Staff Leadership

Staff Leadership

Chastity Lord

President & CEO

Chastity has spent two decades dedicated to dismantling systems of inequity for marginalized communities. She deeply believes that generational poverty is a social justice issue and that families are the best owners and narrators of their lives. History has proven time and again that building infrastructure, leadership, and power for marginalized communities creates a contagion of long-term change.

Chastity’s professional North Star and commitment to equity and justice for the past two decades is influenced by her own personal experience as a first-generation college graduate. Prior to JP, Chastity served as Chief Operating Officer at Color of Change (COC), a racial justice organization with 7+ million members.

Prior to joining COC, Chastity was the Chief External Officer of Achievement First, a nonprofit organization that operates 50 public charter schools in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Brooklyn. Chastity also spent eight years at The Posse Foundation, a nationally-recognized and MacArthur Genius-awarded college access program devoted to public high school students who show academic and leadership potential, but may be overlooked by the traditional college admissions process.

She has a BA in organizational communication from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA in strategy and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a 2012 Pahara-Aspen Fellow with the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Chastity serves on the board of Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and in the past year was quoted as a thought leader in top-tier outlets including Reuters, Politico, CNN, MSNBC, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, CBS Morning and NPR.

Executive Leadership Team

Amy D’Angelo

Chief of Staff

Jill Miller

Vice President of Campus Excellence

Archana Patel

Vice President of Parent Programming

Maureen Rafferty

Vice President of Development & Communications

Morcine Scott-Warren

Vice President of Talent & Human Resources

Jason Seifert

Chief Financial Officer

Crystal Ward

Vice President of Student Programming

Leadership Team

Bonita Broadnax

Director of Housing and Operations

Dale Bryant

Director Of Technology

Bonnie Christensen

Senior Director Of Finance





Patty Healy Janssen

Minneapolis Executive Director

Justin Kutzer

Director of Individual Giving





Sharin Park

Director Of Parent Programming

Lonnie Pederson

Fargo – Moorhead Executive Director

Rebecca Putzer

Director Of Student Programming

Karla Benson Rutten

St. Paul Executive Director


Shannon Moody, Executive Director

Deirdre Anderson, Director of Development

Savannah Anderson, CDC Teacher

Lindsey Ashburn, CDC Teacher

Kimberly Benford Johns, CDC Teacher

Jaden Davis, Community Teacher

Laura De La Pena, Assistant Teacher

Maria Delgado, CDC Teacher

Chelsea Evans, Operations Manager

Jayla Green, Assistant Teacher

Lisa Hutchison, CDC Cook

Ebony Jones, Family Coach

Lauren Little, Development Manager

Nancy Madrid, Family Services Director

Marlenne Maldonado, CDC Teacher

Tai McCants, CDC Teacher

MeShay McKinney, Family Coach

Marla Miller, Family Coach

Gaudencia Miranda Hernandez, Assistant Teacher

Julie Oatman, CDC Director

Kasandra Sanchez, CDC Teacher

Allison Shrack, CDC Teacher


Alison Carter Marlow, Executive Director

Jessica Almeida, Family Coach

Jessie Elston, Family Coach

Kimberly Thomas, Operations Manager

Rachel Webb, Family Services Director


Nikki Evans, Executive Director

Achime Delouis, Family Coach

Elizabeth Dessources, Family Services Director

Deanna Giordano, Family Coach

Maddy Sanders, Operations Manager


Lonnie Pederson, Executive Director

Jan Anderson, CDC Cook

Annie Berg, CDC Teacher

Tamoisha Breeding, CDC Teacher

Sam Brewer, Family Coach

Amanda Christensen, CDC Teacher

Casondra Duckworth, Operations Manager

Amy Klein, Family Services Director

Shelby Nightingale, CDC Teacher

Melissa Rademacher, Development Associate

Addy Sam, CDC Teacher

Megan Thompson, Family Coach

Andrea Williams, Director of Development

Christine Wylot, CDC Teacher

Rochester-SE MN

Ally Hanten Ebert, Executive Director

Sonya Chieves, Family Coach

Rashida Dean, Family Coach

Liz Dorn, Director of Development

Carissa Drake, Development Coordinator

Charleen Huber, Operations Manager

Sarah Kamin, Family Coach

Bri Rollins, Family Coach

Katie Ticho, Family Services Director


Patty Healy Janssen, Executive Director

Kailey Adams, CDC Teacher

Lori Alle, CDC Teacher

Danielle Andrews, Family Coach

Amber Brockton, Assistant Teacher

Deb Brown, CDC Director

Kim Laden, CDC Teacher

Tara Broker Lashley, Director of Development*

Mercedes Lindgren, CDC Teacher

Alexandra Martin, Development Manager*

Katy Mason, CDC Teacher

Kasey Nimmerfroh, Family Coach

Christine Wattermann, Development Associate*

Susima Weerakoon, Family Services Director

* Shared role across both Minneapolis and St. Paul Campus

St Paul

Karla Benson Rutten, Executive Director

Chris Bernard, Family Services Director

Ciara Graham, Family Coach

Liz Green, CDC Teacher

Natasha Johnson-Mills, Operations Manager

Renae Jones, CDC Teacher

Tara Broker Lashley, Director of Development*

Alexandra Martin, Development Manager*

Denita Ngwu, Family Coach

Kimberly Peter, CDC Teacher

De’Avery Priest, CDC Teacher

Amy Randall, CDC Teacher

Sharmika Riddley, Family Coach

Corey Stewart, CDC Director

Denise Taylor, CDC Teacher

Christine Wattermann, Development Associate*

* Shared role across both Minneapolis and St. Paul Campus

Campus support team

David Adusei, Digital Marketing Strategist

Bonita Broadnax, Director of Housing & Operations

Dale Bryant, Director of Technology

Amy D’Angelo Cachina, Chief of Staff

Sarah Crompton, Grant Writer

Delwin Derksen, Finance Manager

Melissa Halsne, Senior Database Manager

Elana Jenkins, Senior Coordinator

Ezra Kenyanya, Program Manager

Justin Kutzer, Director of Individual Giving

Emily Lamberty, Grants Manager

Vera Lochtefeld, Development Coordinator

Chastity Lord, President & CEO

Katherine Maraffa, Parent Programming Coordinator

Michelle Mattson, Executive Assistant

Jill Miller, VP Campus Excellence

Sharin Park, Director of Parent Programming

Archana Patel, VP Parent Programming

Rebecca Putzer, Director of Student Programming

Maureen Rafferty, VP Development & Comm

Treshy Schaper, Senior Accountant

Morcine Scott-Warren, VP Talent & HR

Jason Seifert, Chief Financial Officer

Emily Silbernagel, HR Generalist

Crystal Ward, VP Student Programming