Renee Banas

Renee joined Ampersand Families in October 2017.  She is thrilled to continue her work with an organization that supports children and families.

Renee earned her BA in Elementary Education from Concordia University St. Paul, and spent many joyous and chaotic years teaching young children both in the United States and Egypt.  Her passion for cross-cultural communication led her to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Islamic Studies upon returning from Egypt.  She has spent the last several years working for Catholic Charities meeting clients at all walks of life; refugees, young pregnant mothers, adults with disabilities, and homeless elders.  She has discovered that there is much to be learned from each other through our inter-generational relationships, and what better way to begin doing that then within families?

In Renee’s spare time she enjoys outdoor adventures with her boys; hiking, swimming, biking, sledding and taking in a major league baseball game when they can.  She also spends a good deal of time reading, writing and futzing around her yard.

Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile

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Give to the Max Day- Nov. 15

Give to the Max Day celebrates its tenth year of generosity in Minnesota- which coincides with Ampersand Families’ 10th anniversary of helping youth in foster care find permanency!  Join others around Minnesota as they give generously to the organizations they care about.  Your donation makes a difference in the life of a teen! Donate here… Read more

Amazon Prime Day

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In Renee’s spare time she enjoys outdoor adventures with her boys, gardening and a good book.

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