Our team includes medical practitioners, clinic assistants, medical assistants, administrative staff, community health educators, and volunteer health educators. Our work is enhanced by the contributions of volunteers who are trained in a variety of clinic tasks and provide over 2,500 hours of service each year.
Alissa Light has served as the Executive Director of Family Tree Clinic since 2010. During her tenure Alissa has helped to lead the 47 year old organization’s transformation from a St. Paul family planning clinic, to a regional leader in LGBTQ health, evidence-based comprehensive sex education, and culturally responsive care.
Alissa holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Women’s & Gender Studies from Macalester College, and is pursuing her Masters in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University.
In addition to her role at Family Tree, Alissa also serves as the Board President of the Reproductive Health Alliance, the only advocacy coalition of reproductive and sexual health providers in the state, representing 16 reproductive health organizations serving over 300,000 people across Minnesota. Alissa also serves on the Board of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA).
Alissa has two ridiculously curious and fierce kids, an amazing partner, and two pretty old cats. Alissa likes riding bikes, growing vegetables, and once was told she was the doppelganger to Laura Dern in Jurassic Park
Director of Advancement
Wen Brovold has been with Family Tree Clinic since 2013 revamping and guiding the organization's communications and development strategies. Drawing from their nearly 25 years experience in the wacky world of reproductive, LGBTQ, and health related nonprofits, Wen knows how to get things done and bring people on board.
Wen holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, Women's Studies, and Queer Theory from Minnesota State University, and they are currently working towards their Project Management Certification.
They are also one of the key architects for the National Network of Abortion Funds nation-wide Bowl-a-Thon, which raises over $2 million annually, and a co-founder of the Pride Collective and Community Center in Fargo, ND, which is the only LGBTQ community center in the state of North Dakota.
In their free time, Wen hangs out with their ridiculous cats and kid in south Minneapolis, and truly believes the key to effective communications is simply listening.
Health Education Director
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.
Director of Community Engagement
Jacki Trelawny believes sex-positive sex education and health access resources will save the world.
Focusing on racial justice and community organizing, Jacki is passionate about intersectional sexual health and sees it as a way to make not only individuals healthier and confident, but whole communities as well.
The work of Community Engagement supports and holds Family Tree accountable to its vision of eliminating health disparities.
She believes in people; the community knows what they need. Jacki holds a Bachelors Degree in Africana and African American Studies from the University of Minnesota.
When Jacki is not at work she is off being a superhero or hanging at the dog park without a dog.
Program & Operations Director
Kyle Meerkins has been working as a sexual health nerd/educator and healthcare access aficionado for more than ten years.
As the director of the MN Family Planning and STD Hotline, Kyle works to expand access to sexual and reproductive health information via texts, calls and chats for folks living in Minnesota and around the nation.
Kyle brings both tenacity and humor to the work to ensure the best results for all patients and clients.
Jennifer Demma, MSN, APRN-CNM
Clinical Practice Director
Jennifer Demma has been a midwife since 2000 and has worked in a variety of hospital and community-based practices in the Twin Cities.
She is committed to partnering with clients to provide individualized, holistic, compassionate health care and is thrilled to be part of the amazing team at Family Tree.
Jennifer has a strong interest in education and has been a faculty member at Metropolitan State University, MN State Mankato, and Georgetown University.
When not working, Jennifer enjoys walking around the lakes with friends and anything related to the local arts scene.
Certified Nurse Midwife
BA, Theater Arts, University of Minnesota; BSN, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania; MSN, Midwifery, University of Pennsylvania
Maria Kaefer, MD
Dr. Kaefer graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed her residency training at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 2002.
She subsequently worked for four years at the University of Minnesota and at a variety of community clinics in the Twin Cities and Oakland, CA.
Her special interests include holistic medicine and empowering patients to take an active part in their own health and healing.
She is fluent in Spanish and committed to cross cultural care, care of the underserved, and the fight for universal health care coverage.
Family and Community Medicine
Education, Training & Certifications:
MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine
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.
Jessica Roy joined Family Tree Clinic early in 2018 as Clinic Manager. Jessica has more than six years of experience managing sexual health clinics in the twin cities and more than ten years of experience working with sexual health clinics across the nation.
Jessica holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Services and has a deep commitment to supporting and increasing access to non-judgmental sexual healthcare.
Patient Resource Coordinator
Medical Assistant Manager
Medical Assistant Manager
Front Desk Manager
|Sincai Pader Vue
Education & Community Engagement Staff
Community Education Coordinator
Health Educator for the Deaf, DeafBlind,
& Hard of Hearing
Health Educator Serving Deaf, DeafBlind,
& Hard of Hearing People
Community Health Educator
|Hadija Steen Mills
Community Health Educator &
Community Engagement Liaison