Meet our team!
Dianne HaulcyPresident and CEO
Dianne Haulcy is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Family Partnership (TFP), a high-impact multicultural Minneapolis nonprofit focused on clearing the path to success for individuals and families impacted by low-income, systemic racism and adversity. She assumed the lead role in July 2022 and oversees a $10 million organization with 100 staff.
Haulcy is a well-known advocate and leader with 25 years of non-profit executive experience, most recently as Senior Vice President of Family Engagement at Think Small. In this role, Haulcy directed $44 million in early childhood learning scholarship dollars from the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County and the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) to low-income families to access high quality early learning. Over her career, she has led five early childhood programs all serving inner city, low-income diverse populations.
At TFP, Haulcy previously served as Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2014 to help lead a post-merger consolidation with Reuben Lindh Family Services where she served as Executive Director from 2006-2011. The merger expanded TFP’s programming reach to prenatal and preschool development, provided greater funding stability and opened the door to the holistic, 2Gen approach the organization uses today.
Haulcy has held many prominent volunteer leadership positions. As Chair of the Voices and Choices for Children Coalition, Haulcy was instrumental in passing a 2019 law that created the Community Solutions for Healthy Child Development grant program at the Minnesota Department of Health. These grants fund programs throughout Minnesota so communities of color can improve child development outcomes. The Voices and Choices for Children Coalition steering committee is comprised of professionals of color and American Indian’s advocating on behalf of children and families of color in Minnesota.
M.P.A. in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College. University.
Other current affiliations:
- Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) Podcast Host – Little Moments Count Early Risers podcast created and hosted by Haulcy discusses how to talk to young children about race and racism. In its third season, the 14 episode series attracted 40,000 downloads.
- Board Chair of NAZ
- Minnesota Governor’s Early Learning Council, member Parent Aware Advisory Committee.
Kit BriemVice President for Advancement
As Vice President of Advancement at The Family Partnership, Kit is responsible for cultivating resources to deepen the organization’s impact and increase The Family Partnership’s visibility. When Kit joined TFP in 2018, she breathed new life into the Building for Better Futures capital campaign, successfully completing the $23 million campaign while simultaneously growing annual fundraising.
Kit has more than 25 years’ experience fundraising for Twin Cities’ social service, art, and philanthropic organizations. Her resume includes serving as the business director of Theatre de la Jeune Lune; development director at Graywolf Press, Tubman, United Theological Seminary, and Cornerstone; and, as executive director of PFund – the community foundation serving the LGBTQ communities in the upper Midwest.
M.A. in Arts Administration and M.B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Board member of the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation.
Kit presents at industry conferences on Nonprofit and Philanthropy EDI, The Spiritual Practice of Asking, and Development & Program: Landing (and Managing) the Grant Without Drama.
“Philanthropy is a blend of science and art. Metrics and research are important, but the difference is made when you listen deeply to donors to match them with projects that truly excite them.”
Yassah CamaraDirector Parenting for the Future & Parenting Support Outreach Program
Juan CoderoSupport Services Supervisor
Cassaundra DavisDirector North Minneapolis Preschool
Emily GeffreSenior Director, Outpatient and Developmental Therapies
Anita HawkerSupport Services Manager
Shawn HaywardClinical Supervisor
Jennifer HeldtMultisystemic Therapy Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor
Ashley HemnarineDevelopment Manager
J.M. HusbyMultisystemic Therapy Clinical Supervisor
Mikki MariottiDirector, PRIDE Program
Sandy Klein-MirvissDirector of Developmental Therapy Services
Ying VuVice President of Finance and Administration
As Vice President of Finance and Administration, Ying is responsible for the financial operations, risk management, human resources, and facility management of the organization.
Ying joined TFP in October 2022, bringing a wealth of experience from 25 years in financial roles at corporate and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining TFP, Ying was a Financial Consultant for an international non-governmental organization in Washington DC. Ying has also served as Chief Financial Officer at Pillsbury United Communities and was the Founder and Director of Blossoms of the Orient Dance Theater in Brooklyn Center, MN.
