email@example.com | 612.871.5900 x1
Mike joined OSCS as executive director in October 2021. He is thrilled to lead such a strong team of staff and programs that make a positive impact in the community. As executive director, he seeks to listen more than he speaks and sees his role as empowering staff to do their job to the best of their abilities. He knows through his own experiences that nonprofit work is hard, and employees are at the heart of our work. He champions appreciating and valuing staff because it increases our capacity to fulfill our mission. Mike also loves pushing the envelope, thinking about systemic gaps in our community and how we can creatively meet needs. We are always challenged to find new ways to educate and house our neighbors, and OSCS wants to lead the way.
Mike brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit work, most recently as Director of Outreach and Shelter at St. Stephen’s Human Services. He spent two years in the Peace Corps as a community health educator in the Saharan desert in Morocco and holds a BA in sociology from the University of Minnesota. Mike lives in NE Minneapolis with his wife Jana, two children, and numerous pets.
OSH Program Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 763.347.1896
Ask La’Quadra why she chooses to work with individuals experiencing homelessness, and she’ll tell you that the work chose her. After volunteering in multiple homeless shelters, she realized that this is the field where she is supposed be. She believes it’s important to use her skills, privileges, and voice to advocate for those who are marginalized and wishes that others understood the road blocks many face in finding affordable housing.
La’Quadra has worked in human services since graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2014. She joined OSH as Shelter Manager in October, 2017 and became Program Director in 2021.
Emergency Shelter Manager
email@example.com | 651.334.2991
Cassie is passionate about working with adults experiencing homelessness because she has been where they are and wants them to succeed. She loves seeing the happiness when a resident accomplishes any goal, giving them confidence to continue on until they are happy and independently housed. She wishes others understood that life can happen to anyone, and when it does you still deserve a chance to get back on your feet. It takes a whole community contributing donations, time, and resources to make that happen.
Cassie began her career working in homeless services as front desk staff at Our Saviour’s Emergency Shelter in 2015. Since then, she’s grown with the organization, becoming a Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager in 2017 and Emergency Shelter Manager in 2021. She’s gained so much hands-on experience working at OSH and is excited to step into this newest role.
ELC Program Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 612.874.9963 x4
Kate enjoys all aspects of adult basic education and running a community-based ESL program. She’s always impressed by how adult students prioritize learning in their busy lives.
Kate graduated from Earlham College with a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies and is a licensed adult basic education teacher. After starting in adult ESL over 30 years ago, Kate got side tracked by a corporate career at Best Buy before getting back into education as a classroom volunteer, teacher, and program director at VOA Adult High School in the Seward neighborhood for 12 years. She joined the ELC in March 2021 and is thrilled to be part of this community, serving learners, volunteers, and staff.
Finance & HR Manager
email@example.com | 612.871.5900 x2
As finance and human resource manager, Liz tracks every penny in and out of OSCS. Believing that employees are the organization’s most important assets, she works to create an environment in which people are motivated, contributing, and fulfilled. Although Liz doesn’t work directly with students or residents, she’s motivated by knowing she’s making a difference in people’s lives. With an educational background in culture and language, she also loves seeing (and hearing) the variety of people that OSCS serves.
Liz came to OSCS in May 2006 with a B.A. in anthropology and French and six years of experience working in law firms. Good at math and detail-oriented, she began as the organization’s bookkeeper. As OSCS grew, she returned to school and received a B.S. in accounting, followed by a M.S. in accounting with a focus on nonprofits.
Permanent Supportive Housing Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | 612-876-6604
Tim comes to this work in pursuit of “Housing for All.” He believes in the universal right to housing and wishes people had the chance to know our residents’ stories. He often hears people who have been successful in housing comment “I wish someone would subsidize my rent” but hasn’t found a single person willing to trade places or hardships with our residents. Not a day goes by where Tim isn’t grateful or amazed by what he sees from his peers and community members. He’s also learned that he’s a relatively skilled U-Haul truck driver and it pays dividends to have coworkers that are great cooks!
