Jessica (Jesse) Mathias, formerly OYH’s development director, has over a decade of diverse experience in the non-profit sector. Jessica values the special attention OYH provides to front line agencies and the emphasis placed on supporting their work in the community. She is dedicated to ensuring that OYH remains progressive and prepared in response to the needs/challenges facing the hungry and homeless community.
As the new executive director of Open Your Heart, Jessica’s goals include building and strengthening relationships, developing positive rapport and having constant knowledge of what needs are to be met in order to continue to uphold Open Your Heart’s important mission.
Jesse has her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine’s University and her B.A. in International Relations from St. Cloud State. She and her husband live in Plymouth with their two rambunctious boys and four dogs.
Kathy began her work with Open Your Heart as Office Manager in October 2015. She was drawn to working with the homeless and hungry while she was serving as the Administrative Assistant for St. Joseph’s Home for Children, a Catholic Charities program which works with children and their families to provide short term shelter needs and residential mental health care treatment for emotional and behavioral health issues. Prior to this she honed her skills in a variety of industries such as medical billing, retirement program compliance, advertising and commercial print sales.
Kathy has always enjoyed volunteering in and supporting community organizations such as the St. Paul Midway Block Program, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Citizens United and the Nature Conservancy. She loves spending time with her family, walking, shooting archery and teaching her grandsons how to speak “Minnesotan” in an obnoxious manner.
Allison (Allie) Kanyetzny, a recent graduate from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, has had a passion for charity-work and helping those in need within her own community since she was little.
This passion all started when she was just 10 years old, with a birthday wish, called Allie’s Wish, to collect donations for Sharing and Caring Hands. Since then Allie’s Wish has been dedicated to aiding children with life-limiting illnesses and chronic conditions and their families.
During her time in college, Allison became even more interested in a career in the nonprofit sector through working with Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program. She also spent a semester abroad in the beautiful country of South Africa, where she learned about racial conflict and worked with families and children in extreme poverty.
In her free time she loves to go up North to her family cabin, go camping and hiking, and spend time with her family and friends.