Mary Ites

Administrative and Operations Manager

Mary joined Ampersand Families in May 2016 as the Admin and Operations Manager. She is thrilled to be working at Ampersand Families, combining her passion for human services and giving back to the community.

Previous to joining the team at Ampersand, Mary was the Development Manager at the Guthrie Theater, overseeing department operations and fundraising events. Prior to her work at the Guthrie, she was the Events Coordinator at People Serving People, the largest family-focused homeless shelter in the state of Minnesota.  In January this year, Mary joined the board of directors for the Center for Girls’ Leadership, an organization inspiring girls today to lead tomorrow. Mary has a BA in Business Management from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and is currently pursuing a Master in Nonprofit Management and Master in Business Administration from Hamline University.

When Mary is not working, you will find her enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family, and exploring the Twin Cities.

In the News: Children at Risk

Recently, 5 Eyewitness News shared the story of McKenna Ahrenholz who is 12 years old and fighting to give a voice to the many children in the state's child protection system. Supporting her fight is the Children's Law Center (CLC) of Minnesota, an organization that provides legal representation to children. McKenna's story is all too familiar… [ READ MORE ]

Interview with Donald (AmperParent)

    In honor of National Adoption Month, we at Ampersand reached out to a couple of parents and asked if they would share their stories of choosing to adopt an older youth. Donald was more than willing to provide insight. His son Tyler moved in March 4 and they are hoping to finalize his… [ READ MORE ]

Reel Hope Partnership

Ampersand Families recently partnered with Reel Hope, a new nonprofit with a mission to mobilize faith communities to bring foster kids into forever families through stories, connections and communities. We were thrilled when founder Kaycee reached out to Ampersand Families as they were forming the organization - looking for insight into the foster care system… [ READ MORE ]

We’re Hiring

We’re a group of passionate people who recruit and support permanent families for older youth through innovative, respectful practices. If you are interested in joining our efforts, see the posting below for our Program Director. Details for applying are at the bottom of the posting. Primary Duties Provide child-specific recruitment services using strategies that prepare… [ READ MORE ]

Meet Misty, Program Director

We are thrilled to welcome Misty Coonce to the AmperFamily as our new Program Director. Misty has worked in the adoption field since 2009. Although she has worked across many programs (domestic infant, international, and foster care adoption), supporting youth in foster care and their families is her true passion. Misty is ecstatic to be… [ READ MORE ]

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