Board of Directors
Our fearless leaders
We’re a nonprofit community clinic governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are selected on the basis of their commitment to the vision and mission of the organization. Board members are expected to serve on at least one committee or task force, as well as the Board. Our Board members include patients, community leaders, professionals in the health care field, and nonprofit leaders. Please see the Board of Directors Diversity Statement.
Based in Minneapolis, Michael Anderson leads a consulting practice (Michael Anderson Consulting) that works with nonprofit organizations across the country in the areas of strategy development, business and financial planning, and merger exploration and negotiation. Prior to joining the Board, Michael was a participant and client in Family Tree Clinic programming.
Lucas is the Communications Director at Mississippi Market. Lucas first learned of Family Tree as a recipient of Family Tree’s sex education for parents workshops. He was so impressed with the educators, that he immediately contacted Family Tree about joining the board. He brings his communications and graphic design skills to the organization.
Paul Bock was born in Wyoming - the youngest of 8 children. Raised between Wyoming and South Dakota, he got his first job (delivering papers) in the first grade and has worked ever since. After attaining an undergrad degree at Creighton University and working on biomedical research on HIV, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned his Medical degree. After residency training at HCMC, he became an Emergency Medicine specialist, and has worked as an EM Physician since 2006. Paul met his husband Eric in 2007, and they have a puppy named Rosie. Paul loves to read Sci-fi/Fantasy, bake, and crochet. He tries to garden but has a notoriously black thumb.
Beverly Bushyhead (she/her), is the Director of Programs at Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute. Bev is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Beverly is a restorative practitioner, transformative leader, and strengths-based community builder focused at the intersection of cultural trauma response. Bev is a systems thinker gifted at creating innovations that inspire action steps toward social justice. She shares original curricula through cohort designed learning, workshop facilitation and web-based radio/podcast. Beverly follows curiosity, activates empathy and asks illuminating questions to build greater understanding and connection.
Adrienne Dorn is the Executive Director of Greater Minneapolis Community Connections (GMCC), a 115-year old social services agency that works in youth development and mentorship, poverty-relief, and social justice and anti-racism. She has been a Board Member of Family Tree Clinic since 2012 and is passionate about the clinic's work addressing health disparities.
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Adrienne served as Director of Development and Executive Director of The Cedar Cultural Center for thirteen years where she more than tripled the organization’s annual budget and revolutionized its audience engagement and reputation with the surrounding East African communities through grant-funded programs, relationship-building, and strategic initiatives. In 2018, Adrienne was the Campaign Manager for Osman Ahmed, DFL candidate for MN State Representative in District 62A. Adrienne has consulted for a variety of organizations and institutions in the areas of program development and fundraising, including Augsburg University, Concordia University, MN2020, Center for Hmong Studies, African Families Development Network, and West Bank Athletic Club. Adrienne received her BA from Macalester College and was a 2017 University of Minnesota Humphrey Fellow. She lives in South Minneapolis and is a single mother to her son, Samatar.
Jaemi Hagen is a licensed social worker in Maryland and Washington, DC. He grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He received a Master of Social Work degree from Gallaudet University in 2021. Most recently he worked as a permanency social worker at D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) in child welfare and foster care. Jaemi is an adjunct faculty member at Gallaudet University where he teaches a course on disability policy in the graduate social work program. Jaemi is also a facilitator and speaker, providing workshops, speaking engagements, and presentations at various universities, schools, camps, and programs in several different states.
Rev. Abigail Henderson is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a part of the Aging Initiative at Rainbow Health in the Twin Cities. Abby has a background in local church ministry, hospital chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, social work, and faith-based organizing. Abby is committed to the wellbeing queer and transgender youth and elders, accessible healthcare for all people, and religious activism for reproductive justice. She is honored to support Family Tree's mission and lives in South Minneapolis with her spouse.
Koa is the Senior Program Officer at Lending LISC Twin Cities. As a researcher, educator, and nonprofit consultant, Koa has worked closely with folks directing social change in widely diverse settings, both here in the Twin Cities and back home in India and has an ongoing commitment to tackling the structural inequities organizing our world(s). Koa values building relationships and believes that truly generative insights come out of attentiveness, curiosity, and deep personal engagement.
