Homes for All is led by two co-chairs representing different aspects of the housing continuum from homelessness to affordable housing. Additionally, three working groups help support the work of the coalition: Policy, Communications, and Community Engagement. Finally, Homes for All also relies on Regional Leads through the state to provide region-specific expertise and ensure that our coalition is truly statewide.
Co-chairs are voted on by the coalition’s endorsing membership and serve staggered three-year terms.
Allison Streich, Co-Chair
Allison Streich is the Deputy Director for Carver County CDA. She has been with the agency for just under 11 years, and the Deputy Director for the past two years. She has worked in the affordable housing industry since graduating from college. During her time at the CDA, she has also served as the Chair for Heading Home Scott Carver, Vice Chair and Co-Chair for Scott Carver Project Community Connect, and Vice Chair for Scott Carver Housing Coalition. She has a 10-year-old son who is in fifth grade, and he is so much fun.
Pastor Sue Koesterman, Co-Chair
Pastor Sue is Chief Executive Officer at Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead and 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!
Libby Murphy, Policy Co-Chair
Libby supports the development of MHP’s state and federal policy platforms by advising on and developing policy, directing engagement efforts and securing stakeholder support for MHP initiatives, and directly lobbying elected officials. At MHP, Libby engages government, non-profit and business sectors to secure resources and advance policies that promote affordable housing development and preservation. Libby has a solid understanding of statewide housing issues and technical nuances of housing development. As the Homes for All MN (H4A) policy co-chair, she facilitates the process of adopting a statewide legislative agenda, coordinates advocacy efforts to promote the H4A agenda, and represents the coalition at the Minnesota Capitol.
Kari Johnson, Policy Co-Chair
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.
Kirsten Rokke, Communications Co-Chair
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
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
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
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.
Homes for All's Regional Leads are local experts on the Community Engagement Team whose efforts ensure that Homes for All is a genuine statewide coalition. They connect with other community members in each region, sharing information about Homes for All and getting the word out on opportunities to take action. Each region has the ability to create their own action plans for their communities.
|Region||Regional Lead||Organizational Affiliation|
|Central||Peter Charpentier||Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe|
|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|
MN Tribal Collaborative to Prevent
|Peter Charpentier||Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe|
|West Central (temporary)||Pastor Sue Koesterman||Churches United for the Homeless|