Leadership

STAFF LEADERSHIP

Mary Pat Lee, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Ms. Lee is responsible for leading operations at the Crisis Nursery, carrying out Board policy, representing the Crisis Nursery to the public, and executing the Crisis Nursery's strategic plan. Ms. Lee joined the Crisis Nursery in June 2006 and has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and fund development. Prior to joining the Crisis Nursery, Ms. Lee served as Director of Development and Communications for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She has also held executive positions at nonprofits including The Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., St. Catherine University in St. Paul, and the St. Paul Tenants Union. Ms. Lee was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Political Science from St. Catherine University.

Jennifer Harrison, Development and Communications Director

As Development & Communications Director, Ms. Harrison is responsible for leading all fund development and communications activities at the Crisis Nursery including overseeing the major gifts, annual fund, and planned giving programs as well as special events, volunteer management, and special purpose campaigns.  Ms. Harrison joined the Crisis Nursery in August 2016 and has more than 10 years of experience fundraising and communications management. Prior to joining the Crisis Nursery, Ms. Harrison served as Director of Development for Angel Foundation. She has also held fundraising and communications positions at local nonprofits including Animal Humane Society, Emerge Community Development and Episcopal Community Services. Ms. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of St. Thomas, a Master of Arts Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University, and holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) professional credential.

Molly Kenney, Family Services Director

Ms. Kenney joined the Crisis Nursery as a Home Visitor in June 2003, was promoted to Family Services Manager in August 2005, and now serves as Family Services Director. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the College of St. Catherine / University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Minnesota. Ms. Kenney has over 15 years of experience supporting high-risk families and children in crisis. Ms. Kenney is responsible for directing all Family Services operations, including Crisis Nursery Family Advocates and the 4th Day Home Visiting program. She also oversees the Crisis Nursery's licensing standards under the Minnesota Department of Human Services, ensuring safe and quality programming and client services.

Al Willig, Finance and Operations Director

Mr. Willig joined the Crisis Nursery in May 1999. He has over 26 years of accounting experience for nonprofit agencies, 19 of those years as a chief financial officer, including his tenure at the Crisis Nursery. He assures the effective management of the Nursery's facilities, internal administration, and financial operations. He develops and manages the Crisis Nursery's annual budget and works closely with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Willig holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Macalester College.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers

Margot McManus, Chair, Bellisio Foods

Lisa O'Brien, Vice Chair, Community Volunteer

Suzie Wilmot, Treasurer, Pentair

Kevin Ward, Secretary, Management HQ

 

At Large Members

Dan Collins, BNCCORP

 

Board Members

Cheryl Cooper Boyd, Community Volunteer

Darren Eckberg, BeneCard PBF

Megan Goodrich, Community Volunteer

Jane Hopkins Gould, Non-Profit Interim Executive

Brett Habstritt, ShoreView Industries

Kristen Kimmel, RBC Wealth Management

Janet Lerch, US Bank

Christina Miller, Norwest Equity Partners

Jodi Mooney, Community Volunteer

Mitchell Mudra, Optum

Tracy Murphy, Target

Martha Pettee, StoryStick Marketing

Michelle Schultz, Briggs and Morgan

Sue Waldon, Community Volunteer

Jacqueline Williams-Roll, General Mills, Inc.

 

Board Emeritus

Patty Murphy

Lisa G. Taylor