Ying’s specific competencies include identifying and resolving financial/operational problems with cost effective solutions; completing and delivering multiple complex projects within strict time and budget constraints; and, for coaching and spearheading cross-functional teams in executing business critical tasks.
M.B.A. in Accounting; Mini-MBA Nonprofit Organizations from the University of St. Thomas.
B.A. in Business Management, Economics and East Asian Studies, from Augsburg College.
Member of the Capital Budgeting Task Force on the Hennepin County Citizens Advisory Board.
Valencia PerrymanDirector, Healthy Families America
Cindy RaineySupport Services Supervisor
Mary RaineyDirector Four Directions
Jasmine ShresthaDirector of Parenting Capacity Building Program
Karen SmithCommunications Manager
John Everett TillSenior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
As Senior VP of Strategy and Innovation at The Family Partnership, John leads our two-generation (2Gen) and brain science-informed program and policy strategies.
He spearheaded development of The Family Partnership’s Executive Functioning Across Generations© curriculum, a novel whole family approach to boost executive functioning in preschool children and their parents.
Harvard Center on the Developing Child – Frontiers of Innovation selected The Family Partnership’s curriculum for national replication and scaling. Now, national pilots are underway for the original curriculum and adaptations for family home visiting and parenting programs.
John participates in the leading national networks for brain science innovation, including Change in Mind, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ international brain science initiative; the Ascend Network of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the primary national resource for organizations implementing a two-generation (2Gen) or whole family approach; and Harvard’s Frontiers of Innovation, which seeks to accelerate innovation in the early childhood field.
For more than 22 years, John has led successive cycles of program innovation –including The Family Partnership’s use of EMPath’s Mobility Mentoring® economic empowerment coaching approach, and its 2Gen successor, Intergen.
Currently, John oversees The Family Partnership’s Early Education and Care programs, and serves as the affirmative action/EEO and COVID-19 officer. He lives in an LGBTQ Filipino-American immigrant household in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
M.S. Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Brockport. B.S. in Biology, St. John Fisher College. John holds an M.S. in biological sciences; his research was on the neuroscience of sensory and cognitive development in children. John is also an alumnus of the Executive Leadership Institute, a two-year executive leadership program of the national Alliance for Children and Families, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Social Work.
Founding member, Empire Reading Group, which at 20+ years in operation, is the Twin Cities’ longest running study group devoted to social theory and social change.
John is a frequent presenter on Brain Science, Executive Functioning and our 2Gen approach including at: Aspen Institute, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being.
“Every child who breathes the air in this country deserves the opportunity to develop their mind, body, and spirit in an environment free of toxic stress – and even in a pandemic, we can all do our part to make this happen.”
Maria ZavalaLEAD Program Manager
2022-2022 Board of Directors
Customer Engagement and Growth Leader,
Psychotherapist, Vanda Counseling
President & CEO, MIGIZI
Investment Analyst, Sawmill Private Management
President and CEO (non-voting)
President and CEO, The Family Partnership
Kate Bruce, JD
Head of Litigation, Chegg
Nima Desai, MD
VP of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
Founding Partner and Creative, Zeus Jones
CEO, Koru Consulting Group
Manager, Hennepin County Center of Innovation and Excellence
Bruce A. Lilly
President, River Road Foundation
Paul D. Melchert, MD
Pediatrician, Central + Priority Pediatrics
Senior Manager in Consulting, Ovative Group
Executive Director, Dream of Wild Health
Senior Project Management Associate, NTH, Inc.
Project Manager, Mortenson Construction
Thomas J. Woessner, JD, CPA, CMA, CGMA
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Directors Emeritus (Non-Voting)
David C. Brackett, Sr.
Retired Settlement Consultant
Julia Morrison Palmer