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.
Sofia is a Family Physician with over 20 years of experience in community clinics and community medicine in the Twin Cities, including serving briefly as Medical Director at Face to Face in 1997. In addition to her clinical work, Sofia holds a Master of Public Health degree. She believes the understanding of public health is imperative and provides a different lens through which to view health care. Sofia is passionate about working with patients to promote health rather than just treating illness and disease. She has clinical experience with Health Partners, United Family Medical Community Clinic, Eagan Child and Family Care Clinic, Boynton Health Service at University of Minnesota, West Side Community Health Center and Health Start School-Based Clinic. She has also worked as a consultant on several clinic systems change projects in clinics in and beyond Minnesota. Her public health experience has included serving as a consulting physician for the Asthma Program at the Minnesota Department of Health, Statewide Health Improvement Program, (Hennepin and Ramsey Counties) and the Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project of the American Lung Association. Sofia received her BS from the American University (Washington DC), MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and MPH from the University of Minnesota. She did her residency at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center and West Side Community Health Center.
Jennifer has been a member of the Board of Directors since the fall of 2019. She is a Vice president for Finance at ECOLAB, INC. in St. Paul, and holds a B.A. in Accounting and Management from Simpson College and an MBA from the Carlson School of Business. Jennifer is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Jennifer is excited to help Face to Face advance its mission, having a personal passion for giving youth the tools they need to succeed.
Jeremy joined the Face to Face Board of Directors in September of 2021. He has 21 years of experience with the Saint Paul Police Department. He currently serves as the Senior Commander of the Central District and is very passionate about service to the community and providing help to those in need. Jeremy has a Master of Public Safety Education Administration from the University of St. Thomas. He has extensive experience in building strong relationships with community members, centering on pedestrian and traffic safety.
Madeline has held a variety of marketing and business roles at 3M Company over the last 19 years, developing skills in strategic planning, marketing, change management and process improvement. She currently serves as a Global Commercial Operations Leader for 3M’s Safety and Industrial Business Group. Prior to joining 3M, Madeline served as a high school special education teacher, assisting students with disabilities to develop the life and vocational skills needed to be successful as members of the community. She later honed her understanding of adult education as an educational consultant in Japan and as a residence hall director at the University of Michigan. Madeline has a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a Master of Arts in Education and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Truman State University.
Jannine He’bert has been a member of the Board of Directors since the summer of 2019. She is a psychologist who has worked in the area of sexual violence prevention for more than 25 years, and has worked across various settings (outpatient, inpatient, prison and civil commitment) with adults and adolescents who have sexually perpetrated, as well as those directly impacted by sexual abuse. She is currently the Executive Clinical Director of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program at the Department of Human Services. She is interested in restorative justice practices and creative prevention interventions at all levels. Jannine will be a member of the short-term Strategic Planning Committee as well as the HR/Governance Committee.
Michael S. Jordan
Michael has over 40 years’ experience in government, corporate and non-profit environments, where he has built expertise in general management, marketing, strategic planning, product development, leadership, and organizational change. Michael served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and Director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. He has held senior management positions at Honeywell, Inc., the Square D Company, Harlem Globetrotters, IBM Corporation and Minneapolis YMCA. He is an adjunct faculty member in the business schools of the University of Minnesota, Augsburg University and University of St. Thomas, as well as in the Criminal Justice Program of Metropolitan State University. Michael has a BA from the University of Minnesota, MA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and JD from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He has received specialized management training at Insead, the Wharton School, the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration (University of Virginia) and J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University).
Laverne McCartney Knighton
Laverne is Area Director for UNCF (United Negro College Fund Inc.), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. Laverne is an External Advisor to Governor Tim Walz’s Community Resiliency and Recovery work group to address racial inequalities and disparities due to COVID-19, and to look at policymaking and other opportunities to help communities of color. Originally from Texas, Laverne was recruited to Minnesota in 1978 to start her career in retail fashion merchandising with Dayton Hudson Corporation. Laverne spent seven years as Public Information and Education Manager for Tubman Family Alliance, a domestic violence organization, and 13 years at Target Corporation in Community Relations/Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2019 Laverne was recognized as a Woman of Excellence at the Celebrating the Sistas Award Ceremony in recognition of her outstanding leadership, contributions, and commitment to the Twin Cities community. Laverne believes that service equals an authentic and deep connection to community. She is an expert connector and collaborator, a passionate ally and advocate for community building and engagement. Laverne has been married to her wonderful husband, Russell Knighton for 23 years and has three bonus children–Jason, Kymba, and Jaraux, and is a proud Nana to Boston, Kayli, Jalen, Jordan, and Mayes. She and Russell reside in St. Paul and attend Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church.
