Mossier Social Action & Innovation Center
2733 Inglewood Avenue
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
(651) 341-0514
nick@mossier.org

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Meet the Team

Mitchell was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He's entering his senior year at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where he studies political science and leadership. During his time as a student, Mitchell has served for a number of organizations and non-profits in the Twin Cities area, all with the drive of creating a more equitable community for everyone. One key passion of Mitchell's is research. Whether it's LGBTQ rights, health care policy, or sustainable energy (or realistically pretty much anything), compiling data and presenting it in a meaningful is something Mitchell loves. Yes, he does understand exactly how dorky that sounds, and he happily embraces it. When he's not researching or working, you can find Mitchell hanging out in one of the 58 national parks in the US, or on one of Minnesota's amazing hiking trails.

Mitchell

Katie Ringhand grew up in Sartell, MN and is a junior at the University of Minnesota. She is double majoring in Marketing and International Business with a Spanish Studies minor. Katie has always had a passion for helping others, which has manifested while in college, where her eyes have opened to the great amounts of LGBTQ marginalization throughout the world. As a dedicated ally to her LGBTQ friends and communities, she believes it is important to utilize her skills to support and advocate for those who may not be able to. Katie is excited to join Mossier and have the opportunity to empower global LGBTQ communities. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in international marketing and use her business skills to work toward equitable business practices for all.

Katie Ringhand

Nick was born in St. Paul and grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota. While pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota, he co-founded The Carlson School’s first undergraduate LGBT student organization, Compass. It was with that group that he developed a deep passion for advancing conversations about the LGBT community in corporate America as well as the role of the university in advocating and supporting marginalized individuals on campus. This passion was developed in tandem with his three years serving in the Minnesota Student Association where he managed the organization's intern program before serving as Speaker of the Forum. Nick has served for local start-ups and nonprofits including the Minnesota Orchestra and Conlego, a Minnesota-based consulting firm focused on improving the corporate social responsibility functions of Fortune 500s.

Executive Director

Nick Alm

Arbresha Ibraimi was born to an Albanian family in Macedonia but moved to the United States when she was five, fleeing religious and ethnic persecution during the Balkan War. She spent most of her life split between Janesville, WI, and Kercove, Macedonia. While traveling back and forth between the two countries, she witnessed oppression of marginalized populations and was encouraged to speak out against such acts by her parents. This has led her to attend the University of Minnesota to pursue a degree in Global Studies, Public Health, and Management. While currently at the U of M, she’s a violence prevention educator for The Aurora Center, participates with Active Minds, the Model United Nation, and was part of the Mental Health Committee. She is also currently interning for NAMI-MN as a project management intern and Tcf Bank. Her version of fun is starting conversations with strangers and exploring new bookstores in any city she visits.

Bresha

Dannick grew up in Shakopee, Minnesota with her parents and siblings. After graduating from high school, she moved herself outside of Houston, Texas to pursue her degree in Marketing and International Business at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Down there, she is also in the Honors Program, a Texas A&M Regent’s Scholar, former student athlete on the Prairie View Women's Tennis Team, and Coaching Assistant to Division I athletes in the new Prairie View Panthers Athletic Complex. When she's not working or studying, Dannick is a freelance photographer and enjoys makeup, The Bold Type, and almost anything with a superhero in it.

Dannick

Gatnoor, born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, is a first-generation American and child to Southern Sudanese immigrants. Through the Academy of Finance program, he jump started his career in high school as an accounts receivable intern at Good Samaritan Society's national campus. He then continued his education at the University of Minnesota's School of Business with their high reputation and access to major public accounting firms in mind. Though accounting initially felt like his calling, he changed his major to marketing with a business data analytics minor to bridge his need for creativity with his quantitative skills. Through his adviser, who introduced him to the phenomenal Nick Alm, the Executive Director of Mossier, he learned to come to terms with both his racial and sexual identity and prosper as a result. He looks forward to the opportunity with Mossier to gain professional experience and do meaningful work for his community here and overseas. Lastly, his dream job growing up was to be a pop singer, and he writes R&B flavored songs in his spare time.

Gatnoor

Brooke was born and raised in Minnesota. She will graduate from the University of Minnesota in the fall with a degree in Finance and Journalism, and a Spanish minor. During her school career, she has worked with the Carlson School’s first undergraduate LGBT student organization, Compass. Here, she met inspiring people that made her want to make the world better for LGBT individuals. Along with becoming the president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Brooke developed a passion for outreach through her internship with the United States Senate. During the summers, she has spent her time traveling, taking a position in D.C. in 2017 and staying with a host family in Buenos Aires in 2016. She hopes to apply those relationships and perspectives in all she does. Now, she is an intern with UnitedHealthcare and wished to pursue a career in health advocacy. As you drive around, you will probably see Brooke getting lost on bike trails, otherwise she'll be finding time to squeeze in a movie.

