MPM Program Services Council


What is the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) Program Services Council?
The MPM Program Services Council serves as an advisory group to MPM’s program services staff; the Council is primarily focused on support and resources MPM provides to Minnesota mentoring youth programs.

Why should I serve on the MPM Program Services Council?

By serving on the MPM Program Services Council you will assist MPM in building and sustaining quality mentoring for our state. You will be invited to share your perspective and provide strategic guidance for MPM’s quality initiative, training resources and other services for Minnesota mentoring programs. You will have the opportunity to network with, and learn from, other mentoring program staff. You will also serve as a voice for your region and for the type of mentoring services you offer.

Who serves on the MPM Program Services Council?

The MPM Program Services Council consists of 12-15 individuals that represent diverse mentoring programs, organizations, and collaborations from around the state. Members of the MPM Program Services Council must be part of a youth mentoring program registered with MPM. Uncertain about whether your program is registered with MPM? Email MPM at to verify registration status.

Current MPM Program Services Council Representatives:
  • David Downing, Kinship Partners
  • Ann Gaasch, FamilyWise
  • Sarah Gatlin, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
  • Jenny Johnston, Rochester Area Family YMCA
  • Charlotte Kinzley, Simpson Housing Services Mentoring Program
  • Ann Matvick, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota
  • Jennifer Nielsen, CommonBond Communities
  • Linda Oto, Northfield Connected Kids
  • Callie Ronstrom, Mentor Duluth
  • Jessica Schaffer, Elk River YMCA
  • Erin Walloch, DARTS
  • Tanya Zwald, CLUES/Youth in Action (YA!) Program 
How will the MPM Program Services Council members be selected? 
Applications are currently open to join the council for the 2016-17 term. For more information on applying to be on the council, please contact MPM Staff. Completed nomination forms may be faxed, mailed, or emailed. MPM staff select Program Services Council members who are representative of the state in terms of diversity of programs, expertise, and geographic area served. 

What is the time commitment for the MPM Program Services Council? 
MPM Program Services Council members are expected to commit to quarterly meetings for a minimum of two years. MPM Program Services Council meetings can be attended in-person or remotely, through a web-based meeting platform. Members may also be expected to participate in conference calls and complete committee-driven tasks between quarterly meetings as needed.

Who do I contact if I have questions?
If you have questions about the MPM Program Services Council, please contact Carolyn Scherer, Director of Program Services, at (612) 399-0229 or