Staff

Good in the ‘Hood programs and services are delivered by 4 full-time staff, 4 part-time staff, and 1 full-time paid intern, 2 key leaders who volunteer their time, and a significant amount of community support. We could not operate our program without the many dedicated volunteers who contribute their efforts. Many of the volunteers come to us from our partner organizations. Currently, we have more than 3,000 volunteers contributing over 10,000 hours of service to our programs each year (many are current and former clients). Our 9-member, volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic direction and financial oversight to make our programs possible. We work closely with area leaders, to meet the most critical needs they see in their neighborhoods.

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SHAWN MORRISON
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rev. Shawn Morrison has served as a minister and as a nonprofit leader for more than 30 years, including in his current role as the Founder/Executive Director of Good in the ‘Hood. Shawn serves on a number of boards and committees as an advisor, member, or as an officer. From 1999-2007, Shawn served in various capacities for Bethany Global University, formerly known as Bethany College of Missions, and held the titles of Director of Student Life and Outreach and as the Director of College Operations. In addition, from 2010-2012 Shawn partnered with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities as their Director of Minneapolis Programs. He also served as the senior pastor for Cedarcrest Free Methodist Church in Bloomington, MN from 2006-2019. Shawn is married to his lovely wife, Jamie and together they have five children and a growing family of grandchildren.

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JAMIE MORRISON
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/HUMAN RESOURCES

Rev. Jamie Morrison has served as a minister and organizational leader for more than 25 years, including in her current role as Director of Operations/HR with Good in the ‘Hood and as the owner/Executive Publisher of Books By The Bundle. In addition, she served as the Associate Pastor of Cedarcrest Free Methodist Church in Bloomington, MN from 2006-2019. Jamie acts as the chairperson for the Nominating Committee Board for the North Central Conference of the Free Methodist Church of America. From 1999-2005, Jamie served in various capacities for Bethany Global University, formerly Bethany College of Missions, including as a member of the Student Life team, as an Adjunct Faculty member, Mentoring Department Advisor and Director of Practicum. From 2008-2010, Jamie worked in Business Services for Comcast leading three B2B sales teams.

LONDA SOMERS
MEDICAL MANAGER
SOLECARE FOR SOULS

Before taking a break from nursing to be home with her children, Londa worked in homecare; first in pediatric long-term care then as a case manager. It was then that her eyes were opened to the needs in the community, and she grew in her interest to use her nursing skills to bring both help and hope to the underserved. In June 2021, she learned about the ‘routine nursing foot care’ business, began pursuing certification, and started a small business. As part of the required clinical training hours, she volunteered at SoleCare for Souls. She loved serving with SoleCare and continued to volunteer as much as possible. Eventually this led to Londa being hired for her current role as our Medical Manager providing medical foot care, training, and logistical support for our volunteer teams serving at our SoleCare for Souls host site locations. Londa and Jeff have been married for 25 years. They have four children, one grandchild and a dog.

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DAVID GLASSER
SHOE AWAY HUNGER SUPERVISOR

Rev. David Glasser is a minister with a big heart for youth and those in need of basic resources. We’re very pleased that he has joined our team as The Shoe Away Hunger Supervisor. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing a variety of programs and partnerships, including serving guests, helping coordinate volunteers and facilitating Shoe Bus events.

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TIM O’CONNELL
WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR

Tim provides support for warehouse inventory management for our Shoe Away Hunger program. In addition, he supervises our volunteer shoe sorting team and provides training and safety orientation. Finally, he offers support for our shoe bus program including restocking, sales, and customer service support.

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KIERRA TUCKER
OFFICE AND FOOD PROGRAM COORDINATOR

In addition to her important role with Good in the ‘Hood, Kierra is currently offering valuable service to our country as a member of the United States Marine Reserve. She attended Minnesota State University, Mankato and now attends Purdue University as an online student. She has worked at Comcast in the Loyalty department and received the top lead sales award 5 months standing. We’re grateful to have her serve with Good in the ‘Hood as she offers outstanding communication and organizational skills to support our mission.

