Meet Our Team
Jess Anna Glover – Executive Director
Jess Anna leads the strategic direction and the continued success of one of the original Mentoring Partnership Affiliates in the United States. Jess Anna brings more than a decade’s worth of experience as a passionate advocate for student-focused public education policy and educators as an education and employment attorney to her work at MENTOR Minnesota. Throughout her career, she has worked with educators, minority and immigrant farmers, advocates and organizers, lawyers, and legislators on many public policy issues. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota Law School and a Policy Fellow with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Jess Anna is passionate about nonprofits, fundraising, and advocacy work.
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.