Marie has over 17 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) field. She is currently working for Optum Healthcare on their IT Mergers & Acquisition team. Prior to working with Optum, Marie held positions with Travelers Insurance and Ecolab. Marie was born and raised in Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and her Master’s in Business Administration from the College of St. Scholastica. She is currently pursuing a degree in Global Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Marie lives in Lino Lakes with her husband and daughter.
Mari Jo Long
Mari Jo leads a team of Youth Program Coordinators who plan and facilitate youth programs in North and South Minneapolis. She works with staff to guide service delivery, data collection, budget, and coordination with internal and community partners. With the team, she evaluates critical program components and uses the data to continually improve programs. Also, Mari Jo actively participates in cross sector collective impact initiatives to address the achievement gap.
Gretchen was born and raised in Minnesota. She earned her bachelors in education from Pacific Lutheran University, Washington and a masters in education from the University of Minnesota. Gretchen has been a teacher and worked with teacher candidates. The vision of Daily Work has inspired her to volunteer and she is excited about working with people as they explore new job possibilities. In her free time Gretchen loves to walk, bike and spend time with her family.
A graduate of Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Jennifer Schneider is a deacon rostered in the ELCA. She serves as Associate Minister of Outreach and Evangelism at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in east St. Paul. For the past 15 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector in communications, management, and volunteer relations. Jennifer is married and has 2 kids. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, being crafty, and being outdoors.
Abera immigrated from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2011. He studied accounting for two years at Addis Ababa University College of commerce. He is a father of three and lives with his wife and kids in Saint Paul, MN. Abera currently works at Seagate, one of the top technology leading companies in the country as a machine operator and also works part-time at the MSP airport as a customer service agent. He likes working with people and the community. Abera has organized his fellow airport workers to form a labor union and helped to change the state minimum wage at the airport as well. In his spare time Abera likes to admire nature and take walks through forests.