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


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

Marta Westlund
Care Coordinator

Christa Lachell
Case Manager

Esther Vang
Case Manager

Noelle Brockmeier
Case Manager

Emily Neighbors, MSW, LICSW
Home Assessment Specialist

Karine Ruis, LSW
Home Assessment Specialist

Karissa Neff, LCSW, MSW
Social Worker

Kelly Donohue, LGSW
Social Worker

Mary House, MALEd
Advocacy Director

Jennifer Thelen, LSW
Advocate Educator

Jen Kaemink
Advocate Coordinator


Waco, TX

Kellie Davidson, MSW
Waco Director