Tim holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, where he completed his thesis on a student housing conflict in the city of Duluth. He came to OSH as a volunteer about eight years ago and loved it so much that he decided he needed to commit to working full-time for the organization.
Housing Operations Manager
email@example.com | 651.336.5549
Renate was drawn to this work because she sees how most of the structural deficiencies in society intersect with homelessness. She wishes people understood that the problem is systemic and deeply rooted in intergenerational poverty, historic racism, a punitive criminal justice system, and a disinvestment in mental health. While homelessness won’t go away with donations and service work alone, Renate also knows the services OSCS provides are necessary. She’s inspired by the whole team and especially loves the intentional, supportive relationships developed among staff and between residents and staff.
Renate joined OSCS in 2014. Before her current role as housing operations manager, she served as a shelter case manager, supportive housing case manager, and social security advocate. She previously worked on marijuana decriminalization in D.C. and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in political science and a minor in economics.
Communications and Development
firstname.lastname@example.org | 612.871.5900 x8
Breanna began her role as Development Associate in December 2021. She splits her time between tracking and reporting grants, communicating with donors, and managing the donor database system. If you have a question about a donation or need to change your address, Breanna can help you with that! She loves knowing she’s making a difference in people’s lives and hopes that one day everyone is as compassionate towards people who are experiencing homelessness as any other human being.
Breanna earned her B.A. in psychology at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in December 2020. While completing her degree, she volunteered at Asian Women United of Minnesota (a women’s shelter for survivors of domestic violence) and Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment.
email@example.com | 612.208.9633
Bridget first learned about homelessness and how to be a compassionate person when she volunteered as a young adult with her dad at their local shelter. She remembers thinking, “These are my neighbors, and they deserve the life they want to live.” This exposure influenced Bridget’s decision to come work at Our Saviour’s Community Services. Now that she’s here, the resilience she sees each day in residents and students keeps her going. She also loves working with such supportive colleagues.
Bridget earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and plans to pursue a Master’s of Social Work. She joined Our Saviour’s Housing as the Administrative Specialist for Permanent Supportive Housing in July 2019 and became a Grants Specialist in February 2019.
Development and Communications Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | 612.843.3602
Robin (she/her) joined Our Saviour’s Community Services in the spring of 2022. As Development and Communications Manager, she gets to help people connect their interests and capacities with opportunities to help build the systems, communities, and future they want to live within. She likes getting to learn how supporters first connected with OSCS, and why they continue to invest in the organization. She also loves getting to talk to residents and students – not just about their experiences with the programs, but also how it feels to accomplish their goals.
Robin grew up in one of the most diverse communities in the United States, as calculated by the number of languages spoken in the public school district. Would you guess that means Anchorage, Alaska? In addition to the linguistic and cultural diversity, Anchorage also mirrors Minneapolis in other ways. It’s (literally) a very cold place to experience homelessness, and that means our services for sheltered and unsheltered folks can’t look the same as they do in California or another warmer climate.
Robin has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College, and completed a year of Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to joining the OSCS team, Robin worked for the International Institute of Minnesota and St. Stephen’s Human Services (now called Agate Housing and Services).
Hiba Al Hasnawi
ELC Volunteer Coordinator
email@example.com | 612.843.3607
Hiba believes literacy has the power to advance equity and justice and envisions a world where transformative learning opportunities are within everyone’s reach, regardless of background, age, or ability. Having moved to the United States from Iraq just a few years ago, she is happy to work now with immigrants and refugees like herself. She also loves that the English Learning Center allows her to meet people who speak different languages and to learn from different cultures and religions.
Although Hiba holds a degree in mechanical engineering, she’s embracing her passion for education and desire to connect people to resources. She served two years in various roles as an Americorps VISTA with Literacy Minnesota. In addition to her role as a volunteer coordinator at the English Learning Center, which she began in 2021, Hiba continues to work at Literacy Minnesota’s Open Door Learning Center in Northeast Minneapolis.
