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.
Michael works as a consultant to nonprofits, working primarily with Minnesota-based nonprofits, supporting efforts to collaborate, create, and accelerate change. His specialty areas of practice include nonprofit financial analysis and planning, strategy development, and merger exploration and negotiation.
He is a past client of Family Tree Clinic's sex education for parents workshop.
Communications and Graphic Design
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.
Adrienne has been an active member of Minnesota’s arts and nonprofit communities for fifteen years. She is currently running a political campaign for Osman Ahmed, DFL candidate for MN State Representative in District 62A. She is also consulting for organizations and institutions in the areas of program development and fundraising, including Augsburg University where she works with faculty and staff to develop cultivation strategies that align University priorities with interests of major donors.
Adrienne served as Director of Development and Executive Director of The Cedar Cultural Center for thirteen years. There, 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, including a Somali artist-in-residence program that has engaged thousands of new community members. Adrienne has consulted with area Somali-run organizations including African Families Development Network and West Bank Athletic Club.
Laureen Tews Harbert
Laureen has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector in program planning and implementation, grantmaking, community planning, and organizational leadership roles. Her areas of topical expertise include reproductive health, abortion, HIV/AIDS, adoption, grantmaking, and public health.
She has worked as a counselor at Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, taught undergraduate courses in Human Sexuality at Temple University, directed medical abortion education and access initiatives at the National Abortion Federation, and led the AIDS Funding Collaborative in Cleveland, OH. She has authored numerous medical education and patient education resources and is a co-author of the 2005 edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves". Since moving to Minneapolis in 2012, she has been a full-time parent and an active community volunteer and leader.
Laureen holds a Master’s in Public Health from Temple University and a B.A. in psychology from Colgate University.
Riley is a an nonprofit consultant (Karbon Coaching LLC) focused on growing fundraising and board engagement at small to medium-sized organizations in the Twin Cities. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Fundraising Certificate from University of Saint Thomas Business School. A board member since 2017, she first got involved with Family Tree after an incredible patient experience back in 2010 and has been a patient and supporter ever since. She believes the clinic's radical inclusiveness, educational outreach and community engagement us on the forefront of healthcare for marginalized communities and keeps patients coming back. When not fundraising for many great Twin Cities causes, you can find her climbing at Vertical Endeavors, singing for VocalPoint Chorus, mentoring new fundraisers, planning her next international trip or competing nationally in blues dancing.
University of Minnesota
Koa is a cultural anthropologist-turned-lender and financial specialist at Propel Nonprofits. 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.
Member at Large
Fairview Health Services
Allison is a family nurse practitioner that works at Fairview Eagan Clinic since 2007. She likes doing family practice and the variety of patients that practice brings her, but has a special interest in managing hormonal therapy for transgender and gender nonconforming patients. She also does project management leadership for the health system and likes understanding the wider perspective in health care. Allison also works part time at Planned Parenthood providing medical care, which leads to an alternate perspective in healthcare. When not at work, Allison enjoys riding her bike and running, travel, and caring for her two daughters.
Erin Morgan, LMFT, PhD
Erin is a is a psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer working in private practice. She has spent a decade working in nonprofits, two decades in the mental health field, and she is passionate about Family Tree's work to eliminate health disparities while providing high-quality, respectful care.
Erin's professional expertise includes addressing of the effects of traumatic experiences by conducting psychotherapy, training and supervising professionals, and consulting with helping organizations to address systemic development needs. She has worked in the Middle East, the Balkans, Central, East, and West Africa, as well as several regions of the U.S. Erin holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a M.S. from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Sally Nixon -President
NorthPoint Health & Wellness
Sally works with NorthPoint Health & Wellness and is an active member in the Queer People of Color community as an organizer, mentor and collaborator of fabulosity. With over 15 years experience in Social Work and Public Health, her path has included working with youth and families, nutrition and food sustainability and sexual health education. The arts have been a lifeline for Sally throughout her life, and she is putting her skills to work to combine her passions for photography and social justice.
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.
Erin Kate Ryan
Erin Kate is an award-winning fiction writer who is committed to positive social change through art. She is also a seasoned development, communications, and strategic planning consultant for progressive non-profits ranging from local start-ups to international coalitions, and organizations with shoe-string budgets to $45-million agencies. Erin Kate has expertise in health access (including abortion care) for marginalized communities, urban youth-driven development, civil and humans rights advocacy, and trauma response. She combines a pragmatic savvy with an appetite for big ideas. She is the cofounder of Truth to Power Consulting, which stands for radical social justice; and of the Minneapolis Storytelling Workshop, a project that aims to inspire non-artists to see themselves as deep thinkers, creators, and storytellers. She holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars and a JD from the Boston University School of Law.
Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
Becky is the Program Manager at the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, where she specializes in strategic communications and public awareness. She works to uplift the experiences of survivors and their children and highlight the expertise of over 90 domestic violence programs across the state. Prior to MCBW, Becky served as NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s Communications and Development Manager. Becky has contributed to social justice movements for over fifteen years and has served on the main organizing body of many grassroots organizations. Becky has participated in fellowships at the Human Rights Project through the Urban Justice Center and at CoreAlign. Currently, Becky engages her community as a volunteer with the Women's Prison Book Project, a collective that provides reading materials to incarcerated women and trans people across the country. She is proud to serve as Board Chair to Family Tree Clinic after six years on the board. It is a true honor to support an organization that specializes in queer healthcare and strives towards equity. In her downtime, Becky sips tea and listens to Beyonce while petting her partner's two cats in south Minneapolis.
We invite you to consider serving on our Board. The Family Tree Clinic Board of Directors currently meets ten times a year. For more information contact Alissa Light, Executive Director at 651-272-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.