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Meet the team.

 
 
 

Staff Directory

To contact a staff member by phone, call 612.638.1000 and our front desk will be happy to transfer you.
*Leadership Team Member

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Tyler Benson
Manager, Information Systems
tylerbenson@urbanventures.org

Steve Bergman
Head Chef
stevebergman@urbanventures.org

Kyle Boyes
Program Support Manager
kyleboyes@urbanventures.org

Franklin Briceño
Director, Siempre Padres
franklinbriceno@urbanventures.org

Mike Brooks
Director, Music & Recording Studio
mikebrooks@urbanventures.org

Priscilla Brown, MA
Director, Pathways
priscillabrown@urbanventures.org

Julie Brunk
Event Staff Supervisor
juliebrunk@urbanventures.org

Wes Brunk
Manager, Custodial/Janitorial
wesleybrunk@urbanventures.org

Susana Espinosa de Sygulla
Senior Consultant, Early Learning Center
susana@urbanventures.org

Lisa Fredericks
Act Six Program Assistant
lisafredericks@urbanventures.org

Myrna Garcia
Family Support Specialist, Siempre Padres
myrnagarcia@urbanventures.org

Alan Goroztieta Morantes
Soccer Coordinator
alangoroztieta@urbanventures.org

Troy Groenke*
VP, Marketing & Communications
troygroenke@urbanventures.org

Grace Haugen
Family and Education Support Specialist
gracehaugen@urbanventures.org

Dave Hawn*
President & CEO
davehawn@urbanventures.org

Important Layeni
Custodian
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Andrew Lonsbury
Campaign Manager
andrewlonsbury@urbanventures.org

Mark-Peter Lundquist*
Director, Food, Farm & Nutrition
markpeter@urbanventures.org

Miriam Medina Macias
Program Manager, Act Six
miriammedina@urbanventures.org

Greg Michael
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Margaret Miles
Empower Campaign Coordinator
margaretmiles@urbanventures.org

Cade Mohammed
Director, Security
security@cpcrc.net

David Morris
Custodian
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Annabel Morrisroe
Program Assistant, Pathways
annabelmorrisroe@urbanventures.org

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Luis Nava-Torres
Security Guard
security@cpcrc.net

Ingrid Orejuela
Custodian
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Kendra Peterson
Directory, Literacy
kendrapeterson@urbanventures.org

Mike Peterson
Literacy Tutor
michaelpeterson@urbanventures.org

Tony Podtburg
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Rene Quintanilla
Custodian
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Ryan Risch
Security Guard
security@cpcrc.net

Benny Roberts
Director, Youth Mentoring, College & Career
bennyroberts@urbanventures.org

Sue Rohland
Grant Writer
suerohland@urbanventures.org

Michelle Roll
Accountant
michelleroll@urbanventures.org

Gary Ross
Farm Manager
garyross@urbanventures.org

Hannah Sackett
Advancement Assistant
hannahsackett@urbanventures.org

Janel Schliemann
Program Coordinator, Athletics
janelschliemann@urbanventures.org

Dan Schwartz
Systems Administrator
danschwartz@urbanventures.org

Renee Sherman*
VP, Finance
reneesherman@urbanventures.org

Jennifer Somercik
Children’s Program Coordinator
jennifersomercik@urbanventures.org

Sarah Spiegle
Events & Volunteer Manager
sarahspiegle@urbanventures.org                             

Wilbert Taylor
Custodian
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Jake "JT" Thompson
Program Associate, Urban Ventures Young Life
jakethompson@urbanventures.org

Jason Thompson
Associate Director, Advancement
jasonthompson@urbanventures.org

John Turnipseed*
Executive Vice President & Campus Pastor
johnturnipseed@urbanventures.org

Eduardo Urzua
Security Guard
security@cpcrc.net

Matt von Ende*
VP, Facilities & IT
matthewvonende@urbanventures.org

Keith Wilson
Winter Basketball Coordinator
keithwilson@urbanventures.org

 
 

Board of Directors

Kathryn Graves Unger, Board Chair   Managing Director, North America,  Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Kathryn Graves Unger, Board Chair
Managing Director, North America,
Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Karen Baumberger   Strategic Account Manager  Oracle

Karen Baumberger
Strategic Account Manager
Oracle

Dean Hager   CEO  Jamf

Dean Hager
CEO
Jamf

Roy Ferber, Treasurer   President  Drop Ship Express (Ret.)

Roy Ferber, Treasurer
President
Drop Ship Express (Ret.)

Ann Folkman   Managing Director, Marketing  CarVal Investors

Ann Folkman
Managing Director, Marketing
CarVal Investors

Leah McLean   News Anchor  KSTP TV

Leah McLean
News Anchor
KSTP TV

Gaylen Knack, Secretary   Principal  Gray Plant Mooty

Gaylen Knack, Secretary
Principal
Gray Plant Mooty

Edwin (Skip) Gage   Owner  Gage Marketing

Edwin (Skip) Gage
Owner
Gage Marketing

Mark Morse   CEO  Morsekode Agency

Mark Morse
CEO
Morsekode Agency

Dave Hawn, Ex Officio   President and CEO  Urban Ventures

Dave Hawn, Ex Officio
President and CEO
Urban Ventures

Dennis Gould   Sr. Director, Order-to-Delivery  Kellogg

Dennis Gould
Sr. Director, Order-to-Delivery
Kellogg

Shanequa Williams   Human Resources Director  Pentair

Shanequa Williams
Human Resources Director
Pentair


Marketing Advisory Committee


 

A G E N C Y   P A R T N E R S

 

 

Troy Groenke*
VP Marketing
Urban Ventures

Kiera Jacobson**
Copywriting Manager
Target

Ann Folkman**
Managing Dir. Marketing & Global Comm
CarVal Investors

* Staff Representative
** Committee Co-Chairs

 

Bruce Armstrong
VP
BBDO Advertising (ret.) 

Kellie Cornell
Graphic Designer
Eaglebrook Church

Megan Kellar
Food Service Sales Rep
Hormel Foods

Kip Lindman
Vice President, Brand Marketing
Fleishman Hillard

Kelly Lukes
Account Manager
MorseKode Creative Agency

Rachel Oldfield
Consumer Insights Strategist
C-Space Market Research

Lainie Steffen
Digital Marketing Content Program Leader
3M

 
 
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[Urban Ventures] is rediscovering holistic, pragmatic solutions. [They are] working at ground level, offering support to transform lives, motivating a sense of self-worth, surrounding participants with a circle of caring adults, and urging them that they can do better for themselves.
— Star Tribune