Our Team - Youthlink

Our Team YouthLink's caring team of staff is here to help. Whether you're looking for someone to tell you more about how to get involved, or want to talk to someone about how to receive services at YouthLink, you can use the list below to find the person you need.

Dr. Heather Huseby

Executive Director / 612-252-1207 / huseby@youthlinkmn.org

I get daily inspiration from the youth we work with. Seeing their drive to connect to new opportunities and continue on their journeys out of homelessness is a privilege.

Katoria Kennedy

Director of Housing / 612-388-5256 / kennedy@youthlinkmn.org

I enjoy working at YouthLink because of the wrap-around services offered to youth. The programming offered at YouthLink is intended to be an invaluable experience for every youth that walks through our doors, which we hope to be life-changing for all!

Shannon Acuña, MSW, LICSW

Supervisor of Integrated Services / 612-252-1242 / sacuna@youthlinkmn.org

I work at YL to help ensure youth are able to access trauma informed and holistic services. I feel honored to be a part of their journey and to have the opportunity to work with some of the most caring, courageous and resilient people I know.

Jose Acuña

Outreach Supervisor / 612-252-1238 / acuna@youthlinkmn.org

Most people refer to youth as our future, but I see it differently. They are our present, and whatever we can do to help them accomplish their full potential is very important.

Pam Howard

Archdale and St. Barnabas Program Supervisor / 612-253-1466 / howardp@youthlinkmn.org

I enjoy working for YouthLink because it's a program that meet youth where they are in their lives and helps them learn the skills they need to keep moving toward their goals.

Lorraine Love

Senior On-Site Administrator / 612-252-1225 / love@youthlinkmn.org

I feel the work I do every day makes a difference to the people in our community. I know when I go home that I truly did something meaningful and important.

Lindsay Smith

Nicollet Square Program Supervisor / 612-823-0122 x103 / lsmith@youthlinkmn.org

I enjoy watching the journey the youth take once they come to YouthLink - and being able to witness the successes that come to them.

Carl Hoke

Food Service Manager / 612-252-1245 / hoke@youthlinkmn.org

Hot meals at the Drop-In Center aren’t just about meeting a basic need. Meals provide a chance for a young person to see they're not alone and to hear about other resources we offer. It’s really the first step to their futures.

Jason Lavine

Career Pathway & Education Center Manager / 612-252-1247 / lavine@youthlinkmn.org

Connecting youth to educational resources and opportunities is critical for their long-term success. YouthLink allows me to play a part in helping youth achieve their goals.

Porsha Brown

Mental Health Therapist MSW, LGSW / 612-252-1228 / brownp@youthlinkmn.org

Youth are the driving force behind change and that is why I invest in them!

Mim Buckland

Minor's Transition Coach / 612-252-1278 / buckland@youthlinkmn.org

I like seeing youth realize their value and potential. Young people need more credit for how creative, persistent, and resilient they are when navigating their journeys.

Dominique Burnett

Nicollet Square Transition Coach / 612-272-6865 / burnett@youthlinkmn.org

Having the opportunity to work with young people and to not only be part of their journey, but also their growth as well, is very satisfying!

Kristin Carlson

Transition Coach, Nicollet Square / 612-272-5238 / carlson@youthlinkmn.org

I love the community that we create for ourselves and for young people.

Thomas Collins

Downtown View Community Coordinator/Opportunity Navigator / 612-252-1243 / collins@youthlinkmn.org

Nadhia Fuentes

Workforce and Career Coach - Nicollet Square / 612-252-1265 / fuentes@youthlinkmn.org

I love helping youth find employment.

Stefanie Nelson

Youth Mobile Team Transition Coach / 612-251-3001 / snelson@youthlinkmn.org

I enjoy working with youth to find their potential and passions to encourage positive community engagement.

Alero Ogisi

St. Barnabas Transition Coach / 612-253-0632 / ogisi@youthlinkmn.org

I love sharing valuable information with young people.

Angel Sandro

Outreach and Opportunity Navigator / 612-252-1230 / sandro@youthlinkmn.org

I like working at YouthLink because I think young people are very important in this world and need that positive motivation to keep going in their journey in life.


Our Drop-In Center is a safe space where youth can continue their journeys out of homelessness. We are one block away from stops on bus routes 4, 6, 9, 12, 141, and 698.

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See highlights from last year's graduation ceremony and learn more about just one way YouthLink can help you accomplish your goals.

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