Staff Directory

Administration
Youth Center
Housing
Mental Health & Wellness
Futures Education & Employment
Residential Programs & Safe Harbor

Administration

Jordon Johnson, Executive Director
(218) 722-7431 ext. 110
jordon.johnson@life-house.org
Jordon Johnson, PhD, is a researcher, educator and community health leader committed to creating, implementing, and sustaining innovate strategies and practices to advance the health and wellness of individuals, families and communities. His work is embedded in establishing relationships and collaborative partnerships that are result oriented, which is critical to enhancing the vision and mission of organizations, programs and projects. Jordon considers himself a lead learner and effectively creates an environment to elevate human capital through professional and personal enhancement. He was born and raised in Duluth, MN and thrilled to be back in his hometown after spending over 15 years in New Mexico. Jordon lives with his partner and enjoys running, reading, and venturing out for hikes in the Northland. 

Eric Goetz, Operations Director
(218) 722-7431 ext. 118
eric.goetz@life-house.org
Eric earned a B.A. in Social Work from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota. He joined Life House in 2012 as the Employment Case Manager. Shortly thereafter Eric transitioned over to the Housing Program as a Transitional Housing Case Manager/Intake Specialist. In 2014, Eric was promoted to Housing Program Manager where he was responsible for the oversight of all the Life House Supportive Housing Programs as well as administering homeless and prevention crisis funding.

Ryan Irlbeck, Finance Director
(218) 722-7431 ext. 115
ryan.irlbeck@life-house.org
Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Ryan spent 10 years with Minneapolis-based Regis Corporation, most recently as Vice President of Operations. He is a former Certified Public Accountant and has served as the Finance Director for Animal Allies Humane Society and Community Action Duluth.

Erich Lutz, Program Director
(218) 722-7431 ext. 114
erich.lutz@life-house.org
Erich has extensive experience with supportive housing programs and services that assist homeless youth to achieve the skills necessary to obtain and maintain safe and affordable housing. Erich began his career at Life House in 2001 as the Transitional Services Case Manager. In 2009, he worked for the Human Development Center, providing intensive case management services to long-term homeless individuals and families in Duluth. Erich returned to Life House in 2010 as the Housing Lead and was promoted to Program Director in 2014. Erich is considered the area’s expert in housing policy and regulations.

Amber Sadowski, Development Director
(218) 722-7431 ext. 111
amber.sadowski@life-house.org
Amber received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College, Moorhead in English Writing and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. Prior to Life House Amber spent 6 years educating in school settings before taking time off to stay home with her family. During this time she opened an outdoor education and child centered home day care. Outside of her role at Life House, Amber enjoys various outdoor activities, reading and traveling.

Amy White, Development Officer
(218) 722-7431 ext. 122
amy.white@life-house.org
Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and a Masters of Public Affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Her past work experiences include teaching Spanish, English and History at a K-12 school, working as an interpreter and cultural educator for a local corporation, and teaching yoga to youth and adults.

Teri Moody, Facilities Technician
(218) 722-7431 ext. 131
teri.moody@life-house.org

Youth Center

Gabe Mayfield, Youth Center Program Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 126
gabe.mayfield@life-house.org
Gabe graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Superior in 2001 and has extensive community involvement—from the Lyric Opera of the North to the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. He has been a Crew Leader and Program Manager for Duluth Stream Corps, but is passionate about basketball and the arts. He has shared those passions here at Life House, taking youth to the YMCA for basketball or teaching weekly song writing classes as the Activities Coordinator before becoming the Youth Center Manager.

Holly Samuelson, Life Hacks Coordinator
(218) 722-7431 
holly.samuelson@life-house.org
Holly graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 2006 with a BA in Social Work. She has a history with Life House, working as the Leasing Program Case Manager and the Futures Employment Case Manager from 2009-2012. We are pleased to have her leading our Life Hacks Program. Holly lives in Duluth with her husband and dogs.

Jordan Matteson, Youth Advocate/Resource Coordinator
(218) 722-7431 ext. 144
jordan.matteson@life-house.org
Jordan comes to Life House from the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work and Bachelors of Applied Science in Psychology. She is a dynamic resource coordinator in helping youth obtain vital documents for employment and housing. Jordan coordinates with other local organizations trips to the Vineyard food shelf as well as assisting youth with obtaining dental services.

