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 was a founding board member of Ampersand Families and is thrilled to now be a part of the staff as the Finance and Operations Director. Prior to joining our staff, he was the Director of Finance & Operations for 19 years at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery; a shelter for children at risk of abuse and neglect.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

I am the oldest of six kids born into a loving and supportive family. We were our parents top priority and our parents poured themselves into nurturing us and being present for us. I am involved with ampersand because it is unconscionable that there are kids in the world that don’t get what I had.

Steve, Board Member

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