Family Tree Clinic




Annie Van Avery
Executive Director

Annie Van Avery brings an extensive track record of collaborative leadership in the nonprofit sector. She has successfully stabilized and grown each organization she has been a part of by listening to and engaging the strengths of the team while developing innovative solutions that help organizations thrive. Her extensive leadership history includes successful experiences as Interim Executive Director at Banyan Community Foundation, and Executive Director positions at three nonprofits: Domestic Abuse Project in Hennepin County; COLAGE, a national organization supporting LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers; and Photographic Center NW in Seattle. Annie brings a deep understanding of the communities Family Tree serves, and extensive experience as a co-creator of strategies, sustainable practices, and innovative solutions to support this next chapter for Family Tree Clinic.

Lindsey Hoskins
Director of Programs

Lindsey Hoskins is a deeply committed sex nerd who graduated from the University of MN with a degree in sex education. She dove into this work in 1999 and fell in love with helping folks get comfy and start talking about topics that can often be challenging. Lindsey joined Family Tree is 2002 and is now the Director of Health Education.

Lindsey is most proud of the sex ed programming she runs in juvenile corrections, the peer sex educator program she started for queer and trans teens, and her work with parents of young children. Lindsey is happiest when teaching puberty, and don’t even get her started on lube.

In 2017, her book, Principles of Pleasure: Working with the Good Stuff as Sex Therapists and Educators, was released. Her mother is very proud.

Nyssa Krause
Clinic Director

Nyssa discovered her ability to lead teams towards a shared goal in a positive, people-centric way as a teenage camp counselor in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Her passions of music & team leadership joined forces while in college to spend many years working at the Electric Fetus record store near Lake Superior.

In 2013 Nyssa started working at Planned Parenthood & managed the Duluth & Virginia, MN clinics, helping to eliminate health disparities in underserved communities with a focus on sexual health. Nyssa moved to the Twin Cities during the Covid pandemic to join the team at Family Tree & continue work in community-focused reproductive & social justice in healthcare.

Nyssa holds a Bachelor of Music & Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In her spare time she loves to go on outdoor adventures, play the upright bass, cook complicated meals, & her newly found joy of fly fishing.

Deborah Angelucci
Finance and Human Resources Director

Deborah Angelucci has more than 25 years of experience working in fundraising, finance, human resources, and administration in small- to mid-sized nonprofits in the Twin Cities.

Her previous work experience includes Tree Trust, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Rural AIDS Action Network, and what was then Face to Face Health & Counseling Service (now Face to Face).

Prior to that, she worked as a fundraising consultant for what was then Crowley, White & Associates – now Crowley, White, Helmer & Sevig.

Deborah has a BA in Communications from Muhlenberg College in Allentown PA, and in her free time enjoys traveling with her spouse.

Annie Schmitz
Director of Advancement

Annie Schmitz is a dedicated fundraising professional passionate about community. Before joining Family Tree, Annie was the Director of Programs and Research at Momentum Nonprofit Partners in Memphis, TN, where she coordinated capacity-building training to other nonprofits across a ten-county service area.

Annie previously served as Grants and Communications Coordinator at COA Youth & Family Centers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Managing Director at the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, she graduated with a masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also holds a BA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Annie is passionate about gender justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights. Please send her a note any time to connect!

Kate Vaske-Wright
Medical Director

Kate Vaske-Wright (she/her) is a Women’s and Gender-Related Health Nurse Practitioner proud to be serving as the Medical Director at Family Tree Clinic. Kate became an RN after earning her bachelor of arts degree in nursing from Luther College in Decorah, IA. She worked as a registered nurse on a surgical trauma unit at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN before moving to Chicago. She worked as a registered nurse on the float team at the University of Chicago Medical Center while in graduate school. Kate graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2015 with a Master of Science in nursing.

She started her NP career with Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Kate has always been passionate about reproductive and sexual health, gender-affirming care, and abortion care. She worked for several years in Illinois before moving to Minnesota and working again for Planned Parenthood, this time in their North Central States affiliate. In her current role, she is proud to be part of a clinic that is a leader in reproductive and sexual health and serving a large population of folks seeking gender affirming health care. Family Tree Clinic never turns away a patient regardless of their ability to pay and strives to be a safe and welcoming environment for all. Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, two young sons, and their rescue dog.


Olly Scharpe
Clinic Assistant
Matilda George
Care Coordinator RN
Ernie Hsu
Prior Authorization Specialist
Brandon Jones
Clinic Operations Specialist
Xiomar Luna
Clinic Assistant
Anna Mulhern
Medical Assistant Manager
Elia Rubio
Medical Assistant
Kai Kelley
Clinic Assistant
Saffron McGinn
Medical Assistant
Dylan Flunker
Project Manager
Alexa Akre
Clinic Assistant
Parvaneh Jefferson
Medical Assistant
Ari Kelley
Front Desk Manager
Ana Keller-Flores
Medical Assistant
Avi Marshall
Lab Coordinator
Mae Johnson
Medical Assistant
Lidia Hadera
Medical Assistant
Max Guo
Medical Assistant
Waralee Kantharak
Medical Assistant
Grace Sommers
Clinic Assistant
Kaomi Yang
Medical Assistant
Cecilia Doherty
Medical Assistant
Hope Felton
Clinic Assistant
Sadie Brewer
Care Coordinator RN
Addy Welch
Patient Resources Coordinator
River Gustafson
Clinic Assistant
Calia Redepenning
Clinic Assistant


Community Outreach, Education & Hotline

Jordan May
Juvenile Justice Sex Educator
Louise Bequeaith
Juvenile Justice Sex Educator
Sawyer Plotz
Health Mentor
Taylor Chambers
Drop-In Program Coordinator
Chandler Daily
Lead Clinic Educator
Nicci Willams
Equity Programs Manager
Rebecca Driker-Ohren
Hotline and Health Education Coordinator
Paige Beto
Health Mentor


Administration & Billing

Clive North
Finance Associate
Kyra Brown
Communications Manager
Ren Kenning
Billing Associate
Zeta Aharonov
Technology Manager
Max Johnson
Development Manager
Jesse Kohler
Building Assistant