Melissa Albaugh, LAMFT
Mental Health Practitioner
Melissa Albaugh, M.A., joined Face to Face as an Intensive Systemic Therapist in January 2019. Melissa has previous experience providing in-home and outpatient therapy to individuals, couples and families. Melissa has additional experience working with parents and with children ages 0-4 and incorporates an attachment-based lens believing that our early relationships can lay the foundation for how we experience ourselves and others. Melissa provides a gentle, strength-based, and relational approach to her work with clients. Melissa finds value in how communal, cultural, and familial factors shape who we are and how these pieces can also help support us in healing. As a white cis-gender therapist, Melissa recognizes it is crucial to the therapeutic experience that she works to create a safe space for people of all cultural identities, gender identities, and sexualities.
Tija Andriamananjara, MA
Children’s Mental Health Case Manager
Tija Andriamananjara, MA joined Face to Face Mental Health department in December 2018. She does Targeted Children’s Mental Health Case Management contracted through Ramsey County. Tija previously worked in various nonprofits in the cities, in the same field, as well as in child development arena. Her areas of interests include trauma, behavioral science and cultural/family issues.
Kong (he/him/his and they/them/their) grew up in North Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Saint Paul and loves his community. He also identifies as a Queer Person of Color and was active in advocating for Queer rights in the past. He has worked with young people between the ages of 11-21 of all identities but primarily for those who are considered “at-risk” for over five years. He enjoys providing support for all individuals seeking it, and he enjoys working at SafeZone.
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.
Medical Clinic Coordinator
Pamela (she/her/hers) has been with Face to Face since 2010. She has an AAS Degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician and an extensive Customer Service and Purchasing background prior to her career change into the medical field. With her background, she is able to save money, allowing Face to Face to provide more to clients and a unique ability to connect and help clients feel at ease when they are uncertain about procedures or testing. She grew up on the East Side of St. Paul and is grateful that she can continue to give back to such a great community.
Connie Gertz APRN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Connie started at Face to Face in December 2015. She works at Face to Face as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After working as a Paramedic and Trauma ER/Flight Nurse for over 20 years, she developed an interest in primary care and prevention. She realized she had a desire to combine herpassion for emergency care and interest in primary care, while continuing to promote the health of the community.
She has a Masters of Nursing Degree in Public Health from the University of South Alabama. She received her Advanced Practice Nursing Certification in Family Medicine from the University Of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I am Licensed as an APRN through the State of Minnesota. I have my credentialing as an APRN through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Connie’s approach: “I am committed to providing high quality healthcare to each patient through an interdisciplinary, team based approach that incorporates each discipline’s unique perspective. I believe health promotion and disease prevention are key components in caring for an individual and community. I believe I have unique experiences that have prepared me to help our patients achieve the health and wellness they are capable of and deserve.”
Workforce Program Supervisor
Lara Griffin (She/Her/Hers) grew up in the Twin Cities and calls South Minneapolis home today. When not working, she loves exploring the cities, experimenting with new baking recipes, and drinking coffee and tea. She has Master’s degrees in social work and public policy from the University of Minnesota with a focus in youth and family policy and practice. In the past she has worked directly with young people and their families as well as helping organizations build capacity and develop programs to serve youth. She is excited to join the Face to Face team and honored to help create high quality internship experiences for young people in the community!
Director of Development
Heather (she/her/hers) has 20 years of experience working at a variety of social service organizations throughout the Twin Cities. Her experience includes working with at-risk youth, chemical dependency, domestic violence, and homelessness. She began her career providing direct services ranging from a shelter advocate to a shelter director. She has served administratively in organizations for over 10 years holding positions in community engagement and directing development. Heather has been active in her community holding board positions at social service organizations, her faith community and her children’s school. Heather holds a BA in Social Work and an MA in theological studies from Bethel University, Summa Cum Laude. She has been married for 21 years and has 2 beautiful twin daughters that are the joy of her life.
Aaron Haugabrook was born and raised in Minnesota. He has a passion for healing young people through the art of music. He is an R&B artist himself, and has been writing/singing since he was 12. He runs the arts programming at SafeZone, and has worked with Face to Face as a drop-in advocate since August 2017. His mission is to be a role model for his peers and help guide the young people in the community by finding their passions and giving them the tools to pursue them.
Ginny grew up all over the Minneapolis/St Paul area, but now you can usually find her in the kitchen, both at SafeZone and at home. She has always loved making people smile by creating delicious meals! She has also long been about encouraging individual growth; she raised a now 20-something daughter who is on the autism spectrum. Professionally, she spent the last nine years helping empower individuals with barriers for Goodwill EasterSeals Minnesota, focusing on personal development. During that time, she went to school to earn an Associate’s Degree in Human Service. Additionally, she spent two years without a permanent home as a young adult, and was actually a client of SafeZone over 20 years ago. She is hoping to use the knowledge gained from these experiences to assist young people to realize and utilize what they really have to offer this world!
RN, Patient Care Team Supervisor
Peg grew up and went to college in Duluth, MN. She graduated with a degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica and has been a nurse for fifty years starting out as a US Army Nurse. From there she worked for the US Dept of Veterans Affairs for 33 yrs in Tomah, Wisconsin; Duluth, MN; and Superior, WI with most of her experience in mental health. She retired in 2006 and went back to work for large health care providers in Madison, WI. After some serious health issues she retired from full time work in 2016 and worked part-time as a telephone triage nurse in Infectious Disease. In December, 2018 she and her husband sold their home in Madison, moved to Minnesota, and started working at Face to Face in late February, 2019.
Andy started working at Face to Face in February of 2010. He brought a host of networking and computer skills to support Staff at both Face to Face and SafeZone locations. He enjoys helping with computer needs and network infrastructure while supporting users to meet Face to Face’s mission.