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.
Working with the guests and staff at St John’s is my calling.
In 2015 God touched my heart through an interaction with Walt, a homeless individual on the streets of Green Bay. My first and only encounter with him was finding him teetering upside down reaching into a dumpster. His warmth, friendliness and desire to accept no more than his immediate need stirred a deeper level in me, reaching my core… even though I was already connecting with guests 2-3 times a week at St John’s shelter. Talking with Walt and observing the reaction of passers-by touched me in a way I have only known that one time. I left our meeting committed to become more involved, called to become more involved.
My work at St John’s allows me to live out my desire for serving the homeless. Overseeing the staff and programs that offer support, training and encouragement to our guests is a privilege. Having fun is important to me and I am happiest when work can be fun, too. Planning activities and having conversations rooted in joy brings lightness to what can sometimes be bleak or heavy. I love our guests and am daily uplifted by the heartfelt efforts of our staff and volunteers to serve them. We all become an extended family.
When I am not at work I’m most likely spending time with my family or friends. I enjoy board games, ethnic foods, meeting new friends, Life Church activities, taking long walks on a beach searching for stones, and occasionally Netflix binging.
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 carrying a valued person from where they are to where they want to be, while instilling confidence, commitment and character. Everyone needs to know that they matter and that they are loved and cared for.
My background is in nursing and AODA. I am currently working toward my credentials to be an AODA counselor within the Human Services field, specifically working with vulnerable populations. Before coming to St. John’s, I worked in hospice and trauma care. I also own my own cleaning and organizational business. I have been a certified recovery coach for 2 years and recently became certified to train recovery coaches.
My faith and related experiences with those I serve guide every conversation I have with our guests. My work matters because everyone needs someone to listen, guide and show them compassion as they put the pieces of their lives back into place. We weren’t meant to do this life on our own.
When I am not at work you will find me serving in different community organizations in our Green Bay. I am involved in many committees and enjoy networking with those that can help the guests we serve here at St. John’s. I also enjoy running, working outside in my yard, and spending time with family and friends. I am a big advocate of practicing good self-care, especially in this field of work. So, you can also find me at Lodge Kohler a couple of times a month as well as Life Church, which keeps me grounded and rooted in the one who called me to this work that I am so very passionate about.
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 walking side by side with others through their journey and being able to see them make choices and changes to find wellness and happiness.
I graduated from UW-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human development. In 2018, I graduated with a Master of Social Work and am a certified Advanced Practice Social Worker. Prior to graduate school, I had six years case management experience.
I offer both individual and group counseling at the Micah Center. Group counseling is open to everyone at the Micah Center and a variety of topics are covered. Individual counseling is designed to help you start feeling better and to explore your thoughts, feelings, habits and experiences. Counseling can help you learn new things about yourself, identify your strengths, learn new skills, and help you move forward!
When I’m not at work I like to do yoga, garden, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends!
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.