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.
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 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 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.
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.