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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-Case Worker
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.
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. She also loves reading, cooking, traveling, camping, hiking, cycling, making art, jewelry making, and advocating for marginalized communities in Minnesota and all over the world. She also works at the Minnesota Women’s Indian Resource Center as a part time overnight staff for their drop in center, where Native American women experiencing homelessness have a safe place to stay in the cold months. She is happy to be at Sarah’s and adores all the lovely residents! She has been at Sarah’s since April of 2019 and looks forward to being there for a long time.
Hello! My name is Alondra, and I am Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women House Coordinator. 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 love spending time outdoors and staying active, as well as spending time with family and friends. I am very passionate about learning new things and getting to know people’s life experiences. I am incredibly passionate about Social Justice, especially when it comes to accessing healthcare and nutritious foods. I am thrilled to be at Sarah’s and hope to make lasting relationships with the residents. I am very excited to work with residents in finding a good place where they can continue to grow and live productive lives.
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.