Meet Our Staff
Teri Walker McLaughlin, Executive Director
Teri Walker McLaughlin draws upon a rich and diverse background of executive leadership in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Starting her career in banking and investment real estate, she moved into the realms of government, non-profit leadership and consultancy. Immediately prior to joining MNCASA, Teri served as Vice President of Training and Development with Dardis Communications, providing executive development and coaching in all forms of leadership communication.
Evolving from a lifelong passion for victim service and advocacy, Teri launched into private consultancy in 2011, which culminated in launching South Carolina's first-of-its-kind supervised visitation program at Family Bridges of Pendleton Place, Greenville, SC. Her expertise in supervised visitation stemmed from thirteen years as Executive Director at Children’s Safety Centers (CSC). Stepping into her role at CSC in 1997, she took the organization from near bankruptcy to operating 10 successful centers serving over 900 families each year. Teri was elected to and served in leadership of the multi-national Supervised Visitation Network (SVN) board of directors. Some of her roles included Treasurer, Vice President, and President. She was honored as the recipient of SVN’s prestigious 2009 Judith Wallach President's Award for “Outstanding Contribution and Service to the Supervised Visitation Profession”. Teri’s expertise was frequently called upon to assist visitation and exchange centers, providing training and consultation to many programs state-wide and nationally.
Since returning to her St. Paul, Minnesota roots, Teri enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her daughter and son have each chosen to continue to call St. Paul their home as they begin their families, providing Teri with lots of time to play with her two grandsons, Joey and Nash.
Email Teri Walker McLaughlin. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7441
Jolene Engelking, SVJI Program Development Specialist
Jolene joined the SVJI@MNCASA staff in 2016. She has a deep love of advocacy, and working to end sexual violence and other forms of oppression. This includes a focus on improving, rethinking, and strengthening systems response. Jolene started in this movement as a volunteer advocate before becoming staff at a rural advocacy program, where she gained experience training advocates, engaging the community, and working with SARTs, particularly focusing on the needs of Native American and Tribal communities. Prior to coming to MNCASA, Jolene gained experience providing national TA through Praxis International’s Advocacy Learning Center. She holds two master’s degrees, in social work and divinity, both from Loyola University Chicago.
Email Jolene Engelking. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7459
Jude Foster, Statewide Medical Forensic Policy Program Coordinator
Jude Foster has been working with victims/survivors of sexual violence and professionals that work with them for over 20 years. She is currently the Statewide Medical Forensic Policy Program Coordinator at MNCASA. Prior to her position at MNCASA, Jude has worked in urban, suburban and rural areas throughout the state of Minnesota. Jude has worked extensively in developing and managing crisis services programs, working with and coordinating multidisciplinary teams, and providing training and technical assistance to victim service, medical forensic programs, and criminal justice professionals.
Email Jude Foster. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7450
Johnanna Ganz, SVJI Collaboration Specialist/Rural Technical Assistance Project Coordinator
Johnanna joined the SVJI@MNCASA staff in 2016 and brings with her a deep passion for and long history with rural communities. Prior to coming to MNCASA, Johnanna was introduced to advocacy in rural areas during her two years working in a domestic violence shelter in Ohio. This experience with victim advocacy and the anti-violence field directly shaped her educational path. In 2015, Johnanna earned her doctorate from Bowling Green State University with expertise in organizational and occupational identity in sexual and domestic violence victim advocacy. After completing her education, Johnanna moved back to Minnesota and began work as the Systems Change Program Manager with the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis. While there, Johnanna served as the Hennepin County SMARTeam coordinator and led the team through the protocol development process. As a result of her education and experience, Johnanna has developed trainings and resources on topics such as organizational trauma, vicarious resilience in advocacy, and creating healthy environments for advocates and their organizations.
Email Johnanna Ganz. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7451
Jessica Jerney, SVJI Collaboration Specialist/Evaluation and Research Coordinator
Jessica brings her passion for social justice, organizational capacity building, and data-driven decision-making to MNCASA. For the last ten years she has worked with numerous youth organizations, locally and internationally, to build, evaluate, and improve programs. Jessica holds a masters of education and graduate certificate in program evaluation from the University of Minnesota.
Since 1999, Jessica has worked with community-based organizations in urban and rural Minnesota as an organizer, educator, and evaluator. Previously, she worked with NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota leading statewide research and education efforts with community partners, such as MNCASA members, to ensure survivors of sexual assault access to emergency contraception.
Email Jessica Jerney. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7458
Hannah Laniado, Prevention Program Manager
Hannah Laniado joined MNCASA in 2015 as the Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist. In June of 2017, she moved into the role of Prevention Program Manager. Hannah leads MNCASA’s prevention efforts and provides expertise in the primary prevention of sexual violence within community settings. Hannah began her advocacy career as an intern with PAVSA in Duluth, MN, and continued on to The Committee Against Domestic Abuse in Mankato, MN, where she gained experience with shelter, hospital, and legal advocacy; facilitated an eight county SART; provided 40-Hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Trainings; facilitated multiple support groups; launched a volunteer crisis response program; and co-founded a community-based primary prevention initiative: The Safe Bar Initiative. Hannah’s academic background focused on applied sociology. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth for her undergraduate work and Minnesota State University, Mankato for her graduate studies. Hannah has a passion for social justice, community driven solutions, and viewing primary prevention and response as a part of a much-needed continuum to drastically reduce rates of sexual violence.
Email Hannah Laniado. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7446
Leah Lutz, SVJI Program Manager
Leah Lutz joined MNCASA as a Collaboration Specialist – Teaching and Connection Coordinator for SVJI in 2008. In 2015, she transitioned to her current role as SVJI Program Manager. She has more than 15 years of experience in sexual/domestic violence related work. From 2003 until 2008, Leah served as the Executive Director of HOPE Center in Rice County, MN. In this position, she led a community-based advocacy organization that offers support to victims/survivors of sexual/domestic violence, provides educational support to the entire community, and collaborative support to other organizations that serve victims/survivors. Leah has been a frequent presenter at statewide and regional training/educational events. In 2004, Leah helped form the Rice County SMART Team and co-chaired the team for four years. Lea is happy to be working at MNCASA and hopes to use the lessons learned from the Rice County process to help other communities build a coordinated victim-centered response to victims/survivors of sexual violence.
Email Leah Lutz. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7447
Megan McKinnon, Communications and Resource Design Specialist
Megan McKinnon joined the staff of MNCASA in 2007 as the Office and Systems Manager. In April 2016, she transitioned into her role as Communications and Resource Design Specialist. Prior to joining MNCASA’s staff, she worked as the East African languages coordinator for an interpreting agency, and as an executive and editorial assistant at the St. Paul-based National Youth Leadership Council. She also worked for the Minnesota Senate and as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Minnesota Literacy Council. She is a graduate of the College of St. Catherine.
Email Megan McKinnon. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7440
Caroline Palmer, Public and Legal Affairs Manager
Caroline Palmer joined MNCASA in 2008. As Public and Legal Affairs Manager she works to develop MNCASA’s policy agenda, conduct legal research, respond to media, and oversee programs involving trafficking and the medical forensic response. Prior to joining MNCASA she was the Pro Bono Development Director at the Minnesota State Bar Association, Executive Director for LegalCORPS and a staff attorney at the Minnesota AIDS Project. Ms. Palmer is an adjunct professor of legal writing at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Hamline University School of Law and completed the Policy Fellows Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Email Caroline Palmer. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7445
Adrianna Perez, Prevention Specialist
Adrianna Perez joined MNCASA in 2017 as the Prevention Specialist. She brings with her an understanding of prevention in practice, as well as direct service experience. Adrianna graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015. It was during that time her passion for prevention and advocacy started as she interned at MNSU’s Women’s Center. Adrianna was as a Shelter Advocate at Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. where she developed skills for crisis intervention, support group facilitating, and trauma informed care. She also has experience as a Youth Services Advocate at Alexandra House. Youth work allowed her to develop expertise in prevention based advocacy by giving classroom presentations and educating around healthy/unhealthy relationships. Adrianna’s time in direct service inspired her to focus on prevention and community level change. Her passion for this work is inspired by community building.
