Interim Executive Director
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A seasoned nonprofit and public-sector leader, David joined OSCS with over 20 years of executive experience. He began his career as an architect with a passion for affordable housing, but his commitment to creating a fairer, more compassionate society goes back much further than this. From an early age, David learned about prejudice and structural injustice from his mother, who was a full-time civil rights activist in the 60s and 70s. He wishes everyone could recognize that all people are the same at heart. We all care for our loved ones, and we worry for them (and for ourselves) when we are unable to build and sustain the foundations of a healthy, productive life: education; employment; and safe, stable housing.
David has served as Executive Director of Seward Redesign – a nonprofit community development organization – and as Deputy Mayor of Minneapolis during Mayor R. T. Rybak’s first term. During the past decade, he has worked as a consultant and Interim Executive Director, assisting over 30 nonprofits to manage leadership transitions, assess changing community needs, conduct organizational assessments, engage critical stakeholders, and sharpen strategic focus. David began his one-year tenure as Interim Executive Director in March 2020.
OSH Program Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 612.715.6448
As OSH Program Director, Emily strives to leverage her privileges and skills to create a more just and equitable society. She wishes people understood that homelessness is a collective problem caused by a lack of affordable housing, not an individual problem caused by a person’s poverty, mental health, substance use, etc. Emily loves learning from our shelter guests and housing residents and feels honored to be a part of their journey. She also loves the OSH team, whose passion keeps her going when she feels discouraged.
Emily holds a Masters of Public Health, with a focus on community health promotion, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Prior to her role as Program Director, she served as a health promotion intern, shelter worker, case manager, and interim program manager since joining OSH in 2015.
ELC Program Director
email@example.com | 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’s thrilled to now be part of the ELC, serving this community of learners, volunteers, and staff.
Finance & HR Manager
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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.
email@example.com | 612.872.4193 x6
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. She spends her days at OSH assisting residents to get their basic needs met and tending to the operating tasks that keep the shelter running smoothly.
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.
Permanent Supportive Housing Program Manager
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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.
Communications and Development
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Amanda began working at OSCS through good timing and a series of fortunate events. She stays because of excellent colleagues, passion for the mission, and the chance to put her creative skills to use. As a resident of South Minneapolis, Amanda’s grateful to be working in her community and wishes more people with privilege recognized the disparities that exist in their own backyard. She spends her days sharing stories and connecting others to the work of OSCS. She’d love to hear from you!
Amanda has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. One of the most transformational experiences of her life was serving as a full-time, live-in volunteer at Annunciation House, a hospitality house for immigrants and refugees in El Paso, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Organizational Leadership at the University of St. Catherine and sits on the board of Mary’s Pence. She joined OSCS as Communications Manager in July 2012.
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Carol first came to OSCS as a volunteer English teacher and later joined the development team as an employee. She splits her time between applying for grants, communicating with donors, and managing the donor database system. If you have a question about a donation or need to change your address, Carol can help you with that! She loves seeing the generosity and commitment of donors and volunteers and admires the grace of residents and students. They have endured so many injustices and have the strength to keep moving forward.
Previously, Carol worked at RBC Global Asset Management as a writer and content manager. Before that, she earned a doctorate in English at Vanderbilt University and taught English, women’s studies, and cultural studies. She joined OSCS as Development Associate in August 2016.
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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.
ELC Volunteer Training & Program Manager
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Hannah chooses to work with New Americans because in every chapter of her life abroad, she has been welcomed with radical hospitality. She feels called to offer the same welcoming presence to those adjusting to life here in the United States. She sticks around for the “Ah-ha!” moments, the smiles and high-fives when a student starts to feel welcome at school, and the occasions of kindness and grace that remind her she’s constantly learning alongside students too. When Hannah’s not ensuring volunteer teachers have what they need to be successful in the classroom, you might find her stopping by the mall down the street for a sugar boost of traditional Somali tea!
Hannah graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish Language and Latin American Studies and then spent a year teaching English in Central Mexico. Shortly after moving to Minneapolis, she found the ELC in October, 2017, and has loved her role working with adult English language learners and volunteer teachers ever since!
ELC Volunteer Coordinator
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Hayat works at the ELC out of a sense of community. As the product of a refugee family from Somalia, immigrating to the U.S. in 2000, she relates to the students’ experiences. Seeing their determination and drive to succeed fuels her to continue to do the work she does, connecting volunteer teachers with students in the classroom. Regardless of the setbacks students have faced in life, they do not let those experiences stop them from pushing forward. They inspire her every day to continuously be a better version of herself.
Hayat graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a degree in Family Social Science and is pursuing a graduate degree in Social Work. She joined the ELC as AM Volunteer Coordinator in September, 2017.
OSH Volunteer Coordinator
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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.
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.
The Rev. Laurie Eaton
Ex-officio, Senior Pastor
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
In accordance with OSCS’ founding documents, Pastor Laurie has served as an ex-officio member of the board since becoming pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in October 2009. She was delighted to be joining a congregation that was so committed to meeting the needs of the neighborhood and was eager to learn how the organization continues its work of “welcoming the stranger” as a standalone nonprofit.
In her role, Pastor Laurie sees herself as a bridge between OSCS and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. It’s very important to her that OSCS and the church maintain a strong connection, embracing a common vision for what it means to care for our neighbors. She’s grateful that the two share a space and that the building is full and well-used all week long—not just on Sunday mornings. As the neighborhood changes and OSCS and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church plan for the future, Pastor Laurie hopes to ensure that both may continue grow together.
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
MTezra 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.
Huntington National Bank
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
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Our Saviour's Housing
2219 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone | 612.872.4193
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English Learning Center
2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone | 612.874.9963
Fax | 612.871.0017