Board of Directors
Launa Hollen, President
Elected in 2019, she is serving her first 2-year term, which ends in September, 2021. Launa is the Executive Director of Eastwood Senior Living in Mora where she lives her passion of enriching the lives of older adults. She has 30 years in the health care field where she has held administrative titles such as Executive Director, and Data Analyst for the Quality Department. Launa has been involved with nonprofits for over 10 years where she has volunteered her time and assisted in fundraising and strategic planning. Launa is passionate about eradicating homelessness. She has volunteered with New Pathways in the past and is excited to serve on the Board of Directors to make a positive difference in the people we serve.
Robin Wetther, Vice President
Elected in 2020, she is serving her first 2-year term, which ends in April, 2022. Robin is a local Realtor and Events Manager at New Hope Community Church for 9 years and works for the school district as a sub. She has lived in and worked in the community for 20 years. Robin comes from a family of service and serving others is in her blood. She serves on the events committee for North Branch Chamber, been a part of volunteer coordination in multiple areas in the church and events, and has lead training and classes. She is passionate about fundraising and partnering with others to succeed. She is a networker and driven to get things done. She is excited to be a part of the board to be involved with decisions and collaborations to make impacts on the families that are supported.
Shirley Zierke, Treasurer
Elected in 2020, she is serving her first 2-year term, which ends in April, 2022.
Shirley is a retired Director of Information Services for Polaris Industries. She has served on various boards and committees including: The Wyoming Area Business Association, Congregational President of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Wyoming, Wyoming Lions Club, Advisory Board for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, St. Paul Area Synod Council and Executive Committee and the St. Paul Area Synod Bishop’s Election Committee. She and her husband recently moved to the Braham area. Her passion is helping others become their best selves.
Tami Kreuzer, Board Member
Elected in 2020, she is serving her first 2-year term, which ends in May, 2022. Tami is a business owner and has worked 30 years in the social service field. She has experience in human resources, direct service working with culturally diverse populations and fundraising. She is highly motivated, light hearted, outgoing and love helping people achieve their individual needs. She looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors for New Pathways and working towards exceeding their mission.
Amber Gray, Board Member
Elected in 2021, she is serving her first 2-year term, which ends in Aug, 2023. Amber has worked for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer since 2008. She started in the jail and now does homeless outreach and other special projects in Ramsey County. Through her work she has gained experience with mental health and its correlation to homelessness. Her passion is helping those experiencing homeless navigate the criminal justice system and remove barriers to housing and employment. Amber’s mom, Cheryl Gray, was a co-founder and first Executive Director of New Pathways. Amber is excited and honored to serve on New Pathways’ Board of Directors and carry on her mom’s legacy.
Ron Duke, Board Member
Elected in 2020, he is serving his first 2-year term, which ends in May, 2022. Ron Duke grew up the eldest son of Salvation Army Officers and has done various volunteer assignments for the Salvation Army over the years. He retired from GEECO as an inside sales representative 15 years ago. He has been on the board for Lakes and Pines since 2012, served on their Executive Committee and participated in their Poverty Simulations. He is on the board for the Cambridge Salvation Army. He has been a volunteer at the Cambridge Food Shelf and Ruby’s Pantry for several years. Ron has ‘a heart’ for people in need.
Jane Benjamin, Board Member
Elected in 2020, she is serving her first 2-year term, which ends in November, 2022.
Jane is a retired nurse and Nurse Practitioner with a healthcare background in hospital settings, primary care in a clinic setting and community through school-based clinics, school nursing and public health nursing. She has lived in the community for over 30 years with a wide variety of service in non-profit boards. She has volunteered to assist with fundraising, strategic planning, and completion of the 20-acre Cambridge-Isanti Soccer Complex. She served on the Isanti County Public Health Commission and was a coordinator for her faith community for New Pathways, Inc. Jane is passionate about serving the needs of our families in transition in East Central Minnesota.
Jeremiah White, Board Member
Elected in 2021, he is serving his first 2-year term, which ends in February, 2023. Jeremiah graduated last year from Cambridge Isanti High School. Jeremiah has been volunteering at Family Pathways Food Shelf for five years. He is also is a youth intern at River Valley Church in Minnetonka. He has a passion for helping people who are in need. He is excited to be a part of Board of Directors for New Pathways and excited to work alongside the other board members towards exceeding their mission.
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