Help for Families in Transition

Our Team

Trisha Cummins Kauffman, MPA
Executive Director
Ericka Collaso
Homework Starts with Home Housing Navigator
Kyle Coolidge
Accounting Assistant
Lauren Glynn
Washington County Family Advocate
Sandy Deutsch
Development & Data Coordinator
Kristen Mortenson
Scattered Site Program Manager
Hailey Thibault
HSWH Children's Services Specialist
Diamond Hunter, LSW
Director of Programs
Andréa Kish-Bailey
Director of Philanthropy
Betsy Gravley
Homework Starts with Home Family Advocate
Tracey Davis
Housing Navigator
Dylan McDonough
Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager
Kayla Perea
Employment & Education Coordinator
Kristin Tranby
Tutoring Program Coordinator & Family Educator
Emanuell Williams
Parenting & Youth Development Coordinator
Kayla Olmschenk
Family Advocate
Kristen Scanlon
HR Generalist
Jenna Rock
Housing Navigator
Kassandra Mahnke
Office Assistant
Levi Schultz
Data Specialist
Marianne Sadée
Marketing Assistant
Mandy Kortus
Homework Starts with Home Program Manager
Kim Ulmer, MBA
Director of Finance
Anna Turner
Housing Stabilization Specialist
EMP Family Advocate

Lynnette Becker, Vice Chair

Director of Finance
Andersen Corporation

Michael Byrd

Vice President of Originations
WNC & Associates

Carrie Cunnington

Chief Sales Officer
SALO, Inc.

Mark Houge

North Oaks Company LLC

Sarah Meek, Chair

Director of Marketing

Renae Oswald-Anderson

Strategic Consulting & Coaching LLC

Daniel Parillo, Treasurer

Financial Reporting Manager
SPS Commerce

Mithra Irani Ramaley

Chief People Officer
City Year, Inc.

Alice Roberts-Davis, Secretary

Commissioner of Administration
State of Minnesota

Shannon Swanson-Arend

Vice President, Employee Services
APi Group, Inc.

John Tedesco

Drip Global, Inc.

Janeen Vogelaar

Chief Marketing Officer
SALO, Inc.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors of Solid Ground, contact the Executive Director at [email protected] or at 651-846-9019. If you would like to get in touch with the Solid Ground Board of Directors, you can email [email protected].

“What drew me to want to work for the families at Solid Ground was attending one of the Home At Last Tours and hearing a wonderful, young mom tell us about how her life’s journey had landed her into homelessness with her children. She spoke about how desperate she was to provide them with a safe place to call home and a good education. The miracle of what she accomplished when given the opportunities at Solid Ground, reached into my heart and made me want to do whatever I could to help more families accomplish what she was describing. To help these amazing families give to their children what we all want, a safe place to call home, the chance for a good education and careers that offer a chance at self-sufficiency, has been an amazing gift to me and my family, that I am very thankful for.” ~
Nancy Mueller, Former Chair of the Solid Ground Board of Directors

East Metro Place
3521 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110-5689

PH: 651-773-8401
E: [email protected]

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About Solid Ground

Solid Ground is an award-winning Minnesota nonprofit whose proven, holistic approach helps families build the strong foundations they need to emerge from homelessness into a brighter future. Through safe, affordable housing and innovative supportive programming, Solid Ground helps families break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for the next generation.

At the heart of Solid Ground is the belief that housing stability is fundamental to the healthy development of children and to a family’s ability to be contributing members of the community. Solid Ground currently runs eight programs in the suburban Ramsey and Washington Counties housing nearly 570 women, men and children annually. Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness for families with children in the communities we serve through housing, resources, and opportunity.