Merrick, Inc., will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, in recognition of Thanksgiving. Normal hours will resume on Monday, November 28.

Leadership

Board of Trustees

Something we believe makes our organization unique is the intentional constituencies represented on the Board. According to Merrick’s bylaws, there shall be at least twelve (12) Trustees on the Board representing the following constituencies:

  • Approximately one-third (1/3) will be advocates of clients receiving day services;
  • Approximately one-third (1/3) will be professionals that provide services to humans; and
  • Approximately one-third (1/3) will be from the “community-at-large.”

All Trustees are entitled to vote and have equal rights and preferences. Each Trustee is elected to a three (3) year term and may serve a maximum of four consecutive terms. Terms are staggered so that approximately one-third (1/3) of the Trustee positions are open for election at each annual meeting. Trustees and Officers of the Board are not compensated in any manner.

Jamey Austad


Jamey Austad
Vice President

Deb DeGreeff


Deb DeGreeff

Karen DeYoung


Karen DeYoung

Erik Levy


Erik Levy
Past President

Kristin Mahre


Kristin Mahre

John Marzitelli


John Marzitelli

Maureen McGarry


Maureen McGarry

Paul McHale


Paul McHale

Heather Monnens


Heather Monnens
Secretary

Joseph Murphy


Joseph Murphy

Diogo Reis


Diogo Reis

Philip Sanfilippo


Philip Sanfilippo
Treasurer

Crystal Saric-Fashant


Crystal Saric-Fashant
President

Dan Schneeman


Dan Schneeman

  • Jamey Austad
  • Deb DeGreeff
  • Karen DeYoung
  • Erik Levy
  • Kristin Mahre
  • John Marzitelli
  • Maureen McGarry
  • Paul McHale
  • Heather Monnens
  • Joseph Murphy
  • Diogo Reis
  • Philip Sanfilippo
  • Crystal Saric-Fashant
  • Dan Schneeman
  • Jamey Austad

    For the past 16 years, I've had the pleasure of helping organizations of all kinds with their printing, promotional products and websites, through my business Dala Ad Agency.

    I started out as a graphic designer but haphazardly veered into the promotional products industry about 25 years ago and I've been in love with it ever since. I've done everything from cleaning silk screens and printing coffee cups to running a production art department.

    One of my last real jobs had me writing programs to automate the functions of that art department and that led me to learn how to build database driven websites in the early aughts.

    Shortly after starting my business I met someone in Work Procurement from Merrick at a networking meeting and she made sure I took a tour. That tour convinced me that I wanted to help this great organization succeed in any way that I could.

  • Deb DeGreeff

    Deb DeGreeff is currently serving her 2nd term on Merrick's Board of Trustees.
  • Karen DeYoung

    Karen DeYoung, M.Ed., is the President and CEO of DeYoung Consulting Services. Karen has worked as a training, organizational development and evaluation consultant since 1996. Her organizational development and evaluation experience, coupled with her skills and experience in community outreach and meeting facilitation, are used to help facilitate processes and sets of actions that enable groups to implement their plans. Karen has worked with many nonprofit and public sector organizations. Her niche is working with underserved communities.

    Karen adds organizational capacity building to every plan. She has extensive experience facilitating a process that identifies the lessons learned from the process findings and how to use them to improve programs through goal setting. Her facilitation helps decision-makers understand and internalize the findings and begin to plan options. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast communications from American University and a Master of Education in curriculum and instructional systems from the University of Minnesota.

  • Erik Levy

    I am the Chief Operating Officer of IP Corporation, a Vadnais Heights based manufacturer and distributor of resins, gel coats, sheet molding compound, and other materials for the composites industry. I am responsible for the strategic guidance of our family of 4 operating companies, and have direct oversight of all aspects of our daily operations. I am also a licensed attorney in the State of MInnesota. Merrick has wonderfully assisted my brother with his occupational development and placement for more than 10 years, and I am proud to have served as a Board Member since 2014.

    View Erik Levy's LinkedIn Profile.

  • Kristin Mahre

    Kristin Mahre is currently serving her 2nd term on Merrick's Board of Trustees.
  • John Marzitelli

    Hailing from Birchwood Village, John Marzitelli first served on Merrick's BOT between 2016-2018 during which time he held the position of Treasurer for two terms and President for one. Even before joining the BOT, Marzitelli had already been a regular attendee at Merrick's fundraising events for many years sparking an increased interest in our mission and a desire to become more involved in the organization. He currently works as the CFO of a manufacturing distributor based in Eagan.

