Get to know the people who help make Sarah’s a home.
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.
St. Joseph Worker
Hello! My name is Chelsea, and I am the new St. Joseph Worker at Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women. 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. I am now a part of the St Joseph Worker Program working to develop further skills in nonprofits and community involvement to create a lasting impact on lives. At Sarah’s I am looking to not only gain further knowledge on immigration, but also serve those with a lack of resources lead full, happy lives.I am very excited to be a part of Sarah’s staff. I am here as a resource to help residents with jobs and resumes, education opportunities, questions about Sarah’s and any other questions. I love to draw, paint, or do photography.