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 an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute, she is working with leaders from across the country to drive innovative ideas and proven strategies to help families achieve educational success and economic security.  A graduate of Macalester College, Perez is the recipient of  numerous awards, including the Alexandrine Medal from St. Catherine University, an honorary doctorate degree from Macalester College and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  She serves on the board of directors for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation,  the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation, and the board of trustees for the F.R. Bigelow Foundation. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shivonne McKay

Executive Director
New York, NY

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Ms. McKay has worked with many organizations to employ tools and strategies that lead to powerful and sustainable community transformation. Her work has involved advocacy for at-risk-youth and children receiving access to quality education,  and empowering women and girls as leaders. She  was a contributor in the national public education campaign “Stand With Black Women and Girls,” a former adjunct Professor at St. Francis College, and author of “Becoming a Woman Like Ruth.” She earned her bachelor degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, her MBA from American Intercontinental University, master of education administration from Adelphi University,  master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and is a pastor in the United Methodist Church.

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.

Peggy Birk

Interim Executive Director
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

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Peg is the Founder & CEO of Interim Solutions, a Minneapolis based consulting firm that works with foundations, non-profit organizations and associations undergoing management and organizational changes. Peg partners with boards of directors, staff and stakeholders to maximize leadership transitions.

Peg brings to her change management expertise, executive experience as the executive director for the George Family Foundation; interim president for the McKnight Foundation; interim president of the Forum for Theological Exploration; Transitional General Secretary of the National Council of Churches; co-executive director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, interim ED of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Interim CEO of Sholom Community Alliance and interim ED of Perpich Center for Arts Education.

Peg holds a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Houston. She is a certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute.

National Office Staff

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Gloria Perez
President & CEO


Chief Operating Officer


Chief Advancement Officer


Chief Financial Officer


Controller


Senior Accountant


Accountant


Gift Processing Manager


HR Generalist

Operations Specialist


Grants Director


Grants Manager


Receptionist

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