Staff & Leadership

Aliveness Staff


Executive Director (he/him)
[email protected] (612) 822-7946, ext. 201
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Director (he/him)
[email protected] (612) 822-7946, ext. 214 
Clinical Services Director (he/him)
[email protected] (612) 822-7946, ext. 234
Social Services Director (he/him)
[email protected] (612) 822-7946, ext. 223
Director of Development (he/him)
[email protected] (612) 822-7946, ext. 207 

CLINICAL SERVICES: PrEP, Outreach, Prevention, Care Linkage, and Recovery

PrEP Navigator
she/her/hers - Ext. 236
Care Linkage & Prevention Manager
he/him/his – Ext. 233
Care Linkage Coordinator
she/her/hers - Ext. 212
TWIST Program Coordinator
she/her/hers - Ext. 212
she/her/hers – Ext. 202
she/her/hers – Ext. 202
he/him/his - Ext. 212
she/her/hers - Ext. 212
Research Scientist and Harm Reduction Manager
He/they - Ext. 249
Harm Reduction Coordinator
she/her/hers - Ext. 227
Peer Recovery Navigator
he/him/his - Ext. 293

SOCIAL SERVICES: Case Management, Housing, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and Mental Health

Case Management Supervisor
she/her/hers - Ext. 216
Medical Case Manager
he/him/his - Ext. 215
Medical Case Manager
he/him/his - Ext. 219
Medical Case Manager
they/he - Ext. 210
Medical Case Manager
they/she - Ext. 218
Medical Case Manager
she/her/hers - Ext. 241
Non-Medical Case Manager
he/him/his - Ext. 203
Case Management Intern
they/them/theirs - Ext. 240
Housing Manager
she/her/hers - Ext. 232
Housing Locator
she/her/hers - Ext. 237
Housing Case Manager
he/him/his - Ext. 230
Housing Case Manager
she/her/hers - Ext. 224
Housing Case Manager
he/him/his - Ext. 238
Clinical Nutrition Manager, Lead Dietitian - click the link for referral
she/her/hers - Ext. 217 [email protected]
Registered Dietitian
she/her/hers - Ext. 292
Mental Health Therapist
she/her/hers - Ext. 220

FOOD PROGRAMS: Food Shelf and Meals

Head Chef
he/him/his – Ext. 211
she/her/hers – Ext. 211 
Kitchen Assistant
he/him/his – Ext. 211
Kitchen Assistant
they/them/theirs – Ext. 211 
Kitchen Assistant
he/him/his – Ext. 211 

Charles Hansen

Kitchen Assistant
he/him/his – Ext. 211 
Food Shelf Manager
he/him/his – Ext. 205
Food Shelf Assistant
she/her/hers – Ext. 205
Food Shelf Assistant
he/they – Ext. 205 

ADMINISTRATION: Member Services, Development, and Facilities

Office Manager
she/her/hers – Ext. 213 
Member Services Manager
they/them/theirs - Ext. 208
Administrative Associate
he/him/his – Ext. 226 
Volunteer Coordinator
they/them/theirs - Ext. 221
Facilities Manager
he/him/his – Ext. 235 

Michael Grandys

he/him/his – Ext. 235 


Charitable Gaming Coordinator 
Charitable Gaming Coordinator
Pulltabs Auditor

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 at Meeting ID: 861 8856 4998. The MAC elects the Board of Directors, advises and makes recommendations on member-related issues, and oversees Charitable Gaming.

JoAnn Vertetis – President
Joe R. – Vice President
Scott S. – Secretary
Tim K.
Joe F.
Pinki G.
Jay O.
Joseph Amrhein
Brian K.
Christine F.

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: Carey Boyum, Lubrizol
Vice President: Tom Straley
Second Vice President: JoAnn Vertetis
Secretary: Dr. Mary Jo Kasten | Mayo Clinic

Austin Bly | U.S. Water Services, Legal
Helué Vázquez Valverde | Ernst & Young LLP
Jenn Schaal | Meet Minneapolis
Michelle Bahr | MN New Life Recovery
Michelle Tanner | UnitedHealthcare
Moncies Franco | Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute
Dr. Rachel Prosser | Gilead Sciences
Raquelle Paulsen | University of Minnesota Youth & AIDS Projects
Shanasha Whitson | Brakins Consulting