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Tubman Board of Directors

OFFICERS
  • Julie M. Loosbrock

    Chair

  • Debra K. Page

    Vice Chair

  • Jay R. Lindgren

    Secretary

  • Diane J. Gates

    Treasurer

  • Jean A. Freeman

    Past Chair

  • Jennifer J. Polzin

    Chief Executive Officer

DIRECTORS
  • Ramona I. Advani
  • Jake Blumberg
  • Jeffrey Bouslog
  • Tommie Braddock
  • Colleen M. Carey
  • Michelle Halonen
  • Amy Hasbargen
  • Shirley Hunt
  • Richard Johnson
  • Kristen Kimmell
  • Phillip J. Martin
  • Jackie K. Ottoson
  • Ric Pace
  • Grant Piller
  • Paul Schnell
  • Dan Seeman
  • R. Christopher Sur
  • Douglas Underwood
  • Lori Vicich
  • Sara Wahl
  • Jonathan Weinhagen
  • Mary White
ADVISORY BOARD
  • Sharon Sayles Belton
  • Josie R. Johnson
  • Sheila C. Morgan
  • Diane Robinson
  • Sharon G. Ryan
SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
  • Jennifer J. Polzin

    Jennifer J. Polzin became Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2015. Ms. Polzin first joined Tubman (formerly Family Violence Network) in 1992. Throughout her tenure at the organization, she has served in a variety of capacities working with clients, volunteers, community members and staff. She has demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, program design, collaborative community engagement initiatives, fundraising, and public policy work. She is passionate about building strong teams, leading positive change, and creating environments where people can live their best lives and do their best work. Ms. Polzin also has extensive direct service experience working with people of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds who have experienced relationship violence, homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges, and has worked in both shelter and community-based programs.

    She currently serves on the Community Board for Hennepin County HealthCare for the Homeless, and is immediate Past Chair of the St. Croix Area Agencies Council. Ms. Polzin served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University for eight years. Her course focused on understanding how power, privilege, resources, institutions and ethnocentric culture affect racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism and disability issues. Ms. Polzin has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications, and earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University. She and her wife live in south Minneapolis.

Programs
  • Junauld Braddock-Presley

    Ms. Braddock-Presley joined the agency in 1995, overseeing the operation of Tubman’s two family violence shelters with a total of 130 beds. She led Tubman’s Residential Division in developing best practices for serving domestic violence survivors with seen and unseen disabilities, funded by the federal Office on Violence against Women. Previously, she worked in the human services field for 21 years providing chemical dependency case management and was formerly the Clinical Director of a women’s day treatment correctional program. Ms. Braddock-Presley earned a BA in Individualized Studies in Sociology from the University of Minnesota with minors in African American Studies, chemical dependency counseling, and employee assistance. Her professional affiliations, including the National Black Alcoholism and Addiction Council and the Minnesota Community Corrections Association, inform her expertise in working with culturally diverse communities and minority groups.

  • Aya Johnson

    Ms. Johnson started at Tubman in 2017. She is responsible for operational, administrative and program direction for all legal programs. Prior to Tubman, she worked as an associate on the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Team. In this capacity, she selected applicants to become grantees and managed the team’s relationships with grantees. Ms. Johnson also served as a Community Representative in the US Congress working on immigration, refugee and foreign policy issues. She is a trained sexual and domestic violence advocate with a passion for expanding prevention methods. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Spanish literature from George Washington University.

  • Birgit Olsen Kelly

    Dr. Kelly joined Tubman in 2012 and is responsible for daily operations of our mental health services, including supervision of clinical and contract staff and program development. Dr. Kelly has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field, including four years as the Program Director and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Inpatient Program Coordinator at Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, eight years as the Director of Outpatient Services at Touchstone Mental Health, and three years as a Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Family Life Center. She has a Masters of Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas and a PhD from Union Institute & University. She has received Intensive Trauma Training and Developmental Training from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

  • Tamara Stark

    Ms. Stark joined Tubman in 1998 to oversee services for youth and families by implementing strength-based and trauma-informed approaches to address violence. She leads development, research, and implementation of effective and innovative programs in collaboration with local and national initiatives to improve the lives of youth and families. She oversees curriculum development and prevention, intervention, outreach, and youth leadership programs in residential, school, and community settings. Participating in cross-disciplinary collaborations focused on positive youth development, violence prevention, and ending homelessness, she works to build inclusive and responsive systems of care with and alongside diverse communities. She serves on the Heading Home Ramsey Governing Board. Ms. Stark earned an MA in Professional Counseling with a Marriage and Family Specialty from Argosy University. She has prior experience in chemical and mental health, theatre, training, marketing, social justice leadership, juvenile corrections, volunteer coordination, and special education.

Administration
  • Deb Anderson

    Ms. Anderson became Tubman’s Director of Finance in 2005. She is responsible for accounting and financial reporting for the agency, including accounts payable and payroll, billing, annual audits and budget, and grants. Prior to joining Tubman, she worked for 17 years as an independent auditor for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, which included performing independent audits of Tubman for 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Christine Brinkman

    Ms. Brinkman joined Tubman in 1993 and was the Senior Projects Manager for the building of Harriet Tubman Center West in Minneapolis. As the Chief Operations Officer, she has helped to create systems for accountability, innovation, best practices, and operating procedures. She supervises all administrative, human resource, finance, and facilities staff and oversees the research, application, and reporting of all governmental/earned income grants. Ms. Brinkman’s background in business administration (University of St. Thomas) informs her ongoing implementation of administrative best practices across the agency.

  • Gail Burke

    Ms. Burke is responsible for directing human resource programs and services at Tubman. Her duties include implementing human resources strategies by establishing department accountabilities, including talent acquisition, staffing, employment processing, compensation, health and welfare benefits, training and development, records management, safety and health, employee relations and retention, AA/EEO compliance, and labor relations. Previously, Ms. Burke worked with the State of Minnesota for 30 years. Since 1979, she was the Human Resources Manager and Accessibility Coordinator for the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has planned and conducted workshops statewide on the ADA and its relevance to each organization. Gail currently serves on the board of VSA Minnesota, The State Organization on Arts and Disability, as president.

  • Alison Hobson

    Ms. Hobson has been with Tubman since 2009, briefly serving as a project manager and then as Community Relations Manager. In that role she led and coordinated all community fundraising events, donation drives, speaking engagements, and volunteer groups from corporate and community partners. Ms. Hobson also managed Tubman’s two signature annual fundraising events, Wing Ding and Starlight Soirée. In 2016 she became Tubman’s Director of Development and now oversees grant writing, sponsorships, events, volunteer services, and individual giving programs. Before joining Tubman, Ms. Hobson served as the founder and owner of a residential living program for women in early stages of substance abuse recovery. She was a partner in a start-up real estate brokerage and has experience in industrial psychology. Ms. Hobson received her B.A. in Communication Arts & Sciences from Michigan State University.

  • Emily Truscott

    Ms. Truscott joined Tubman in 2016. She is responsible for directing and executing the organization’s communications initiatives. Previously, she was the Communications Director for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, where she guided the development of communications plans, managed a variety of communications channels, and collaborated with development and public policy staff to achieve organizational goals. For eight years, she was a journalist for a group of newspapers in Missouri and Arkansas and eventually became a general manager and editor of print and digital publications. She also worked as a volunteer advocate for a community domestic violence program, primarily providing hotline crisis intervention and court advocacy services. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.