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.
Community-Based Program Manager
Jill Moody is the Program Lead for Aging in Place Services for people living and aging with HIV and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ at Hope House of St. Croix Valley. Jill is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota with a major in Justice Administration and minors in Psychology and Social Welfare. Jill comes to Hope House with extensive experience in the Mental Health and Disability Services Sector. Jill’s passion is to help others by supporting individuals in achieving their dreams, a perfect fit for her work at Hope House of St. Croix Valley.
Lead Care Partner
I began my career at Hope House in September 2019, after a few months I knew I had found a work home. In January of 2020, I accepted the position as Lead Care Partner, it’s a perfect fit. I have been a CNA for over 13 years. I have worked in nursing homes, hospitals, group homes and have worked home health as well. Upon moving to WI seven years ago, I have worked as a health unit coordinator, trained as an optician, and joined a fantastic skin care company. I addition to my new position at Hope House I am finally completing my goal to earn my RN degree. I have an anticipate graduation date schedule in 2021.
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
Board Chair – Associate Director at MN Association of Charter Schools
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.
CEO of 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.
Michelle M. Kneip
Board Secretary – Finance Director – UnitedHealth Group
Michelle Kneip has been a finance leader for the last 30+ years, working in a variety of finance positions. She’s currently a Finance Director at UnitedHealth Group – Optum division. Prior experience includes finance leadership roles at Ecolab, NWA [now Delta Airlines] and National Car Rental. She holds a BA degree in Business Administration – Accounting from the University of St. Catherine, St. Paul.
Michelle was introduced to Hope House by a former Board member. She was looking for an opportunity to give back to a worthy organization, leveraging her finance and organization skills. In addition to the Hope House Board, she volunteers her time with the Children’s Hospital Association – North Oaks Guild II.
Michelle lives in Mendota Heights with her husband Brad, and two dogs, Mia (Miniature Dachshund) and Jackson (English Springer).
Board Treasurer – Director of Finance-Coherent Solutions, Inc.
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.
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.
COO & Property Manager at 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. 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.
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.
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Stillwater, MN 55082
Hope House of St. Croix Valley
451 North Everett Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
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