Miss Mary Site Director

I've lived in Winona since 1967 and love the nurturing and wholesome community here.  I have been married for 31 wonderful years to my husband, Rich.  We have 5 boys and 3 lovely daughter-in-laws.  My family is very important to me! 

My growing up years were tumultuous and I made some very unwise decisions as a teenager.  Looking back, I know the hand of God was upon me to save me and save me he did!  I always say it is through the work of the Holy Spirit and the prayers of my mother and others that I am where I am today.  While I was in a treatment facility, my mom gave me a butterfly necklace as we graduated because they'd said it was like a chrysalis ceremony.  It has become my life theme.  Especially when my sister gave me a scripture that encapsulates the butterfly theme: 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away and now the new has come."   Along with raising our children I've served on many different organizations to pass that freedom found in Christ to others. I went back to school to earn my degree in education and have been teaching in the public school system for 10 years.  I've directed church groups of many types as well as been involved in community activities.  I'm so excited to be able to continue the work of God in me through Hope Harbor and our community!  

Here Since: 2017

Five Words that Describe How I Ended Up at HH: Surrender to God's powerful plan

My Job: I direct Hope Harbor here in Winona as well as collaborate with Marshall's Hope Harbor house staff.  

Why I Am A Believer, in Three Sentences: There is no other life that carries the promises of eternity better!  I've been to the other side and it is NOT worth the price.  The freedom & LOVE  that is found in Christ is absolutely out of this world amazing! 

My Favorite ScriptureIt is true that I have a TON but this one "crops" up a lot - Lol: Galatians 6:9  "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up." 

Miss Kate Teacher

I have a BS in Communication Arts and Literature Teaching from WSU and an MA in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from LU. I've taught grades 6th through college and cannot choose a favorite age. I've been married five years to the love of my life, Travis. And I cannot go a day without music and fresh air!

Here Since: July 2017

Five Words that Describe How I Ended Up at HH: Those forgiven much love much. 

My Job: Inspiring the girls into the love of learning for learning's sake. 

Why I Am A Believer, in Three Sentences: The things of this world have proven meaningless...a chasing after the wind, but God has put eternity into man's heart [Ecclesiastes 3:11]. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord made to the house of Israel failed [Joshua 21:45], and His kindness lead us to repentance [Romans 2:4]. The Lord loves justice and he will not forsake his saints [Psalm 37:28]; His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life...having escaped from the corruption that is in the world [2 Peter 1:3-4], and this hope brings us joy [Proverbs 10:28].

My Favorite Scripture: The promises of Romans 8

Miss Lael Lead House Staff

I was born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and raised for the majority of my childhood just outside of Winona, MN (with a few years living in northern New Jersey). Born the eldest of seven daughters, I was homeschooled from an early age until I left home for college. I attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, worked as a nanny for four years, and graduated with a degree in Ministry to Victims of Sexual Exploitation in spring of 2016. Just before I completed my college education I had the opportunity to live in the Philippines for six months working with an anti-sex trafficking organization in the slums of Metro Manila. This experience changed my life and really solidified my desire to serve young women and girls who are hurting.

Here Since: September 2016

Five Words that Describe How I Ended Up at HH: The Lord made it happen.

My Job: I’ve had the opportunity to serve at Hope Harbor in various ways, working overnight shifts, weekends, evenings and the occasional classroom shift. While training to transfer to Hope Harbor Winona as Lead Staff I’ve been able to see and experience many different sides of both the girls here and the ministry as a whole!

Why I Am A Believer, In Three Sentences: I’m a believer because I know that who I am without Christ is meaningless. Even if I achieved everything the world has to offer, apart from the saving grace of Jesus, I’d really have nothing. For me, I’m truly alive and truly free in Christ alone.

My Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:37-39  "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Winona Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board members serve in a voluntary capacity to support Hope Harbor through leadership, wise counsel, planning, fundraising and prayer; elements that are key to the smooth operations of the ministry. Each Advisory Board member brings personal gifts and talents from backgrounds and professions to maximize the impact of Hope Harbor on the families we serve, the community in which we operate, and further God's Kingdom as a whole.  

Board members also volunteer in a variety of ways within the ministry; tutoring, interceding, teaching, administrating, fundraising, and more. Our Board is a vital team that works together to keep us operating at our full potential. Contact us here if you are interested in finding out more about our board or are interested in serving a term!

Organizational Chart

Current Board of Directors

Jan Karjala, Chair   --   Steve Baumgart, Vice Chair

Cheri Looman, Secretary/Treasurer        

Maryann Dennis  -- Nancy Denzer

Pastor Ben Sadler  --  Sarah Huerta

Steve Nett  -- Tammy Lozenski

Victor Vieth  --  Dorothy Ruppert, Ex Officio  

Joyce Rocco, Ex Officio  --  Pastor Sammy Gondola, Ex Officio

Claudia Stenson, Founder, Ex Officio   --  Cindy McKittrick, Executive Director