Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Judy Pennington
(Chair)

Managing Director, Retired – Deloitte Consulting

Michael O’Keefe
(Secretary)

Vice President for Advancement, DeLaSalle High School

Kyle Didier
(Treasurer)

President, Tyme Holdings LLC

Andrew
Bingenheimer

SVP CIO Corporate Functions, US Bank

Carol
Frey Wolfe

Director, Frey Foundation

Hanan Osman

Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Health & Human Services

Jeffrey Wertz

Senior Managing Director, Vendor Finance – The Huntington National Bank

Larry Lucio

School Administrator, Retired – Minneapolis & St. Paul Public Schools

Margaret Murphy

Chief Credit Officer Specialty, EVP, Retired- Old National Bank

Sharon Smith-Akinsanya

CEO – Rae Mackenzie Group

Susan Haffield

Partner, Retired – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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Staff and Leadership

Aidee Arocho

Elementary Educator
Grades 3-5

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Allison Burns

Elementary Program
Manager
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Amy Luciano

Community Engagement Specialist
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About

Bennett Riesgraf

Secondary
Educator
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About

Dan Olthoff

Finance
Director
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Dan Watson

Director of Youth, Family, & Community Programs
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Diamond Jackson

Secondary
Program Manager
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Carl Schlueter

Executive
Director
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Imelda Riera

Lead
Receptionist
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Jacqueline Quizhpi

Lead Program
Associate

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Jae Bates

College and
Career Counselor
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Joel McReynolds

Family and Community
Engagement Program Manager
Joel McReynolds
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Judith Quiterio

Program
Associate
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Kayne Lussier

Secondary
Educator
Kayne Lussier
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Kristi Johnson

Marketing and
Communications Coordinator
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Linda Nunez

Director of
Operations
Linda Nunez
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Lourdes Quiterio Zavaleta

Operations Associate
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Maricruz Arocho

Lead
Family Advocate

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Marilyn Kruy

Elementary Educator
Grades K-2
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Ryan Garmoe

Development
Associate

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Sue Riesgraf

Development and Marketing Director
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Victor Panora

Program
Associate
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High School & College Staff – Program Assistants

Banyan high school and college youth, many of whom have long-term relationships with Banyan, serve as staff working part-time to assist with program activities in our after school and summer programs. Our staff participate in ongoing professional mentoring and leadership development opportunities and meet regularly with supervising staff for direction and feedback regarding their performance, and participate in regular staff trainings to help develop skills in the best practices of youth development. Youth staff quickly earn the trust and respect of elementary youth at Banyan because they have grown up Banyan and serve as positive role models in the next generation of Banyan youth.

“I love how Banyan supports families and kids. My kids really enjoy coming here and the educators do a great job.”

Banyan Parent

“I am so grateful for Banyan. I trust Banyan and the staff here with my children, which is very important to me.”

Banyan Parent

“Sometimes I think of moving to the suburbs due to the drug and homeless issues but, then I think of Banyan and my neighbors, friends and family and I say – I CAN NEVER LEAVE PHILLIPS.”

Community Council Member

“I’m glad I came to Banyan this summer or else I would just be at home bored watching TV instead of doing fun things like crafts.”

Banyan Youth

“I’m thankful that we have had Banyan to guide us through this college process. We have never done this before, and don’t know anything about college or financial aid. It was good to know that our son had Banyan to help him understand things and explain the steps.”

Banyan Parent

“Banyan teaches you to stand up for what you know is right, to handle the situation in a respectful manner.”

Banyan Youth

“I give to Banyan because I know that my gift will go a long way both in impact with the community as well as effectiveness with a well-run organization.”

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