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.
Minnesota Council of Foundations
Michael is the Chief Operating Officer with the Minnesota Council on Foundations. He works primarily with Minnesota-based nonprofits and foundations, supporting efforts to collaborate, create, and accelerate change, with particular interests in nonprofit financial strategy and business planning. Michael’s professional background also includes developing grantee due diligence procedures and practices at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and leading the training and capacity-building programs at Nonprofits Assistance Fund (now Propel Nonprofits). He loves nonprofits and believes in the sector’s leaders’ ability to change the world.
Member At Large
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.
Bio coming soon
Oasis for Youth
Drew is a Program Manager with Oasis for Youth. Drew works with homeless youth and brings a particular focus on working with queer and trans youth.
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.
Juvenile and Family Court System
Kathy is a St. Paul native. After spending 25 years in senior management staff and operations roles, Kathy decided to pursue work with children. She currently works as an advocate for children in the juvenile and family court systems, works in schools along with consulting projects. Kathy has volunteered for a number of non-profits throughout her career. Kathy has served on the board of the Family Tree Clinic since 2009 and also serves on the board of The Ann Bancroft Foundation. She has a B.S. in Business from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from University of St. Thomas.
University of Minnesota
Koa is a cultural anthropologist who has been trained at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. With the support of prestigious national-level grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the American Institute of Indian Studies, Koa has conducted long-term qualitative research studying the intersection of masculinity, mental health, globalization, indigenous identity, and belonging. She has taught courses on medical anthropology, cultural theory and global studies and has also worked extensively as an independent consultant with a leading non-profit working on women’s rights in the northeast region of India.
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.
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
Truth to Power Consulting
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.
Becky Smith –President
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.
National Committee for Disability Justice
Hunta is a Black, Deaf man studying American Sign Language instruction with Gallaudette University, serves on the National Committee for Disability Justice, and brings expert knowledge and lived experience to FTC’s board helping to inform inclusivity of Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing and Black queer individuals. Originally from New York City, Hunta moved here seven years ago and has found Minnesota to be an interesting experience.
Lynelle is the Sr. Director, Labor Relations and Human Resources Compliance at HealthPartners, and has volunteered as a Family Tree Patient Educator since 1980. Prior to HealthPartners, she worked for the State of Minnesota for over 14 years in a labor relations capacity. Lynelle has seen Family Tree grow and evolve with the significantly changing needs of the community and patients. She is honored to be associated with such an amazing organization like Family Tree Clinic.
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 email@example.com.