Our Staff & Board

Our Staff & Board

Dedicated Staff

At Hope House our heart and soul can be found in our frontline staff.  Our care team provides the 1:1 assistance needed to achieve optimal health and independence for our residents.

Leadership Team

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.

Toni Hirdler

Lead Care Partner

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Kat Hill

Care Director

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Bill Tiedemann

Executive Director

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Tom DeGree

Board Chair – Associate Director at MN Association of Charter Schools

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Tom and his husband live in the Valley and understand the need for the services Hope  House provides to be here in our community. He is currently working as an advocate for charter schools in Minnesota but has been a teacher and administrator for St. Paul Public Schools for over 20 years. He and his husband opened Wilde Cafe and Spirits 15 years ago to create a safe space for LGBTA community. 

Matthew Stepaniak

COO & Property Manager at 210 Laurel LLC

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A longtime friend of Hope House of St Croix Valley, Matthew’s passion for HIV/AIDS education and awareness began when he became a peer educator in High School. He continued to stay active in the HIV/AIDS community as a volunteer at Open Arms of Minnesota as their mission aligned both with his need to serve and his passion for food focused on meeting specific medical dietary needs. Matthew is currently the Chief Operations Officer at 210 Laurel LLC. a private vacation home located in historic Stillwater. Matthew and his wife Tawnya live in Hudson and enjoy travel, food, fashion, fitness, and is an avid cyclist.  In his spare time Matthew is also active in the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Discover Stillwater Convention & Visitors Bureau, Stillwater Main Street IBA, and a volunteer for and collaborator in all things Stillwater. Matthew comes to the board at Hope House with extensive background in organizational development and communications, is passionate about ensuring that Hope House and its mission is around for at least another 25 years, and that his involvement is making a positive change in our community.

Dan Schneider

Board Treasurer – Director of Finance-Coherent Solutions, Inc.

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Dan has served on the board of Hope House for three years. He has been with Coherent Solutions, Inc. since 2014, where he leads the finance and human resources strategies.

Previous experience includes financial leadership roles at All In One Accounting, National Flooring Company, Video Guidance, HickoryTech, and Acoustic Communications.  Dan previously served on the Store to Door board.

Dan is a CPA, and holds a BS in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He lives in Woodbury with his wife Mary.

Michelle M. Kneip

Board Secretary – Director of IT Finance-United Health Group

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Casey vanderBent

Sr. Pastor-S. Cross Com. Church, Co-Founder of HH of St. Croix Valley

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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.

Charles Truong

Marketing and Communications Consultant

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Charles Truong serves as the Marketing and Communications Consultant for the Hope House, leading creative content design and web management. He works as the Digital Marketing Coordinator at the Network for Public Health Law’s national headquarters and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education. Charles has spearheaded global outreach initiatives for several non-profit organizations, producing his first television-broadcasted documentary in 2017. He received his B.A. in English and Cinema from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins. He has received numerous awards for advancing inclusion in Central Iowa and surrounding communities.

Join The Hope House Team

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Call 651-351-0907 or contact us here to learn more about our program.

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