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Our Board of Directors

We believe those living in poverty intimately understand the steps necessary to overcome it, and this is reflected in our tri-representational board. One-third is represented by the community sector, one-third by the private sector, and one-third by the public sector:

  • Nicole Frethem-CHAIR

    Ramsey County Commissioner, District 1

  • Luvidia Williams-VICE-CHAIR

    Community Volunteer

  • Thomas Och- TREASURER

    Finance Lead Analyst for Ramsey County

  • Jillian McAdams-SECRETARY

    Principal, Integrated Strategic Marketing Professional, McAdams Marketing Group

  • Jessika Thomas-Powell-MEMBER-AT-LARGE

    Community Member, St. Paul

  • Emma Corrie

    President, Twin Cities R!se

  • Curtis Johnson

    Roseville Area School Board

  • Chai Lee

    Nexus Community Partners

  • George Stone

    Washington County, Economic Support Division Manager, Community Services Department

  • Kiara White

    Head Start Policy Council Liaison

  • LaToya Whitfield

    Community Member, Shoreview

  • Kasey Wiedrich

    City of St. Paul, Office of Financial Empowerment

  • Mai Chong Xiong

    Ramsey County Commissioner, District 6

Our Staff Leadership

  • Sonia E. Gass

    Executive Director

  • Sandra Pyles

    Senior Director, Assistance Programs & Technology

  • Julie Hickok

    Director, Human Resources

  • Nicolee Mensing

    Senior Director, Head Start & Early Head Start

  • Gina Iliev

    Director, Community Initiatives & Mission Advancement

  • Pamela Maldonado

    Director, Financial Opportunity Programs

  • Brian Fisher

    Director, Energy Conservation/Weatherization

Board Minutes

In accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and other relevant statutory requirements, Community Action will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. Community Action is both an Equal Opportunity and an Affirmative Action Employer.
We believe it is vital to the Agency and to basic human dignity and welfare to promote economic, social, and educational opportunities for all. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and/or modifications to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to participate fully in employment and/or access our programs and services.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization


  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes


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