Staff

Rhonda Otteson


Executive Director

Rhonda Otteson
Executive Director

rhonda@mnhomelesscoalition.org
320-220-2816

Rhonda Otteson joins the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless with the belief that housing is the foundation for success for everyone. Previously, Rhonda was the Executive Director of The Link of Northern Kandiyohi County and spent almost ten years working at Heartland Community Action Agency where she oversaw state and federal housing programs that served people experiencing homelessness. Rhonda has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Cloud State University and a Master of Advocacy & Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Rhonda lives in Willmar and recently sent both of her daughters to college: one is a Piper and one is a Gopher.

 

Noa Shavit-Lonstein


Operations Manager

Noa Shavit-Lonstein
Operations Manager

noa@mnhomelesscoalition.org
Noa Shavit-Lonstein serves as Operations Manager for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. A lifelong advocate for systems change and equality, Noa came into the nonprofit world through her work on the climate crisis. She has also been active in electoral politics and community aid.
Noa earned a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. She’s passionate about data and robust analysis as a tool for good policy and strong organizational leadership.
A resident of South Minneapolis, Noa can often be seen cooking, cycling, or playing music in and around the neighborhood.

Matt Traynor


Director of Organizing

Matt Traynor
Director of Organizing

matt@mnhomelesscoalition.org
218-213-2054

Before joining the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as our full-time director of organizing, Matt completed his degree in Youth and Family Ministry where he took a position as a Youth Director at a church in Red Wing. During his spare time, he was able to do some organizing around equity issues within the community and fell in love with organizing. From 2012 – 2017, Matt worked as the Community Organizer at CHUM in Duluth. After moving to Duluth Matt connected with others working to end homelessness and has been part of multiple successful organizing campaigns. In 2014 he received the Steve O’Neil Outstanding Organizer Award. Outside of organizing, Matt loves hanging with his family (especially his nephew), friends and spending time doing introverted things like reading, watching movies and going outside during the non-winter months.

 

Zack Eichten


Director of Public Policy

Zack Eichten
Director of Public Policy

zack@mnhomelesscoalition.org

Zack Eichten joins the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless after several legislative sessions lobbying in the disability community and the housing community at the Minnesota State Capitol.  Zack is a 2018 graduate from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University with a dual degree in Political Science and Economics. When not advocating at the State Capitol, Zack likes to take long walks with his dog, Fitz, while listening to audiobooks and podcasts.  He also enjoys hanging out with friends and playing fun board games!

Board of Directors

  • MCH Board Leadership

    Board Chair – Andy Pomroy, Fredrikson & Byron

    Vice Chair – Robert DeChellis, Bonsai LLC

    Treasurer – Lucy Zanders, Executive Director, Theresa Living Center

    Secretary – Pam Johnson, Age Well At Home Program, Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities

  • Other MCH Board Members

    Gordon Collins, Senior Director Distribution Sales Enablement, Allianz

    Naima Farah, Program Manager at Propel Nonprofits

    Nicole Faulkner, Associate Attorney, Stinson LLP

    Jessie Hendel, Chief Program Officer, YWCA Minneapolis

    Cliff Morse, Mortgage Benefits Program Director, US Bank & previous Board Chair

    Jennifer Schuller Prins, Continuum of Care Coordinator, Three Rivers Community Action

    Scott Redd, Senior Director of Program & Services, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center

    Erica Valliant, Whole Family Systems Manager at People Serving People, Inc

    Ryan Vernosh, Principal-Maxfield Elementary, St. Paul Public Schools