Homes for All is led by two co-chairs who represent different areas of the housing continuum. Additionally, there are three working groups that support the work of the coalition: Policy, Communications, and Community Engagement--each led by two co-chairs. Finally, Homes for All relies on Regional Leads from across the state to provide region-specific expertise and ensure that our coalition is truly statewide. Regional Leads serve on the Community Engagement Team.

You can find a list of our current co-chairs and Regional Leads below. Co-chairs are voted on by the coalition’s endorsing membership and serve staggered three-year terms.

Co-Chairs

Pastor Sue Koesterman, Churches United
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                           Pastor Sue Koesterman is a native the Fargo/Moorhead area but lived in Fergus Falls MN from 1989 – 2006.  She graduated from MSUM in Moorhead with a BA in Philosophy prior to attending Luther Seminary in St Paul MN, graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 2006.  Pastor Sue served as pastor at Elim Lutheran Church in downtown Fargo for 10 years prior to accepting her current call as Chief Executive Officer at Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead in 2016. While serving at Elim she worked closely with others in the community to organize the FM Sheltering Churches Project, which provided 7 seasons of providing emergency overnight winter shelter in church buildings throughout the community as a supplement to shelter capacity.   She continues to be very active as a community organizer and advocate on behalf of those who are struggling with homelessness and poverty.  Churches United for the Homeless completed construction of the Bright Sky Apartments in February of 2018.  The Bright Sky Apartments provide 43 units of Permanent Supportive Housing in Moorhead, MN. In January of 2019 the FM Dorothy Day House of Hospitality and the Dorothy Day Food Pantries merged with Churches United for the Homeless.  The organization currently employs 50 team members across 5 sites, serving approximately 465 persons each day by providing safe shelter, stable housing, nutritious food and a path towards healing.  Pastor Sue resides in Moorhead with her husband, Mike.  Together they have raised five children.  In recent years they have been blessed with three grandchildren, all of whom live nearby! 

Chad Adams, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
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Chad Adams is the Chief Executive Officer for the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) a non-profit community development corporation headquartered in Slayton, MN and has an additional office in Mankato, MN.  Chad has been the CEO since June 2019 and is responsible for directing and coordinating all functions and programs for SWMHP, including direct housing and community development services to local units of government and non-profits, along with the oversight of 52 properties representing over 1,800 housing units owned by SWMHP.  He previously served a 20-year career in local government management, most recently as the City Manager of Albert Lea for eight years from 2011-2019.  Chad has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Southwest Minnesota State University.


Michael Dahl, Policy Co-Chair
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Michael brings over 20 years of professional experience working on economic and social justice issues, including current and previous work as HOME Line’s Public Policy Director.  In his earlier time with HOME Line, Michael fashioned a successful grassroots and direct lobbying strategies to secure significant portions of what was called the Minnesota Tenant Bill of Rights. This campaign – a team effort with Legal Services Advocacy Project – resulted in saving tenants millions of dollars each year on screening fees, late fees, attorney fees, and improperly withheld security deposits.  Michael’s other work experience includes 11 years as Executive Director at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as well as legislative advocacy work with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group. Michael lives in St. Paul with his wonderful wife, Rebecca, and energetic pup, Luca.  In addition to his passion for social justice advocacy, Michael loves gardening heirloom vegetables.

Kari Johnson, Policy Co-Chair 
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Kari leads state level policy efforts at the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) and she is deeply passionate about supporting community driven solutions to affordable housing and economic development. While Kari is originally from Thief River Falls, prior to joining MCCD and the Homes for All Coalition, she was worked in Washington, DC at the U.S. Treasury Department on a variety of issues from trade, domestic financial markets, and affordable housing. Kari enjoys building relationships, cultivating partnerships, and solving problems. She is excited to help to advance the 2019-2020 legislative agenda and believes that the strength of the coalition lies within its statewide representation.

