John Peterson, (he/him) – Administrative Specialist
John started at Ampersand June of 2020 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work degree from St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s University. John has worked in the social services field for over ten years as a special education paraprofessional, mental health practitioner, and a child protection social worker.
John has first-hand experience growing up in the child welfare system and was adopted as a teenager. He understands the importance of implementing and maintaining family connections and providing a safe haven and secure base for youth. His adoption led him to a nurturing, supportive, and safe environment to help him resolve early-childhood trauma and restore his belonging, dignity, and hope.
John loves cats, enjoys learning new things, and puts 100% into everything.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss