Staff and Board

Staff

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Ed Murphy, Executive Director
Ed Murphy has worked for homeless and hungry people since 1988. He began his career by serving as Program and Development Director at The Emergency FoodShelf Network. From 1991-2000 Ed served as Executive Director of St. Stephens Human Services. During his tenure, St. Stephens grew from a four employee, 30 bed shelter serving homeless men into an innovative and comprehensive multi-service agency serving homeless men, women, and children. In 2000 he left St. Stephens to serve as Executive Director of The Bridge for Youth. During his seven years, The Bridge significantly expanded its services to homeless and runaway youth, culminating in the development of the new Bridge Center for Youth. Prior to joining Open Your Hearts, Ed founded Hearts and Hands – a non-profit agency providing services and support to families of children facing life threatening conditions, where he has now moved into a board role.

A native of Minnesota, Ed is a dedicated Twins fan, lover of the North Shore, and enthusiastic traveler. Blessed in this life, he is committed to providing hope and support for those Minnesotans who, for whatever reason, are homeless and hungry. He is the father of one child, Benjamin, who is forever seven years old. He and his wife Nan live near downtown Minneapolis.

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Tom Mulhere, Resource Director

Tom joined Open Your Heart in 2008 with seven years of prior experience working in the non-profit field.

Before that Tom had almost 30 years of business experience in the field of global trading, risk management and marketing in the mining and metals industry, including 10 years with Cargill, Inc. in New York and Minneapolis.

Active as a volunteer with nonprofits in both the Phillips and Jordan neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Mulhere was responsible for resource and relationship generation for the People Serving People homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis and has served on the board of Our Saviour’s Housing.

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Kristin Zoellner, Communications and Administrative Associate

Kristin joined Open Your Heart in 2013 after working in the non-profit sector for several years. Most recently, she worked with Refugee Services at the Minnesota Council of Churches, an agency welcoming new refugees to Minnesota. She was responsible for program communications and outreach, as well as providing support for volunteer and church programs. She began her non-profit career as an AmeriCorps VISTA, serving in a refugee resources network and as a VISTA Leader.
Kristin is a native of Minnesota who is committed to working within the non-profit sector to serve in areas of basic need and community engagement. She also serves as the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra.

Board of Directors

Shannah Moore Mulvihill, President

Shannah Moore Mulvihill has served on the board since 2003 and was elected Board President in 2011. Previously she has served as Vice President, Secretary and as the fall event chairperson in 2006 and 2007. Shannah works as the communications director at the Minnesota State University Student Association and recently received her master’s degree in counseling psychology. She lives in Howard Lake with her husband.

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Daniel DuHamel, Vice President & Secretary

Daniel DuHamel came to know Open Your Heart through the grants Open Your Heart provided to his previous employer, Simpson Housing Services. Now working for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity, he feels that his service on the Board of Open Your Heart broadens his ability to help organizations throughout Minnesota serve those most in need. Daniel holds a Master of Public Policy in Nonprofit Leadership from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota.

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Jodi L. Schoh, Treasurer

Jodi Schoh works as the Accounting Manager for Culligan Soft Water Service Company providing quality water to consumers and businesses. Jodi earned her undergraduate degree from Winona State University and received her MBA at the University of Minnesota. Jodi enjoys volunteering and finds serving on the Board of Directors for Open Your Hear a rewarding way to make a difference in helping hungry and homelessness people.

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Christina Giese, member

Christina first learned of Open Your Heart in 2002 when Simpson Housing Services received a grant allowing formerly homeless children to receive school pictures and uniforms. She joined the board to further her work for people experiencing homelessness. She passionately believes that every person has a right to safe and affordable housing.

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Christopher Danos, member

Christopher Danos is a Senior Project Manager with the Information Technology Portfolio Management Office at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Prior to service at the Minnesota based health company, Christopher worked in public service for eight years with the State of Minnesota Commerce Department leading transformational IT application systems projects. Christopher holds a BS in Computer Science and Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota and has volunteered with Open Your Heart since 2005.

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Denise Hauge, member

Denise Hauge is currently Director at the Grains for Health Foundation. The mission of the Grains for Health Foundation is to forge partnerships with food and health leaders to develop evidence-based strategies that facilitate the development, delivery, and consumption of grain-based foods that promote public health, lower the incidence of diet-related, chronic disease, and curb health care costs. Denise completed her M.S. Nutrition at the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a focus on interdisciplinary, cross-sector engagement in the field of nutrition and grain science. She also learned skills in non-profit management, collaborative leadership, and communication during her time as a fellow in the Buckman Fellowship for Leadership and Philanthropy during her graduate studies.

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Eugene Bryskin, member

Eugene Bryskin is a consultant for Daugherty Business Solutions and a graduate from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology. With two undergraduate degrees in Math and Computer Science and ten years of experience, Eugene makes a great addition to the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Board. Eugene was first introduced to Open Your Heart by fellow board member, Christopher Danos, at a fundraising event six years ago. Upon returning to the Midwest, Eugene decided to volunteer his time and skills to help individuals in need.

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Hugh Juergens, member

After thirty years in Information Technology as a Professor, Manager and Architect, Hugh is now focusing attention on helping others through volunteer experiences. By serving on the Open Your Heart board he is able to use his professional skills by developing databases and applications for them. Hugh holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.

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Jessica Koenig, member

Jessica is a Human Resources Business Partner for Medtronic Neuromodulation. She enjoys volunteering for a number of organizations which support ending hunger, and is honored to continue this work through participating on the Board of Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. She holds a BA in Psychology from Luther College and a MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of MN-Carlson School of Management. She and her husband live in South Minneapolis.

