Jess Anna Glover – Executive Director

Jess Anna recently joined MENTOR Minnesota as its executive director and is responsible for driving the strategic vision, advocacy, and fundraising needs for the organization. MENTOR Minnesota builds and elevates the capacity of programs, systems, and policies to strengthen youth mentoring relationships across the state. Jess Anna has spent more than a decade as a passionate advocate for student-focused public education policy and educators as an attorney. 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.


Carolyn Scherer, MSW – Director of Program Services

As Director of Program Services, Carolyn Scherer is the point of contact for all mentoring program consultation and technical assistance requests, helping to ensure that Minnesota youth mentoring programs have the resources they need to provide high quality, long-lasting and effective mentoring experiences for youth and volunteers. Carolyn has 15 years of experience in the youth development field, including 7 years at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities where her roles included directing the Community-based Enrollment and Matching Teams and coordinating School-based mentoring programs in Minneapolis schools. Carolyn holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Direct Practice with Children and Families from the University of Minnesota.


Nicki Patnaude, MSW – Manager of Community Partnerships

Nicki Patnaude manages the creation and coordination of resource development for MENTOR Minnesota. She also provides support for the NQMS® process on the state level but focuses her support on piloting the NQMS® in other states as part of a national research study. Nicki also assists with special initiatives and projects for the organization, including fundraising, public policy, and training support. Prior to working with MENTOR Minnesota, she spent over 10 years working in the youth development field, specifically with youth in 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 with MENTOR Minnesota as both a Graduate Public Policy Intern and an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow prior to her current role.


MENTOR Minnesota Consultants

Bree Axelrod – Marketing and Communications Consultant

Bree is a marketing and communications consultant working with MENTOR Minnesota to effectively and efficiently complete strategic initiatives. She loves project management and organization and has a passion for editing. Prior to consulting, Bree was the Director of Marketing for a prominent Twin Cities law firm. She earned her Communications and Spanish degree from the College of St. Benedict and spends her time serving on the Eagan Wave Soccer Club Board and driving her three children to their activities.

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.