Ed Murphy
Executive Director
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Ed Murphy has worked for homeless and hungry people since 1988. He began his career by serving as Program and Development Director at The Emergency FoodShelf Network. From 1991-2000 Ed served as Executive Director of St. Stephens Human Services. During his tenure, St. Stephens grew from a four employee, 30 bed shelter serving homeless men into an innovative and comprehensive multi service agency serving homeless men, women, and children.Ed Photo

In 2000 he left St. Stephens to serve as Executive Director of The Bridge for Youth. During his seven years, The Bridge significantly expanded its services to homeless and runaway youth, culminating in the development of the new Bridge Center for Youth. Prior to joining Open Your Heart, Ed founded Hearts and Hands – a non-profit agency providing services and support to families of children facing life threatening conditions, where he has now moved into a board role.

A native of Minnesota, Ed is a dedicated Twins fan, lover of the North Shore, and enthusiastic traveler. Blessed in this life, he is committed to providing hope and support for those Minnesotans who, for whatever reason, are homeless and hungry. He is the father of one child, Benjamin, who is forever seven years old. He and his wife Nan live near downtown Minneapolis.

Jessica Mathias2016 Jessica Mathias Photo
Development Director
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Jessica (Jesse) Mathias, has worked in non-profit development for several years. Her passion for non-profit work began at the Basilica of Saint Mary as an intern working on the Basilica Block Party and Annual Gala. From there she spent over five years working as a Development Associate for Restart, Inc., a local non-profit organization that provides housing and independent living skills to individuals with brain injury. She also spent time with the Red Cross as Development Projects Director prior to joining OYH.

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. She couldn’t be more excited to join the OYH team and help share their message that every Minnesotan should be free from hunger and homelessness.

Kathy Mahoney
Office Manager
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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 Kanyetzny
Program Associate
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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.


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