Staff

  • Trisha Cummins Kauffman

    Executive Director
    tckauffman@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9019

    “There are so many things I love about Solid Ground…. and most of all, I love being a part of an organization that helps families not only find stability but also give them hope for the future, confidence in themselves and the skills to make it happen!”

  • Sandy Benedetti

    Childcare Worker
    sbenedetti@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9034

    “My passion is children. By loving and caring for these children at Solid Ground there is no better reward than knowing that I am also loving and caring for the success of their families.”

  • Mary Kay Callahan

    Learning Coordinator
    tutoring@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9020

    “I love my job here at Solid Ground! The bonds that are formed between the students and volunteer tutors is so inspiring! ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ Winston Churchill”

  • Mary Chung

    Director of Development & Communications
    mchung@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9027

    “At Solid Ground, I have the privilege of meeting amazing people every day. I am constantly inspired by the resilience and tenacity of the families that we serve and the passion and generosity of our donors and volunteers.”

  • Sandy Deutsch

    Development & Data Specialist
    sldeutsch@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9032

    “I love being able to be proud of the work we do at Solid Ground, asking people to support a mission that I believe is very important. I really like that I am making an impact on the community where I live and work. It is satisfying to work with great colleagues that care about honesty, hard work and integrity.”

  • Amy Ellis

    Childcare Worker
    aellis@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9034

    “One of the best parts of working at Solid Ground is the kids. There’s nothing better than when they run past everyone in the room just to get to you.”

  • Jazi Foreman

    Program Director
    jforeman@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9025

    “Not everyone has the privilege of going to work and doing what they enjoy. I enjoy being a part of transforming lives. I love being a part of creating the environment to have people reach goals that, if not given this opportunity at Solid Ground, may not have happened.”

  • Sara Hesseltine, LSW

    Family Advocate
    shesseltine@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9026

    “It is an honor to be part of a team that is dedicated to helping families move forward toward their goals. It’s inspiring to work with the families as they take steps, great and small, towards stable housing. From there, all things are possible.”

  • Shannon Hohneke

    HomeSafe Advocate
    shohneke@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9036

    “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take that step.” –Quote from Jeremy Watt”

  • Katie Hovde

    Tutoring Assistant
    khovde@solidgroundmn.org

    “My favorite part of working for Solid Ground is all the sweet, goofy, and resilient kids I get to see every day. It’s so much fun to see them get excited about learning and build relationships with their tutors!”

  • Erinn Moriarty, LGSW

    Family Advocate
    emoriarty@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9022

    “There is always hope. Everyone is worth it.”

  • Hannah Parish

    Volunteer Program Manager
    hparish@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9024

    “It is such a joy to foster meaningful connections between our community and our families at Solid Ground. I love witnessing the deep, lasting impact volunteers and families can have on each other.”

  • Ellen Stavreff

    Employment & Education Coordinator
    estavreff@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9030

    “Through my job, I get to help other people grow, and through that process and that relationship, I learn and grow as well.”

  • Kim Ulmer

    Finance Manager
    kulmer@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9029

    “It’s wonderful to work for an organization dedicated to helping people make positive changes for themselves and their families.”

  • Pamela Verbout

    Home Again Advocate
    pjverbout@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9035

    “At Solid Ground, we do not just place a band aid on families by giving them housing for a period of time and leaving them to fend for themselves. To me Solid Ground offers so much more than just housing.”

  • Rochelle Washington

    Housing Advocate
    rwashington@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9033

    “Homelessness is a huge issue, I plan to help one family at a time accomplish their present and future goals. With a great team to guide them and excellent resources anything is possible. Helping families build their Solid Ground.”

  • Marilyn Wright

    Parenting & Youth Coordinator
    mwright@solidgroundmn.org
    651-846-9023

    “I respect the resilience of Solid Ground families. As I observe families adapt and immerse themselves into a community different from what they know, it speaks to their spirit and strength. “