Hope Street Staff

Casey Schleisman

Senior Program Manager

After many years of working with youth, Casey believes youth have an enormous amount of potential to change our future through the positive relationships and high quality programming they are provided.

Alissa Elles

School Outreach Program Supervisor

Alissa Elles is a realist who believes youth thrive with structure and guidance and offers those with a nurturing approach. Alissa has been providing services for more than 10 years in a variety of settings.

James Williams, Jr

School Outreach Case Manager

James has been a case manager with Hope Street for more than seven years. He has worked within the School Outreach Program for more than five years connecting with schools and youth in them.

Anthony Boddie

School Outreach Case Manager

Tone is a veteran of the Armed Forces currently serving under the Minnesota National Guard. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball and loves anything involving Alabama football (ROLL TIDE!)

Eric Richert

Shelter Program Manager

Paul Wellstone said: “We all do better, when we all do better.” When a community commits to the idea everyone has value and supports the individual’s capacity to grow, then we will all succeed together.

Tnanita Woodall

Shelter Unit Manager

Tnanita has more than 10 years experience working with youth and enjoys the culture each youth brings to Hope Street. Her celebrity choice would be Beyoncé minus Jay Z, independent with a great voice.

Christi Neaton

Shelter Case Manager

Youth are our past, present and future. Christi is grateful to be a part of their journey.

Jess Pierce

Shelter Case Manager

Jess has dedicated her career to being an advocate for youth. When she is not on the frontline, she is drumming in a band. Jess believes it is important for young people to feel heard and empowered.

Franz D

Shelter ILS Case Manager

Franz has more than 13 years of experience working with a diverse array of youth and communities. He enjoys meeting youth where they are at and helping them meet their goals.

Joelle Bellows

Shelter Case Manager

Joelle’s favorite part of working at Hope Street is that she gets to meet so many talented and courageous individuals. She is honored to be provided with the opportunity to be part of their journey

Paul Carlson

Shelter Youth Counselor

Paul has worked with youth for more than nine years. The most rewarding part of his job is seeing youth develop the skills and confidence to be successful once they leave Hope Street.

Novolia Tindall

Shelter Youth Counselor

Novolia has been working with youth for years. As she continues to work in this field she would like youth to be proud of who they are and never give up.

Michael Thomas

Shelter Overnight Youth Counselor

Thomas works with youth to rekindle hope in them, so they might have a successful future. His vision to end youth homelessness is to see more options to reunite youth with families, when it is safe.

Matt Sexton

Shelter Overnight Youth Counselor

Matt has worked with youth for 15 years and has been at Hope Street for 6 years. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his two daughters. He can also be found fishing and golfing when his kids let him!

Laura Erickson

Housing Program Manager

Laura has worked with homeless youth for 12 years. Getting to be part of the joy in moving a youth into their first place is her favorite thing. She will be happy to find a new job if this happens enough times!

Mo O’Keefe

TLP Case Manager

Mo has worked with homeless youth and families for the past 15 years. She is energetic, laughs a lot and keeps it real with the youth while addressing life situations. Mo’s mentor – her Dad. Life is good!

Shirley Benson – Rogers

TLP Case Manager

Shirley enjoys engaging with youth of all ages because often they like to laugh and have fun. In her spare time, Shirley enjoys gardening and listening to R&B music.

Daryl R

TLP Overnight Youth Counselor

Daryl is thankful to be part of Hope Street, a compassionate energizing place. He has been working with youth at Catholic Charities for 18 years, and the resiliency of those we serve never ceases to amaze him.

Chaz A

TLP and Shelter Overnight Counselor

Chaz has been working with youth for 15 years overseas, in group homes and residential settings. He is currently working on a degree in psychology to aid in his youth work.

Audrey Woods

PSH and School Outreach Case Manager

Audrey assists youth at Hope Street in securing stable housing. She enjoys theater, music, and most things associated with the arts.