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. 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 as a Public Health Emergency Preparedness Consultant in response to the COVID pandemic.
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 joined the Board in 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.
Vice President for Finance, ECOLAB, INC.
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.
Project Manager, Innovative Power Systems, Inc.
Laura joined the board of Face to Face in August of 2019. She is currently a Project manager for Innovative Power Systems. Laura says her greatest strength is creativity and innovation. She enjoys tackling a problem head-on and strategically developing and implementing a plan. She serves on the Development/External Relations Committee.
Executive Clinical Director of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program at the Minnesota Department of Human Services
Jannine Hebert joined the Board in August 2019. She is a psychologist who has worked in the area of sexual violence prevention for more than 25 years. She has worked across various settings (outpatient, inpatient, prison and civil commitment) with adults and adolescents who have sexually perpetrated, as well 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.
Executive Director, Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care
Susan became a member of the Board of Directors in 2019. She is currently the Executive Director for the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care. She has been a Board Member for the West-Side Community Health Service in St. Paul. Her past careers have been the Fund Development Director for the Hope Community and the Director of Family Support Services for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. She is a member of the External Relations and Development Committee for Face to Face. She describes her passion as a commitment to youth, their health and the prevention of homelessness.
Business Financial Analyst, 3M
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 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. 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.
Nyagatare Valens, MBA
Finance and Operations, Minnesota Department of Education
Nyagatare became a member of the Board of Directors in 2015 and is currently a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. He was previously the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Nyagatare has been employed by the state of Minnesota for ten years. He left the private sector to work for the government, to be part of a workforce that needed new professionals, especially within people of color. At the Minnesota Department of Health, he was a Financial Manager with the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH). He then moved to the Education Department at the Division of Agency Finance, in September of 2012. He oversaw grant management for the Special Education Division, School Safety Division, Compliance Division, and Charter School Division. Nyagatare 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 gives back to his community in publishing and volunteering in a variety of activities, such as business and entrepreneurship. He is also on the US Commission on Civil Rights, the Council at DHS/Cultural, Ethnic, and Communities Council (CECLC), and an Advisory Board member of MN ADDM at addm.umn.edu. He is also a member of Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Advisory Council at the Minnesota Department of Health.
Cardiologist and Epidemiologist, Health Partners
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
Executive Director, Minnesota Valley Trust
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.