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Julie Burkhardt, member

Julie was first introduced to Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless through a workplace giving campaign and has since sought to expand her role in making a difference. She is energized to be part of a group working hard to help people most in need across the state. Julie’s background is in information technology management. She earned her undergraduate degree from Winona State University and her MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

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Kathleen Kimble, member

Katy is a project manager at Target Corp. She received a MBA from Hamline University and a BA in Social Work, Sociology, & American Sign Language from the University of Minnesota. She participated in the Service Learning House as a freshman and has volunteered in various capacities since. Katy was interested in serving on a Board again and knew that Open Your Heart was the perfect choice.

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Kendall Carlson, member

Kendall is passionate about making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and families and joined the Board of OYH to continue positively influencing families on the broader scale. As Manager of Strategic Growth & Compliance at CLUES, Kendall works to coordinate program integration and collaborative efforts within CLUES’ Management and Administration teams while providing support in the areas of contract compliance, program development, and community outreach.Kendall has been with CLUES for five years in the areas of curriculum development, program piloting and evaluation, event planning, resource development, and program oversight. Kendall graduated from Concordia University, Saint Paul with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Spanish and returned four years later to complete her Master of Arts in Family Life Education.

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Lynn Towle, member

I learned about OYH completely by accident. With my three sons all grown, I realized it was time to get back into action and find a volunteer organization that equaled my own core values. So I googled hungry and homeless in Minnesota and there it was- Open Your Heart. After some time reading through the website material I decided, “Yes, this is the right organization for me!”

My personal story and exposure to homelessness and hunger is what made me decide to choose this type of organization. My husband and I were introduced several years ago to a young teen age boy who was a very talented basketball player. My husband had coached basketball for several years and took our A.J. on as a special project. A.J. was thirteen at the time. He quickly became a permanent resident that summer in our home and along the way we discovered that A.J. was homeless. I won’t share his very personal situation too much, but we also discovered that A.J. was eating one meal a day at the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul when he wasn’t with us. Being very blessed, having plenty of room both in our home and in our hearts, we decided to offer A.J. a permanent life with us so he joined our family. Along the way, stories were unfolded about a life of food shelves, soup kitchens and shelters. That was my first experience and education to the condition that was and still is occurring in our state.

In addition to volunteering for committees at Open Your Heart, I am also a special event assistant volunteer at Hospitality House in Minneapolis and volunteer several times a year for Second Harvest, Junior Achievement and Neighborhood House. I spent several years serving as President of the Parent Association for my son’s school, along with serving on several committees there through the years. I consider my experience and values a perfect match to the needs of Open Your Heart and its mission.

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Mark Kaszinski, member

Mark is currently employed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and works with the low-income energy programs. He has been a state employee for 30 years with experience working with the MN Community Action Agency network as well as with state and federal emergency shelter programs, transitional housing programs and the emergency food assistance programs.

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Mary Hartmann, member

Over her thirty-five year career, Hartmann has created and nurtured partnerships among government, business, philanthropic and community organizations to address community needs. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of New Foundations, a seventeen year old organization, providing housing and comprehensive services for homeless families.

Prior to founding New Foundations, she served as the Executive Director of Wayside House, a chemical dependency treatment program for women, where she developed the State’s first permanent supportive housing program for homeless women and children in recovery. She is the former Executive Director of the St. Paul YWCA, Hennepin County Affirmative Action Programs, and the Minneapolis Head Start Program.

She is a member of the National, State and Local Coalitions for the Homeless; The Governor’s Council on ending Long-Term Homelessness, Founding member of National Building Better Communities Association; and the Family Supportive Housing Providers Group. She is a national and local speaker and presenter, on the issues homelessness among families and children, including Congress, the President’s Roundtable, Washington D.C., Supportive Housing Conferences, universities and government entities. She is a recipient of the Ann Bancroft Award, a graduate of the University of St. Catherine, and a consultant for nonprofits, foundations, educational, and governmental organizations.

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Matt Pellowski, member

Matt is a graduate of Winona State University where he majored in Business Administration. He also has a Masters degree in Information Assurance and Security from Capella University. Matt is employed at Capella University where he manages a technical support team. He is an active alumni member of Delta Sigma Pi (an international business fraternity).

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Roger Henry, member

Roger Henry has served on the board of directors of Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless from 1991 through 2010. After working for 33 years in the finance industry Roger has retired and welcomes the opportunity to rejoin the board. He can now focus his passion full time to working on the issues of hunger, homelessness, and his golf swing! As a lifelong fixer upper, he has worked on many Habitat for Humanity houses, both in the metro area, and in Jamaica. Roger is currently the Executive Director of the Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

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Susan Milnar, member

Susan joined the board in February 2011 and looks forward to working with fellow board members to support the mission of Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. She is employed by The Toro Company in Bloomington, MN where she currently holds the position of Senior Finance Manager. Susan has volunteered through her community, and on an on-going basis she participates in several of the volunteer opportunities provided through the Toro Company. She is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the organization’s efforts to provide assistance to those in the community in need of food and shelter.

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Tarikua Emiru , member

Tarikua Emiru learned about Open Your Heart while seeking opportunities to impact her community through volunteer opportunities. While growing up in Toronto, Ontario, she had a strong passion to help those in need and live a life of service. Tarikua earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and her Master’s degree in Business Administration at Keller Graduate School. With over 7 years in the Marketing and Sales industry, Tarikua is excited to work with Open Your Heart and aid in their mission to provide assistance to those affected by homelessness and hunger.
Tarikua enjoys spending time with her family. She resides in the South Metro, MN, with her spouse and their two children. Tarikua attributes her passion for giving to her great mother, who inspired her by living a life of selflessness.

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