The Dedicated Team

Board of Directors

Chair
Tim DeLapp, The DeLapp Advisory

Vice-Chair
Mike Gamache, Anoka County Commissioner

Treasurer
Sheryl Carlson, Village Bank

Secretary
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
jjeppson@steppingstoneeh.org
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.”

Shalonda Gordon
shalonda.gordon@steppingstoneeh.org
Team Manager

Shalonda Shipp-Gordon is certified in and has over 15 years of experience in human resources. She is the Team Manager for Stepping Stone’s Human Resources Department and manages the shelter’s day-to-day operations. She is responsible for obtaining qualified candidates who believe in Stepping Stone’s mission to end homelessness. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University and is a part of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Minnesota. Shalonda has a passion to empower and encourage others to reach their maximum potential, to believe in themselves, and to explore every possible opportunity that will benefit their lives for the better.

Lori Schulz
lori.schulz@steppingstoneeh.org
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.

Jennifer Horton
jennifer.horton@steppingstoneeh.org
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.

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.

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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