Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Wertz
(Chair)

Senior Vice President – Equipment Finance, TCF National Bank

Judy Pennington
(Vice-Chair)

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting – Retired

Michael O’Keefe
(Secretary)

Vice President for Advancement, DeLaSalle High School

Susan Haffield
(Treasurer)

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Kyle
Didier

President, Tyme Holdings LLC

Stanley Jackson

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Heidi
Thorson, MD

Minnesota Perinatal Physicians

Mike
Wilczynski

Assistant Vice President, Tax and EMEA, General Tax Counsel, Cargill, Inc.

Carol
Frey Wolfe

Vice President/Program Manager, Frey Foundation

Staff and Leadership

Aidee Arocho

Lead Program Associate
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Allison Burns

Elementary Program Manager
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Amy Luciano

Receptionist
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Annie Van Avery

Interim Executive Director
Annie Van Avery
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Ariana Hoyer

Elementary Educator Grades 3-5
Ariana Hoyer
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Dan Olthoff

Finance and Administration Director
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Dan Watson

Director of Youth, Family, & Community Programs
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Diamond Jackson

Secondary Educator
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Imelda Riera

Receptionist
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Joani Essenburg

Co-founder & Executive Director
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Jordan Holt

PE Specialist
Jordan Holt
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Katie Kirk

Secondary Program Manager
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Kayne Lussier

Secondary Educator
Kayne Lussier
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Keri Clifton

Development Officer
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Laurel Molin

College & Career Counselor
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Linda Nunez

Business Administrator
Linda Nunez
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Lourdes Quiterio Zavaleta

Receptionist
Lourdes Quiterio Zavaleta
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Lucia Davila Alvarez

Family Advocate
Lucia Davila Alvarez
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Maricruz Arocho

Lead Family Advocate
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Marilyn Kruy

Elementary Educator Grades K-2
Marilyn Kruy
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Nettie McHie

Program Assistant
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Sara Johnson

Development Associate
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Sue Riesgraf

Development and Marketing Director
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Victor Panora

Program Assistant
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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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