Zack Eichten, DHS Policy Lead
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Zack Eichten joins Homes For All as the DHS policy lead on the policy team.  Zack has been with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance as a public policy associate since 2018.  With MNBIA, Zack had lead policy initiatives in housing, Medicaid, transportation, and criminal justice reform.  As the Homes For All policy lead, Zack works with team members to develop policy initiatives and advocate for their passage at the State Capitol.

 

 


Kirsten Rokke, Communications Co-Chair
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Kirsten Rokke is the Director of Communications at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. She joined the MCH as a social media intern in January 2014, and was hired full-time in May of 2014. Kirsten moved into new roles as a Social Media Manager and a Northwest Regional Organizer until June of 2016, when she moved to the twin cities to finish her master’s degree. After her move to the cities, Kirsten developed a passion for communication work. She holds her Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University. Kirsten is one of two MCH staff who are Qualified Administrators in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool, and she currently serves as a communications co-chair of the Homes for All campaign. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys being with friends, her nieces, and traveling with a flexible itinerary. She lives in Minneapolis.

Amanda Horner, Communications Co-Chair
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Amanda Horner is the Senior Communications Manager at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In this role, she builds community engagement around stable housing, children and family wellbeing, older adults and people with disabilities, and community vitality. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Amanda worked as a communications and public affairs consultant, providing strategic counsel and implementation support to clients in social services, health care, economic development, affordable housing, and others. Throughout her career, Amanda has worked closely with new and traditional media to enhance the public conversation around critical issues in our communities. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas, Amanda recently earned a master’s degree in public policy, also from the University of St. Thomas.


Matt Traynor, Community Engagement Co-Chair
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Before joining the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as our full-time director of organizing, Matt completed his degree in Youth and Family Ministry where he took a position as a Youth Director at a church in Red Wing. During his spare time, he was able to do some organizing around equity issues within the community and fell in love with organizing. From 2012 – 2017, Matt worked as the Community Organizer at CHUM in Duluth. After moving to Duluth Matt connected with others working to end homelessness and has been part of multiple successful organizing campaigns. In 2014 he received the Steve O’Neil Outstanding Organizer Award. Outside of organizing, Matt loves hanging with his family (especially his nephew), friends and spending time doing introverted things like reading, watching movies and going outside during the non-winter months.

Ron Oleheiser, Community Engagement Co-Chair
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Ron Oleheiser is the Executive Director of Grace House of Itasca County. Grace House is a nonprofit agency whose goal is to decrease homelessness in Itasca County by providing shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness and connect them to the resources they want and need. In addition to housing, food and respite, Grace House works with guests to develop a housing plan and connect people to the community supports they need to improve their unique barriers to housing stability. 

A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Ron has a long history of leadership and volunteerism, including managing the Grand Rapids Herald Review for 30 years. Ron served on Grace House's Board of Directors for five years before being hired in June 2015.


Regional Leads

Regional Leads are local experts who serve on the Community Engagement Team and help make Homes for All a genuine statewide coalition. They connect with other community members from their regions, sharing information about Homes for All, and spread the word about opportunities to take action. Each region has the ability to create their own action plans for their communities.

Homes for All can have more than one Regional Lead per region. If you are interested in learning more about being a Regional Lead, please contact Matt Traynor or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Community Engagement Co-Chairs.

Region  Regional Lead Organizational Affiliation
Central Peter Charpentier Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Hennepin Open  
Northeast Ron Oleheiser Grace House
Northwest Sandy Hennum Village of Hope
Ramsey Janayah Bagurusi Wilder Family Supportive Housing

St. Louis County (temporary)

Matt Traynor MN Coalition for the Homeless
Suburban Metro Open  
Southwest Jenn Lamb SWMHP

MN Tribal Collaborative to Prevent
& End Homelessness

Peter Charpentier Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
West Central (temporary)    Pastor Sue Koesterman Churches United for the Homeless

 

Who We Are

Homes for All is a statewide coalition that advances shared policy initiatives that lead to housing stability for all Minnesotans. Homes for All supports statewide investment across Minnesota's Housing Continuum.