ELC Volunteer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org | 612.843.3608
As a person born and raised outside the United States, Inora understands how access to language and literacy impacts every aspect of our lives. She has experienced how adjusting to a new place and culture is difficult and how hard it is to make something of oneself due to language and other barriers. Regardless of these hardships, students at the English Learning Center keep moving forward. This striving force motivates Inora to keep working and making a difference. She also loves making connections and building rapport with volunteers in a supportive learning environment.
Inora earned a B.A. in psychology from Metropolitan State University and is currently a graduate student completing a Master’s degree in public and nonprofit leadership. During her undergraduate career, she worked with victims of sexual assault and people with special needs, working one-on-one with clients, building positive relationships, coordinating program activities, and actively fundraising. She joined OSCS as volunteer coordinator in 2021.
OSH Volunteer Coordinator
email@example.com | 612.872.4193 x2
Wateen left a job in corporate health care after feeling drawn to nonprofit work. She chose Our Saviour’s Housing because she believes we need to take responsibility for our homeless community. As an immigrant and a black woman, she knows how difficult it is to make something of yourself when society is set up against you. She believes if we all spent a little less time just talking about the issues and a little more time taking action, we can start to make a genuine change. As Volunteer Coordinator, Wateen loves meeting different people, recognizing their talents, and hearing their stories.
Wateen holds a degree in business administration with a minor in economics. Throughout her undergrad career, she traveled to Africa and the United Arab Emirates, where she worked with community members who were homeless and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. She joined OSH as volunteer coordinator in March 2020.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Nate first heard about OSCS through his colleagues at Augsburg University. When he began to learn more about OSCS, he discovered an organization that lives out its mission, serving its neighbors in ways both large and small with a dedicated staff and a broad network of loyal volunteers. He’s proud to represent an organization that connects with people along their own individual journey, while functioning in community. He believes the type of belonging and connection that OSCS offers can make an enduring, positive impact, not only in our individual lives but also in our communities.
Nate is a graduate of Augustana College (SD), Harvard Divinity School, and the Graduate Theological Union. He currently serves as the director of academic administration at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, where he is involved in budgeting, planning, and accreditation for the academic programs at the university. He has served on the OSCS board since May 2014.
University of Minnesota
Angela was drawn to OSCS because it combines two branches of service that are personally meaningful to her. Growing up in SE Asia among refugees and immigrants cemented her commitment to advocating on behalf of these populations. Angela has also worked with people experiencing homelessness and is convinced that homelessness can be solved through evidence-based, compassionate, and person-centered programs like Our Saviour’s. She appreciates that OSCS is truly of the community, responding to the direct needs of our neighbors in South Minneapolis, while also advocating for equity, sustainable solutions, and lasting change.
Angela is Interprofessional Continuing Education Director at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota, providing resources and support to health care teams. Her background is in nonprofit administration, workforce development, and homeless and veteran’s services. Angela holds a Master’s of Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota and has served on the OSCS board since February, 2015.
Jane believes that OSCS is doing two really important things in the community simultaneously— providing a safe and positive space for people to learn English skills AND providing emergency, transitional, and permanent housing! Each of these branches alone is challenging for an organization to provide, but doing both successfully is truly amazing. She is most passionate about how empowering and life changing the programs can be and loves to hear the stories of those who have felt ready to start the next chapter in their lives.
Jane was born and raised in the Twin Cities and attended college at the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in biology. She has worked in education, environmental management, and urban farming and joined the OSCS board in May 2018. As a board member, she hopes to better educate the public in issues surrounding homelessness and immigration and to help facilitate an active and dynamic group of board members!
Project for Pride in Living
Daniel serves on the board because the Twin Cities has so much wealth yet such large disparities. He believes it is our responsibility as a community to use that wealth to create opportunities for those who need it most, and OSCS’ work with shelter, housing, and English learning is doing just that. Daniel especially resonates with OSCS’s mission of welcoming immigrants, which he views as more important now than ever.
Daniel works as the controller at Project for Pride in Living. He seeks to use his accounting and finance skills to look out for both the long-term and short-term sustainability of OSCS. Money holds a lot of power for nonprofits, and budget decisions affect how the programs are delivered. Daniel hopes to do his part in ensuring that OSCS will have the resources to deliver its mission for a long time to come. He has served on the OSCS board since April 2018.
