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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

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 Morantes
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

Andrew Lonsbury*
VP, Advancement
andrewlonsbury@urbanventures.org

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

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

Greg Michael
Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

Margaret Miles
Major Gifts Officer
margaretmiles@urbanventures.org

Cade Mohammed
Director of Security
security@cpcrc.net

Javiera Monardez-Popelka
Coordinator, Early Learning Center
javieramonardez@urbanventures.org

Raúl Montes Sarco
Custodian/Maintenance
raulmontessarco@urbanventures.org

David Morris
Custodian/Maintenance
maintenance@urbanventures.org

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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

Michelle Roll
Accountant
michelleroll@urbanventures.org

Gary Ross
Farm Operations Manager
garyross@urbanventures.org

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

Janel Schliemann
Athletics Coordinator
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
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 Manager
luketrouten@urbanventures.org

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

Eduardo Urzua
Security
security@cpcrc.net

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

Robert Ware
Assistant Athletics Director

 
 

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   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
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