Our Board of Directors makes crucial governance decisions regarding Face to Face’s vision and mission. In selecting board members, we strive to create a diverse group of decision-makers that share our values and reflect the communities that we serve. You can learn more about the background of our current board leadership below.
Susan Carolan, Chair
Retired Manager of Disease Prevention and Control, Anoka County Community Health
Susan has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. She is currently the Chair and President of the Board of Directors, was the past Vice Chair of the Board and past Chair of the HR/Governance Committee as well as a previous member of the Development/External Relations Committee. She is currently a member of the Finance, and the Development/External Relations Committees.
Zayed Ahmed, Vice Chair
Program Director, Avenues for Homeless Youth
Zayed is the Program Director for Homeless Youth, Minneapolis, MN. Zayed joined the Board of Directors in March of 2018. Initially, she was a member of the Development/ External Relations Committee. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the Board, and a member of the HR/Governance Committee.
Bob Siegfried, Treasurer
Retired, Director of Finance, National Humanitarian Services, American Red Cross
Bob is the retired Director of Finance, Humanitarian Services for the American Red Cross. Bob had financial responsibilities for the national organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining The American Red Cross, Bob worked at Medtronic, Inc., Thomson Reuters, and Advanced Bio-Surfaces, Inc. in various financial roles. Bob has a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in accounting. Bob served on Boards focused on providing education and job placement services to unemployed and underemployed adults and medical care and housing to adults with HIV/Aids. Bob became a member of the Board of Directors in 2019 and is a currently Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Lauren Peterson, Secretary
Physician Assistant, Open Cities Health Center
Lauren became a member of the Board of Directors in 2019.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Lauren has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, a bachelor’s degree in communications from Indiana University–Bloomington, IN, and a certification in diversity and inclusion. Lauren has a passion for serving underrepresented youth and is committed to Face to Face because of its mission to eradicate homelessness for youth.
Lauren became a member of the Board of Directors in 2016 and is the past Chair and a current member of the HR/Governance Committee.
Executive Director, Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care
Susan became a member of the Board of Directors in 2019.
Loni Mentone, Chair of Development/External Relations Committee
Business Financial Analyst, 3M
Loni is a Business Financial Analyst for 3M. She has a BS in Accounting from St. Catherine University and has been employed at 3M for the last 13 years in various support, accounting and finance roles. Loni has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2018. She serves in a dual role as the Chair of the External Relations Committee, and member of the Finance Committee. A desire to improve disparities for youth and continue to support the LGBTQIA+ community is what brought her to serve on the Face to Face Board of Directors.
Robert Neumann, Chair of HR/Governance Committee
Business Development Manager, Cargill, Inc.
Rob leads a sales team for a small specialty chemical business within Cargill. Rob’s interest in Face to Face is to leverage his business experience to support the youth of the community. Rob says, “I’m consistently amazed by the great work the people of Face to Face do to support the youth of St. Paul and look forward to supporting the organization as it continues to evolve in an ever-changing world.”
Rob has been a member of the Board of Directors Board since 2016. He is current the Chair of the HR/Governance Committee, and past Vice Chair of the Board, and a previous member of the Development External Relations Committee.
Nyagatare Valens, MBA
Finance and Operations, Minnesota Department of Education
Nyagatare has been employed by the state of Minnesota for ten years. He has two bachelor’s degrees: Statistics and Applied Economics; and Business Administration from Iowa State University, and is an MBA graduate with a minor in Information Technology Management. Nyagatare has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015. He serves on the Finance Committee and the Development/External Relations Committee.
Retired, Project Manager, Center for Victims of Torture
Carol White has been a member of the Board of Directors for five years. She has advanced degrees in public health and early childhood education. The last 25 years of her career were spent in the non-profit world, working with battered women and their children, preschool children, and public health outreach programs in St. Paul for homeless individuals and families, inner city teens, and finally, refugees with trauma histories. She was involved with Face to Face back in the day on joint advocacy for youth and young adult women at the Capitol and has great admiration for its mission and longevity.
Carol is a member of the External Relations Committee. She served as the previous Secretary of the Board.
Operations Risk Management, Minnesota Judicial Branch
Gretchen became a member of the Board of Directors in 2019.