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

Peggy grew up in St. Paul and has four children and five grandchildren. She completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education at the College of St. Benedict, and she holds a Master’s degree as a reading specialist from St. Thomas University. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and feels blessed to be part of the CSJ community –especially Sarah’s!

Contact

housemanager@sarahsoasis.org

Shelby Batterson
Night Staff

Bio

Shelby is a Minnesota native and recent graduate from St. Catherine University where she majored in Political Science. She was an intern at Sarah’s her senior year and is ecstatic she is able to join the team after graduation. An avid traveler, she has spent time all over the U.K. and in Eastern Europe. Shelby loves to read, watch movies, exercise, spend time with her friends, and play with dogs.

 

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

Hayli Marquette
Summer Intern 2018

Bio

Hayli is a Minnesota native and currently a senior at St. Olaf College. She is majoring in Philosophy and Race and Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies. So, when she happened upon Sarah’s…An Oasis for Women, a home for the safety and dignity of a diversity of women, she knew it was exactly where she was meant to be. Hayli has a background in racial and social activism and youth advocacy in the St. Paul and Northfield communities and is very excited to be a part of the family at Sarah’s. She is greatly impacted by the strength, dedication, and beauty of those at Sarah’s and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her here. When not at Sarah’s she is found reading a book, caring for her numerous plants, petting her cat, or doing remote work for the St. Olaf Philosophy Department and Northfield non-profits

Contact

intern@sarahsoasis.org