Our Staff


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

For events and communications information, please email: director@sarahsoasis.org


Cheryl Behrent
Director

Bio

Cheryl has over twenty five 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. 

Contact

director@sarahsoasis.org

Alondra Rojas-Duarte
House Coordinator/
Receptionist

Bio

I am originally from Los Angeles, California, but have lived in Minnesota for most of my life. Growing up, and being able to speak Spanish has helped me stay grounded to my roots as well as being able to communicate with others. I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Public Health and minor in Psychology from St. Catherine University. I am incredibly passionate about Social Justice, especially when it comes to accessing healthcare and nutritious foods.

Contact

housecoordinator@sarahsoasis.org

Britta Koenen
St. Joseph Worker,
Case Worker – 2020-21

Bio

I was born and raised in Eagan, Minnesota, and then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. I graduated with degrees in Biology and Women’s and Gender Studies. When I wasn’t studying, I played on the basketball team, participated in the student government association, and helped lead a service fraternity that volunteered all around Southern Minnesota. I also volunteered as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line to help texters in need get through difficult moments. Through my classes and volunteering, I became really passionate about the many social justice issues our world faces today.

Contact

sjw@sarahsoasis.org

Chelsea Norton
St. Joseph Worker/Volunteer,
Case Worker 2019 – 2020

Bio

I grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. I then lived in St Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Global Studies degree, Asian Language and Literature minor. In order to gain new experiences and knowledge I spent a lot of time over the years volunteering abroad and traveling to a variety of places like Nepal and Peru. I then studied Chinese and spent a year in Beijing, China immersing myself in the language and culture. From there, culture and social justice became my passion, more specifically in issues of immigration here in the US. 

Contact

info@sarahsoasis.org

Jess Buns
Home Attendant

Bio

Jess has been living in Minneapolis since April 2009. She loves her city! She’s a part time student at Minneapolis College and hopes to graduate in 2022. She is studying Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and loves it. She has also studied music, art, retail merchandising, fashion history, philosophy, and more. She has a history of working with adults who have developmental disabilities and has many years of customer service experience. In her spare time, she enjoys playing music and performing at various venues around the Twin Cities and has taken her music on several national tours. 

Contact

info@sarahsoasis.org

Megan Leys
Home Attendant

Bio

Megan grew up in Grand Rapids, MN.  She moved to the twin cities when she was sixteen to go to Perpich Arts High School.  She has lived in Minneapolis ever since.  Her other job is house cleaning and she has been doing that for the past two years.  She has also worked as a cashier, call center representative, photographer, trainer, and pet sitter.  In her free time she is studying woodworking.  She also enjoys taking pictures, drawing, knitting, and any type of crafting!  She is happy to be at Sarah’s to help support the women who live there.

Contact

info@sarahsoasis.org