The Dedicated Team

Board of Directors

Tim DeLapp, The DeLapp Advisory

Howard Helgen, Helgen Law Firm

Sheryl Carlson, Village Bank

Mike Gamache, Anoka County Commissioner

Past Chair
Kelly Matter, Avivo

Board Members
  • James Baron, Aggate Properties
  • Michael Dempsey, KPMG
  • William Erhart, Erhart Legal, LLC
  • Doug Rolle, Thomson Reuters
  • Tom Stinson, Medtronic
  • Letty Van Ert, Tuft Lach Jerabek O’Connell
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.”

Johnna Krantz
Program Director

Johnna is a licensed social worker with 5+ years of experience working with the elderly and homeless. She also has a broad base of knowledge from 15+ years in the business sector. She manages all programs related to Stepping Stone’s mission, manages program staff, as well as develops new programs and enhances current Stepping Stone programs to meet the needs of our residents. Johnna holds a B.S. in Social Work from St. Catherine University and is also a part of the Anoka County response to homelessness serving on the Outreach & Prevention Committee, Housing Services Committee, and Heading Home Anoka.

Shalonda Gordon
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
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.

Jackie Vetvick
Case Manager

Jackie is a Licensed Social Worker and Alcohol Drug Counselor with over 28 years of social service experience, working in Anoka County’s nonprofit sector for the majority of her time. For most of her career, Jackie has worked with people who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. Most recently, she had been working in central Minnesota with the Women’s Recovery and Support Grant through the MN Department of Human Services – Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. In this role, Jackie delivered recovery support services to women who have substance abuse disorders. She brings her experience with both disciplines of social work and chemical dependency to Stepping Stone.

Ebony Johannessen
Case Manager

Ebony has her B.S. in Social Work from St. Cloud State University with plans of returning to school to receive her masters in social work. Ebony has worked in the social services field for over four years. Her prior experience is working with the homeless population at a transitional shelter for homeless adolescents. Previously, Ebony worked at People Reaching Out to People (PROP), an organization that assisted low income individuals and families with short term crisis intervention.

Contact Us:  763-323-7006

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