Shelley Jacobson – Chief Executive Officer
Shelley Jacobson joined MCCC/PCAMN in June of 2015 as the President and Chief Executive Officer. The President and CEO is responsible for management of the annual budget, successfully assisting with raising the revenue needed, management of strategic and annual work plan for the organization, executive management of Board of Directors, serving on all board committees, executive management of all paid staff, and relationships with local, regional, state and national affiliates.
Shelley has 40 years of nonprofit experience, including serving in the leadership role for six organizations. Shelley is wholeheartedly committed to the mission of MCCC and believes in the importance of providing care and compassion to parents in creating healthy families.Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ext. 117
Becky Dale – Chief Operating Officer
Becky Dale joined MCCC/PCAMN in October of 2001. As the Chief Operating officer, she oversees our community education and engagement work, presenting widely across the state and training presenters in the Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Self-Healing Communities curriculum. Additionally she provides education in Emotional Intelligence, the Wakanheza Project and Coaching for Community Resilience, and supervises our Regional Directors of Prevention Initiatives coordinates MCCC’s ACE Interface training program and builds collaborative partnerships to prevent trauma and build resilience statewide.
During much of her tenure with MCCC/PCAMN Becky oversaw financial and administrative operations of the organization, and twice service as Interim Executive Director. She is a certified Transformation Coach and facilitates peer leader circles through MAP for Nonprofits and InsideOutcomes. Becky is also a composer for and producer of community-engaged theater. Past professional experience includes 7 years as a women’s and children’s advocate at Casa de Esperanza and 4 years as Coordinator/Director of the West Side Family Center. She is proud mother to two adolescent sons.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ext. 116
Chris Pommerenke – Chief Advancement Officer
Chris Pommerenke joined MCCC/PCAMN in February of 2013. As the Chief Advancement Officer, she oversees fundraising, development, evaluation, marketing and communications. Chris has served in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations delivering a range of services for children and families for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from the University of Minnesota, Morris and Master of Arts degree in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ext. 118
Rena Moran – Director of Parent Leadership
Rena Moran joined MCCC/PCAMN in April of 2009. As the Director of Parent Leadership, she leads the Parent Leader for Child Safety and Permanency (PLCSP) program. This cohort of parents participate in monthly training over a three year period and participate as members of advisory committees and task forces to the MN Department of Human Services articulating the voice of parents in the child protection system.
Rena has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education where she worked in the field for over 15 years in the private and public sector. She is a strong advocate for building safe, nurturing environment in which children and families strive. Rena believes every child needs the opportunity to grow into strong functional adults and with that comes through investment in programs and policies that support the strengths of individuals, families and communities.
Rena is a community organizer and activist at heart who works for social, racial and economic justice. In 2011, she became the first Black Legislator to represent District 65A in St. Paul. She is currently serving her third term in the House of Representative and her 6th year at PCAMN. Rena is a mother of 7 children and a Grandmother of 5.
Roxy Foster – Director of Prevention Initiatives – Central and Northeastern MN
Roxy Foster joined MCCC/PCAMN in March of 2007. As the Director of Prevention Initiatives for Central and Northeastern Minnesota, she leads the way for parents to become leaders in their communities. In this capacity she works closely with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) to continually include parent voices in their work. Her life’s work is that of a community activist and parent organizer. Roxy is tireless and innovative in her efforts to help parents, children and families thrive.
She has worked in the field of parent leadership since 1986 with her involvement as a parent in Minnesota’s Early Childhood Family Education program. In 1987, Roxy co-founded the Early Childhood Family Education Parent Rally Day at the Minnesota state capitol. Twenty six years later this event is known as “Voices for Children”. Roxy was awarded a Citizen Leadership Award from the National Community Education Association in 1994 for organizing parents to advocate for their young children at the legislature. In 1995 she was part of the driving force behind creating the Minnesota Parenting Association (MPA) a state affiliate of the National Parenting Association spear-headed by Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Dr. Cornell West. In 2000, MPA became the Council for Civic Parent Leadership, offering training to parents and community leaders. Along with being passionate about her work, Roxy is also passionate about her family, especially her grandchildren!
Barb Sorum –Director of Prevention Initiatives – Southern MN
Barb Sorum joined MCCC/PCAMN in March of 1993. As the Director of Prevention Initiatives for Southern Minnesota, she works extensively with family and community supportive services to strengthen awareness and prevention education efforts. Barb coordinates and facilitates regional trainings, coalition building, implementing system changes, supervision, and initiating evaluation and quality assurance. She works with community leaders and agencies to establish and guide the operations of parenting support and education programs through the Circle of Parents® statewide network.
Barb has over twenty-three years extensive knowledge of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence prevention efforts providing direct and indirect service, support and intervention to women, parents, children and families in crisis. Barb is a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence and is committed to children’s health, welfare and safety, as well as developing parent and community-based leadership. Barb represents MCCC in local, statewide, and national collaborative activities, including service on statewide and national Circle of Parents® committees.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Mary Weaver – Director of Prevention Initiatives – Northwestern MN
Mary Weaver joined MCCC/PCAMN in May of 2007. As the Director of Prevention Initiatives for Northwest Minnesota, she supports communities and partners throughout the region in child abuse prevention initiatives. Mary collaborates with partners to establish Circle of Parents support groups, sharing information on Adverse Childhood Experiences, and educating professionals and caregivers to prevent trauma and build resilience. Mary is also on the Board of Social Work for the State of Minnesota, through an appointment by the Governor.
Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Management. As an adoptee, an adoptive mother, and former foster parent, she is a strong advocate for working with families who have been touched by the child protection system and passionate about helping to strengthen those connections in a positive, impactful manner. Mary has previously worked for other nonprofits with a family focus, as well as in marketing and communications.
Lisa Deputie – Director of Prevention Initiatives – Metro Area
Lisa Deputie joined MCCC/PCAMN in July 2014. As the Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives for the Metro Area, she promotes MCCC’s preventive initiatives by coordinating outreach efforts and collaborating with other community partners. Lisa builds relationships with other agencies, organizations, and systems to assist in efforts to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts. Lisa is a member of MCCC’S Public Policy Committee and The Children’s Justice Initiative (CJI) and she is very passionate about working with systems to create fair and equitable systems change. Before she joined MCCC’s staff, Lisa was a participant in MCCC’s Parent Leadership for Child Safety and Permanency (PLCSP) Team and a contracted partner.
Lisa has had countless education and trainings in the Human Service field. She cares about parents’ rights and building communities and raises her voice to help underserved and unprivileged communities thrive by holding systems accountable for creating safe environments for all. Lisa has also mentored parents with open child protection cases, supporting and advocating on behalf of parents. She helps parents understand the Child Protection system and bridge gaps with case workers to foster healthy and respectful relationships. Lisa works with parents for the betterment of the children, which leads to broken cycles.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ext. 115
Kate Bailey – Evaluation and Community Education Manager
Kate Bailey joined MCCC/PCAMN in January of 2014. As the Evaluation and Community Education Manager, she coordinates MCCC’s ACE Interface training program and builds collaborative partnerships to prevent trauma and build resilience statewide. Kate leads the organization’s program evaluation efforts as Chair of MCCC’s Data and Evaluation Committee. She is also an active member of MCCC’s Advocacy Committee and in 2015 was selected to be a member of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) Prevention Policy Advocacy Peer Leadership Team.
Kate has a Masters degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice and Philosophy. She is passionate about public health and community development and has coordinated several initiatives aimed at building local food systems and increasing access to fresh produce in Twin Cities neighborhoods. In addition to community outreach, Kate has also served in marketing, communications, and program evaluation functions in nonprofit and local government sectors.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ex. 114
Susan Beaulieu – Director of the NEAR Science and Tribal Wisdom Project
Susan Beaulieu joined MCCC/PCAMN in September of 2015. As the Director of NEAR Science (Neurological, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) and Tribal Wisdom Project, she teaches about adverse childhood experiences — ACEs — in Native American communities. In addition to her work with MCCC, Susan is inspired by the power of resiliency and is exploring traditional indigenous practices around mindfulness as strategies to promote greater wellbeing for Native American youth through a fellowship with the Bush Foundation.
Susan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from St. Cloud State University, a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and, she is finishing her Ph.D.in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.
Isabel Ruelas – Development and Communications Assistant
Isabel Ruelas joined MCCC/PCAMN in March of 2016 as the Development and Communications Assistant. She performs development/ fundraising and communications duties for MCCC. Isabel helps to support and coordinate special events such as the Radiothon and GALA and provides administrative support to several different committees at MCCC.
Isabel studied Psychology and American Studies at a liberal arts school in the Twin Cities. She believes that those most impacted by institutional systems should be at the center of the solutions. She hopes to embody this in her day-to-day work at MCCC.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ext. 110
Jeannette Lewis – Program Assistant
Jeannette Lewis joined MCCC/PCAMN in June of 2016. As the Program Assistant, she assists in the coordination of the ACE Interface program, Parent Leadership for Child Safety and Permanency (PLCSP) Team, and the Circle of Parents program. She provides support, data management, database maintenance tasks, preparation of educational materials, and coordination of presentations statewide. As the primary Administrative Assistant she is likely the first person you talk to when you call our St. Paul office, and she recently applied to become a Parent Leader with our PLCSP Team.
Jeannette has over 10 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant & over 5 years of experience as an Executive Assistant. Her strengths include strong leadership skills, innovating new process improvement procedures and effective communication methods within the community. She has proven the ability to work in a diverse environment and in servicing of community. Jeannette truly believes in the mission of MN Communities for Caring Children & the importance of building the community using protective factors & education on parenting and child development.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ex. 112
Beth Nagovsky – Finance Manager
Beth Nagovsky joined MCCC/PCAMN as the Finance Manager in June of 2016. She has been in finance and accounting for over 20 years, with experience in both for- and nonprofit accounting. Her passion for accounting and enjoyment in assisting others in understanding accounting functions and business development makes her the perfect fit for MCCC. Originally from South Saint Paul, MN, Beth continues to live there with her husband of 26 years, Jim, and her 28 year old son Kurt. In her spare time she enjoys spending time on the lake, boating, and fishing with her husband.
Beth is a graduate of St. Catherine University, and holds a BS in Accounting, with minors in Economics and Business Administration. She is a member of the Delta Mu Delta and Omicron delta Epsilon Honor Societies, and is currently completing a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from St Mary’s University, and a Notary Public.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ex. 113