As Director of Program Services, Carolyn Scherer is the point of contact for all mentoring program consultation and technical assistance requests, helping to ensure that Minnesota youth mentoring programs have the resources they need to provide high quality, long-lasting and effective mentoring experiences for youth and volunteers. Carolyn has 15 years of experience in the youth development field, including 7 years at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities where her roles included directing the Community-based Enrollment and Matching Teams and coordinating School-based mentoring programs in Minneapolis schools. Carolyn is Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the state of Minnesota and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Direct Practice with Children and Families from the University of Minnesota.
Nicki Patnaude manages the creation and coordination of resource development for MPM. She also provides support for the QMAP®
process on the state level but focuses her support on piloting the QMAP®
in other states as part of a national research study. Nicki also assists with special initiatives and projects for the organization, including fundraising, public policy, and training support. Prior to working with MPM, she spent over 10 years working in the youth development field, specifically with youth in foster care. Nicki holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing and Advocacy from the University of Minnesota and has served with MPM as both a Graduate Public Policy Intern and an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow prior to her current role.
Colleen has spent over 15 years working in small and large nonprofits across the Twin Cities. Fusing big picture ideas with the day to day work is her specialty. Colleen thrives at building programs that can effectively reach their goals and motivate others to join in their cause.
Jenni is a freelance Graphic Designer with 20+ years in the design field. She started her own business, jennigdesign, in 2014. Prior to that, she was the Creative Manager at Archiver's, a retail scrapbooking store for 15 years. Her areas of expertise are branding, direct mail, newsletters, print collateral, signage, and logo design. She also works on children's books layouts, packaging, email design, and websites. Jenni is located in the Twin Cities and has a wonderful family that inspires her more and more every day.
Lea M. Johnson is a strategic development consultant for MPM. Lea brings seven years of experience as a former family foundation administrator and program officer, along with a twenty-year proven track-record of raising major gifts, grants and sponsorships for Twin Cities nonprofits. Combining her expertise in these roles, she provides guidance in fundraising, strategic program and partnership development, and organizational growth management. Lea earned her B.A. from the College of Saint Catherine in Communications and English.
Maria Paschke serves as a Quality & Training Consultant with the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. She brings over three years of experience working with the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®) and training in quality practices to mentoring program staff. Maria is currently a student at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, seeking a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.