Our Staff & Board
Working in collaboration with our dedicated frontline staff, Hope House is fortunate to have an outstanding leadership team who bring over 60 combined years of nonprofit management, HIV and 245D expertise to Hope House.
Director of Development & Special Events
Erin is a Stillwater resident loving life with her husband and three young children. She has extensive experience in producing both private and community events of all scales, but her passion has always laid within non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Hope House, Erin worked with arts organizations, theaters and most recently as head of Events and Marketing at Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater. Born and raised in Minnesota, Erin takes great pride in her home state, nature, family and her community.
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Charles Truong (he/him) has served as Hope House’s Marketing and Communications Consultant since 2019, leading creative content design and web management. He currently works full-time as the Internal Communications & Antiracism Strategist for the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, spearheading equitable communications initiatives.
Previously, Charles was the Senior Digital Marketing Coordinator at the Network for Public Health Law, where he worked on communications responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and served on the organization’s Health Equity Working Group. Charles received his B.A. in English and Film from the University of Iowa and his Certificate in Equity and Diversity from the University of Minnesota. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in advancing equity and inclusion across the Midwest.
Director of Programs and Services
Cristina joined the Hope House family in February as the Director of Programs and Services, a newly created position to better serve the new mission and vision of the organization. Her career began as a Direct Service Provider, then worked as a Lead for many years before becoming a Designated Coordinator and managing five homes for adults with disabilities.
Cristina loves the mission and the inclusive environment she has found at Hope House and looks forward to helping Hope House expand, create, and maintain an inclusive culture where the staff can grow. Cristina has two children with another on the way. She thrives on learning new things and continuously adding new skills to her arsenal.
Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Former middle school math teacher turned marketing and business development professional, Amanda DeNardo (she/her) joins Hope House as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations with 10+ year of professional experience. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. in middle level education, Amanda is a natural born educator, lifelong learner and people-driven person. Amanda has a passion for social justice and a knack for all things marketing and content creation, her main strengths are attributed to her go-getter work ethic, authenticity, goal driven mentality, innovative thinking strategy, altruism, leadership skills and attention to detail. Amanda never leaves the house without her planner, believes in progress over perfection, appreciates organized chaos and is an ENFJ to her core. Thriving in collaborative atmospheres, Amanda is excited to bring her experience and skillset to the Hope House team.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family doing arts and crafts, cooking delicious and soul nourishing vegetarian dishes, enjoying live music, traveling, playing volleyball, and trying new experiences (next on the list is camping!)
Board of Directors
Alicen Burns Spaulding
Senior Advisor and Team Lead, NIAID Vaccine Research Center
Alicen joined the Hope House Board of Directors with a desire to contribute her professional expertise working in HIV/AID research in a way that could more directly benefit community members impacted by HIV. She has 15 years of experience working in public health research and infectious disease epidemiology, many of which were focused on HIV/AIDS research. She has previous volunteer experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer and current experience as a member of the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Alumni Board. Her current position focuses on strategic planning for pandemic preparedness at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Vaccine Research Center. She lives in Golden Valley with her husband and two children.
Board Treasurer; CEO, Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota
Sue Schettle is the CEO of ARRM, a trade association representing over 160 home and community based service provider organizations supporting people with disabilities. Sue became the CEO of ARRM in November 2017 after a more than 30 year run in the health care industry, most recently as the CEO of the Twin Cities Medical Society, a membership association representing more than 4,000 physicians. Under her leadership, the Society led groundbreaking public health advancements including smoke-free public policies, obesity prevention efforts and normalizing end-of-life care conversations through an initiative she co-founded called Honoring Choices Minnesota. In addition to being a published author and receiving two Emmy Awards, Sue has also been consistently named as one of the top 100 health care leaders in Minnesota. Sue is excited to now be at ARRM and leading efforts to refocus the organization to look forward toward the future of disability services in Minnesota.
Marketing Director, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Dennis joined Little Brothers –Friends of the Elderly in August 2019. Prior to joining LBFE, Dennis was the Digital Experience Manager with Andersen Corporation, he has also held positions in Corporate Communications and Marketing Communication at Valspar Corporation, as well as H.B. Fuller Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Rohm and Haas Company, Lenox Brands, as well as other boutique NY agencies. Dennis brings a deep, expansive experience delivering solutions that lead to innovation in product marketing, demand/lead generation, and customer nurturing. Dennis is dedicated and passionate about achieving sustainable measurable results and ensuring great customer experiences. Dennis has a bachelor’s degree in Media Communications from the School of Visual Arts, in NYC. Dennis resides in Stillwater, MN, where he enjoys road biking and restoring his 1898 home.
Board Chair; Sr. Pastor-S. Cross Com. Church, Co-Founder of Hope House
Casey vanderBent, with his wife Teresa, lives in St. Croix Beach, MN. His early work life was in the business world, but he left that to co-found Hope House of St. Croix Valley, with Teresa, in the early 1990’s. In the years since that work, Casey went to seminary and became an ordained minister. He served churches in Minnesota and Ohio, as well as serving as the interim executive for his denomination’s national office. In the last few years, his health has kept him from continuing paid employment, but he is thrilled to offer what he can to Hope House as it begins a new phase in its important mission.
Chief Administrative Officer, Accra Care, Inc.
David currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Accra Care, Inc. a home health care organization serving people with disabilities and older adults across the state of Minnesota. Accra Care is committed to providing the highest quality, consumer-directed and community-based personalized health care in the home for more than 9,500 customers and employs more than 10,000 employees. All services provided by Accra are designed to prevent out-of-home placement, and enable individuals to live self-directed lives in the communities and settings of their choice
Previously, for 17.5 years (1997-2014) David served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) in St. Paul, MN. The center serves a seven-county metropolitan area. During his tenure MCIL grew to serve more than 30,000 individuals with disabilities annually and employed 200+ individuals.
David has more than 45 years of varied experience in the field of disabilities. He has served on more than 40 nonprofit disability, social justice and arts related boards of directors throughout his career, and in a leadership role on many. David’s services continue to be regularly sought as a special consultant, public speaker, evaluator and author. A primary focus of David’s services is on board development, the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, and developing and preparing strategic direction for nonprofit organizations.
451 North Everett Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
Hope House of St. Croix Valley
451 Everett Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082
P: (651) 351-0907 | F: (651) 351-9510
Hope House of St. Croix Valley provides people experiencing life-changing health challenges access to compassionate care that respects their dignity and choices.
Hope House of St. Croix Valley envisions a future where all people have access to programs and services to live their best life.
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