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RON CRUZ
INTERN

Ron is a full time intern who brings key support to all of our programs. He serves as a program assistant to our Driver and General Operations Coordinator. In addition, he offers warehouse support with our shoe sorting and inventory management. He provides customer service support during our shoe bus events and for our First Stop drop-in center.

KYLE MORRISON
SUPPORT STAFF

Kyle Morrison is a senior in high school who aspires to go to college and to become an athletic trainer. He loves sports, particularly basketball and football. He is a second-degree black-belt and has served as an instructor for National Karate in Brooklyn Park. Kyle is a wonderful team member who is highly interactive, hard-working, and dedicated to serving the community.

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MAYRA GARCIA-RIVERA
ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/HR

Mayra is a beloved Good in the ‘Hood team member with outstanding interpersonal bilingual communication and administrative skills to complement her compassionate heart to serve those in need.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mayra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s degree in Biological Science from the University of Minnesota. She has been living in Minnesota for 20 years and has always worked closely with members of her community to increase access to basic resources, especially those with a language barrier. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Minnesota and at Minneapolis Public Schools as a Resources Coordinator for the community. Mayra has partnered with various Good in the ‘Hood programs since 2014 including helping to co-lead one of our hunger relief sites. Mayra currently provides support to Good in the ‘Hood as an Assistant to the Director of Operations/HR.

ANDY BUCKNER
SUPPORT STAFF

Andy has been an important “do-it-all” support person with Good in the ‘Hood since 2018 when he first connected us with a team of High School student volunteers. Over the years he has served and assisted with several of our programs and services including Feeding the Future, Holiday Help, First Stop drop-in center, community barbeques, and Shoe Away Hunger events. We’re thrilled to have Andy serve as a part-time member of our team while he continues his valuable work with our preferred partner, Side By Side Youth Ministries..

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LILLIE BRITTON
VOLUNTEER-SHOE AWAY HUNGER TEAM LEAD

Lillie Britton has volunteered with Good in the ‘Hood for more than four years. As a volunteer program support “Team Lead” she oversees and offers onsite training for groups serving as shoe sorting volunteers at our Shoe Away Hunger program. Lillie loves people and brings a wealth of experience to our team including having worked in the medical field for more than 15 years and with the Whitney Hotels where she was named “Employee of the year”. Lillie has 2 children and 1 grandson. She grew up in a home and church community where helping those in need and serving others was an everyday practice and is something she continues to do today.

KRISTEN HOCHMUTH
VOLUNTEER-ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Kristen Hochmuth has served on nonprofit boards and in the areas of development, fundraising, event planning, integrative therapy, and communications. Kristen is thrilled to help serve the Good in the ‘Hood community. She is married and the mother of two daughters. She retired from Physical Therapy to be a full-time mom and has been blessed to work and volunteer for several nonprofits for over two decades.

CHRIS MUNSON
VOLUNTEER-ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Chris Munson has been a valued member of the Good in the ‘Hood team since 2019 assisting with important administrative tasks. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Chris worked as a legal administrative assistant for 45 years including 37 years with one of the largest law firms in Minneapolis where she was named employee of the year. She is currently navigating the joys and free time that retirement has to offer and enjoys gardening, traveling, entertaining and lots of reading. Chris lives in Bloomington with her husband of 48 years, Kim. They have 2 grown children who live nearby. Chris is inspired by the generosity and goodness in others. She loves being part of all the rewarding opportunities offered by Good in the ‘Hood to spread intentional kindness to others.

DUANE KELLING
GOOD IN THE ‘HOOD IVC VOLUNTEER

Duane is a volunteer with Good in the ‘Hood through our partner, Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) assisting with numerous tasks. He was born and raised on a family farm in Northern Iowa. He has worked 48 years as a developer, IT director, and business owner specializing in warehousing and distribution productivity solutions. He is currently semi-retired enjoying traveling, sports and volunteering. He has volunteered for many years as a driver for Memorial Blood centers and with his church as part of the Finance Committee. Following his mother’s tradition and example, he says, “I’m inspired to give back for the many blessings I have received”.

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