Email Adrianna Perez. Phone: 651.209.9993 x7444
Shereen Reda, SVJI Collaboration Specialist/Minnesota Point of Contact
Shereen joined the SVJI@MNCASA staff in 2015 and brings her passion for community engagement, training and education, and organizational dynamics to her role. She has been involved in social service work for more than seven years, and began in the field of gender-based violence as the sole volunteer advocate in the West Suburban office of the Sexual Violence Center (SVC). She later joined the SVC staff; first in direct services, providing counseling, co-facilitating support groups at a women’s prison, and serving on the Sexual Assault Interagency Council (SAIC) of Carver County; then, as the Prevention Program Coordinator, where she helped SVC become the first agency to launch the Green Dot Strategy in the state of Minnesota.
Shereen completed her Master of Social Work degree at Augsburg College in 2014, and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. Seeing herself as a life-long learner, she uses her sense of humor and positive approach to engage others in difficult dialogues. She is tri-lingual; a citizen of three countries; and loves cooking, yoga, Zumba, and the “Harry Potter” series.
Email Shereen Reda. Phone: 651.209.9993 x7452
Meghan Rosenkranz, Evaluation and Research Specialist
Meghan Rosenkranz joined the staff in February 2017. Meghan’s role focuses on designing, delivering, and coordinating the evaluation of MNCASA programs and services in the area of membership and prevention. She also provides training and technical assistance on evaluation and research development utilization. Meghan completed her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She provides an expertise in program evaluation, surveys, and interprofessional systems. She previously has worked at the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County Public Health Department. She also is experienced in rural health care, K-12 education, social media, and communications.
Email Meghan Rosenkranz. Phone: 651.209.9993 x7460
Ashley Sturz, Membership and Advocacy Services Specialist
As the Membership and Advocacy Services Specialist, Ashley's role is to be responsive member needs by learning from them. To accomplish this, she coordinates site visits, plans regional meetings, and responds to technical assistance requests. Furthermore, as part of her role, she creates educational and networking opportunities for our members, as well as composes the Member Update.
Email Ashley Sturz. Phone: 651.209.9993 x7443
Traci Thomas-Card, Membership and Advocacy Services Manager
Traci Thomas-Card is the Membership and Advocacy Services Manager at MNCASA. She began her work in the sexual violence movement in 2004, working in both direct services and prevention. Currently, Traci is responsible for developing and facilitating training, technical assistance, and support for MNCASA member programs who provide direct services to victims of sexual violence across Minnesota. Traci is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education through the department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. Her current research interests include the LGBTQIA+ college student population, intersectionality, student development, campus advocacy and violence prevention.
Email Traci Thomas-Card. Phone: 651.209.9993 Ext. 7454
Noelle Volin, Trafficking Policy Coordinator and Staff Attorney
Noelle Volin joined the SVJI@MNCASA staff in 2015. She is also a trainer and consultant with Do Justice Consulting, LLC, working to increase awareness about sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation and build the capacity of advocates, criminal justice professionals, and communities to assist victims and end sexual exploitation. Prior to founding Do Justice Consulting, Noelle worked as the Staff Attorney and Director of Policy and Education at a Minnesota-based non-profit serving sexually exploited women and girls. After identifying a crucial gap in the legal services available to victims, Noelle created the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program and implemented the pro-bono legal clinic. Noelle also developed and conducted specialized trainings about sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, and represented the voices of survivors and advocates on state and federal policy initiatives.
Noelle is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota. Before attending law school, Noelle lived and worked in Japan for over 5 years, and during that time, obtained a Masters of Public Administration with Certificate in International Peace and Conflict Studies from the International Christian University in Tokyo.
Email Noelle Volin. Phone: 651.209.9993 x7457
Shane Wethers, Office and Programs Specialist
Email Shane Wethers. Phone: 651.209.9993 x7449
Jody Zappa, Accounting Support
Email Jody Zappa. Phone: 651.209.9993 x7442