Martha Schwehn Bardwell
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
Martha joined the OSCS board in 2021. She first got involved with OSCS 10 years ago when she offered a weekly spirituality circle for OSH shelter residents, which she was inspired to offer after working with adults experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, WA. She is honored to serve on the board and is eager to discern how the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church congregation can keep supporting all the good work that OSCS does in the community. She is most passionate about how OSCS walks alongside community members in its programs in dignity-affirming ways, equipping folks with the skills they need for resilience and agency in their lives. She is inspired by the ways OSCS has worked hard to adapt and reimagine its programs to serve the expressed needs of its students and residents during the pandemic.
Martha has served as a pastor at Our Saviour’s since 2017. She brings a discerning spirit, a passion for antiracism and justice work, and congregational and community connections to the board. She lives in North Minneapolis with her husband Sam and 2 children.
Craig has a nerdy passion for efficient, well-run organizations that serve the common good—which makes OSCS a perfect fit! He joined the board to support the people delivering and receiving transformative services. For years, Craig and a group of friends have also provided meals at the shelter, and this remains a rewarding, bonding experience. He would like to tell others to not be fooled by the churchy name. All are welcome. All can serve. All can receive. No exceptions.
In his professional life, Craig is a freelance theater artist working as an actor, director, writer, and teacher at many area theaters. He has served as Congregational President of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and Vice President and Chair of the Minneapolis Area Synod Council (ELCA). He is the former director of the James J. Hill House in St. Paul. Craig has served on the OSCS board since April 2018.
Tom enjoys a long history with OSCS, having served on the board when the organization became an independent nonprofit in 2004. He and his wife are members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities, and he is humbled and proud to once again join the board as of April 2019.
After working 30 years in international commodity trading, Tom began a new career working 13 years in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser and administrator, primarily for an organization focusing on homelessness and hunger issues.
Apple Valley High School
Tezra originally became involved with OSCS in 2014 as a volunteer teacher at the English Learning Center. After a few years of volunteering, she realized that she loved teaching English to immigrants and refugees so much that she decided to change careers and go to school to become a licensed English Language teacher. Now, she serves on the board because she believes the work OSCS does is important and makes a difference during vulnerable times in people’s lives. She likes feeling inspired and being part of a force for good in the world. She also believes that those who serve at OSCS are changed just as much as those who are served.
Tezra has a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Education. She has worked in nonprofits directly with clients, as well as in fundraising. She currently works full time as an English Language teacher. Tezra has served on the OSCS board since April 2019.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Nick was introduced to OSCS through a former board member. He quickly learned that the organization is full of passionate and humble people who truly believe in the mission, and he’s honored to offer his own insights and expertise. Nick appreciates that OSCS is a diverse organization providing tools and opportunities to people in many situations. He’s most passionate about combatting homelessness and seeking to give individuals a safe and stable environment, especially as the problem continues to grow across Minnesota.
Nick holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School and has three years of experience in business and regulatory law, as well as in tax and finance. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 2015, Nick participated in various non-profit organizations, including faith-based ministries. Nick has served on the OSCS board since March 2019.
James feels drawn to organizations that provide human services out of the simple Gospel call to care for the needs of the neighbor, the stranger, the person in need. As a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, he frequently describes how the congregation served as a birthing center for OSCS. He’s most passionate about the way the English Learning Center assists those who come to the U.S. with no English language knowledge and opens up a “new world” for them.
James has spent his career in Lutheran higher education at two colleges and as a member of the churchwide staff, in roles as varied as a college professor of chemistry, a college’s chief academic officer, a churchwide staff member who advocated on behalf of church-related higher education, and as a college’s chief development officer. He joined the OSCS board in April 2019.
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2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone | 612.871.5900
Fax | 612.871.0017
Our Saviour's Housing
2219 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone | 612.872.4193
Fax | 612.872.4442
English Learning Center
2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone | 612.874.9963
Fax | 612.871.0017