Our Staff

MEET ANDRÉA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Andréa brings expertise in community building, program development, and fundraising. She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Having lived with instability as a child, Andréa is passionate about finding sustainable solutions to end hunger and homelessness in the Twin Cities metro.  Andréa currently lives in Blaine with her husband, three children, two dogs, and two cats.

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MEET TOSH

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of Outreach

Tosh grew up in Minneapolis in a family of 9—with 6 brothers and 1 sister. He attended film school at The Art Institute Intl. MN in 2010. While there, he also performed as a professional hip hop dancer. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2012 and served honorably for four years. He currently lives in Blaine with his two sons.

Tosh is happy to be part of the Small Sums team! Being here is a full circle experience because he faced homelessness as a child and can empathize with what clients are going through. It is comforting to know that programs like Small Sums exist and rewarding to be part of such an impactful organization!

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MEET EURELL

Assistant Director of Programs

Eurell has worked most of his life in retail, restaurants or with kids in local community programs. He joined the Small Sums client services team in 2019 and is the first warm and welcoming smile our clients encounter as they arrive. He loves working with people and acts as our on-site tailor, putting his experience at a formal wear shop to good use when he gets the chance to hem pants, ensuring each client has a perfect fit. He is from Chicago and grew up in a big family who loves celebrating holidays, birthdays and important milestones together. He enjoys all types of music, cooking, binge watching Netflix shows and spending time with his friends.

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MEET TERA

INTAKE & REFERRAL Coordinator

After serving at Small Sums through the Jesuit Volunteer Crops, Tera accepted the Intake and Referral Specialist position, a new role for the organization. Tera received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and is applying to pursue a master's degree in social work next year. Tera hopes to continue to work closely with clients, listen intentionally to their stories, and nurture relationships with our many partners working to end homelessness in the Twin Cities. She currently lives in Saint Paul with her roommate and their new kitten, Nell. In her free time, Tera enjoys exploring parks and running with Mile in My Shoes.

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MEET CELESTE

Development Coordinator

Celeste graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and her Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2019. Celeste started working in nonprofits as a research intern in 2006, and has gone on to do policy work, youth outreach, advocacy, programming, and development work in the non-profit sector.

Celeste's first memories are living in transitional housing. She believes that housing insecurity can affect us all, and there is a critical need for community building, safety nets, and a tight network of support for folks experiencing or at-risk of housing insecurity. She is excited to apply her passion and skill-set to the development team at Small Sums. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, toddler and puppy.

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Our Board

  • Connie Lewis, Board President 
    Retired Vice President Public Affairs

    Joseph R Margolis, Board Vice President
    Muska Electric

    Dr. Lisa Ide MD, Board Member
    Zipnosis

    Nicole Meeker, Board Member
    CrossCountry Mortgage
  • Lewis Rambo, Board Member 
    Organizational Development Consultant 

    John Suzukida, Board Member 
    Lanex Consulting 

    Anoop Mathers, Board Member
    Terrafore Technologies