Rob Williams - Executive Director
When Rob learned that kids were stealing food at school on Fridays so that they could eat over the weekend, fighting child hunger became Rob’s mission. As one of the founders of The Sheridan Story, Rob has been in a leadership role within the organization since it first began operating in 2010.
Rob has been a key player in the growth of The Sheridan Story, leading the organization's expansion from a one-school program in 2013 into a multi-school network of weekend food programs operating in numerous schools throughout the Twin Cities.
Rob's professional background includes experience in international and domestic logistics. Rob has worked with several Fortune-500 companies to improve their worldwide supply chain. Rob also has experience in volunteer management and training, non-profit management and development, and operational leadership in non-profit settings. Rob and his wife, Claire (a Memphis gal who has fallen in love with Minnesota), have been married since January 2008. They live with their son Amos in Arden Hills.
Katie Gamades - Director of Development
Katie joined The Sheridan Story in March of 2016, bringing nearly a decade of non-profit experience in roles spanning donor relations and stewardship, event management, and team leadership.
Heading up the fundraising and development efforts of the organization, Katie brings a thoughtful and sustainable approach to process, communications, and relationship building. Inspired by connecting communities through volunteerism and generosity, Katie has found her match in the collaborative and innovative work of The Sheridan Story.
Driven by her commitment to thriving neighborhoods and fresh veggies, she also serves on the Board of Directors with the Northeast Farmer’s Market. As an early riser, Katie can often be found running along the Mississippi by 6:00am, and thinks spare time is best spent catching up on podcasts, exploring new breweries, and taking a nap.
Avivah Brown - Program Manager
Avivah joined The Sheridan Story in September of 2015. She brings a passion for ending child hunger, empowering sustainable relationships in our community, and seeing families thrive in every aspect of life.
As our Program Manager, Avivah works directly as the liaison between our schools and partnering organizations. She is excited as our Program thrives as communities become connected and meet the needs of one another. Avivah's professional background includes Community Development, Church Leadership, Volunteer Coordination, and work with another program striving to end child hunger internationally.
Avivah currently lives in South Minneapolis where she enjoys walks around the lakes, trying new restaurants, and attending any and all festivals allowing her to embrace the diversity of the cultures in her community. She is excited to be working with the Sheridan Story and the opportunity she has to see many lives deeply empowered and impacted through the work that we do.
Christine Dummann – Program Coordinator
Christine joined The Sheridan Story in August of 2016 and brings a valuable diversity of her work, life, and educational experiences. She has worked in nutrition in rural Ghana, in Madagascar with Mercy Ships’ Food for Life program, and domestically in various clinical settings as a Registered Dietitian.
As our Program Coordinator, Christine works with Avivah as a direct liaison between our schools and partnering organizations. Christine’s greatest desire is to see God’s beautiful children achieve their highest potential, which starts with meeting one of their most basic needs - food.
In her free time, Christine enjoys anything active and is outdoors as much as possible. Favorites include, hiking with her pup Mira, camping, playing tennis, golfing, downhill skiing, and she recently completed her first triathlon. Travel is also a big passion of Christine’s. She’s filled one passport and has a new one itching to be broken in with some more adventures!
Owen Boldt - Program Logistics Manager
Owen officially joined the The Sheridan Story staff in 2015. Before that, Owen served The Sheridan Story as a committed volunteer leader since we began in 2010. Owen is excited to now be on staff and to make an even bigger impact in the fight against child hunger.
As Program Logistics Manager, Owen oversees all program-related operations of The Sheridan Story. His role includes sourcing food, managing packing events, ensuring accurate and adequate inventory throughout our network, and providing operational support to our programs.
Owen comes to us from a customer-facing chemistry career, from which he brings attention to detail, training experience, efficiency, and group leadership. Owen is personable, intelligent, a proactive problem-solver, and is driven in our mission to fight child hunger in our community. Owen lives with his wife, Karis, in Northeast Minneapolis.
Jesus Balderrama - Program Logistics Coordinator
After working with The Sheridan Story part time for several months, Jesus joined the team in a full time capacity in August of 2016.
As Program Logistics Coordinator, Jesus is integral in the packing, warehousing and delivery of the bags of food throughout our network. Jesus’ own experience gives him profound insight into how our program can help children and families in need. He brings a passion for relational connection with the people he works with and a strong desire to work hard.
Prior to The Sheridan Story, Jesus owned and operated a Landscaping business with his father for 19 years. He also currently owns and operates a wild oregano processing facility. This oregano is sent all over the nation from Mexico. In fact, you may be consuming his oregano right here in Minnesota! Jesus lives in St. Paul with his wife, Linnea, and his two children, Alexia and Carson.
Jonathan Turner - Volunteer and Program Logistics Coordinator
Jonathan joined The Sheridan Story in December of 2016. He knows how significant of an issue child hunger is and that we need to put an end to it, which is what drew him to TSS. Jonathan brings a strong passion to serve and help those who are in need. He has previous work experience in both the non-profit sector as well as with some of the professional sports teams in Minneapolis.
As the Volunteer and Program Logistics Coordinator, Jonathan leads all volunteer related events and helps to maintain good rapport with current networks of partners. This will also entail helping to expand TSS more thoroughly within the community and developing long-term volunteer opportunities in new areas of TSS.
Jonathan currently resides in Loring Park near Downtown Minneapolis. In his free time, he enjoys being with family, close friends, participating in sports related activities, and is a huge advocate for anything 90’s themed.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Bob Thomas (Chair) - Chief Experience Officer, Twin Cities YMCA
Michele Carroll (Secretary) - Business Manager, Culinary and Nutrition Services, Minneapolis Public Schools
Bob Peterson (Treasurer) - Finance Director, Home & Community Services, Allina Health
Bruce Ensrud - Wealth Advisor, Thrivent Financial
Beth Lasley - Inclusion Specialist, Office of Student, Family, and Community Engagement, Minneapolis Public Schools
Helene Clark - Vice President, Sales Planning & K12, Schwan's Food Service
Jon McTaggart - President and Chief Executive Officer, American Public Media & Minnesota Public Radio
Leadriane Roby - Assistant Superintendent, Richfield Public Schools ISD #280
Michael Binder - Lead Pastor, Mill City Church
Wendi Jarson - Retired - Assistant Principal at Sheridan Arts Magnet Elementary School, Minneapolis Public Schools
Woody Kingman - Vice President, Tealwood Asset Management
Rob Williams (Staff) - Executive Director, The Sheridan Story
The Sheridan Story is committed to the transparency of our work and our organization. While The Sheridan Story encourages conflict resolution through open communication directly with the individuals involved, escalation may be made to the Executive Director, the Board Chair or any other member of the Board of Directors. To reach the Board of Directors, please call 612-568-4003. To read our complete grievance policy, click here.