Tom has been a member of the Board of Directors since January of 2019 and is a member of the Development and External Relations Committee. He is a Health Partners cardiologist and epidemiologist and Medical Director for Well-being. Tom was the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award from the Minnesota Medical Association. This award recognizes physicians who have worked on behalf of public health. His work has improved health in our community by promoting public health measures that include: Tobacco cessation, Teen pregnancy prevention, bike safety, and gun violence prevention.
Loni has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2018. Loni serves in a dual role as the Chair of the Development/External Relations Committee, and a member of the Finance and Audit 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. She is a Senior Financial Analyst in Global Operations 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. In her current role she supports the Medical Solutions Division as a Financial Analyst and is responsible for ensuring and utilizing accurate financials to counsel Manufacturing and Quality organizations on key decisions to support growth. She earned her CMA (Certified Management Accountant) in May 2017. Her experience includes financial reporting, financial audit, compliance, financial business counsel, project leadership, and manufacturing/quality financial counsel.
Ed has worked to address homelessness in Minneapolis in various leadership positions since 1991. From 1991-2000 he was Executive Director of St. Stephens Human Services. St. Stephens provides shelter, permanent housing, and outreach to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. From 2000-2009 Ed served as Executive Director at The Bridge for Youth, a multi-service agency providing emergency shelter, supportive housing, outreach, and support. He also served on the boards of the National Network for Youth and the Youth Policy Council in Washington, D.C., advocating with congress for youth services. From 2011-2018 Ed was Executive Director at Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, a foundation providing grants and technical assistance to organizations supporting people experiencing homelessness throughout Minnesota. Ed was President and Founder of Hearts and Hands Minnesota from 2010-2020. Hearts and Hands provided financial and other support to families facing the life threatening condition and/or death of a child. Ed and his wife live in Minneapolis.
Eugene (Gene) M. Nichols
Gene has more than 30 years of health care experience as a Manager for the Health Care Division of 3M Corporation, now retired. Gene is currently Board Chair at Rainbow Research, and a member of the board at ANSR (Association for Nonsmokers). Gene is a Human Right Commissioner for the City of Shoreview Minnesota where he resides. In addition Gene is a member of the Minnesota Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Task Force, and continues his work with Clearway Minnesota and MSFG coalition (Minnesotans for a Smoke Free Generation). Gene was born and raised in Yonkers, New York, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Lauren is currently on a short-term Leave of Absence from the Board as she assists with the COVID-19 response at her workplace. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since January of 2019. She is a Physician Assistant (PA) and is currently employed with Open Cities Health Center in St. Paul. She is a member of the City of Roseville’s Human Rights Commission. Lauren describes herself as being passionate about helping the underserved populations, specifically low income, persons of color, and minorities with their overall health and wellbeing. She is a Superuser (trainer) for Allscripts in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and is the Treasurer of Physicians for a National Health Program Minnesota. Lauren is the Secretary of the Board and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
Peter joined Face to Face’s Board of Directors in 2021, and has been serving on the 50th Anniversary committee previous to joining the board. He spent his career leading physician education and medical writing programs at medical device companies Medtronic and Guidant. Peter has served on Boards which provide medical care, counseling, affordable housing options, and supportive services to adults living with HIV/Aids. He is also a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Board of Governors. Peter excels developing goals and objectives to drive the organization forward and then creating messaging and plans to reach those goals.
Bob became a member of the board of Directors in 2019 and is currently the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He 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. In the past, 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.
Deborah Loon Stumbras (Deb)
Deborah (Deb) joined the Face to Face Board of Directors in January 2020. She brings significant experience in non-profit leadership, management, and governance, including supporting young people facing poverty, discrimination, homelessness, and physical and mental health challenges. Deb was the Executive Director of Avenues for Homeless Youth, one of Face to Face’s partners, from 2008 through 2017. Under her leadership, Avenues achieved financial stability, made continuous improvements in program services and youth outcomes, with an emphasis on providing trauma-informed care, and expanded its operations four-fold. Deb is currently the Executive Director of the Minnesota Valley Trust, which supports the programs and operations of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, including efforts to improve health and wellness in the community through experiences in nature and conservation. Previously, Deb consulted with nonprofit organizations and served many as their Interim Executive Director, with a special emphasis on organizational turn arounds and transitional leadership. Her prior professional experience also includes many years in lobbying and public relations, and a stint as general manager in the waste management industry. She sang professionally for many years in the Dale Warland Singers. Deb hails from Mitchell, South Dakota, and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Olaf College.