplies, equipment, etc.).
When I’m not at work, I like to…RELAX (advised by Aaron Rodgers).
I am passionate about telling the story of St. John’s and the Micah Center and connecting to the community so that we can continue to grow and serve the needs of our guests.
I have worked throughout my career to help serve and support marginalized people in communities across the country through effective communications, outreach and engagement. I have a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from UW-Stevens Point and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. I have worked in municipal government, colleges and non-profits and have had a focus on communications, inclusivity issues and supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
As the Director of Community Engagement, I have the privilege of taking the message of St. John’s to the community through communications and outreach strategies that tell the unique story of our work.
When I’m not at work, you may see me at the farmers market or running or biking on the trails around Green Bay.
Case Management Staff
I am passionate about helping people see their worth in life. I received my undergrad and grad degrees from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and both degrees are in Social Work. I have worked in the mental health field, homeless youth, at-risk youth, and correctional youth settings prior to working for St. John’s. I was a case manager for Family Service TLP, and a house supervisor for Freedom House prior to St. John’s.
As a Case Manager, I help individuals find adequate housing solutions. It is important because I also empower those who have lost hope in the system as well as in themselves.
When I am not at work I can most often be found spending time with my children or enjoying the company of friends/family.
I am passionate about serving those who are viewed as the least of these, and coming alongside to help them recognize the value they are inherently given. I do not want to be another person who just walks by the hurting, but rather serves to the best I can through mercy and love, by standing in the gap to bring others to where they are and help get them to where they want to go with hope. One parable that drives my passion is the parable of the good Samaritan, and it is my goal to look more and more like that man and Jesus every day.
I have a strong background in servant leadership, with the majority of my past experiences spent serving the populations otherwise forgotten, or living in broken systems. My most recent time was spent in Los Angeles, CA serving as part of the Dream Center Leadership School for 8 months. While in LA I served Skid Row, different housing project sites, men and women in a recovery transitional program, homeless families and families facing foster care. I spent 6 out of 7 days a week serving in some outreach capacity in the city. Currently, I am working towards a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Leadership at Grace Christian University. It is my vision to plant a facility that helps individuals in transition whether transitioning from addiction, abuse or homelessness through a long-term transitioning facility, that can meet an exponential amount of needs to fill a gap here in Green Bay.
As outreach case manager, I spend time out in the Green Bay and surrounding areas coming alongside those who do not seek shelter services for whatever reason and helping them in various different forms. Also, I spend time getting the word out about St John’s and the different services that can be provided. I believe this role is important to bridge the gap between St John’s and either community members who could be utilizing our services but aren’t, or community members who just aren’t aware of the population we serve and what we are doing.
When I am not at work, I like to spend time with friends and family, as well as spend time in the outdoors. Also, I am a coffee connoisseur, so you may find me at one of the local coffee shops in town, with my favorite being Copper State. Lastly, I serve often with my church, Green Bay First, which helps me to recharge both spiritually and mentally.
I am passionate about the people St. Johns serves through its ministry. My faith is very important to me and I feel I have been called to do the work that I do, serving the population that I serve through St. Johns.
I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Eau Claire – Wisconsin. I am also a Licensed Social Worker. I have past case management experience with The Salvation Army and Care Wisconsin.
In my position as case manager I meet with guests to identify barriers that they may be experiencing in life and collaborate with guests on how they can overcome their barriers. I try to remain very person-centered and have the guests tell me how I can be a help to them. My work matters because sometimes the people we serve just need someone to show them respect, compassion and to offer some guidance in their lives to lift up their feeling of worthiness and purpose, I can be that person for them!
When I’m not at work, I like to enjoy nature’s beauty by taking walks. I love to read and enjoy reading challenges to see how many books I can read in a year! I also love to travel and enjoy the sights, food and memories involved in traveling. I am really close with my family so I will often be spending time with them, going to Church, watching sports, having family gatherings or having a girls day with my mom and sister, we do a lot of that! You can also find me indulging in happy hour with my best friends!
I am passionate about organization. I like to make spaces noticeably better. My first career was as a math teacher. My favorite class to teach was introductory statistics. I wanted to find a second career that actualizes more of my skills, and I found it here.
As the Office Manager at the Micah Center, I am in the background of almost everything that happens here. I try to make sure staff, guests and visitors have everything they need.
When I’m not at work, you may see me watering and weeding at the Children’s Edible Garden outside the main branch of the Brown County Library.
I am passionate about the help and advancement of others. I’ve been doing security or private security for over 20 years at different organizations across the country. I also used to do security for concerts as well as privately for celebrities. With this experience, I’ve become a protection specialist.
I am currently the Security Advisor overseeing all aspects of security for The Micah Center and St. John’s. My work matters because the protection of our guests, staff and volunteers is crucial.
When I’m not at work, you may see me at the gym or out and about with my kids.
I am passionate about people, and developing relationships that encourage and affirm. I love connecting people to areas of service where their giftings and passions shine. When we put into practice loving others well, and they put into practice loving others well, we see real change.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Northern Michigan University. I spent many years as a stay at home parent, and the last year teaching English online. For the last two years, I have overseen a barista program and managed its volunteers at my local church. My desire has been to make a difference in my own community. This is how I found St. John’s. My passion is in people. I am energized by connecting people with their passions and giftings to areas of service.
I am the Volunteer Coordinator, and like the title suggests, I coordinate volunteer activities (recruiting, scheduling, training). We would not be the organization we are without our volunteers. Because of this, it is very important to me to support, encourage and love our volunteers well.
When I’m not at work, you may see me enjoying family time with my husband and two kids (They are 6 and 7). I also teach English as a Second Language online to my other “kiddos” in China.
After many years spent trying to determine what I wanted to be when I “grew up”, it became clear to me that in all things, I want to be kind. Once I understood that, the world of non-profit service opened up to me and I found my passion in serving. My heart thrives when serving others. My journey began with empowering girls and women through the Girl Scouts and continued with supporting vulnerable parents, serving kids and adults at YMCA camps, and providing loving care for people with addictions at the Jackie Nitschke Center. Through these experiences I learned that respect, kindness and empathetic support can bring renewed hope and trust to a broken spirit.
Outside of work, I can be found with my nose in a book, stomping through Baird’s Creek with our dogs or spending time at one of my beloved Y camps. And laughing with my crazy fun family.
Eons ago I graduated from UW Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and am a licensed Social Worker. My experience has been with the elderly population; most recently at the Aging & Disability Resource Center where I was responsible for the 211 website. Working at St. John’s has provided me the opportunity to engage and learn from a different population which excites me.
I have two roles with St. John’s. On Mondays and Fridays I can be found at Wellspring and Wednesday mornings I can be found at St. John’s as Support Staff. My positions matter because people matter. Part of my mission in life is to provide compassion, encouragement, and validation to others and I carry this with me in my roles with St. John’s. But to me the most important part of my work is looking into peoples’ eyes and reminding them they are valued, seen, and heard. I once heard that the best greeting you can give someone is: I see you. We all need to know we are important. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the mission of St. John’s.
When not at work, you can find me traveling to visit our kids (three boys in separate states!), hiding in my flower beds, and biking or snowshoeing area trails with my husband, Steve.