Shelley Jacobson – 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, 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
As the Chief Operating officer, Becky 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 the Regional Directors of Prevention Initiatives, coordinates MCCC’s ACE Interface training program and builds collaborative partnerships to prevent trauma and build resilience statewide.
Becky 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 sons.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ext. 116
Kate Bailey – Development Director
As the Development Director, Kate is responsible for all aspects of fundraising at MCCC, from grant writing to special events to donor cultivation. She also oversees organizational marketing and communications, program evaluation, and data management systems. Kate serves on MCCC’s Development Committee as well as the Data & Evaluation Committee.
Kate believes that child abuse is a public health issue and that all people have a role in creating thriving environments for Minnesota children. She is a certified ACE Interface Presenter and in 2015 helped write a policy resolution about the effects of toxic stress in early childhood that was read in the MN House of Representatives. Kate holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Justice and Philosophy.
Saint Paul Office
651.523.0099 ex. 118
Rena Moran – Director of Parent Leadership
As the Director of Parent Leadership, Rena 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 fourth term in the House of Representative. Rena is a mother of 7 children and a Grandmother of five.
Barb Sorum –Director of Prevention Initiatives – Southern MN
As the Director of Prevention Initiatives for Southern Minnesota, Barb 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 – Northern MN
As the Director of Prevention Initiatives for North Minnesota, Mary 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
As the Director of Prevention Initiatives for the Metro Area, Lisa 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 under-served 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
Susan Beaulieu – Director of the NEAR Science and Tribal Wisdom Project
As the Director of NEAR Science (Neurological, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) and Tribal Wisdom Project, Susan 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 well-being 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
As the Development and Communications Assistant, Isabel performs development/ fundraising and communications duties for MCCC. Isabel helps to support and coordinate special events such as the Radiothon and provides administrative support to several different committees at MCCC. Isabel coordinates the creation of all communication materials such as the Annual Report.
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
Join the Team!
Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that empowers parents and builds the capacity of communities to create environments where all children thrive. Our mission is to empower parents and communities to build supportive relationships, nurture children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Interested in helping MN Communities Caring for Children carry out our mission of empowering individuals and communities to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts through awareness, education, support and leadership for action? If you’re invested in helping to create healthy and happy communities and are looking for employment, then please apply to our open position.
Director of ACE Collaborative Partnerships
Evaluation and Community Education Manager
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