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 has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. She is currently the Chair and President of the Board of Directors, 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 HR/Governance, Finance and Audit, and the Development/External Relations Committees. In 2009, Susan retired, with the rank of Commander, from the US Navy Reserve Nurse Corps. In this capacity, she served as Executive and Commanding Officer for several humanitarian missions to Togo, Ghana, and Cameroon West Africa. She was deployed to South Korea for medical intelligence support to an operational exercise, spent a year on active duty at Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany, providing public health nursing case management in the Deployed Wounded Warrior Center from October 2006 to November 2007. She also spent a month on the Mercy Hospital Ship in July of 2008, providing nursing care to the residents of East Timor. In 2012, Susan retired as the Manager of Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Preparedness from the Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department and has been re-employed by them from January to June of 2020 as a Public Health Emergency Preparedness Consultant in response to the COVID pandemic. She is currently working for the Minnesota Department of Health in the State Emergency Operations Center assisting with the planning for community testing for COVID.
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.
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.
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.
Laura has been a member of the Board of Directors since the summer of 2019. Laura represents the East-side Community of St. Paul. She says her greatest strength is creativity and innovation. She enjoys tackling a problem head on and strategically developing and implementing a plan. Laura is a member of a the Developmental/External Relations Committee.
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.
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.
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.
Deborah Loon Strumbras (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.
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.
Prince serves in the role of Racial and Health Equity Administrator at Ramsey County. He is a human services professional with over 13 year’s workforce development experience in the non-profit and public sectors where he primarily worked on implementation of racial equity workforce development programs. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Metropolitan State University and completed the Equity Works Leadership Institute offered through the Future Services Institute at the U of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Prince is a formerly homeless youth and a survivor of incarceration. He is dedicated to serving his community and has volunteered with organizations such as the MN Second Chance Coalition, Alternatives to Violence Project, Council on Crime and Justice, and the Minneapolis NAACP’s Criminal Justice Reform 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).