2021-2022 Executive Team
HELLO AGAIN TO OUR RETURNING EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBERS!
Pat Dale (Headway Emotional Health Services), Coalition Co-Chair Molly Kenney (Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery) and Ronel Robinson (Way to Grow) have all been voted and agreed to continue on as Executive Team members for another term!
The Coalition elects Executive Team members on two-year terms. At the end of 2019, the Coalition went through its elections process to appoint Executive Team members for the 2020-2022 term.
Molly Kenney, GREATER MINNEAPOLIS CRISIS NURSERY
Molly is the Strategic Initiatives Director of Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. She has a Masters in Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/University of Minnesota and recently completed the Infant and Children’s Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Minnesota. Molly has over 20 years of experience supporting high-risk families and children in crisis.
Molly will continue to serve as Coalition Co-Chair, and will also serve as a regional contact.
Ronel Robinson, WAY TO GROW
Ronel has been Program Director with Way to Grow Inc. since 1991. Way to Grow is a holistic program serving families and children prenatal to age eight providing an evidenced informed literacy and health curriculum building on skills for school and life success. She has a BA in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University with additional studies at Minnesota State at Mankato in business administration plus early childhood education and maternal and child health.
Ronel manages the Way to Grow Dream Tracks Teen Parent Program serving teens and young moms ages 14- 24. She is a member of the Northside Achievement Zone (Early Childhood Committee), Minneapolis Healthy Start - Community Action Network, Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection, and the Minnesota Coalition of Targeted Home Visiting. She has also worked with the Minnesota Department of Education on the revisions of the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, the African American Babies Project, and Northside Breastfeeding Initiative and many other community initiatives. Ronel is the current President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers.
Ronel will support the Coalition by attending partner meetings.
Pat Dale, HEADWAY EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Pat is currently the CEO at Headway Emotional Health Services. He has been in his current position since 2001 and Headway since 1985. Pat has a BSW from Eau Claire.
Headway is currently a member of the Metro Alliance operating as a contracted provider of Hennepin County. We are accredited in HFA. We have been doing HFA since Hennepin County began contracting the services. Last fall Headway began preparations to add the Family Spirit home visiting model to specifically work with American Indian families. In addition to home visiting services, Headway provides services across the emotional health spectrum. Headway offers age 0-5 clinical services on an outpatient basis as well as providing therapeutic services to early childhood special education students in the Bloomington school district. In addition, Headway offers Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Management.
Pat is currently the Chair of the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative and the chair of the Social Connectedness work group of Hennepin County CHIP Initiative.
Pat will support the Coalition by co-coordinating the Legislative Committee.
Kathy Filbert, SAINT PAUL-RAMSEY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
"I'm reminded how I came into this work of Family Home Visiting, over 15 years ago I began my journey into Public Health as a Family Home Visitor in a rural Minnesota county where I learned how to build trusting relationships with families.
Everyday I'm amazed by the work of my Family Home Visitors, I continually seek to understand their needs in serving families while I advocate for them in doing their best work. My hope for being part of the Coalition is to provide insights to the world of Public Health's Home Visiting Programs, and to bring a perspective from both the rural and metro counties on home visiting services and their workforce."
Kathy has been elected Coalition Co-Chair and will also serve as a regional contact
Shanna Grefsrud, LAKES AND PRAIRIES COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIPS
Joel Flaten, SUPPORTING HANDS NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP
Meredith Martinez, HENNEPIN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
"I am the Executive Director of Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership (SHNFP), a 20 County Joint Powers Board in rural Minnesota.
SHNFP is in a unique position regionally as we cover about 23% of MN counties. We received a MEICHV grant and as a part of that hired Outreach Workers to contact potential providers and resources in our region that work with pregnant moms and families. We continue to develop and update our regional contacts which I see as beneficial to the Coalition to hear the needs of rural communities."
Joel will support the Coalition as a regional contact.
Paula Frisk, ST. DAVID'S CENTER FOR CHILD & FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
"I bring almost 25 years of experience working with children and families with a specialty focus on attachment based dyadic parent/child relational work. My areas of interest include trauma-informed maternal, infant and early childhood mental health and early intervention and prevention.
I have in-depth of understanding in practice and administration of two evidence-based home visiting models, Healthy Families and Parent’s as Teachers as well as evidence informed models. I have served over five years on the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families Quality Assurance team and strongly believe in the importance of best practice and advocacy for continued funding of quality home visiting services. I am also very passionate about the importance of reflective practice and reflective supervision/consultation in home visiting."
Paula will support the Coalition's Practice Matters/quality work.
"As a Parent and Community Engagement Manager for the past 23 years, I have extensive experience in facilitating, building, and strengthening new and existing partnerships.
I am extremely committed to quality home visiting through strong partnerships with community partners and the families we serve. I am committed to best practice through research and evidence-based curriculum, observations and feedback, and individualized staff development. Head Start is fortunate to have a wealth of resources at our fingertips and I am passionate about replicating and sharing those resources with the field."
Shanna will support the Coalition as a regional contact.
Nedra Robinson, SIMPSON HOUSING SERVICES
"I am the Early Childhood Program Manager at Simpson Housing Services where we support those experiencing homelessness. I fully understand the positive implications of home visiting for at-risk parents with young children. At any given time, we are serving over 200 families with over 500 children. Simpson Housing Services shares the Coalition’s mission and vision to provide targeted home visiting services to those families who are at risk with young children.
As a member, I have been able to experience first-hand the valuable work of the Coalition. I would consider it a privilege to be part of the leadership for the Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting to help ensure its continued successful work. I always want to be part of active solutions rather than another obstacle for the families we serve."
Nedra will support the Coalition's Legislative Committee.
"I want to be part of the effort to mobilize and promote increased access to home visiting services for families in Minnesota. I believe this can be achieved through collaboration across home visiting programs, partners, families, and funders. I would like to be part of the Coalition’s efforts to identify community and family strengths and needs, advocate for ways to meet the needs of communities, and support capacity building of home visiting providers and communities in supporting families with young children.
I hope to support the mission, vision and operations of the Coalition by bringing my knowledge of and experience working with home visiting programs statewide, and by representing a large local public health agency that also partners with non-profit agencies to provide home visiting services. I also have experience in early childhood system building, and see home visiting as an essential component as part of an early childhood system. I hope to contribute my knowledge of state and local early childhood efforts as they relate to home visiting to the Executive Committee."
Meredith will support the Coalition by attending partner meetings and communicating with MDH regional consultants.