Our Team

HOPE 4 Youth Staff

Our staff is happy to assist you with questions. Email is often the fastest way to get answers. You can also leave a message by calling 763.323.2066 and asking for or entering the extension of the person you are trying to reach.

Executive Director

Director of Finance and Administration

Director of Advancement

Director of Programs

Manager of Community Engagement

Development Associate

Administrative Assistant

Youth Services Coordinators

Drop-In Center Program Coordinator

HOPE Place Youth Coordinator

HOPE Place Administrative Support

HOPE Homes Specialist

Hope’s Closet On-Call Sales Associate

Facilities Specialist

HOPE 4 Youth Board of Directors 

To reach a member of your board, please contact Kyla Rathjen: krathjen@hope4youthmn.org or 763.323.2066, ext. 201.


  • Stephen Spears | Senior Vice President – Twin Cities Community Banking at Bremer Financial Corp.


  • Stephen Nash | Special Assistant Anoka County Attorney, Anoka County Attorney’s Office


  • Marina Bressler |  Senior Business Project Manager – Client Reporting & Online Workstream, Next Paradigm Program, Wells Fargo


  • Mark Nolen | Corporate Accountant – Fixed Assets, Centerspace

Former Chair

  • Chris Warner | Agile Transformation Coach at Land O’Lakes

Remaining members

  • Sean Haag | Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Restorative Therapies Group, Medtronic
  • Paul Lenzmeier | Commander, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
  • Leanne Matchen | Associate General Counsel, UnitedHealth Group
  • Don Phillips | Chief Investment Officer, Greater Midwest Financial Group
  • Jennifer Stone | Global Talent Management, Medtronic
  • Anna VonRueden | Program Director, FamilyWise Services
  • Sue Woodard | Chief Customer Officer, Total Expert


  • Bridget Barr
  • Paul Ekstrom
  • Karrie Schaaf
  • Brian Swanson