Our Staff


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Get to know the people who help make Sarah’s a home.


Cheryl Behrent
Director

Bio

Cheryl has over twenty years’ experience in housing for women, families, and people with disabilities. She earned her Master of Arts in Public Administration from Hamline University, and she continues to broaden her educational experience through training and workshops concerning trauma awareness, homelessness, immigration, asylum, and global social justice. Cheryl has worked for the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities and Dakota County Community Development Agency.  In August of 2013, Cheryl was a recipient the Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. Her goal is always to make a difference in the lives of women. It is her greatest joy to empower and accompany women lacking resources and support on their life journeys.

Contact

director@sarahsoasis.org

Martha West, M. A., CFRE®
Community Relations Associate

Bio

Strengths:

MAXIMIZER
POSITIVITY
STRATEGIC
RELATOR
EMPATHY

Born and raised in North Carolina, I came to Minnesota sixteen years ago. Though I still have not made the shift from “ya’ll” to “you guys,” I love the winters and hearty spirit of the mid-west.  My chosen career field is fundraising, development and community engagement. A licensed minister, my educational scope includes a Master of Arts in Theology and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Catherine University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University with a concentration in Decision Science and a minor in Theater Arts. My continuing education includes training in trauma-awareness and resilience-oriented strategies, and completing the Fundraising Certificate Series, part of the Executive Education at the University of St Thomas.  I am inspired when others share stories of achieving personal goals against great odds, and I appreciate sharing my own everyday wisdom with a compassionate awareness and a reflective understanding. I am well-known for my quirky expressions, my ability to find humor in almost any situation, and I make the best “southern” BBQ in Minnesota.

Contact

communityrelations@sarahsoasis.org

Peggy White
House Manager

Bio

Coming Soon

Contact

housemanager@sarahsoasis.org

Lindsay Schaefer
Overnight On-Site Staff

Bio

Always living between Minnesota and Wisconsin,  Lindsay is a true midwesterner.  She studied Sociology at St. Olaf College and at University of Cape Town where she was strongly pushed to pursue social justice through her education and experiences  Serving as a St. Joseph Worker at Sarah’s after graduation, Lindsay quickly learned to love the social-justice centered mission and the women of Sarah’s and all it offers for those looking for a home and community.  When another position opened at Sarah’s after being a SJW, Lindsay knew she wanted to continue working alongside the same wonderful people and applied immediately. As a Overnight Staff member, she hopes to ensure safety and serve as a positive resource at night for those with differing schedules and late night assistance.  She hopes to continue building professional and personal skills at Sarah’s and with the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet while learning more and more about the women who create this beautiful space.
“Throughout my time as a St. Joseph Worker and Overnight Staff at Sarah’s, I have been extremely lucky to meet some fantastic women who have overcome obstacles that one can only fathom of facing and healing from.  I have been handed a beautiful opportunity to work with all the women who reside and work at Sarah’s and hope to grow more professionally and personally along the way. I have certainly gained some unique, hilarious, touching, once in a lifetime memories at this place.”
Outside of her work at Sarah’s, Lindsay loves poetry and is a spoken word poet in the Twin Cities.  She works alongside a spoken word and social justice organization in Saint Paul and also works at other nonprofits.  She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, being in nature, and music.

Contact

lindsay@sarahsoasis.org

MacKenzie O’Kane
St. Joseph Worker

Bio

MacKenzie was born and raised in the Twin Cities and she is happy to be back after four years away from home at college. She went to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and majored in Biology. When MacKenzie found out that she was placed at Sarah’s for her St. Joseph Worker year, she was so excited. She thought, “Any job that pairs empowering women with sustainability sounds like the perfect job for me!” She is excited to meet and talk with all the residents at Sarah’s, and help in any way that she can. Some of her favorite things to do are swim, bike, sing, write poems, share stories with friends (both new and old), and try her hand at cooking new dishes.

Contact

sjw@sarahsoasis.org

Joy Chaney
Overnight On-Site Staff

Bio

“I have felt the welcoming presence at Sarah’s from day one and it feels amazing to be a part of such an awesome team!”

Joy comes to us with a varied background in property management, accounting, and many years of experience in customer service.  She is passionate about creating safe spaces, guiding with a fair and unbiased outlook, and ensuring everyone she works with knows their own value.  Joy is grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve in a community of women that come from all walks of life, but are seeking the same end; the right to a safe and dignified existence.  At Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women, she hopes to aid the residents in feeling welcome and secure in such an exuberant community.  In her free time, Joy enjoys crocheting, watching movies, biking, and jogging.

Contact

joy@sarahsoasis.org

Shelby Batterson
Social Media Intern, 2018

Bio

St. Catherine University, Political Science, Communications, and English

Bachelor of Arts-graduating May 2018

Hi everyone! My name is Shelby, and I’m a senior at St. Kate’s. I’m studying Political Science with Minors in English and Communication Studies. I have three sisters and a brother. I’m particularly close to my identical twin sister, Whitney. We’re two halves of one whole person. I grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and love going to school here. I plan to remain in Minnesota after I graduate. I love dogs, eating food (mainly pasta!), watching movies, reading anything I can get my hands on, and traveling. Last year I was able to study abroad in Eastern Europe, this year I studied abroad in the United Kingdom. Traveling is a huge passion of mine, I love learning about other places by being immersed in the culture.  I’m super excited to be working with Sarah’s. I have spent time at the house previously working on a project for one of my classes and fell in love with the community. I can’t wait to get to know everyone!

Contact

intern@sarahsoasis.org