Cameron Bliss

VISTA Leader

Cameron is serving as the VISTA Leader with the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation’s Americorps VISTA cohort. A graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Cameron received his B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Service. While he was attending college at Hamline, Cameron interned at Oasis for Youth, a resource center for homeless youth in Bloomington, Richfield, and Edina. Last year Cameron served as the Communication Specialist for Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas. He is thrilled to be returning home to St. Paul this year to work for a cause and an organization that he is so passionate about.

Cecilia Clements

Director of Accounting and Finance

Cecilia Clements serves as the Foundation’s Director of Accounting and Finance.  She has over 20 years experience in accounting and finance as an internal auditor, accounting manager, financial advisor, and tax preparer / instructor for several Fortune 100 and non-profit companies.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she ran her own accounting and tax consulting business.  She is originally from Middletown, OH and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wright State University with a double major in Accounting and Finance.  An avid volunteer, she devotes countless hours toward youth and improving the north Minneapolis neighborhood where she lives by serving on the Board of 2 non-profit organizations and coaching high school track.

Ellen Nikodym

Tutoring Partnership Services Specialist

Ellen coordinates the services of the Tutoring Partnership, including tutor trainings, professional development, technical assistance, and tutor recruitment. Ellen has been with the Foundation since 2013, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Tutoring Partnership and the VISTA Leader. She is originally from St. Louis, MO and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in Educational Studies and Psychology. 

Emily Lamberty

Communications and Development Associate

Emily coordinate's the Foundation's external communication and fundraising efforts, including social media, newsletters, Give to the Max Day, and work place giving. Additionally, she organizes the annual Toast to Students Success Fundraising event in April and coordinates the Foundation's See Saint Paul campaign to bring eye screenings and follow-up care to every student in Saint Paul.  Emily is originally from Nebraska, but moved to Minnesota to attend Carleton College. After graduating from Carleton with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, Emily served with the Foundation as an Americorps VISTA.  

John Stelter

Grant Systems Coordinator

John is currently serving with the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation as the Grant Systems Coordinator. John is a recent graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and received his BA in both sociology and political science. John is passionate about finding solutions to the issues of social inequity and wealth inequality. This year he looks forward to working with the SPPSF team and developing professionally in a philanthropic setting. 

Judy Hawkinson

Development Director

Judy is a long-time Saint Paul resident and her children have attended Saint Paul Public Schools. She has entensive experience in fundraising, with a focus on individual donors. Judy is passionate about Saint Paul and rallying investments to support education in our city.

Julia Davis

Evaluation Specialist

Julia coordinates the evaluation activities for the Foundation’s Tutoring Partnership program, with a focus on continuous quality improvement. Her industry and academic background in research and quality improvement is  a great asset to the Foundation team. She considers Saint Paul her second home and enjoys spending her free time practicing and teaching yoga in the Twin Cities. She is originally from Chicago, IL and has a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University and a Master of Science in Biotechnology/ Chemical Science from Roosevelt University. She is thrilled to support an emerging field of evaluation and program improvement for youth services.  

Kara Bixby

Research & Evaluation Director

Kara oversees the Foundation’s evaluation efforts with the goal of improving and aligning the quality of community supports for students across the Twin Cities. She leads data-driven decision making in the Tutoring Partnership, a collective impact network of youth programs that provide academic skill-building to students. In addition, she provides community organizations with systemic training and coaching to utilize evaluation results for continuous improvement. Kara has a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has been at the Foundation since 2009.

Karen Woodward

Senior Program Director

Karen oversees all Foundation program areas and provides organization leadership in developing new partnerships.  She serves as the Foundation liaison to major partners including Saint Paul Public Schools, United Way, Sprockets, Youthprise and Generation Next.  She serves as the Foundation representative on the board of Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP). Prior to joining the Foundation, she ran her own education consulting business. Karen holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the College of St. Scholastica and a teaching license from Macalester College.

Maggie Kane

Project Coordinator

Maggie coordinates part of the Foundation’s work with Generation Next, specifically working with a group of organizations dedicated to helping all students achieve reading proficiency by 3rd grade. She also helps organizations evaluate program quality and work on improvements. Maggie is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has been working with the Foundation since 2014.

Mai Vang

Outreach Coordinator

Born and raised in Saint Paul, MN, Mai Vang is a first generation college graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Augsburg College. She has worked closely with organizations and non-profits that incorporate community involvement and inclusion, strengthening her skills in outreach and communication strategies. Mai also learned extensively about the systemic and institutional barriers to equality in America through a semester long program in the Twin Cities with the HECUA Inequality in America program. This learning experience made her realize that being an advocate for social change was her calling. Mai is excited to be working with the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation and their Tutoring Partnership.

Nora Robinson

Tutoring Partnership Director

  Nora directs the Foundation’s Tutoring Partnership with the goal of mobilizing high quality tutoring across Saint Paul. She oversees the professional development, tutor training and technical assistance provided to each Tutoring Partner. Nora has worked at the Foundation since 2008 in a variety of roles including management of grants and National Service. Nora has her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College. 

Paige Jaworski

Tutor and Training Coordinator

Paige graduated from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a B.A. in English. She has been living in Saint Paul her entire life and is dedicated to student success in her community. She discovered her passion for student outreach programming while serving with Minnesota Reading Corps in 2014-2015 as a Pre-K Literacy Tutor. 

Rebecca Becker

Development Assistant

Rebecca manages the donor database and assists the Development Director with fundraising activities. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of St. Thomas.

Roger Meyer

Interim Executive Director

Since 1993, Roger Meyer has worked with a variety of non-profits, partnerships, government entities and community groups as they go through transition. His work is infused with insights and knowledge gleaned from working with organizations as they grapple with internal and external change. Through a facilitative leadership style, he builds consensus and keeps organizations and partnerships moving through difficult issues – supporting them through transition and leaving them stronger and more focused on the other side. He brings optimism, energy and fresh ideas to his work – and brings out the same in others. Roger holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota, has received a fellowship to study community involvement across the United States, and has received recognition for his work to improve his St. Paul neighborhood. He has served on several non-profit and community boards. His three children remind him daily of his obligation to maintain and improve his community.

Taylor Clements

Project Coordinator

Taylor works on several projects with the Tutoring Partnership, including the development of the Foundation’s online tutor trainings. She is looking forward to expanding the Tutoring Partnership’s training capacity and helping more Twin Cities volunteers access trainings. Taylor is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Minnesota.  She has been working with the Foundation since 2014.

Victoria Perkins

Research Associate

Victoria coordinates key evaluation projects including our grant making evaluation and national Afterschool Matters Literacy research study. She is excited to help build the capacity of the Foundation and its partners to use data for continuous quality improvement. Victoria currently attends the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy with a minor in Program Evaluation. She has been working with the Foundation since 2013.