Meet our Team

Our incredible staff members are dedicated to ensuring families and children in crisis never have to walk alone.

Maridel Sandberg
President/Executive Director

Jonathan Bagen
Vice President of Operations and Finance

Gabriella Abbott
Office Manager

Jess Eischens


Ashley Baker
Iowa Director

Sara Swansen, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist
Program Director

Shaly Moyal, MAPC
Program Coordinator


Rochester, MN

Amber Schmitz
Rochester Program Administrator

Jaimi Smiley, LSW
Social Work Consultant


Twin Cities, MN

Lucy Olson, M.A., L.P.
Twin Cities Director

Ric Hellmann
Director of Community Engagement

Noelle Brockmeier
Assistant Program Director

Jen Kaemingk
Case Manager

Heather Walburg
Case Manager

Marta Westlund
Program Coordinator/Case Manager

Karissa Neff, LCSW, MSW
Social Worker/Case Manager

Kelly Donohue, LGSW
Social Worker

Emily Neighbors, MSW, LICSW
Home Assessment Specialist

Karine Ruis, LSW
Home Assessment Specialist

Mary House, MALEd
Advocacy Director

Jennifer Thelen, LSW
Advocate Educator


Waco, TX

Kellie Davidson, MSW
Waco Director