Jeremiah Program, a national nonprofit organization that aids single mothers and their children, announced on last month’s one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder that it plans to serve 50 percent more families in the Twin Cities. In support of that effort, Patty Healy Janssen has been named executive director of the Minneapolis campus and Karla Benson Rutten as director of the Saint Paul campus. Healy Janssen has served at Jeremiah Program for seven years. Prior to that she worked at Visitation School for almost two decades in admissions and marketing. Benson Rutten joins Jeremiah Program after almost three years with Girl Scouts River Valleys. She also previously worked at Macalester College as its Title IX coordinator and director of its Lealtad-Suzuki Center.

Melissa Manderschied of Macalester-Groveland has been honored in the category of nonprofit or governmental organizations as part of the 2021 Minnesota Lawyer In-House Counsel Awards. Manderschied established a career in community outreach and land-use planning before deciding to become an attorney. She has led the Bloomington City Attorney’s office since 2016, where she oversees a staff of 14.

Jill Grover has been named the director of aging and disability services at Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul, 1633 W. Seventh St. Grover began her career with JFS in 2015 as manager of the UCare case management program. In 2018, she was promoted to the director of contracted case management.

District 65A Representative Rena Moran has received a Legislator of the Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Re-elected to her sixth term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the Summit-University resident was recognized for her advocacy for children and adults with mental illness and their families. When the state Legislature convened on January 5, Moran also became the first person of color to chair the House Ways and Means Committee.


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