Staff Leadership

Gloria Perez

President & CEO

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Perez is one of the country’s leading experts in two-generation strategies to reduce poverty. As a Fellow in Ascend Program of the Aspen Institute she is working with leaders from across the country to drive proven strategies to help families achieve economic security. Perez is a graduate of Macalester College and recipient of the Alexandrine Medal from St. Catherine University and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Peg Dissmeyer

Peggy Dissmeyer

Chief Financial Officer

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Dissmeyer came to Jeremiah after a successful career ranging from three years of public accounting in the nonprofit sector to 20 years for two Fortune 500 consumer products companies. She oversees all aspects of finance for the expanding organization. She received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.

Jessica Lehman

Chief Operating Officer

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Prior to joining Jeremiah, Jess was a human resources leader at Target Corporation for many years, managing store managers and HR professionals to promote a unified guest culture and drive profitable sales. She also led senior leadership teams and designed high-performing strategies to support the organization’s mission and vision. Jess received her B.S. in child psychology from the University of Minnesota and her master’s in counseling from Indiana University.

Ellen Muller

Chief Advancement Officer

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Muller joined Jeremiah in July 2016, having served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development. Previously, she was development director for MAP for Nonprofits, financial development manager for the International Special Olympics Games, and a successful fundraising consultant for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project, CommonBond Communities, and the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame. Her experience also includes serving as managing broker for GreatMinneapolis™ Real Estate and as executive sales manager for Weekenders USA.

Wanda Walker

Wanda N. Walker

Director of Program Excellence

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Walker oversees and contributes to the continued delivery and development of superior programming within existing campuses while transferring the knowledge to new campuses as the organization expands nationally. She oversees program development, design, evaluation and process improvement in collaboration with the senior leadership. She previously worked with Community Action of Minneapolis and the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

Emilia Diamant

Emilia Diamant

Executive Director
Boston, MA

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Diamant joined Jeremiah from Prozdor of Hebrew College where she served Assistant Director. She is heading efforts to grow current and new approaches to delivering the core elements of Jeremiah’s two-generation model to families in the Boston area. A graduate of New York University and the University of North Carolina, Diamant has taught and worked in New York, Costa Rica, North Carolina, Ukraine and Italy.

Lucy Gerold

Lucy Gerold

Executive Director
Minneapolis-Saint Paul

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Prior to joining Jeremiah, Gerold was a Deputy Chief, Precinct Commander and Commander for Leadership, Organizational Development and Director of Community Crime Prevention/SAFE for the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). As a volunteer, she taught empowerment classes for Jeremiah for more than four years prior to becoming executive director of the Minneapolis-St. Paul campuses. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in human services from Concordia University.

Shannon Moody

Shannon Moody

Executive Director
Austin, TX

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Moody brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience with expertise in fundraising and strategic planning garnered as development director of many Austin nonprofit organizations, including Austin Children’s Museum and Austin Film Society. She has served on the boards of Austin Heritage Society and SafePlace and Marathon Kids, and is the recipient of an award from the Junior League of Austin for her work with the Teenage Parent Council.

JoMarie Morris

Executive Director
Rochester-Southeast, MN

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JoMarie Leth Morris served as a legislative intern for Minnesota State Senator Steven Morse prior to attending William Mitchell College of Law, where she graduated with honors and served as associate editor of the law review. She was a partner at Klampe, Delehanty & Morris law firm in Rochester for 18 years, president of the Olmsted County Bar Association, and an adjunct professor at Winona State University. She has done significant pro bono work relating to domestic abuse, sex and labor trafficking, and citizenship for refugees. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Winona State University.

Diane Solinger

Diane Solinger

Executive Director
Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN

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Solinger joined Jeremiah after serving as Assistant and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President of Enrollment Management at Minnesota State University Moorhead and in multiple student affairs and fundraising roles with Mankato State. She also was Director of Residence Life at University of Denver. She is leading the Jeremiah’s efforts to build a campus in Fargo-Moorhead.

National Office Staff

Visit specific campus sections for additional staff listings.

Gloria Perez
President & CEO


Chief Financial Officer


Chief Operating Officer


Chief Advancement Officer


Director of Program Excellence


Controller

Darrin Chitwood
Accounting Specialist


Executive Assistant to the President & CEO


Senior Accountant

Accountant


Gift Processing Manager

Receptionists


Grants Manager


Director of Operations

Grants Director

Operations Specialist

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