Mission and Leadership

Vision and Mission Statements

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


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


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

  • 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 doubled 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

board of directors

Governing and Advisory Board Members

March 2018-2019

Governing Board

Claudia Stenson Chair              

Jeannette Karjala

Bruce Lamprecht

Tammy Lozenski

Pat Lutterman

Jeff Rodman  

Benjamin Wiener                                               

Cindy McKittrick Executive Director

Marshall Advisory Board

Benjamin Wiener Chair               

Jeremiah Jans Vice Chair

Heather Rickgarn Secretary        

Kari Metheny Treasurer   

Allan Ward Spiritual Director

Joe Larson

Kevin Mahoney

Kristi Matzner

Ashley Potter                              

Maxx Raths                              

Cindy McKittrick Executive Director

Winona Advisory Board

Jan Karjala Chair                     

Steve Baumgart Vice Chair

Joyce Rocco Secretary               

Steve Nett Treasurer

Nancy Denzer                         

Lynae Hahn 

Tammy Lozenski                      

Dorothy Ruppert                     

Claudia Stenson                     

Mary Meyer Site Director

Cindy McKittrick Exeuctive Director               

About Our Board

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

Each location has an Advisory Board with a primary role as guardians of the vision, mission, core values and local operations of that site and community served.

Board Members serve in a voluntary capacity, bringing personal gifts and talents from their backgrounds and professions to maximize the impact of Hope Harbor for God's Kingdom.

Marshall Home Leadership

Miss Cindy, Executive Director

I have a bachelor's of science in Business Administration with an emphasis on accounting and management.  After college and working a few years, I returned to school and completed a degree in Business Education.  I have been with Hope Harbor since 2009--starting out as teacher and financial secretary, then transitioning to a member of the board, and then moved to my current position of Executive Director in January of 2016.  My primary responsibility is to ensure the ministry is being fiscally responsible, we are good stewards of our resources, and that we always strive to be a ministry of excellence.  As Executive Director, I oversee the entire ministry including our home in Marshall, our home in Winona, and future expansion sites.  Currently we are working toward opening a home for boys in the Sioux Falls SD area.  As Site Director in Marshall, I oversee the day to day operations and provide donor management and care.  I have been married to my husband, Wade, since 1990 and he is the superintendent at Wabasso Public Schools  We have 3 adult children who are all teachers--high school math, 4th grade, and 1st grade so the teaching/education bug definitely runs very deep in our family.  All of our children are married and we have one granddaughter.  My Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7

Miss Melissa, Program Director

I was born and raised in small town MN, where my grandmother taught me a love for Jesus that I didn't understand but 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 baggage that needed checking. Wise counsel recommended I pray Proverbs 3:5-6 - and direct He did. I found healing I didn’t know I needed in a place I never expected: my job. My husband and I married in 2011 and welcomed our daughter in 2016. God is so good.  I have been with Hope Harbor since 2007, and my job is to put out little fires and occasionally start some of my own. I get to laugh a lot, pray a lot, and also I answer the phone.  My Favorite Scripture: Revelation 12:11 

Miss Laura, Teacher

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

Hi!! My name is Meagan Meier. 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

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, Lead Staff

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 Lead Staff 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

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

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.