Meet the staff of The Open Door, find their contact information and learn a little about each of them.
I am a transplant from Alabama who now lives in Burnsville with my wife Nicola and our two awesome little boys. When I am not working with our Open Door team, I spend most of my time with my family. I love mountain biking, downhill skiing, hiking, and annually rediscovering my humility by running obstacle races.
I have a complete mancrush on Malcolm Gladwell and am a devoted reader and listener of his work. I am also a huge fan of Freakonomics, The Uncertain Hour, and more podcasts than I should mention.
I’m a daughter, a wife, and a mother. I am very active in my church and lead everything from bible study to soccer camps. My husband and I love beagles. I have been walking beagles through my neighborhood for 27 years and I am known as the ‘Beagle Lady” to my neighbors.
Client Services Manager
As a wife and mother of two kids, I spend most of my free time with family. Other interests include playing volleyball with a team of close friends, ice skating, reading, and volunteering at church. I consider myself very blessed to play a small part in feeding hungry people every day!
Garden To Table Manager
I have a biology degree with the chemistry minor. I have worked as a botanist as well as in marketing and nonprofit management and am a yoga/Barre instructor. In my free time I like to garden, do yoga, and dance. I am a mother of 2 and I am owned by 2 cats.
Mobile Food Program Manager
I live in Apple Valley with my wife Elischéba (pronounced, Alicia-ba). We love to travel and meet people from all over the world and learn about how they live life and try their food. I come from an outdoor guide/outdoor educator background where I guided trips on Lake Superior and the Mississippi River for about 8 years after college.
Mobile Food Program Coordinator
I have majors in Public and Nonprofit Management and Human Resources and enjoy spending my time serving others, which makes helping support those in the community a great fit! I’m active in serving in a campus ministry and church in Minneapolis. Aside from work and ministry, I enjoy traveling and being active outdoors.
Volunteer & Client Services Coordinator
Development & Communications Manager
I live in Saint Paul with my husband Jeff and our two sweet girls. My favorite way to spend time is hanging out with my family. I also enjoy skating roller derby, running around Como Lake in the wee hours of the morning, or reading a good book late into the evening.
Mobile Lunch Box Coordinator
Communications & Events Coordinator
I live in Lakeville with my husband Ed and our curious and active son. In my free time, I like to go on family adventures, exploring small towns on Minnesota’s backroads and finding new and interesting places to eat. My favorite things are my family, coffee and chocolate.
I’m a former newspaper copy editor, native Wisconsinite, and longtime interpretive volunteer at the Minnesota Zoo. In my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and hiking Lake Superior’s North Shore with my husband and dog.
Community Relations Coordinator
I live in Farmington with my husband of 20+ years and two teenage daughters, who are proud Tigers from Farmington High School. I love group fitness classes, walks with my dog and time with people who inspire me.
My favorite day of the week is Sunday, when I spend time with my Faith Family and often my extended Family. I appreciate The Open Door and the hope it provides its clients. It is a worthy cause and rewarding to be of help and hope for those we call neighbor.