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.
Pastor Sue Koesterman, Churches United
Chad Adams, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
|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|