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.
Ken Ebel is a retired Health and Human Service Director from Sherburne County. His background includes child protection social worker, child welfare supervisor, part time college social work instructor, residential treatment counselor and human service director. He is a former President of Minnesota Social Services Association.
Ken has an Master's in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is an LICSW.
Michelle holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. After a brief time as an oncology social worker, Michelle worked with youth in the child welfare system in Honolulu, Hawaii. As the therapist for a residential treatment program, Michelle worked with older youth who were transitioning out of child welfare and into adulthood- often without a support system to help them navigate the difficulties and complexities of the adult world.
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.
Nick joined Ampersand Families' board in 2019 and serves as Treasurer. He is a Manager in the Internal Audit department of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business. He is also an adoptive parent through Ampersand Families.
Nathan Kellar-Long has taught elementary students in St. Paul for 25 years. He joined Ampersand Families' board in 2019.
Carrie Rauschendorfer joined the board at Ampersand Families in February of 2018. She is passionate about connecting youth to safe places and helping them reach their goals.
Currently, Carrie works as a Youth and Family Advocate at Tubman. In this role, Carrie works face to face with youth overcoming trauma, violence, and homelessness.
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.
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.