ABOUT US

Help for Families in Transition

Our Team

Trisha Cummins Kauffman, MPA
Executive Director
Huda Abdallah
Office Assistant
Ericka Collaso
Homework Starts with Home Housing Navigator
Kyle Coolidge
Accounting Assistant
Katie DePrez, LSW
Housing Navigator
Sandy Deutsch
Development & Data Coordinator
Gisele Efon
East Metro Place Family Advocate
Tara Ferguson, MA, MSE
East Metro Place Program Manager
Betsy Gravley
Homework Starts with Home Family Advocate
Andrea Kish-Bailey
Director of Philanthropy
Madison Haller, LSW
East Metro Place Family Advocate
Shaquinta Leal
Parenting & Youth Coordinator
Dylan McDonough
Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager
Kayla Perea
Employment & Education Coordinator
Vanessa Richter
Scattered Site Program Manager
Levi Schultz
Data Specialist
Kristen Sammartano Weeks
Scattered Site Children Services Specialist
Shennika Sudduth, MA
Director of Programs
Anna Turner
Housing Stabilization Specialist
Monica Van Epps
HomeAgain/HomeSafe Family Advocate
Gao Vang
Tutoring Specialist
Sarah Wolf
East Metro Place Property Manager
Ong Yang
Homework Start with Home Program Manager

Jeff Anderson, Chair

Controller (retired)

Lynnette Becker, Treasurer

North American Finance Lead
TE Connectivity

Amy Brenengen

Sr. Vice President

Federal Rerserve Bank of Minneapolis

Tom Brown

Prospect Research Officer
Gillette Children’s Specialty Care

Michael Byrd

Vice President of Originations
WNC & Associates

Carrie Cunnington

Executive Coach
Cunnington Shift

Patty Curtice, Past Chair

Consultant
Hollstadt, Inc.

Mark Houge

President
North Oaks Company LLC

Sarah Meek, Vice Chair

Director of Marketing (retired)

Renae Oswald-Anderson

Principal
Strategic Consulting & Coaching LLC

Daniel Parillo

Finance Consultant/CPA
SALO, LLC

Mirtha Irani Ramaley

Chief People Officer
City Year, Inc.

Alice Roberts-Davis, Secretary

Commissioner
State of Minnesota Department of Administration

Shannon Swanson-Arend

Vice President, Employee Services
APi Group, Inc.

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

“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: info@solidgroundmn.org

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.

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