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.
Bill Tiedemann has been with Hope House since May 2016, initially as the Interim Executive Director then in November 2016, was hired by the board as the permanent ED. Bill ‘s professional experience in the HIV sector has spanned over 2 decades. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Bill’s career interests have focused on the impact of the ACA on AIDS Service Organizations and their ability to enhance the health care safety net system supporting people living with and at-risk for HIV. Bill lives in Mendota Heights with his partner Mike, his son Matt who attends the University of Iowa, Mike’s daughter Megan who is entering her senior year at Henry Sibley High School and Bella Grace a black lab border collie who never stops wagging her tail or chasing tennis balls.
Kat Hill, Care Director, has been with Hope House since 2001, for the past 18 years Kat has held 3 positions at Hope House- Care Partner, Lead Care Partner and Care Director. Prior to coming to Hope House, Kat owned her own business as an electrolysis. Kat was drawn to the mission of Hope House because of the loss of a family member to AIDS in mid 90s. Kat is a lifelong resident of Stillwater, has a partner of 25 years named Steve and lives with her crazy puppy who still loves to chase squirrels Betsy, a Bichon Poodle mix. Between Kat and Steve, they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren plus lots of grand puppies, goats, chickens and ducks!
Development and Events Manager
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.
Lead Care Partner
Corhea has been with the organization since 2017 and according to her colleagues and superiors, has a heart made of gold. Her contributions to the residents are priceless including her daily jokes she shares with everyone. Originally from the south, Corhea keeps herself busy here in Minnesota and will not be straying far anytime soon as her four children and eight grandchildren all surround her with love here. Currently engaged, Corhea spends any personal time with her loved ones either reading or playing basketball. Her training and experience as a medical assistant have proven incredibly valuable to her roles at Hope House.
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.
Board of Directors
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 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.
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.
Board Secretary; COO & Property Manager, 210 Laurel LLC
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 for whom they serve. 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 a cofounder of the up and coming nonprofit Limitless Cycling, an active ambassador in the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer and collaborator of 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 continues it’s mission to serve, and that his involvement is making a positive change in our community.
VP of Sales & Advertising, Lavender Magazine
Barry Leavitt has been involved in Minnesota’s LGBT community for more than 30 years, including the past 21+ years at Lavender, Minnesota’s LGBT Magazine. In his current role as VP of Sales & Advertising, Barry oversees Lavender’s advertising sales, sponsorships and events. Barry’s community involvement has included serving as an openly gay member of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association, commissioner of the Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League (TCGSL), executive director of the 1996 NAGAAA Softball World Series, 2 stints as a Quorum board member.
A transplant from Sharon, MA, Barry lives in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. When not working, Barry enjoys visiting his family, hanging out with friends, going to sporting events, traveling, dining out, going on long drives, and watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond.
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.
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
Located in Stillwater, Minnesota, our mission is to provide a non-judgmental home with compassionate care, respecting the dignity of people living with HIV since 1991.
Hope House welcomed its first client on December 3, 1993. Since that chilly day in late 1993, Hope House has served 86 individuals from all walks of life.
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