Jess Anna Glover – Executive Director
Jess Anna Glover (pronouns: she/her) is responsible for driving the strategic vision, advocacy, and fundraising needs for the organization. Jess Anna has spent more than a decade as a passionate advocate for student-focused public education policy and educators as an attorney. She advocates for trauma-informed policies and practices. Throughout her career, she has also worked with minority and immigrant farmers, advocates and organizers, lawyers, and legislators on many public policy issues. She also brings previous nonprofit, fundraising, and government experience to her advocacy. Jess Anna is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota Law School and was a Policy Fellow with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Nicki Patnaude, MSW – Director of Quality
Nicki Patnaude (pronouns: she/her) is passionate about building relationships with mentoring programs and community partners to expand the quality mentoring movement. She provides expertise about mentoring best practices as she oversees the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) process in Minnesota. Nicki helped bring Minnesota’s quality assessment and process to the national level and assists with the ongoing development of the tool and serves as a Master Trainer in the NQMS process. Prior to working with MENTOR Minnesota, she spent over 10 years volunteering and working in the youth development field, specifically with youth aging out of long-term foster care. Nicki holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing and Advocacy from the University of Minnesota and has served as a Public Policy Graduate Intern, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, and other various roles with MENTOR Minnesota since 2011.
Sha’Daesha Beeks – MSW Intern
Sha’Daesha Beeks (pronouns: she/her) is the newest graduate level intern at MENTOR MN and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Augsburg University. Sha’Daesha graduated Cum Laude from Hamline University in the Spring of 2017 with her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Sha’Daesha received the University’s departmental award for her research on the link between father absenteeism and juvenile delinquency, with a solution-based focus on mentoring. As a Minneapolis native, Sha’Daesha has 18 years of experience in community engagement. Her activities include HIV/AIDS peer education, “Free Hug” campaign, 911 community outreach, and mentorship for at-risk youth. Sha’Daesha is passionate about advocacy, activism, and community organizing around social justice issues. Through her work with MENTOR MN, she will continue to be an active force in her community.
MENTOR Minnesota Consultants
Carolyn Scherer, MSW – Technical Assistance Consultant
Having spent nearly 20 years working in the youth development and mentoring fields, Carolyn is known for her knowledge, skills, expertise, and commitment to mentoring best practices. Carolyn works one-on-one with Minnesota youth mentoring programs to help ensure they have the resources needed to provide high quality, long-lasting, and effective mentoring experiences for youth and volunteers.
Jenni Geiser – Graphic Design and Branding Consultant
Jenni is a freelance Graphic Designer with 20+ years in the design field. She started her own business, jennigdesign, in 2014. Prior to that, she was the Creative Manager at Archiver’s, a retail scrapbooking store for 15 years. Her areas of expertise are branding, direct mail, newsletters, print collateral, signage, and logo design. She also works on children’s books layouts, packaging, email design, and websites. Jenni is located in the Twin Cities and has a wonderful family that inspires her more and more every day.