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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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Colleen Bemis
Operations Coordinator
colleenbemis@urbanventures.org

Tyler Benson
Information Systems Manager
tylerbenson@urbanventures.org

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

Kyle Boyes
Community Outreach Manager
kyleboyes@urbanventures.org

Franklin Briceño
Director, Siempre Padres
franklinbriceno@urbanventures.org

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

Priscilla Brown
Director, Forever Parents
priscillabrown@urbanventures.org

Julie Brunk
Event Staff Supervisor
juliebrunk@urbanventures.org

Wes Brunk
Custodian/Maintenance
wesleybrunk@urbanventures.org

Danielle Buckner
Director, Urban Ventures: Young Life
daniellebuckner@urbanventures.org

Steve Cortez Roldon
Custodian/Maintenance
stevecortez@urbanventures.org

Donika Dean
Family Support Specialist, Forever Parents
donikadean@urbanventures.org

Angeles Delgado
Family Support Specialist, Siempre Padres
angelesdelgado@urbanventures.org

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

Crystal Dodge*
Director of Human Resources
crystaldodge@urbanventures.org

Susana Espinosa de Sygulla
Senior Consultant
Co-leader, Early Learning Center

susana@urbanventures.org

Nichole Flowers
Co-leader, Early Learning Center
nicholeflowers@urbanventures.org

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

Alan Goroztieta
Soccer Trainer/Fit & Fun Instructor
alangoroztieta@urbanventures.org

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

Dave Hawn*
President & CEO
davehawn@urbanventures.org

Important Layeni
Custodian/Maintenance
importantlayeni@urbanventures.org

Mario Leon
Event Staff Supervisor
marioleon@urbanventures.org

Andrew Lonsbury*
VP, Advancement
andrewlonsbury@urbanventures.org

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

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

Greg Michael
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Cade Mohammed
Director of Security
security@cpcrc.net

Raúl Montes Sarco
Custodian/Maintenance
raulmontessarco@urbanventures.org

Ingrid Orejuela
Custodian/Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Tracey Pitman
Director, Urban Ventures Coffee
traceypitman@urbanventures.org

Kendra Peterson
Teacher
kendrapeterson@urbanventures.org

Tony Podtburg
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Clarisse Randolph
Assistant Coordinator, Farm
clarisserandolph@urbanventures.org

Ben Roberts
Director, Act Six
benroberts@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

Janel Schliemann
Athletics Coordinator
janelschliemann@urbanventures.org

Dan Schwartz
Systems Administrator
danschwartz@urbanventures.org

Yuri Selby-Pfahl
Event Staff Supervisor

Renee Sherman*
VP, Finance
reneesherman@urbanventures.org

Sarah Spiegle
Events & Volunteer Manager
sarahspiegle@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

Luke Trouten
Sr. Marketing & Communications Specialist
luketrouten@urbanventures.org

John Turnipseed*
Executive Vice President, Campus Pastor
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

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

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

  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

  Carrie Plack   Senior Director,  Ameriprise Financial

Carrie Plack
Senior Director,
Ameriprise Financial

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

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

  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

  Shanequa Williams   Human Resources Director,  Pentair

Shanequa Williams
Human Resources Director,
Pentair

  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


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