MINNESOTA FAITH IN ACTION ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERSHIP
Jeff Fromm is currently involved in organizing and directing programs at local, regional and statewide levels. He directs Helping Hands Outreach to Elders which coordinates about 75 volunteers who provide about 500 hours monthly to about 50 elderly persons in need living in rural areas of Minnesota. He also is a founder and coordinator of the Central Minnesota CARE Partnership (Collaborating Area Resources for Elders) which includes 7 volunteer organizations serving clients in 4 counties and continues his participation in Minnesota FIA. His professional experience includes ordained ministry in addition to the non-profit community. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master's degrees in Religious Studies and Teaching. Jeff recently completed the Advocacy Leadership for Vital Aging Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota.
BOARD VICE CHAIR
Lee Neste is the founding director of Faith in Action in Red Wing. He began in July 1998 and has been heading the program ever since. Lee brings a lifetime of business experience and community involvement to the board. He is a graduate of the University Of North Dakota School Of Business. Lee served as a mentor for three teams in the Faith in Action mentoring program. Last year 218 Faith in Action in Red Wing volunteers provided 7,316 hours of services on 4,324 occasions to 276 individuals.
Krisie Barron is a Licensed Social Worker and is the current Director of Horizon Health Faith in Action. Horizon Health Faith in Action serves all of Morrison County, volunteers provide transportation, chore services, homemaking services, home modifications, friendly visiting and Caregiver services. Krisie has an extensive background in nursing home care, home and community based services and is a Certified Caregiver Consultant. Krisie holds a bachelor degree in Social work, and her experience and understanding of Senior issues is a great asset to Morrison County. Krisie facilitates education sessions for the community called “Dine and Discover” and hosts two support groups for Caregivers. Her unique position within Horizon Health allows her to help community members in every stage of their life. Krisie currently serves on the MN Board of Faith in Action and is active in her community.
Nancy Biele is the Executive Director of TRUST, Inc., an ecumenical social service agency in Minneapolis that has a membership of 18 congregations from nine denominations. TRUST received a Faith in Action grant in 1997 to support their parish nurse program. She has been involved in non-profits since 1974 when she wrote her first set of by-laws and articles of incorporation for a new agency in Duluth, Minnesota. Since then, she has been involved in starting four agencies and creating mergers for four others. Nancy is also a consultant and trainer for the Minnesota Council of Churches and convenes the Committee to End Sexual Misconduct in the Religious Community there. Her educational background includes degrees in sociology, communication, and chemical dependency counseling.
Dan Woodring is the Executive Director of Interfaith Caregivers-Faith in Action in Faribault County. He came to program in 2010 after 12 years of pastoral ministry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in humanities and classical languages, and a Master of Divinity in theology. He enjoys gardening, classic rock music, red wine, and arguing about theology or philosophy--preferably at the same time. Representative of the “sandwich generation,” he and his wife, Jinger, are caregivers for his mother and step-father, and the parents of nine children.
MN FIA Association Project Coordinator (Webmaster)
Marcia Hislop is the webmaster. She is located in Red Wing, MN and is on staff at the Faith In Action in Red Wing program.
Doreen Gerwing is the contact person. She is on staff at Horizon Health Inc. in Pierz, MN.
Honorary Board Member
Bridget Britz has directed the Horizon Health Faith in Action program for the past four years. She provides supervision for three staff and over 100 volunteers. Bridget is currently working with a six member FIA collaborative partnership in north central Minnesota. She is an active member of her community bringing more than 12 years of community involvement to her position. She holds an undergraduate degree in Community Development. Bridget was a founding member of the Minnesota Faith in Action Association and served as its president from 2005-2011. She remains active with the Association in an advisory capacity.
Nici Larson is a graduate of South Central College.