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

Anedra Kerr

Vice President of Development
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Archana Patel

Vice President of Parent Programming

Morcine Scott-Warren

Vice President of Talent & Human Resources

Jason Seifert

Chief Financial Officer

Payal Seth

Vice President of Second Generation Programming
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Kristina Turner

Sr. Director of Marketing & Storytelling

Leadership Team

Ally Hanten Ebert


Nikki Evans


Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia

Austin Executive Director

Laetitia Mizero Hellerud

Fargo Executive Director

Patty Healy Janssen

Minneapolis Executive Director

Alison Carter Marlow


Karla Benson Rutten

St. Paul Executive Director


Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia, Executive Director

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

Lisa Hutchison, CDC Cook

Ebony Jones, Family Coach

Isabel Lopez, CDC Teacher

Nancy Madrid, Family Services Director

Marlenne Maldonado, CDC Teacher

Alex Martinez, 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


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

Nicole Ranger, Family Coach

Maddy Sanders, Operations Manager


Laetitia Mizero Hellerud, Executive Director

Jan Anderson, CDC Cook

Annie Berg, CDC Teacher

Tamoisha Breeding, CDC Teacher

Sam Brewer, Family Coach

Casondra Duckworth, Operations Manager

Caroline Gray, CDC Teacher

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

Brittany Jackson Hayer, CDC Director

Rochester-SE MN

Ally Hanten Ebert, Executive Director

Sonya Chieves, Family Coach

Rashida Dean, Family Coach

Liz Dorn, Director of Development

Carissa Frandrup, Development Coordinator

Charleen Huber, Operations Manager

Latoya Richardson, Family Coach

Bri Rollins, Family Coach

Katie Ticho, Family Services Director


Patty Healy Janssen, Executive Director

Lori Alle, CDC Teacher

Danielle Andrews, Family Coach

Amber Brockton, Assistant Teacher

Deb Brown, CDC Director

Ruth Christ, Operations Manager

Kim Laden, CDC Teacher

Mercedes Lindgren, CDC Teacher

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

Mikaela Keegan, CDC Teacher

Denita Ngwu, Family Coach

Kimberly Peter, CDC Teacher

De’Avery Priest, CDC Teacher

Sharmika Riddley, Family Coach

Corey Stewart, CDC Director

Denise Taylor, CDC Teacher

Sheletha Sanders, CDC Teacher

Christine Wattermann, Development Associate*

* Shared role across both Minneapolis and St. Paul Campus

Campus support team

Heather Asp, Director Talent Management

Monita Bell, Director of Content Strategy

Amanda Bernasconi, Director of Family Recruitment

Bonita Broadnax, Director of Housing & Operations

Rochelle Brockington, Director Finance

Dale Bryant, Director of Technology

Amy D’Angelo, Chief of Staff

Logan Contreras, Director of Data Strategy & Analytics

Sarah Crompton, Sr. Grant Writer 

Humberto Cruz-Chavarría, Director of Second Generation Programming

Delwin Derksen, Senior Finance Manager

Michelle Dunbar, Sr. Coordinator Human Resources

Julie Gehring, Sr. Director of Individual Giving

Jules Goins, Senior Grant Writer

Melissa Halsne, Senior Database Manager

Elana Jenkins, Senior Coordinator

Ezra Kenyanya, Program Manager

Anedra Kerr, VP Development

Justin Kutzer, Sr. Individual Giving Manager

Chastity Lord, President & CEO

Katherine Langston, Parent Programming Coordinator

Michelle Mattson, Sr. Executive Assistant to CEO & Board Liaison

Jill Miller, VP Campus Excellence

Noella Mua, Accountant 

Dorothy Mukasa, Executive Assistant to Executive Leadership Team

Sharin Park, Director of Parent Programming

Archana Patel, VP Parent Programming

Rebecca Putzer, Director of Student Programming

Maureen Rafferty, Sr. Director of Institutional Partnerships

Treshy Schaper, Senior Accountant

Morcine Scott-Warren, VP Talent & HR

Jason Seifert, Chief Financial Officer

Payal Seth, VP Second Generation Programming

Kristina Turner, Sr. Director of Marketing & Storytelling

Vanessa Woods, Public Policy Program Associate