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OUR PEOPLE

Change Inc. prioritizes the cultural and ethnic diversification of our staff, interns, volunteers, independent contractors, vendors, partners, and Board members. Over 60% of our staff represent communities of color and come from African American, Nigerian, Somalian, Ghanaian, Native American, Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, and El Salvadoran cultures. Our staff speak Arabic, Burmo-Tibetan, French, Greek, Spanish, Somali, Karen, Japanese, Ojibwe, Russian, and Hmong. This diversity allows for meaningful connections with those we serve.

Change Inc. Leadership

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Jill Johnson, M.A.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Regina Edmisten

DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS

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Jennifer Garrido Santos, M.A., LMFT

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING, CONSULTATION, & SUPERVISION

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Patty Karsko

DIRECTOR OF SUPPORT SERVICES

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Jody Nelson, Ed.D., LMFT

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CHANGE INSTITUTE

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Heidi Schlewitz Krueger, M.A., LMFT

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

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Corey Byrd

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

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Joe Ferraro, M.S.

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

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Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner, M.Ed.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY IMPACT

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Laura Ott

DIRECTOR OF ABE

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Kathy Rappos

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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Lisa Xiong, M.A.,​LMFT

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES

CHANGE INC.

BOARD MEMBERS

Adam Spees

CHAIR

Attorney, Cooper Law, LLC

Karen Thompson

VICE-CHAIR

Channel Partner Senior Analyst, Securian

Pete Fitzsimmons

TREASURER

Assistant Controller, Ceres Global Ag Corp

Amy Lauricella

Government Relations, MN Department of Corrections

Alfred Jaryan

Mental Health Supervisor, Fraser

Mary Martinez

Executive Assistant, Xcel Energy, Inc.

Basanti Miller

Community Engagement, Minnesota Historical Society

Jamil Payton

Principal, Johnson High School

Mitch Walking Elk

Retired Coordinator of Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society, GAP School

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