About Us

We believe that through community coordinated partnerships, low-income people can find the support, resources and relationships that will help them overcome the economic, racial or cultural barriers that have prevented them from establishing and maintaining self-sufficient and connected lives in our community.

Who We Are


Brandon Van Tassel, ext. 224 of Natural Resources

Caitlin Vander Wal, ext. 240

Benefits Outreach Specialist      

Carmen Esquilin, ext. 214

Financial, Employment, and Education Coach

Cassy Burr, ext. 217

Coaching and Counseling Supervisor

David Huntley, ext. 238

Manager of Human Resources

Dawn Paquette, ext. 200

Receptionist/Child Care Coordinator

Eli Curry, ext. 210

MFIP Employment Coach

Evan Flom, ext. 222

Seeds of Success Program Manager

Inge Maskun, ext. 229

Health Coach

Jeff Longenecker, ext. 201

Executive Director

Julia Cheng, ext. 202

Finance Director

Karen Walter, ext. 227

Benefits Outreach Program Coordinator

Madison Ohm, ext. 215

Financial, Employment, and Education Coach

Noland Makowsky, ext. 203


Paul Sonday, ext. 223

Environmental Tech Lead    

Randi Ohmdahl, ext. 218

Financial, Employment, and Education Coach

Susie Green, ext. 221

Transportation Coach

Ylaina Allen-Soumpholphakdy, ext. 211

MFIP Employment Counselor                        

Zayla Asquith-Heinz, ext. 225

Tax Site Supervisor

Board of Directors

Anne Holy, Chair 

Financial Advisor, Waddell & Reed


Claire Musech, Vice Chair 

Whole Foods Co-op


Gary Eckenberg, 2 Vice Chair

St. Louis County Deputy Administrator


Mary McDonald, Treasurer

CPA, James Hacking


Melissa Meyer, Secretary

Head Start Policy Council


Shannon RedBrook 

Scientist Assistant,UMD


Sharon Witherspoon

Secretary, NAACP


Rosie Loeffler-Kemp

ISD 709 School Board


Jennifer Storm

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology


Arik Forsman

Minnesota Power


Joe Ferguson



Josh Ripley 

Premier Banker, Wells Fargo


Mercedes Sheard 

Customer Service, HCL


Beth Olson

St. Louis County Commissioner

2424 W 5th St, Ste 102

Duluth MN 55806

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