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Daily Work Interns & Volunteers

Becky Billings
Communications Volunteer (651) 204-3043

Becky Billings is an experienced digital marketer, providing online advertising for companies through positions at agencies and manufacturers. She currently works for Proto Labs as a Search Engine Marketing Specialist. With Master’s Degrees in Philosophy and English, she’s also been an English and Philosophy instructor in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota over the years with areas of expertise in editing, copywriting, training, social media and communications. She loves the mission of Daily Work, as she has fought the unemployment battle herself and knows the particular struggles job seekers face on their career journeys.

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Marilyn Bruin
Case Management Volunteer (651) 204-3043

Marilyn (Lyn) Bruin, professor in Housing Studies at the University of Minnesota, earned a doctorate in Human Development and Families Studies with minors in Economics, Housing, and Political Science at Iowa State University. She serves on session at Macalester Plymouth United Church and is a director of the Minnesota Home Ownership Center. Her favorite role is grandmother to Javier, Sidney, and Ryder.

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Mandy Cassler
Case Management Intern (651)204-3043

Mandy Cassler is a senior at Metropolitan State University in pursuit of a Bachelors of Social Work degree. She enjoys assisting people in meeting their personal and professional goals through the navigation of social service resources and the world of employment. Mandy is a certified Emergency Medical Responder and writer. She comes to Daily Work with a professional background as an executive assistant with 20 years’ experience in corporate America. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, friends, and cat.

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Lian Conrad
Case Management Intern (651)204-3043

Lian is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas. She enjoys meeting people and looks forward to working with job seekers from diverse backgrounds. Lian is also excited to combine her studies as a social work student with helping job seekers access the helpful resources that Daily Work offers.

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Kristen Ellsworth
Case Management Volunteer (651) 204-3043

Kristin is a leader in academic advising at Capella University and brings over 10 years of experience coaching, hiring, and developing employees. Kristin is excited to bring her experience with job searching, career development, and developmental coaching to Daily Work. Last year, Kristin completed her master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a focus on leadership coaching in business.

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Gretchen Guenter
Case Management Volunteer (651) 204-3043

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.

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David Krahn
Case Management Volunteer (651) 204-3043

David Krahn. Dave worked for a total of over 30 years for the DuPont and 3M Companies; most of his experience involved pharmaceutical R&D. He has extensive organization and project management experience. Dave is a graduate of St. Olaf College (BA) and the University of Wisconsin - Madison (PhD). Until 2017, he chaired the Daily Work Board of Directors for most years since it became a nonprofit in 2006.

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Jana Martin
Case Management Volunteer (651)204-3043

Jana Martin joins Daily Work as a volunteer after spending ten years as teacher in Wisconsin and Connecticut followed by twenty-five years as a corporate tax accountant in Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her accounting certification from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Jana has enjoyed volunteering as a literacy teacher for adults throughout her working career and now is looking forward to expanding that volunteering to Daily Work.

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Toni Muellner
Daily Work Job Club Advisor (651) 204-3043

Toni is currently the Ambulatory Manager at Health East Surgery and brings over 20 years of hiring experience to Daily Work. Toni is eager to share her experience interviewing and reviewing resumes with job seekers, especially through Job Club at Daily Work. She is also a part-time student, attending Metropolitan State University in the College of Individualized Studies, where her focus is Management and Religious Studies.

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Trisha Nelson
Case Management Intern (651)204-3043

Trisha is currently working on her final year of her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She looks forward to utilizing what she has learned in school and using her advocacy skills to help people get to where they want to be. She was born and raised in Minnesota; but also loves to travel to new places when she has free time.

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Rachel O'Keefe
Case Management Intern (651)204-3043

Rachel O’Keefe is a fourth year student at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Rachel is from Minnesota and enjoys reading, music, spending time with her family, and exploring new places. She is very excited to be interning at Daily Work in order to grow as a future social worker and as a person as well. Rachel is looking forward to embracing Daily Work's values of human dignity, equality, and empathy as she works with people to obtain employment and break down barriers that are holding them back.

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Lee Olafson
Web Design/Online Communications Volunteer (651) 204-3043

Lee transferred to Metro State University after graduating from Century College with both an A.A. in Liberal Arts and an A.A.S in Visual Communications Technologies specializing in interactive web media and graphic design. Lee is currently volunteering at Daily Work as a web design/social media communications manager designing graphics and web media while helping with the routine maintenance of the Daily Work website to gain work experience in his career field. Ultimately, Lee plans to utilize his passion for art and design and his experiences at Daily Work to start up his own concept art and web graphic design business catering to small start-up and non-profit businesses helping with establishing their identity branding, online marketing and promotional needs.

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Katie Quinn
Case Management Intern (651)204-3043

Katie is completing a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at Metropolitan State University. She will graduate in Spring of 2018 and plans to continue her education by working toward a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Katie feels lucky to be able to work as a Case Management Intern at Daily Work, where she can apply the social work theories she’s learning in school to real life situations that positively impact job seekers in our community.

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Sara Sharp
Case Management Intern (651)204-3043

Sarah is completing her final semester in the Bachelors of Social Work program at Metropolitan State University. She has three years of experience working in higher education in roles such as a literacy tutor and as a program assistant of an initiative geared towards helping African American and nontraditional students at a local community college. She is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an assessment used to gauge the strategies people use to interact in diverse environments. In her free time, Sarah likes to perform on her saxophone and write.

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James Sullivan
Former Data Entry/Evaluation Volunteer (651)204-3043

We are profoundly sad that James passed away unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm in his sleep on Sunday, November 12, 2017. His brilliant mind and sharp wit will forever be missed at Daily Work. James was “whip” smart and he had a passion for learning, debating, and teaching. He was an exceptional writer and was in the process of applying to graduate schools to complete a PhD in Social Psychology. You can read more about James and the extraordinary impact he made in his 23 years by pasting this link: http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/228965/?fullname=james-david-sullivan

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Ye (July) Zheng
Case Management Intern (651)204-3043

Ye (July) Zheng is a Social Work intern. She is completing a Master’ degree in social work at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an international student from China. Her undergraduate background is also social work. She finished her bachelor degree at ZheJiang ShuRen University in China. She has many volunteer and human services experiences in China and U.S., such as being a new intern in civil affairs bureau for Chinese government and being a volunteer for teaching kids to read and write at Hope community in Minnesota. After coming to U.S., she found that she is interested in working with diverse population of clients who come from all over the world. She has a lot of passion to help people in a professional way. She loves the mission of Daily Work and looks forward to helping job seekers achieve their goals. In her leisure time, she likes reading, watching videos and dancing.

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