  • Maureen McGarry

    Maureen McGarry has been a licensed Realtor since 1995 and a Broker since 2003. As managing Broker of the company she co-owns, Investors Realty MN, Maureen is responsible for the technical development of BlueStream Analytics – a proprietary software that pinpoints investments and delivers analytics at warp-speed. She also co-owns the property management company, Total Real Estate Success, and the general contracting company Investors Maintenance Group. With this tech and these companies in place, Maureen is able to offer her investor clients a true 1-stop-shop for buying/selling, rehab or repair, rent and management of investment property.

    Maureen is currently focused on taking her software to a national audience. As a market leader and expert in residential investment properties, Maureen is eager to help any investor succeed in reaching their investment goals!

    She lives in Vadnais Heights with her husband, Mark Swanson and their 3 kids - Nick, Andrew and Molly. In her free time, she enjoys spending time on her boat, hanging with her family and traveling. But most importantly, Maureen is the proud older sister of 21+ year Merrick client James McGarry!

    View Maureen McGarry's LinkedIn Profile

  • Paul McHale

    I graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a degree in Chemical Engineering. I’ve been working with H.B. Fuller Company for just over nine years now. I started as an Application Engineer and took on new roles of increasing responsibility supporting the Durable Assembly, Automotive, and Window and Door Industries. In 2017, I transitioned from technical into a Sales Manager position focused on profitably growing the Window and Door (Americas Glass) Business. Today, I’m currently the Director of our Americas Glass Business responsible for the US, Canada, and Mexico.

    After my visit to Merrick, I was thoroughly impressed with impactful work they were doing. I loved seeing all the people they employ doing meaningful work for pay. Even better was the work they were doing actually tied into H.B. Fuller’s Americas Glass business where they are folding boxes for our small pack products. It was great to see how closely we, H.B. Fuller, are aligned with Merrick, and I am excited to have an opportunity to strengthen our relationship and support Merrick’s Mission.

    I reside in White Bear Lake, MN where I live with my wife and three amazing, little boys. In my free time, albeit limited, I enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending time at the lake with my beautiful family.
  • Heather Monnens

    Heather is an attorney with GDO Law located in White Bear Lake. Her practice focuses primarily on family law. In addition, she works as an assistant city prosecutor for cities located in Ramsey, Anoka, Washington and Isanti counties.

  • Joseph Murphy

    Joe was asked to be on the Board of Trustees because of his deep connections to the community. He grew up in Shoreview and has lived in Vadnais Heights since 1999 with his wife Sarah. Joe has been an independent Financial Advisor since graduating from Bethel University in 1993 and has been active in his community in local politics serving as the Principle Assistant to Ramsey County Commission Tony Bennett for 16 years and serving on the Vadnais Heights City Council for 8 years. Joe has also been a longtime board member of Northeast Youth and Family Services, Pheasants Forever, and the Roseville Ducks Unlimited Chapter.

  • Diogo Reis

    Diogo Reis is currently serving his 4th term on Merrick's Board of Trustees.
  • Philip Sanfilippo

    Philip Sanfilippo is currently serving his 1st term on Merrick's Board of Trustees.
  • Crystal Saric-Fashant

    Crystal Saric-Fashant, MPNA, DBA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Metropolitan State University. Crystal's career in the nonprofit healthcare sector spans 20 years, including leadership of corporate-level strategies for environmental sustainability including recycling, reuse, and waste reduction; energy reduction; climate impact; sustainable supply chains, and responsible medical mission donations. Crystal has served on the Merrick Board of Trustees since 2015 and is currently serving as Board President. She has been a business advocate for Merrick since 2009, when she helped create the first hospital recycling crew in the Twin Cities.

    View Crystal Saric-Fashant's LinkedIn Profile

  • Dan Schneeman

    Dan Schneeman is a 3rd generation Trustee with Merrick, following his father Chris and grandfather Dan. Dan’s great-grandmother, Edith, volunteered for Merrick’s precursor organization, the Christ Child Society. He works as an Employee Benefits Consultant with SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners, based in Bloomington, MN. Dan is married to Kelly and together they have two high energy kids, Daniel III and Teddy.

  • Jamey Austad
  • Deb DeGreeff
  • Karen DeYoung
  • Erik Levy
  • Kristin Mahre
  • John Marzitelli
  • Maureen McGarry
  • Paul McHale
  • Heather Monnens
  • Joseph Murphy
  • Diogo Reis
  • Philip Sanfilippo
  • Crystal Saric-Fashant
  • Dan Schneeman

Leadership Team

John Wayne Barker, Executive Director
Pat Hanson, Operations Director
Dede Hauck, Quality Coordinator
Karen Herrera, Development and Communications Director
Tammy Miller, Facility and Transportation Manager
Kristine Orubo, Program Director
Donna Rapacz, Director of Administrative Operations