Ampersand Families Board of Directors

As a nonprofit organization, Ampersand Families is governed by a volunteer board of directors who carefully guide us in effectively and efficiently pursuing our mission.

Marcie Cowman

Marcie is currently an IT Judicial Supervisor with the Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County). It is the state's largest trial court. Her team supports 62 judges, 15 referees, and approx 580 court staff spanning 8 different locations throughout Hennepin County.

Hoang Murphy

Hoang Murphy is currently an independent consultant, where he brings experience in teaching and policy, as well as a deep-seated passion for equity. A former foster youth, he has seen the importance of amplifying children and family voices.

Ruth Richardson

Ruth Richardson is the Director of Programs and National Strategic Initiatives for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Ruth has a JD from William Mitchell College of Law and is a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University.

Dave Scamehorn

Dave is currently the Vice President, Global Analytics and Customer Insight for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. He is responsible for using customer and business data to optimize marketing and operations.

Olivia Spencer

Olivia Spencer has worked in the healthcare field since 2011. She currently works in Network Management for Medica and has previously been involved in various healthcare transformation initiatives at UnitedHealthcare.

Lateesa Ward

Lateesa Ward joined the Ampersand Board in 2016. Lateesa is a founding partner of Ward & Ward, P.C. Lateesa has extensive litigation and trial experience, and has practiced law for about 25 years.

William Wassweiler

Bill Wassweiler joined Ampersand Families' board because he believes that every child needs a “sense of place” – a permanent home that fosters a sense of belonging.

Why choose Ampersand Families?

“After working with Ampersand Families, I didn’t have a hint of cold feet. Before meeting my son, I was like a kid on Christmas Eve.”


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