Meet the Rebuilding Together Minnesota Staff and Board of Directors.
Kathryn Greiner, Executive Director – oversees the overall development, management, and execution of our programs and manages the day-to-day operations of the office, staff and working committees. Working closely with the Board of Directors, she leads the effort to achieve our annual goals and develop partnerships with fellow nonprofits, community service agencies and sponsors.
Starting as a Rebuilding Together volunteer in 2000, Kathy worked her way up the ranks from a house captain to chair of the Board of Directors prior to becoming Executive Director in 2005. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Saint Benedict and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University. Kathy is a graduate of the 2016 Financial Leadership Cohort from Propel Nonprofits and Leadership Twin Cities (2005) and completed the 2019 Shannon Leadership Institute program. She has spent 30 years working for nonprofits, and she possesses first-hand knowledge of residential construction and repair and has extensive experience with coordinating the services of skilled trade professionals, contractors and volunteers. Kathy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Housing First Minnesota and has served as an elected, regional representative to the Rebuilding Together National Affiliate Council, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together, Inc.
Tony Sjogren, Program Director – is responsible for managing the Rebuilding Together Minnesota’s Program Operations from the initial application through project selection, planning, implementation and evaluation. Tony has more than 30 years of experience in business management, construction management and event planning. He holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Social Studies and Accounting from St. Cloud State University and a certificate of Advanced Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin. Tony is also a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS).
Michaela Brown, Communications and Grants Manager – manages external communications and is responsible for all grant writing and final reports. Before joining Rebuilding Together, Michaela held several positions in New York State government. She holds a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Rose.
Annette Rodriguez, Development Director – responsible for cultivating individual donors and sponsors, which includes planning and overseeing events and identifying new strategies to raise money. Annette has been involved with Rebuilding Together Minnesota for more than 10 years and has served on our Board of Directors. She has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising and development. Annette previously has been the Director of Development at Augustana Care and Lutheran Social Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and Master of Arts in Leadership in Business from Augsburg College.
Silva Helmer, Office Manager – assists with the coordination and oversight of day-to-day administrative matters for Rebuilding Together Minnesota. Silva has extensive experience in accounting and bookkeeping, as well as with performing intake and processing applications for nonprofit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Saint Cloud University.
Tom Pfannenstiel, Safe at Home Manager – manages our Safe at Home Program, which provides falls prevention and accessibility modifications for older adults and individuals living with a disability. He has over 38 years of administrative experience in the museum field, including project management, planning, finance, community engagement, staff supervision, and volunteer coordination. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in History. He recently has received certificates of completion from The Shannon Leadership Institute and Neighborhood Leadership Program through the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Galen Kauffman, Southwest MN Program Manager – manages our programs and services in our Southwest Minnesota Region, which includes Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles Counties. Galen joins our team with more than 30 years of residential construction experience, including owning his own construction business which specialized in universal design and aging-in-place modifications; 35 years as a pastor; and 16 years as a municipal judge. Galen also holds a Master of Science in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University.
Ryan Thomas, Program Manager – oversees our projects from start to finish. He is responsible for previewing projects, developing the scopes of work, determining volunteer and contracted labor needs, and working to ensure that projects are completed within budget and time constraints. Ryan has owned his own business for several years and has a diverse background that includes project management, marketing, business development, sales and more! His past areas of experience include industrial hygiene, OSHA compliance, medical device manufacturing, asbestos inspection, lead-based paint inspection, and personnel management.
Judy Hartman, Office Assistant – supports the Office Manager in the coordination of day-to-day administrative matters for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. Judy is a graduate of American Indian OIC’s School of Business. After graduation, she was employed part-time in the ABE/GED program while obtaining her Associate’s degree in Human Services from Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Judy has worked for numerous nonprofits throughout the Twin Cities, as well as Ramsey County Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Elena Fransen, AmeriCorps Member – oversees our Volunteer Engagement. Elena has a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University and project management and volunteer engagement skills in both the corporate and nonprofit spaces.
Kaitlyn Van der Linden, AmeriCorps Member – works with staff to plan and oversee our projects throughout the year. This includes previewing homes; developing work scopes and budgets; ordering materials; preparing tools and materials for the project day; scheduling contracted services; overseeing volunteers on project day; and assisting with final reporting documents. Kaitlyn has extensive experience in customer service, working as a barista for 10 years and serving multiple communities throughout Minneapolis.
Our Board of Directors
Officers of the Board:
Annie DeLong, President
NRG Energy, Inc.
Tom Keljik, Vice President
Matthew Culver, Secretary
Jillian Botz, Treasurer
Dorsey & Whitney
Rebuilding Together Minnesota
Johnson Bros. Liquor Co.
Consultant – Mediator & Restorative Justice Practitioner
Jane Marie Petty