Brooke

Starting in my junior year of high school a group of students started calling me “fag” and it was a visit to the University of Minnesota in 1971 that helped me know that If I could survive my last two years of school that I would be ok. During that visit, I was astounded to see re-election posters of U of M student body president, Jack Baker, in pearls and high heels. It showed me that in Minnesota I could not just survive as an openly gay man, but thrive. Kevin Mossier, an out gay business person, civic leader, and philanthropist proved this even further. Due to Kevin’s generosity, I could be involved in the national fight for national LGBT rights. Now we look forward to taking a model Kevin established to the global stage by continuously working with the University of Minnesota, Minnesota’s corporate community and Minnesota based global development and aid non-profits to improve the well-being of our community worldwide.

Program Director

Charlie Rounds

Brady grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and is currently pursuing a degree in Accounting with a concentration in Forensics from the Carlson School of Management. There, he serves as the Director of Technology for Compass, Carlson’s first and only LGBT student organization, as well as the VP of Technology for the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. Additionally, he also performs freelance web development through his company Lemonlight Studio. Being the civics chair for his fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, he works hard to advocate and educate others on LGBT rights and opposing antisemitism. Brady is excited to join Mossier, as it will allow him to grow and further his skills all whilst helping a cause he believes passionately about. When not working, Brady can be seen drinking coffee (gallons at a time albeit) or napping.

Digital Director

Brady Kafka

Kevin moved to the Twin Cities from South Carolina in August 2017 to pursue Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. Born and raised in Central Florida, Kevin graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 2014, and after working at Amazon and a small consulting firm in Charleston, SC, he turned to graduate studies as a way to transition to a life that centers service to the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities to which he belongs. In his spare time, Kevin loves to sing with the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, work out, and teach himself guitar.

Kevin

Schuyler was born in Jiangsu Province, China and grew up in Mundelein, IL. She is a rising junior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing a degree in Strategic Communications with a focus on public relations. With aspirations of working in the three main sectors of PR, agency, corporate, and nonprofit, she’s excited to join the Mossier team. Not only gaining experience within nonprofits, LGBTQ+ rights hit very close to home for her, so being able to advocate and expand awareness for them is an amazing opportunity. As a woman of color, she hopes she can use her privilege and skills to help other marginalized groups gain the representation and knowledge to succeed. When not working, you can find Schuyler discovering new music or exploring everything the Twin Cities have to offer.

Schuyler

I grew up in Chanhassen, Minnesota (home of Prince!). I graduated from the U in 2017 with a B.A. in Global Studies, a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East, and a minor in Arabic. I spent most of my undergraduate working at the Center for New Americans, an immigration clinic at the U of M Law School, and will spend the fall of 2017 working with refugee women and children in Lebanon. In the future, I hope to work on increasing access to healthcare for refugee and immigrant women and femmes. As a student of human rights, I'm committed to lifting the voices of underrepresented communities. Over the past few years, I've learned more and more about LGBT issues and have become passionate about facilitating better lives for individuals identifying as LGBT. Mossier's approach to economic empowerment and holistic well-being for LGBT people is uniquely situated to cover a gap left by other types of nonprofits. Working with Mossier combines my love for writing with my passion for human rights and LGBT issues, so I'm really excited to be part of the team!

Blog Author

Raisa Elhadi

grew up on a farm in northern MN. I felt I received a decent and rewarding education in a rural school district and have many fond memories of growing up. As a young gay kid, the thought of moving to "the big city" was attractive to me and I did just that, but now recognize what a good experience growing up in rural America was for me. I love going back and visiting friends and relatives. I felt I was always curious about the world so my passion for travel became reality when I worked in the travel industry for most of my adult life. That career provided many rewarding experiences. Now, as a retired person, I travel with my husband as often as time and money will allow and love it. I grew up in a Progressive household and that atmosphere taught me that everyone should be respected. My parents were good examples. Thus, my upbringing made it easy and logical to be passionate about LGBT issues. I knew Kevin Mossier for many years, so I am excited about "Mossier" because I know Kevin would have been proud that his legacy has been turned into action. He would have been right with us, trying to help LGBT people around the world improve their economic standing. Just as the LGBT community in the United States has seen many positive changes, I would hope that some of those benefits we enjoy will be experienced by our friends in other countries. The Mossier work will be instrumental in making that happen.

Program Director

Don Ofstedal