Family Tree Clinic is a unicorn in the field of sexual healthcare and education, and Koa cherishes time spent serving on the board of an organization that cares so much about marginalized experiences and voices. Movies, movement-based meditation, and magical time by the lakes keep Koa’s mood up.
Willow is a founding partner of Victus Engineering, a minority-owned architectural engineering firm that works with architects and building owners to design thoughtful, efficient, and sustainable building systems. Willow also promotes sustainable design and construction practices as an active volunteer with the regional chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). As an entrepreneur, Professional Engineer, and sustainability advocate, she contributes to the board her business management experience, facility operation knowledge, and passion for sustainability. Having navigated the challenges of gender-affirming care herself, she appreciates Family Tree Clinic’s commitment to providing care options to underserved communities.
Willow is an MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. She lives with her partner in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, where she enjoys container gardening, cooking, and playing the guitar … poorly
Sally Nixon is a Community Connector, Artist, Auntie, Healer and Nature Enthusiast. She is a descendant of African and Western European ancestry and was raised in a mixed race home within a multi-cultural circle of chosen family. Sally has worked in the Social Work field for over 20 years in a variety of roles, with a focus on public health for the past 10 years. She is an experienced Sexual Health Educator and is passionate about sex-positive and equitable reproductive care for all. Trained as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Sally is involved in the healing arts through many avenues, while continuing to engage in learning about various traditional healing practices.
Sally is active in organizing and event planning in her beloved QTPOC community and, in addition to serving on the Family Tree Clinic board, she also serves as Vice President to the Board of Directors at Seward Co-op. Sally also enjoys dancing whenever possible, spending hours digging in the garden, family time, playing any instrument she can get her hands on and working to perfect the world's best gluten free cinnamon roll.
Chris returned to the Family Tree board after having served as board president in the early 1980’s and is recently retired from the Department of Human Services as the Policy Development Manager. During her years there, she managed health care services coverage policy for the government-sponsored health care programs - MNCare and Medicaid. Chris graduated from Winona State University with a BS in nursing and received a MPH in health education from the University of Minnesota. Following retirement from DHS, she consulted with states regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act and with the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance. Chris lives in SW Minneapolis with her wife Sheila.
Emmett Robertson is a partner at Rubric Legal and focuses on advising nonprofit organizations on the nonprofit-specific issues that affect their work, particularly in the areas of tax, governance, and regulatory compliance. Emmett has proudly always offered services to nonprofits on a sliding-fee scale to make it more reasonable for all sizes of organizations to afford legal services from someone who focuses all of their professional energies on the nonprofit sector.
Emmett’s other current professional activities currently include teaching a clinic at Mitchell Hamline School of Law; serving as a co-chair and regular speaker for the Hennepin County Bar Association’s LINC program (a nonprofit board training program for lawyers); serving as a frequent presenter on governance, tax and other issues related to nonprofit organizations; and he is a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Law Center representing youth in the foster care system. Emmett’s spare time is spent exploring a new car-free life as a downtown dweller, riding a Triumph Bonneville (when it is warm enough), hanging out with his crazy cats, and spending time with the amazing people in his life.
Laureen has nearly 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in program planning and implementation, grantmaking, community planning, and organizational leadership roles. Both her professional and volunteer work have focused on issues of reproductive justice and sexual health, including abortion care, HIV prevention and care, pregnancy options counseling, and adoption education. More recently, she has been engaging in equity work in her public school district. She has authored numerous medical education and patient education resources and is a co-author of the 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.
Laureen loves listening to people’s life stories, reading memoirs, sailing, going to dog parks, being in community and connecting people. She is active in her church, Fabric Minneapolis, and gets infuriated when people promote anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion, and other oppressive and harmful policies in the name of Christianity. Laureen earned her Bachelor’s degree at Colgate University and her Master’s in Public Health at Temple University. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, son, and dog, Scruffy.
Erin brings 20 years of experience in sexual and reproductive healthcare, clinical operations and nonprofit leadership. She currently works as the Director of Technical Assistance and Program Design at Upstream USA, a national nonprofit that works to increase access to patient-centered contraceptive care in primary care settings. Erin is a previous Family Tree staff member and the organization and mission are very dear to her heart. She lives in South Minneapolis with her daughter.
We invite you to consider serving on our Board. The Family Tree Clinic Board of Directors currently meets six times a year. For more information contact Annie Van Avery, Executive Director at 612-473-0807 or email@example.com.