Veronica Hawman joined Redeemer Center for Life as the Executive Director in July 2020. Veronica earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Hamline University. After graduate school, she earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification, the only accredited, globally recognized certification for fundraising professionals. Veronica is excited to bring the fundraising skills and knowledge she has built up throughout her career, including her most recent experience at Minnesota Council of Churches, to RCFL. She looks forward to spreading the mission of RCFL, while using this opportunity to make change.
Taylor first joined RCFL as the Finance Administrator and Grant Writer. In late 2019, she transitioned into her current role as the Director of Finances. She completed a BA in English and Religion at St Olaf College with a focus on intersections of community, religion, and creativity. She has a background in food justice, sustainability, and development through her LVC work at Tricklebee Cafe--a nonprofit dedicated to equitable access to healthy food in the Sherman Park Neighborhood of Milwaukee. The Redeemer community meets her passions for writing, community-driven work, and connecting with people over shared meals.
Tyrone Wade maintains facilities for both Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Center Life. With a background in housing construction, Tyrone brings considerable expertise and dedication to his work. Tyrone enjoys interacting with the variety of people part of the Redeemer community and helping make sure that Redeemer stays clean and runs smoothly. Tyrone has five adult children and enjoys swimming, playing basketball and chess.
Bex began at Redeemer Center for Life in the fall of 2018 through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She has continued as the Director of Donor Development and Communications, planning outreach events, assisting with Redeemer's community garden, and producing RCFL's first podcast Due North: Stories from North Minneapolis. A graduate of Carleton College, Bex is passionate about food justice, intentional communal living, and Jewish community organizing.
Traiveon moved to the cities from Houston Texas. He is a musician and youth worker, striving to one day run his own company, D2R to bring arts back into the hands of our youth. He has been on staff at Redeemer for 4 years apart of the music ministry and youth outreach program. He hopes we succeed this year in connecting more with the youth in the community, and providing safe and productive space for them to become future leaders.
Bertha McKinney has served for the past four years as Community Liaison for Health Common’s at the Living Room, a position underwritten by Fairview Health Services. Bertha has a background working as a restaurant manager and personal care assistant and is deeply connected to the North Minneapolis community where she lives with her daughter and six grandchildren. She brings her investment in North Minneapolis and love of people to her work connecting community members to the integrative health services offered at Health Commons.
Zoe Massaquoi first joined the Finance Department of Redeemer Center for Life in 2019. Later that year, she transitioned to her current role as the Director of Operations and Housing. She is a former Assistant to two Former Bishops’ Assistants at the Minneapolis Area Synod. Zoe hails from Liberia, West Africa where she served as Former Deputy Minister of Finance and Debt Management and a Former President of the National Housing and Savings Bank. Zoe also served as a Former Lecturer of Accounting at the University of Liberia. Her last job was as Tax Associate with the H & R Block. It is her intention to foster meaningful relationships here at Redeemer Center for Life.
Mali first joined Redeemer as a church member in 2015. She quickly fell in love with the community and being involved with social events and gatherings. Not long after, she moved into the neighborhood and became a vibrant light in the garden. With a strong interest in building relationships, she started working part time at the church. She helped out with the summer backyard cookouts and the annual Block Party. In June 2019, Mali was hired on full time at RCFL as the Director of Partners and Volunteer Engagement. With a big heart for helping others, she lives out her vocation by showing up and listening to all.
Becca joined RCFL as the Administrative Assistant through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in 2019. After completing a year of service, she was hired on as the Communications Manager and is building her skills in web design and marketing to expand RCFL's mission. Earning a BA in Religion and Nordic Studies from Luther College in Decorah, IA, Becca is passionate about nonprofit work that centers on being in community and finds RCFL to be a place to learn, grow and create strong relationships. Through the Health Commons, she has found a love of Zumba and supportive community who promote healthy living.
Venture North Staff
Ian joins us as the General Manager of Venture North, RCFL's Social Venture. He got his start at Redeemer Center in 2017 through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps as the Administration and Communications Assistant. After his service year ended, he was hired on as Communications Director and utilized his skills of photography, web design, and marketing to advance RCFL's mission. Having recognized his new-found passion for Venture North and the biking community, Ian shifted his focus from the office to the bike shop. Ian has a background in cultural anthropology, photography, and interfaith studies and is glad to be able to invest his skills into a community of loving and courageous people.
Simon, Service Manager
Wesley, Barista Manager
Meet the LVCers!
Libby joins us as the Administrative Assistant through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She has recently earned a BA in Government with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship & Nonprofits from the University of Texas at Austin. Through her work at the UT Center for Community Engagement and Hesed House of Wharton, she was able to focus on her passion of community-driven work and experience the many sides to running a nonprofit. When she’s not working, Libby enjoys being in nature, learning new crafts, and meeting new dogs. She’s looking forward to her first Minnesota winter and the year ahead with RCFL!
Abe is excited to join Venture North through Lutheran Volunteer Corps in 2020 as both a barista and bike mechanic. Recently graduated from Luther College in Iowa with a degree in environmental studies, he is eager to serve the local community, learn new skills, and find out what it truly means to live simply and sustainably. Abe has historically found solace in both camping and animals and looks forward to seeing the natural areas that Minneapolis has to offer. Through his work at Venture North, he hopes to enhance the community's experience of these areas as well.