Our Staff

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

Cheryl Behrent


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.



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




Born and raised in North Carolina, I came to Minnesota several years ago with my four amazing children. 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.  With experience in banking and sales, 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 completion the Fundraising Certificate Series and earning the CFRE© as part of the Executive Education program at the University of St Thomas.  I love college football and the Minnesota Lynx, and I am inspired when others share stories of achieving personal goals against great odds. 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.



Peggy White
House Manager


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!



Night Staff

Jess Burns and Alyssa Nash

Sarah’s 2018 – 2019 Interns

Sierra Shebelske and Alondra Rojas-Duarte