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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, Learning Lab
nancyadan@urbanventures.org

Omar Artega
Facilities Worker
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Colleen Bemis
Marketing Communications Coordinator
colleenbemis@urbanventures.org

Tyler Benson
Information Systems Manager
tylerbenson@urbanventures.org

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

Kyle Boyes
Community Engagement; Executive Assistant
kyleboyes@urbanventures.org

Franklin Briceño
Director, Siempre Padres
franklinbriceno@urbanventures.org

Michael Brooks
Youth Programs Assistant
mikebrooks@urbanventures.org

Jamael Brown
Facilities Worker
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Priscilla Brown
Director, Family Services
priscillabrown@urbanventures.org

Wesley Brunk
Senior Facilities Coordinator
wesleybrunk@urbanventures.org

Sean Burns
Youth Development Specialist
seanburns@urbanventures.org

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

Nick Doble
Kitchen Assistant
nickdoble@urbanventures.org

Art Erickson
Urban Ventures Founder; Studio 180
arterickson@urbanventures.org

Susana Espinosa de Sygulla
Senior Consultant
susana@urbanventures.org

Mary Ferguson
Child Care, Center for Fathering
maryferguson@urbanventures.org

Peggy Fink
Major Gift Officer
peggyfink@urbanventures.org

Nichole Flowers
Director, Learning Lab
nicholeflowers@urbanventures.org

David Hawn*
President & CEO
davidhawn@urbanventures.org


Alan Goroztieta Morantes
Assistant Athletics Director, Urban Stars
alangoroztieta@cpcrc.ent

Myrna Garcia
Latino Family Advocate
myrnagarcia@urbanventures.org

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

Paris Jackson
Security
parisjackson@urbanventures.org

Important Layeni
Facilities Worker
importantlayeni@urbanventures.org

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

Nora Lund
Siempre Padres Children's Program Coordinator
noralund@urbanventures.org

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

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Greg Michael
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Cade Mohammed
Director of Security
cademohammed@cpcrc.net

Raul Montes Sarco
Facilities Worker
raulmontessarco@urbanventures.org

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

Tracey Pitman
Director of Operations, CityKid Enterprises
traceypitman@urbanventures.org

Tony Podtburg
Facilities Supervisor
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Cynthia Rabbitt
Director of Finance
cindyrabbitt@urbanventures.org

Marisol Rosado-Carrisalez
Program Assistant, Act Six
marisolrosado@urbanventures.org

Gina Rios
Urban Farm and Community Relations
ginarios@urbanventures.org

Benny Roberts
Director, Act Six
bennyroberts@urbanventures.org

Gary Ross
Operations Coordinator, CityKid Enterprises
garyross@urbanventures.org

Roger Ross
Director, Urban Stars
rogerross@urbanventures.org

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

Julia Salinas
Latino Family Advocate, Siempre Padres
juliasalinas@urbanventures.org

Dan Schwartz
Help Desk Technician
danschwartz@urbanventures.org

Elizabeth Scott
Sales and Community Relations, CityKid Enterprises
elizabethscott@urbanventures.org

Romericus Sims
Senior Program Recruiter
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 Associate
latoyatarisjames@urbanventures.org

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

John Turnipseed*
Executive Vice President
johnturnipseed@urbanventures.org

Matt von Ende*
General Manager
matthewvonende@urbanventures.org

 

 

 
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OUR FOUNDER, WALLACE ARTHUR ERICKSON:
You can call him Art.

 

Board of Directors

 

Scott Anderson, Chairman Executive Pastor, Scottsdale Bible Church

Scott Anderson, Chairman
Executive Pastor,
Scottsdale Bible Church

Rick Huckle, Vice Chairman CEO,  Riverland Bancorporation

Rick Huckle, Vice Chairman
CEO, 
Riverland Bancorporation

Gaylen Knack, Secretary Principal,  Gray Plant Mooty

Gaylen Knack, Secretary
Principal, 
Gray Plant Mooty

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

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

Dave Hawn, Ex Officio CEO, Urban Ventures  

Dave Hawn, Ex Officio
CEO,
Urban Ventures
 

Ann Folkman Managing Director, Marketing, CarVal Investors

Ann Folkman
Managing Director, Marketing,
CarVal Investors

Shannon Foreman Financial Advisor, BMO Harris Bank

Shannon Foreman
Financial Advisor,
BMO Harris Bank

Edwin (Skip) Gage Owner, Gage Marketing  

Edwin (Skip) Gage
Owner,
Gage Marketing
 

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

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

Dennis Gould Director, Customer Supply Chain Kellogg

Dennis Gould
Director, Customer Supply Chain
Kellogg

Dean Hager CEO, Jamf

Dean Hager
CEO,
Jamf

Carrie Plack Senior Director, Ameriprise Financial

Carrie Plack
Senior Director,
Ameriprise Financial

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

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

 

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