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.

Al Willig

Al is Director of Finance & Operations for Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery; a shelter for children at risk of abuse and neglect, where for the past 18 years he has been responsible for the internal administration, finance, facilities and information technology.

Alecia Anderson

Alecia joined Wells Fargo in 2015. Before accepting her position at Wells Fargo, Alecia had been at Wilmington Trust since 2009 and was responsible for business development and administration in the Global Restructuring Services product.

Steve Kenney

Steve Kenney joined the Ampersand board because he believes that every young person has the right to a permanent family and lifelong family relationships. He is the father of three grown children and spent their formative years volunteering in youth group activities at their church. He has worked extensively with both senior and junior high students in this capacity.

Marcie Cowman

Marcie has experience working in Management Information Systems with Fortune 500 companies, State Department of Education clients as well as medium to small sized companies.

Zach Saulter

Zach joined Ampersand Families in 2014 and currently serves as Secretary of the Board as part of the Executive Committee. His professional background is in the financial services industry, currently employed at US Bank in the International Trade group. In addition to his work with Ampersand Families he serves as a Commissioner on the Maple Grove Lake Quality Commission.

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. Bill’s other non-profit board experiences include past president of Teenwise Minnesota (formally known as MOAPPP), an organization dedicated to promoting adolescent sexual health and development. Bill also travels to Central America each year to volunteer at the NPH Orphanage near Jinotepe, Nicaragua. He also provides pro bono representation to low-income domestic violence victims seeking civil orders for protection through the Tubman pro bono safety project.

Why choose Ampersand Families?

Ampersand Families is important to me because when the work we do at the Crisis Nursery does not keep a child out of the child welfare system, Ampersand Families fulfills the promise of returning that child to a family. This is important to me from the standpoint of reducing the cost to society but even more so, […]

Al, Former Board Chair

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