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 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 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.
Linda joined the Ampersand Families Board because she believes that every child deserves a permanent, loving family. As the past Executive Director of Children's Law Center of Minnesota, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights and interests of children and youth in the Minnesota Child Protection system, she saw firsthand what happens to foster children who get lost in the system and age out without connections to permanent families.
Michelle has more than 27 years of leadership experience in the life and health insurance industry. Michelle joined UnitedHealth Group in 2001 as compliance officer and subsequent to that, was part of an executive team serving AARP.
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.
Reid has over twenty years of experience in non-profit arts and higher education organizations, including fifteen years in marketing and artistic roles at the Minnesota Orchestra. Within these organizations, he has focused on the alignment of mission, strategic planning, functional objectives and organizational culture.
After adopting internationally, Bob decided to get involved in causes that involve children, adoption and building permanent life-long families.
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.
Rowzat Shipchandler has spent more than 15 years in the nonprofit and public sectors helping to build stronger communities, and in September 2015 she was appointed deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
In her most recent position, as the Racial Equity Manager at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners/The Saint Paul Foundation, Rowzat led the Facing Race anti-racism initiative, which provides tools and resources so that individuals and organizations can reflect on, discuss and take action to end racism.
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 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.
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.
Cindy Witkin is the owner and CFO of a medical supplies distribution company specializing in the corporate and community health and wellness markets.