Our Story

Who could have imagined what would happen when in 1976, a small group of committed women came together to address a deadly disease. Their goal was to increase community awareness around chemical dependency and its systemic consequences. With committed hearts and a defined vision, Perspectives was born. Now almost 4 decades later Perspectives, located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has grown into an award winning, multi-program, human service agency for woman and their children suffering from addictions, mental illness, and poverty Our Mission statement reads, “Breaking the Cycle for At Risk Families and Children for Total Family Recovery”. We’ve demonstrated that with appropriate opportunities, education and support; we can make a difference between a life having a promising future and a life that has none. Perspectives is like no other agency in the nation. Our innovative wrap-around programs are designed to move women and their children out of cycles of despair into hope.

Our goals are ambitious:

  • Maintain sobriety
  • Improve mental health
  • Enhance a child’s academic and social skills
  • Improve employability
  • Reunite parents with their children
  • Decrease child abuse
  • Increase parenting skills
  • Augment healthy life styles of children with daily nutrition
  • Build community
  • Advance citizenship
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Ultimately, returning recovering mothers and their children to the economic and social mainstream. Through the implementation of best practices, Perspectives has become a national model in developing and implementing recovery services. Our services are extensive and span from recovery and mental health programs to employment and parenting education. Perspectives is the only supportive housing program that provides a 12-month, in-house academic, social, and nutritional enrichment program for children. Our programs successfully return 83% of our residents to permanent housing. We have been recognized by 25 awards both nationally and locally, and nearly 100% of our clients reside in Hennepin County. Self-sufficiency is at the foundation of all our programs.

Our Team

Executive Team
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Board of Directors
OFFICERS
James D. Kremer, Board Chair
Attorney DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C.
Rae Lesmeister, Vice Chair
VP Organizational Effectiveness (Retired) Cargill
Dawn Courrier-Cable, Treasurer
Partner, Tax KPMG LLP
Sue Zelickson, Secretary
Nutrition Consultant/Reporter WCCO Radio/MN Monthly Magazine Founder, Perspectives Kids Cafe
Jeannie Seeley-Smith
President/CEO Perspectives, Inc.
Cheryl Cochrane
CFO (non-voting member) Perspectives, Inc.
MEMBERS
Marne Brooks
Community Volunteer
Lisa Denzer
MA, LPC Counseling Services Catholic Charities
Becky Dvorak
Director of Internal Communications Andersen Corporation
Debbie Estes
Marketing Consultant
Susan Grafton
SVP, Finance & Chief Accounting Officer Supervalu
Peter Hayden, Ph.D
Principal & President Turning Point, Inc.
Karen Heithoff
Former Business Owner (Retired), Intoto
Dustee Jenkins
VP, Public Relations Target
Sarena Lin
President Cargill Feed & Nutrition
Michael Maeser
SVP, Regional Managing Director Wells Fargo
Kelly Merriman
VP Service Delivery HealthFitness Corporation
Jim Murphy
SVP; President, Big G Cereal Division General Mills
Ellen Schmidt
Community Volunteer
Karl Schmidt
Chief Executive Officer Morrie’s Automotive Group
Ruth Usem
Civic Leader
EMERITUS
David  McNally (Emeritus)
President TransForm Corporation
Vicki Wyard
Financial Planner (Retired)
Support Team
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  • Finance Department
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  • Community Engagement Department
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Perspectives, Inc

3381 Gorham Ave

St Louis Park,MN 55426

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952.926.2600

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952.926.9395

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info@perspectives-family.org