The Dedicated Team

Board of Directors

Tim DeLapp, The DeLapp Advisory

Mike Gamache, Anoka County Commissioner

Sheryl Carlson, Village Bank

Tom Stinson, Medtronic

Board Members
  • James Baron, Aggate Properties
  • Michael Dempsey, KPMG
  • Amy Moore, St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church
  • Doug Rolle, Thomson Reuters
  • David Stamps, Detente
  • Kathi Stone, 21st Century Bank
  • Letty Van Ert, Tuft Lach Jerabek O’Connell
  • Captain Andrew Youngquist, Anoka Police Department
Leadership Team

Julie Jeppson
Executive Director

Julie has over 19 years of nonprofit experience with a wide array of experience, ranging from marketing to development to management/leadership. As Executive Director, her priority is to continue the tradition of supporting residents as they work hard to resolve their homelessness, while also working with staff and current and former residents to establish proven, data-driven programming that will assist them even more. She brings to Stepping Stone necessary skills and abilities, particularly public speaking, marketing, public relations, leadership, management, and community engagement. Julie is very active in her community and was elected to Blaine’s City Council in 2016. Her close work with churches, elected officials, business owners, community members, civic organizations, and foundations gives her the ability to find support and make an impact on the lives of those who call Stepping Stone “home.”

Jennifer Horton
Program Director

Jennifer Horton has over 15 years of nonprofit experience and has served in a leadership capacity with program development and management that encompass homeless and housing service delivery in underserved communities. In her role as Program Director, Jennifer will manage and lead our diverse team to provide supportive services for guests residing in our onsite and hotel-based emergency housing, as well as Supportive Housing programs. She brings progressive leadership experience in cultivating organizational growth and effectively aligning the needs of stakeholders with our mission and commitment to diversity and equity. Her skills sets are specific to building effective teams, launching sustainable programs, managing contracts, and leveraging partnerships. Jennifer holds a strong commitment to the community in serving in an area that her family experienced homelessness and housing instability.

Stephanie Plaster
Shelter Team Manager

Stephanie Plaster has nearly a decade of experience working in the nonprofit world ranging from serving youth experiencing homelessness to survivors of sexual violence. She holds her Master in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about suburban and rural homelessness, harm reduction, advancing equity and creating data-driven responses to end homelessness. In her role as Shelter Team Manager, she will interview, hire and train Shelter Advocates to address shelter residents needs, create ongoing learning opportunities for the team and ensure accurate reporting measures for ongoing success.

Lori Schulz
Business Manager

Lori has over 20 years of experience in Accounting, Payroll, Human Resources and Administrative Management.  In her role as the Business Manager, she is responsible for all of Stepping Stone’s payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable functions, as well as an essential Human Resource role.  Lori also handles the facilities to help things run smoothly at Stepping Stone.

Being part of Stepping Stone and on the board of directors has given me the opportunity to see the best in people.  The clients at Stepping Stone have shown me that life may give you some hard knocks but with the help and compassion they receive at Stepping Stone, you can brush yourself off and start again. I am very proud to say I am affiliated with a great organization.

Sheryl Carlson, Village Bank

I believe in the importance of the work that Stepping Stone does to provide emergency shelter and critical support services for individuals who are homeless and striving for self-sufficiency.  I want to be part of something that is making a difference and having real impact in my community.  Stepping Stone is the only emergency shelter in Anoka County and the services they provide in addition to dignified shelter is changing lives for the better.  It’s rewarding to be even a small part of this impact.

Kelly Matter, Avivo

“I’ve known about Stepping Stone for years and all the work that they’ve done, making this a great service for our community. I wanted to be a part of it!”

Jackie Vetvick, Case Manager

Our Mission

To provide emergency shelter and critical support services to individuals 18 and older experiencing homelessness while striving toward self-sufficiency.

Our Vision

Everyone has a place to call home.

Our Guiding Principles & Values

-Empower individuals to change their lives

-Treat each resident with dignity and respect

-Collaborate with partners in providing services

-Ensure strong stewardship in managing resources