Staff & Leadership

Aliveness Staff

All
  • All
  • Admin Team
  • Case Managers
  • Clinical Team
  • Food Shelf
  • Housing Team
  • Kitchen Crew
  • Leadership Team
  • Medical Nutritional Therapy
  • Prevention Team

Matt Toburen

Executive Director
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 201

Tom Bichanga

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Director
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 214

Matthew Hoppe, PMHNP-BC, PHN, APRN

Clinical Services Director
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 234

James McMurray, MS, MHP

Social Services Director
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 223

Dylan Boyer

Director of Development
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 207

Angie Skelly

PrEP Navigator
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 236

Joe Franco

Care Linkage & Prevention Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 233

DJ Lal

Prevention Lead
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 202

Luna Maldonado

Medical Case Manager
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 212

Josephine Hovers

Outreach/Prevention
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 202

Ray Gonzalez

Care Linkage Coordinator
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 218

Jay Orne, PhD

Research Scientist and Harm Reduction Manager
He/they
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 249

Azaleah Davis

Harm Reduction Coordinator
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 227

Cameron Dailey-Ruddy

Case Management Program Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 215

Bruce Weihsmantel

Medical Case Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 219

Kendall Mager

Medical Case Manager
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 241

Taylor Scott

Non-Medical Case Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 203

Michele Boyer

Housing Supervisor
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 232

Shannon McGraw, LSW

Housing Locator
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 237

Julius Hall

Housing Case Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 230

Akello Alay

HOPWA Case Manager
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 224

Nik Nelson

Housing Case Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 238

Teal Walters, RD, LD

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Lead Dietitian
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 292

Adam Studnek

Kitchen Assistant
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 211

Velvet Bartashevitch

Kitchen Assistant
they/them
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 211

Charles Hansen

Kitchen Assistant
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 211

Dan Shutter

Kitchen Assistant
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 211

Andrei Korotkov

Food Shelf Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 205

Hanna Dorn

Office Manager
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 213

CK Fellman

Member Services Manager
they/them
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 208

Andy Heisz

Member Eligibility Manager
him/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 226

Ezra McNair

Volunteer Coordinator
they/them
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 221

Randy Hornstine

Facilities Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 235

Michael Grandys

Food Shelf Assistant
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 205

Scott Schlaffman

Charitable Gaming Coordinator
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946

Jennifer Gunderson

Charitable Gaming Coordinator
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946

Sonya Bieza

Development Manager
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 250

Jonas Spry

Facilities Assistant
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 235

Tami Herrmann

Nurse Practitioner
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 234

Benjamin Tye

Rapid Rehousing Case Manager
he/they
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 220

Cal Williams

Harm Reduction Specialist
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 293

Mica

Kitchen Assistant
She/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 211

Sainte Lopez

Prevention/Outreach
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext 202

Amber Muhm

Prevention/Outreach
she/her
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext 202

Matthew Canada

Prevention/Outreach
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext 218

Juan Riera

Prevention/Outreach
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext 218

Jake Karas

Assistant Facilities Manager
he/him
[email protected]
612-822-7946

Kaizer Eikleberry

Community Engagement Assistant
he/him

612-822-7946

Jess Waechter

Food Shelf Assistant
They/them
[email protected]
612-822-7946
ext. 205

Member & Board of Directors Leadership

Membership Advisory Committee (MAC)

The MAC consists of up to 20 members of The Aliveness Project elected at the Annual Meeting each May. They meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. Meetings are hybrid and anyone is welcome to join via Zoom or come in person (meeting is in second floor conference room). The MAC elects the Board of Directors, advises and makes recommendations on member-related issues, and oversees Charitable Gaming.

Jo Ann Vertetis - President
Joseph Amrhein - Vice President
Scott S. - Secretary
Tim K.
Joe F.
Joe R.
Sherry O.
Eric J.
Terral E.
Drew S.
Raymundo G.
Justice C.
Reneka E.
David V.
Derrick R.

If you are interested in joining the MAC please give us a call at 612-822-7946 or ask for an application at the front desk.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by the Membership Advisory Committee and consists of up to 20 community members, at least 30% of whom must be people living with HIV.

President: Dr. Rachel Prosser | Gilead Sciences
Vice President: Carey Boyum | Lubrizol
Second Vice President: Jo Ann Vertetis
Secretary: Thomas Keller | Cargill

Travis Allen | Travelers Insurance
Michelle Bahr | MN New Life Recovery
Moncies Franco | Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
Derek Johnson-Dean | Relax Renew LLC
Dr. Mary Jo Kasten | Mayo Clinic
Raquelle Paulsen | University of Minnesota Youth & AIDS Projects
Jenn Schaal | Metro Connections
Helué Vázquez Valverde | Ernst & Young LLP
Shanasha Whitson | Brakins Consulting