Mission and Leadership

Community Support for hope harbor

Vision and Mission Statements

"This hope we have as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure..." Hebrews 6:19

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It is the vision of the ministry of Hope Harbor to renew minds, restore relationships, and further the kingdom of God 


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It is the mission of Hope Harbor to equip teens, empower parents, and serve those in need by anchoring them to the hope of God's promises 

Core Values

Core Values

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  • CHRIST CENTERED:  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
  • BIBLICALLY BASED:  "For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
  • HOLY SPIRIT LED:  "Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:5-6
  • PRAYER FOCUSED:  "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
  • GOD GLORIFYING:  "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17
  • CHILD PROTECTING:  "If anyone causes one of these little ones-those who believe in me-to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." Matthew 18:6
  • HOPE GIVING:  "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you a hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11
  • RELATIONSHIP ENHANCING:  "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up others according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29

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Governing and Advisory Board Members

March 2018-2019

Governing Board                                          Marshall Advisory Board                 

Claudia Stenson Chair                                 Jeremiah Jans Chair

Benjamin Wiener Vice Chair                    Joe Larson Vice Chair

Jeff Rodman Treasurer                               Heather Rickgarn Secretary

Allan Ward Spiritual Director                     Rob Heinz Treasurer

Jeannette Karjala                                        Allan Ward Spiritual Director

Bruce Lamprecht                                         Maxx Raths  

Tammy Lozenski                                          Kevin Mahoney

Pat Lutterman                                               Kristi Matzner

Jeremiah Jans                                               Ashley Potter

Maxx Raths                                                      Cindy McKittrick Exec Director

Cindy McKittrick Exec Director                        



Winona Advisory Board                            Parker  Advisory Board

Jan Karjala Chair                                           Terry Christensen Chair

Steve Baumgart Vice Chair                        Taylor Berg Vice Chair

Joyce Rocco Secretary                                 Cheryl Moe Secretary

Steve Nett Treasurer                                     Don Nolan Treasurer

Lynae Hahn                                                       Heather McCaulley

Tammy Lozenski                                           Jeff Hind

Tory-Kale Schulz                                           Donavan DeBoer

Sondra Sobotta                                              Matt Stange

Lori Charron                                                     Brita Stange

Janet Macon                                                     Breanna Berg

Mary Meyer Site Director                              Nash Eickholt

Cindy McKittrick Exec Director                 Angela Clark

                                                                                Jon Setzer Site Director

                                                                                    Cindy McKittrick Exec Director 

About Our Board

The Governing Board serves as the guardian of the vision, mission, core values and operations of Hope Harbor. This board represents the interests, concerns and needs of the those served by the organization. 

Each location has a local Advisory Board, the guardians of the vision, mission, core values and local operations of that site and the community it serves.

Board Members serve in a voluntary capacity to bring their personal gifts and talents from their backgrounds and professions to maximize the impact of Hope Harbor.

Marshall Home Leadership

Miss Cindy, Executive Director

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I have been involved with Hope Harbor since 2009—3 years as the teacher and financial secretary, 3 years as a board member, and now as Executive Director since January 2016.  I have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on accounting and management and a bachelor's degree in Business Education.  My primary responsibility is to provide leadership for the ministry as well as ensure fiscal responsibility by being good stewards of resources, being donor-centered, and continually striving to be a ministry of excellence. I have been married to Wade since 1990 and we have 3 adult children who are all married and one granddaughter.  I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, reading, going for walks, beating Wade at backgammon, and spending time at our cabin in Alexandria MN.  I love sharing the Hope Harbor story with anyone who will listen.  I also enjoy speaking to groups about how God has worked in my own life and how He has always been faithful to provide for every need. 

Miss Melissa, Director of Operations


I was born and raised in small town MN, where my grandmother taught me a love for Jesus that I didn't fully understand but that I held onto dearly.  After college, I had the education to do what I thought I should, the experience to show me I didn’t know what I wanted, and plenty of baggage that needed checking. Wise counsel recommended that I pray Proverbs 3:5-6 over my life - and direct my paths He did!  I found healing I didn’t know I needed in a place I never expected to find it: my job at Hope Harbor.  My husband and I married in 2011 and welcomed our daughter in 2016.  She definitely gives me a whole new perspective on life and faith!  God is so good to me all the time.  I have been with Hope Harbor since 2007, and my job as Director of Operations is essentially to put out little fires and occasionally start some of my own. I get to laugh a lot, pray a lot, be creative and also I answer the phone.  My Favorite Scripture: Revelation 12:11 

Miss Laura, Teacher

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I was born and raised in Green Bay and am thereby required to be a Packers fan, but I don't actually watch football. My brother is one of my best friends. I love writing letters by hand. I am a former junior high/high school Language Arts teacher, and I still get asked frequently to edit writing or correctly spell a word. I love road trips.  I have been with Hope Harbor since 2013.  I served as House Staff before the Teacher role. I manage the girls' education to ensure that they get the credits they need and assist them with their daily work. As a public school teacher, I always wished I could get to know my students better, so it is a joy for me to connect with the girls here on a deeper level and show them that I care about them and their progress, both in and out of the classroom. My Favorite Scripture: Psalm 18:28 

