Meet The Board
Rachel is a survivor of domestic abuse. She started helping other women along their journeys in 2016, shortly after the end of her own marriage. She did unofficial advocacy work for 5 years before co-launching Gathering Hope MN in 2021.
In addition to her work with Gathering Hope MN, Rachel works in the social services field and is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services. She plans to be a therapist with a focus in domestic violence.
Rachel enjoys spending time with her children and her other family and friends. In her free time she enjoys active pursuits such as yoga, hiking, and kayaking, as well as creative pursuits like crocheting and knitting.
Maddie joined Gathering Hope MN in the role of secretary shortly after the merger. Her experience with other non-profit organizations, attention to detail, and communication skills made her an easy choice for the role.
In addition to her work with Gathering Hope MN, Maddie also serves on the Board of Directors at Babywearing Twin Cities and is a former Board member of Northside Mothers of Multiples. She is the owner and teacher for her piano and organ studio, Marshall Music.
Maddie homeschools her seven children and is a church organist. In her free time, she is a literacy advocate with Usborne Books & More, bringing engaging books to schools, libraries, and homes. Her whole family enjoys spending time outside, gardening, going for bike rides, reading books, and playing board games together.
Linda is the original founder of Hope for Children. Her passion for children surviving sexual abuse propelling her into creating a wonderful, Twin Cities based non-profit.
Linda let Rachel and Sara take the reigns with the merger into Gathering Hope MN in 2021. While she served in a more advisory capacity at first, she has graciously taken on the role of treasurer for our organization.
Linda also serves as a church organist. She served as music instructor at a local Twin Cities school for many years before retiring, just before the merger into Gathering Hope MN. She enjoys history and travel, as well as time with friends.
Board Member at Large
Dawn was a board member of Hope for Children before the merger. She now serves in an advisory capacity for Gathering Hope MN and shares great insight with the group.