About Us

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live a purposeful life and follow their dreams. UpWorks is a Christian non-profit committed to partnering with our local community to serve those in need. Through our two programs our focus is to walk alongside individuals to achieve their God-given potential to contribute to the world.

Our Values

Collaboration, Community Listening, Empowerment, Leadership Development, Reconciliation, Spirit-Led, Prayerful, Generosity

Mission

Celebrating and developing each person’s God-given potential to contribute to our world.

Vision

We envision communities where relationships are forming and where people are connecting with resources to gain hope and to improve their lives.

The Team

Susan Hewitt

Susan Hewitt

Executive Director

Doctor of Organizational Leadership | Grand Canyon University (In Progress)
Email: sue@upworksmn.org

Coreen Thomason

Coreen Thomason

Associate Executive Director

Master of Business Administration | Bethel University
Email: coreen@upworksmn.org

Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders

Director of Empowering Adults

Master of Strategic Leadership | Bethel University
Email: kevin@upworksmn.org

Ken Norman

Ken Norman

Director of Engaging Schools

Master of Education | Texas Tech University
Email: ken@upworksmn.org

Nina Coleman

Nina Coleman

Program & Volunteer Administrator

Master of Arts, Community Development | Eastern University
Email: nina@upworksmn.org

Jasmine Asplund

Jasmine Asplund

Project Manager

Bachelor’s in Business Marketing (in process) | North Central University
Email: upworksmn@upworksmn.org

Stacey Jones

Stacey Jones

Empowering Adults Community Relations Director

Master of Arts in Theology and Arts (in progress)
Email: stacey@upworksmn.org

The Board

Jared Kemper

Jared Kemper

Chair

Sr. Director Managing Counsel at Schwan’s Company

Charles Squires

Charles Squires

Vice-Chair

VP/Business Development at Robert Half International

Lynn Henry

Lynn Henry

Secretary

Technical Support Training at Apple, Inc.

Phillip Wolf

Phillip Wolf

Treasurer

CFO at Real Resources, Inc.

Kurt Fuhr

Kurt Fuhr

Member

Vice President of Lutheran Church Ext. Fund

Bruce Manzey

Bruce Manzey

Member

Retired, Former President Vision Ministry Partners

Sean O'Neil

Sean O'Neil

Member

Business Development Coordinator, MN Chamber of Commerce

Debbie Ackerman

Debbie Ackerman

Member

Program Manager, Hennepin County HSPHD

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