Miss Meagan, Counselor

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Hi!! I am originally from Worthington, Minnesota. I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. After college, I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life and to use me for His good works all for the glory of God. Hope Harbor was the answer to my every prayer. I love working in this amazing ministry and helping these beautiful teen girls and their families. I embrace celebrating the process of each individual because God is so good and His provision is amazing. I have worked at Hope Harbor since October 2017. My job is to provide biblical counsel and equip teens, empower parents, and be a part of a total family restoration all through the promises of God's word and discovering who they are in Christ.  ​My Favorite Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2 

Winona Home Leadership

Miss Mary, Site Director

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I've lived in Winona since 1967 and love the nurturing, 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 important to me!  My growing up years were tumultuous and I made some unwise decisions as a teenager.  Looking back, I know the hand of God was upon me to save me and save me he did!  The work of the Holy Spirit and the prayers of my mother shaped who I am today.  I taught in public schools for 10 years, 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 Hope Harbor in our community!  I have been with Hope Harbor since 2017 and my job is to direct Hope Harbor in Winona as a collaboration with Marshall's home.  

My Favorite Scripture: Galatians 6:9 

Miss Lael, Program Coordinator

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I was born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and raised just outside of Winona, with a few years in New Jersey.  The eldest of seven daughters, I was homeschooled until I left home for college. I attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, worked as a nanny, and graduated with a degree in Ministry to Victims of Sexual Exploitation in spring of 2016.  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. I have been with Hope Harbor since 2016, serving in various ways and all shifts.  As Program Coordinator for the Winona home, I get to see and experience many different sides of both the girls here and the ministry as a whole! 

My Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:37-39

Miss Sarah, Counselor

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In college I found the acceptance and significance I was searching for when Christ drew me to Himself. God filled me with His joy as He healed me from looking for acceptance in the wrong places. I've always had a passion for people of different cultures and was ready to tell the world about Him! As God has a sense of humor, He called me right back to my college town of Marshall, where I hesitantly began as House Staff at Hope Harbor. Five years later I followed Him to Winona to serve with this amazing ministry's new house. I stepped into the role of counselor this year knowing God had been preparing me for this. I love to see Him work in these precious girls and their families, as I get to challenge them, pray with them, and disciple them. He brings healing to the deepest places, gives them a sense of significance, and guides them to live in a way that honors Him and blesses them. This job is the best! 

My Favorite Scripture:  Psalm 40:1-10 

Miss Sarah, Teacher

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I grew up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota before moving down to Winona, Minnesota.  I attended Saint Mary's University in Winona where I received a Bachelor's degree in Math and minored in Psychology.  I enjoy playing soccer, baking, biking, and doing puzzles. I am very involved in my church.  I serve on a fellowship team, I co-lead youth group, and I attend bible studies.  I have three siblings.  I have been tutoring students since I was in college and I enjoy helping people on a one to one basis.  I have worked with youth in many capacities, including as a camp counselor, in my church's youth group, and previously as a paraprofessional in public school.  I am very excited to bring my love for Christ, for tutoring, and for youth all together in my new position as teacher in the Anchor Academy classroom at Hope Harbor in Winona.  I joined the team at Hope Harbor in June of 2018.   

My Favorite Scripture: John 15:16.  

Parker Home Leadership

Mr jon, Site Director


Jon grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lenoir, North Carolina. While he had a long line of pastors in his extended family, Jon never really quite understood who Jesus was. Like many young people today, he suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts. At age 12, he found himself in his bedroom, looking to end it all. That’s where he personally met Jesus. However, it wouldn’t be until his sophomore year of college that he “got real” with his faith.

Jon attended and played football for the Winston-Salem State University Rams. He never played a snap until his sophomore year, when he noticed during a game there were only 10 guys on the field. He heard a voice in his head say go. So, he went. (That’s right, he put himself into the game). The Rams were punting (and as Jon states, “the Red Sea parted”) and he delivered a crushing tackle. Thinking he would be kicked off the team, the coaches instead congratulated him for being ready when his number was called. (Kids, don’t try this at home). He later became #1 on the depth chart for cornerbacks throughout his junior and senior years he won conference championships and finished his senior year as a Division II finalist. 

He graduated with a degree in Business Management, and after hoping to make a pro team, laid that dream down and began teaching at Hickory High School in North Carolina. He received an invitation to try out for the Sioux Falls Storm arena football team. He made the cut and Sioux Falls became his new home. He also taught and coached football and basketball at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls. He met John Glasser from Collision, through a mutual friend Charlie Sanders and would go on the spend the next 2 1/2 years at Collision. Jon has been serving the community of Sioux Falls Since he arrived with the storm in 2013 and hasn’t stopped yet.

Jon is married to his childhood love, Marcy, and has a growing family of two boys, two girls and one on the way. He enjoys family time, coaching his son’s flag football team, training his daughter lezlei in basketball, writing free verse poetry and public speaking. On Sundays, you will often find him speaking at various churches or singing on stage. Jon is excited and eager to respond to the call from God to join the Hope Harbor Team! 

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