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

Faith Clark
House Manager

Bio

Faith has always been interested in making a positive impact in the world. After studying Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Faith joined the St Joseph Worker Program and worked in the Justice Office, serving as an interpreter for St Mary’s Health Clinics. Faith stayed on for a second year as a St. Joseph Worker where she served as a case manager for adults experiencing long term homelessness at St Stephen’s Human Services. Faith enjoyed working in direct service so much that she went back to school and earned a Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. She has worked at several non-profits serving a variety of populations and was thrilled to learn of the opening at Sarah’s because she knew that the CSJ Ministries are truly mission driven and exceptional at serving the dear neighbor. Faith first learned about Sarah’s in her SJW year when one of her roommates was serving here. Her first visit to Sarah’s revealed to her the special uniqueness of the program. Hospitality is a powerful way to build community and Faith looks forward to fulfilling her role as House Manager through that lens.  Her goal is to ensure consistency so the residents can focus on their own goals and feel at ease in their home. In her spare time Faith spends time with her new husband and two kittens they just adopted.

Contact

housemanager@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.

 

Libbie Mitchell
Fall Intern 2017

Bio

Libbie Mitchell is a junior at St. Catherine University. She is majoring in Communication Studies and hopes to complete graduate school and pursue a counseling career focusing on marriage and family therapy. In her free time, Libbie enjoys novels movies, and music and pursuing health and wellness. In August, she ran the RAGNAR (a 12-person 200-mile running relay). She is passionate about understanding and helping people, Libbie is grateful and excited for the opportunity to work at Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women. She anticipates helping women renew themselves by discovering their gifts and ways to use those gifts to help others.