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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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Nancy Adan
Program Assistant
nancyadan@urbanventures.org

Colleen Bemis
Operations Coordinator
colleenbemis@urbanventures.org

Tyler Benson
Information Systems Manager
tylerbenson@urbanventures.org

Steve Bergman
Head Chef, Kids Cafe
stevebergman@urbanventures.org

Amanda Blake
Graphic Designer
amandablake@urbanventures.org

Kyle Boyes
Community Outreach Manager
kyleboyes@urbanventures.org

Franklin Briceño
Director, Center for Families
franklinbriceno@urbanventures.org

Mike Brooks
Studio Manager, Urban Ventures Music Academy
mikebrooks@urbanventures.org

Priscilla Brown
Director of Family Services
priscillabrown@urbanventures.org

Julie Brunk
Event Staff Supervisor
juliebrunk@urbanventures.org

Wes Brunk
Custodian/Maintenance
wesleybrunk@urbanventures.org

Steve Cortez Roldon
Custodian/Maintenance
stevecortez@urbanventures.org

Marquise Dixon*
VP, Youth and Family Services
marquisedixon@urbanventures.org

Nick Doble
Kitchen Assistant
nickdoble@urbanventures.org

Susana Espinosa de Sygulla
Senior Consultant
susana@urbanventures.org

Hannah Filipiak
After School Teacher
hannahfilipiak@urbanventures.org

Nichole Flowers
Director, Youth Program
nicholeflowers@urbanventures.org

Dave Hawn*
President & CEO
davehawn@urbanventures.org

Myrna Garcia
Family Support Specialist
myrnagarcia@urbanventures.org

Troy Groenke*
VP, Marketing
troygroenke@urbanventures.org

Alyssa Hiller
Graphic Designer
alyssahiller@urbanventures.org

Johnny Hiller
Education Program Coordinator
johnnyhiller@urbanventures.org

Important Layeni
Custodian/Maintenance
importantlayeni@urbanventures.org

Mario Leon
Event Staff Supervisor
marioleon@urbanventures.org

Andrew Lonsbury*
VP, Advancement & Finance
andrewlonsbury@urbanventures.org

Mark-Peter Lundquist*
VP, Social Enterprise
markpeter@urbanventures.org

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Greg Michael
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Abdifitah Mohammed
Security Guard
AbdifitahMohamed@urbanventures.org

Cade Mohammed
Director of Security
security@cpcrc.net

Raúl Montes Sarco
Custodian/Maintenance
raulmontessarco@urbanventures.org

Pete Morse*
VP, School Research and Development
petemorse@urbanventures.org

Ingrid Orejuela
Custodian/Maintenance

Dora Palma
Assistant Coordinator, Prenatal Classes
dorapalma@urbanventures.org

Tracey Pitman
Director, CityKid Enterprises
traceypitman@urbanventures.org

Tony Podtburg
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Cindy Rabbitt
Director of Finance
cindyrabbitt@urbanventures.org

Clarisse Randolph
clarisserandolph@urbanventures.org

Ben Roberts
Director, Act Six
benroberts@urbanventures.org

Laura Rosenboom
Nutritionist
laurarosenboom@urbanventures.org

Gary Ross
Farm Operations Manager
garyross@urbanventures.org

Roger Ross
Director, Urban Ventures Athletics
rogerross@urbanventures.org

Ayanlie Salad
Security Guard
ayanliesalad@urbanventures.org

Julia Salinas
Family Support Specialist
juliasalinas@urbanventures.org

Janel Schliemann
Athletics Coordinator
janelschliemann@urbanventures.org

Marcia Schnaidt
Human Resource and Accounting Specialist
marciaschnaidt@urbanventures.org

Dan Schwartz
Systems Administrator
danschwartz@urbanventures.org

Yuri Selby-Pfahl
Event Staff Supervisor

Romericus Sims
Family Support Specialist
romericussims@urbanventures.org

Sarah Spiegle
Events & Volunteer Manager
sarahspiegle@urbanventures.org

Susan Spray
Grant Writer
susanspray@urbanventures.org
                                                                                                         
LaToya Taris-James

Urban Ventures: Young Life Director
latoyatarisjames@urbanventures.org

Wilbert Taylor
Custodian/Maintenance
wilberttaylor@urbanventures.org

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

Jason Thompson
Annual Fund Manager
jasonthompson@urbanventures.org

John Turnipseed*
Executive Vice President
johnturnipseed@urbanventures.org

Matt von Ende*
Head of Athletics, Facilities & IT
matthewvonende@urbanventures.org

Robert Ware
Assistant Athletics Director
robertware@urbanventures.org

Brandon Williams
Security Guard
brandonwilliams@urbanventures.org

 

 

 
 

Board of Directors

Scott Anderson, Chairman Executive Pastor, Scottsdale Bible Church

Scott Anderson, Chairman
Executive Pastor,
Scottsdale Bible Church

Karen Baumberger Regional Sales Manager, Oracle

Karen Baumberger
Regional Sales Manager,
Oracle

Dennis Gould Director, Customer Supply Chain Kellogg

Dennis Gould
Director, Customer Supply Chain
Kellogg

Mark Morse CEO/CCO, Morsekode Agency

Mark Morse
CEO/CCO,
Morsekode Agency

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

Kathryn Graves Unger Country Director, North America, Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Kathryn Graves Unger
Country Director, North America,
Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Carrie Plack Senior Director, Ameriprise Financial

Carrie Plack
Senior Director,
Ameriprise Financial

Gaylen Knack, Secretary Principal,  Gray Plant Mooty

Gaylen Knack, Secretary
Principal, 
Gray Plant Mooty

Shannon Foreman Financial Advisor, BMO Harris Bank

Shannon Foreman
Financial Advisor,
BMO Harris Bank

Dean Hager CEO, Jamf

Dean Hager
CEO,
Jamf

Jason Reed Director, Strategy/New Ventures, Second Harvest Heartland

Jason Reed
Director, Strategy/New Ventures,
Second Harvest Heartland

Dave Hawn, Ex Officio President and CEO, Urban Ventures

Dave Hawn, Ex Officio
President and CEO,
Urban Ventures

Edwin (Skip) Gage Owner, Gage Marketing

Edwin (Skip) Gage
Owner,
Gage Marketing

Leah McLean News Anchor, KSTP TV

Leah McLean
News Anchor,

KSTP TV

Shanequa Williams Sr. HR Manager, Pentair

Shanequa Williams
Sr. HR Manager,
Pentair


Marketing Advisory Committee


A G E N C Y   P A R T N E R S

 
 

Troy Groenke*
VP Marketing & Communications
Urban Ventures

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

Kiera Jacobson**
Copywriting Manager
Target


Bruce Armstrong
VP
BBDO Advertising (ret.) 

Kellie Cornell
Graphic Designer
Eaglebrook Church

Jon Evans
Clarity Films
Owner

Sarah Huener
Art Director/Designer
MPLS STP Clothing Co.

Megan Kellar
Food Service Sales Rep
Hormel Foods

Kip Lindman
Vice President
Fleishman Hillard

Kelly Lukes
Account Manager
MorseKode

Rachel Oldfield
Consumer Insights Strategist
C-Space

Dhwani Patel
U of M Carlson School ’16
Committee Intern

Rachelle Putnam
Marketing Consultant
CarVal Investors

Liz Rolfsmeier
Editorial Writer
Star Tribune/Freelance

* Staff Representative      ** Committee Co-Chair


 
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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