Leadership sets the tone and the vision for an entire organization. At Face to Face, our managers and directors are all thoughtful, caring, values-driven professionals with the expertise necessary to carry out the vision of the youth we serve, and our board of directors.
Hanna Getachew-Kreusser, MA
Hanna received her B.A in Psychology and International Business Management from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and her M.A. in Behavioral Science/Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director in 2018, Hanna was the Director of Operations at Face to Face. Hanna has over 25 years of nonprofit administration experience including at Tubman Inc. and Avenues for Homeless Youth, leading health and human services for populations across the life span.
Hanna is an active community leader, involved in working to strengthen systems designed to support those served in the community. Additionally, she currently serves on various boards and community groups- including the St. Paul, Ramsey Community Health Advisory Committee and Clair Housing Board of Directors. Her previous Governing Board experience includes Resource Inc, Ramsey County’s Children’s Mental Health Collaborative and as well as the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Planning Council. Hanna has had the honor of being a co-founder to a nonprofit that works to enrich African lives (R.E.A.L Inc.-Resources for Reaching African Lives).
Hanna works hard to engage youth from their strength and support their resilient nature in spite of the inequities. It is her passion to build opportunities to develop youth as leaders of the present and the future. Hanna is a committed leader of social change globally. Her visionary leadership includes the belief in creativity, innovation, diversity and inclusion for bringing solutions to long-standing systemic challenges.
Director of Operations
Stephanie has been with Face to Face in various roles since 2016. Her current role is to oversee Face to Face’s administrative functions so other staff can focus their energy on our clients. She manages IT, HR, Data Management, Facilities, and Public Funding. Steph has 20 years of nonprofit experience in areas ranging from youth work to human trafficking. She lives in South Minneapolis and enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew.
Director of Finance
In 2012, Peter was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. For the last 12 years he was the Director of Finance and Operations at Avenues for Homeless Youth in Minneapolis. Peter is married to his wife Kristi, and they have three children.
Director of Development
Melissa has been at Face to Face since August of 2017. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Indigenous Studies and she’s also certified as a coach for parents. Since 1987, she has worked in nonprofit organizations serving children, youth, and families in community and human services, family violence intervention and prevention, youth development, curriculum development and training, out-of-school programs and camping, residential treatment, tutoring and education programs, and childcare.
Raquel (Rocki) Simões
Director of Programs
Raquel (Rocki) Simões is a white Brazilian who came to the United States in the late 80s, fell in love with women and rice krispies treats (not necessarily in that order) and decided to stay. Most of her community organizing work has focused on queer/trans youth, homelessness, host homes, and social justice. Most of her personal work has focused on striving to be a loving friend, partner, ex-partner, anti-racist community member, and parent. On a good day she does some of these things well. Rocki joined Face to Face in November of 2020 after 14 years at Avenues for Youth and is excited to be the new Director of Programs here.
Clinic Operations Manager
Elaine (she/her(s)) joined Face To Face in 2020. As a life long resident of St. Paul, she is passionate about helping young people achieve their potential in a safe and supportive environment. She has worked as a nurse and healthcare administrator for nearly 20 years to ensure that patients receive equitable, high quality care.
Manager of Homeless Youth Programs
I have recently returned back to the Twin Cities from Miami, Florida after being gone for 8 years. I previously worked as a Director of Youth Programs for youth at risk or experiencing homelessness in Miami. I completed my B.A .in History from the University of St. Thomas and my M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Saint Paul. I have over 20 years of experience working with youth and young adults through programming and case management services.