Denard Span Pays Tribute to Jeremiah Program

When Denard Span considered getting involved with a charity, he chose Jeremiah Program because, in his words, “It just sounded perfect. I wanted to do something I could relate to.” His comment relates to both the fact he was raised by a single mother and that he respects Jeremiah for providing opportunities for single mothers but also asking them to work toward their success.

Span talks extensively about his work with Jeremiah Program in a recent interview with the Washington Times. Read the full story about the former Minnesota Twins star (now playing for the Washington Nationals) here.

CenturyLink Empowered Women’s Group Funds Jeremiah Scholarships


Jeremiah thanks the CenturyLink Empowered Women’s Group for its generous donation to fund scholarships for women on our Minneapolis-St.Paul campuses. These educational scholarships from supportive community groups like CenturyLink’s are essential to helping Jeremiah women complete their post-secondary education in the face of financial challenges. Scholarships will be used by students to continue their studies through summer, allowing them to graduate more expediently and move on to career-track positions.

Pictured (l-r): Sadie McQuerry, Hawi Baisa (Life Skills coach), Malcolm Olatunde, Fawn Berhardt-Norvell (Mpls-St Paul Director of Development) and Jan Schumacher.

Lucy Gerold Appointed Interim Executive Director of Jeremiah’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Campuses


Lucy Gerold, former Deputy Chief, Precinct Commander, and Commander of Leadership and Organizational Development with the Minneapolis Police Department and a current Personal Empowerment facilitator for Jeremiah Program, has agreed to serve as interim Executive Director of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul campuses effective April 1.

Gerold takes the position held for several years by Vickie Allen, who recently resigned to pursue new career opportunities. In making the announcement, Gloria Perez, President and CEO of Jeremiah Program, said, “We are grateful to Vickie for her leadership and commitment to the organization for the past few years. It was serendipity that Lucy had decided to leave the force at a time when Jeremiah needed experienced leadership.”

Gerold is a 34-year employee of the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). She created and led the implementation of community policing in the mid-1980s as the Director of Community Crime Prevention/SAFE. With the success in Minneapolis, she became a member of a national team who trained and developed cops across the country to effectively implement community policing. As a volunteer with Jeremiah, Gerold has been teaching Personal Empowerment courses to residents for more than four years.

In announcing her acceptance of the position at Jeremiah, Gerold said, “I have held almost every leadership position in the Minneapolis Police Department and I felt it was time to take my leadership skills to a different community organization. I believe in the Jeremiah model. I know from my work in law enforcement that real change takes place when you transform lives from the inside out, and that’s what Jeremiah does.”