Will Richardson, Youth Advocate/Activities Coordinator
(218) 722-7431 ext. 119
will.richardson@life-house.org

Housing

Kyle Naalsund, Housing Program Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 113
kyle.naalsund@life-house.org
Kyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Superior in 1998 with a BS in Secondary Education, Mathematics. He has more than 12 years’ experience working with youth ages 13 – 21, specializing in at-risk and homeless youth.

Travis Dombrovski, Housing Case Manager
(218) 722-7431
travis.dombrovski@life-house.org  
Travis graduated from UW Stout in 1997 with a BS degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He has worked with youth in a number of capacities. Since moving to Duluth in 2001, he’s worked in housing and case management that specialize in helping mentally ill and the less fortunate. Prior to his work at the Life House, he worked as an advocate in the Duluth Public Schools. Travis enjoys the outdoors and giving youth opportunities for new experiences.

Tiffany Gunderson, Senior Housing Case Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 116
tiffany.gunderson@life-house.org
Tiffany has been working in the mental health field for 20 years with over a decade of experience working with the homeless population. She has assisted individuals with obtaining chemical dependency treatment, mental health services, building peoples independent living skills, and is a SOAR worker for Social Security. She also was active in conducting Street Outreach. Over the years, Tiffany has built exceptional relationships with property managers and landlords along with reaching out to other agencies to learn about their programs. Tiffany works with youth to understand the housing programs, which they are eligible for and allowing them the choice to apply for a program.  

Ashley Luna, Housing Case Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 142
ashley.luna@life-house.org
Ashley graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with her Bachelors of Applied Science in Psychology. Since 2015, she has been working for Life House and is currently working closely with youth at our 2001 Apartments. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, hiking, bike rides, cooking, drawing, and painting.

Mental Health & Wellness

Julie Flint, MSW, LICSW, Mental Health Professional
(218) 722-7431 ext. 129
julie.flint@life-house.org
Julie has 18 years of experience providing direct services to children and families, and 8 years of experience providing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, in conjunction with other evidenced-based therapeutic interventions which are appropriate for helping children and families to understand and address their individual needs and goals for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. Julie is a Potawatomie descendent from lower Michigan, and she wrote her masters thesis for UMD on Cross-Cultural Social Work. Julie is committed to a client focused approach, which begins with developing a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship. Julie has been the Wellness Program Manager and Mental Health Therapist at Life House since June of 2014, where she serves youth, ages 14-25 years-old, who experience the highest needs and barriers in our community; Julie accompanies them as a tireless advocate as they pursue their individual hopes and dreams.

Sheri Johnson, MSW, LICSW, Program Manager/ Mobile Mental Health
(218) 722-7431 ext. 124
sheri.johnson@life-house.org
Sheri earned a B.S. degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1995, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The College of St. Scholastica in 2016. She has over 10 years of experience working with persons who live with symptoms of mental illness, and believes all people have the potential and should have the opportunity to create personally fulfilling lives. She is also passionate about LGB and Transgender advocacy. Sheri was an intern and volunteer at Life House during graduate school and is very excited to join this dedicated community in the role of Mobile Mental Health Advocate.

Allie McDevitt, LADC, Wellness Case Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 128
allie.mcdevitt@life-house.org 
Allie graduated from Fond Du Lac community college and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Being in recovery and an active member of Sober Squad, she is extremely passionate about working with at-risk youth especially individuals struggling with substance use. She is exceptional at giving them a sense of hope and is a positive supportive adult in their lives. Allie has been with Life House for 6 years and believes every youth who walks through our doors has a purpose, they may not know that yet. The youth have been a huge motivation and inspiration for her own self-growth.

Renita Syas, Wellness Case Manager/Peer Recovery Specialist
(218) 722-7431 ext. 120
renita.syas@life-house.org

Evan Adams, Housing Wellness Advocate
(218) 722-7431
evan.adams@life-house.org

Futures Education & Employment

Luke Morcomb, MSW, Futures Program Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 127
luke.morcomb@life-house.org
Morcomb recently completed his MSW at University of Minnesota, Duluth and has many years’ experience working with youth. Most recently he was a Street Outreach Worker at Lutheran Social Service but has also served Mentor Duluth through TrueNorth AmeriCorps and has a long volunteer history. As the Employment Case Manager, he will work to assist youth to find and maintain work through job coaching, skills training, and placement services.

Maya French, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
(218) 722-7431 ext. 143
maya.french@life-house.org 
Maya graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with a BS in psychology. Her program’s commitment to cross-cultural awareness and reducing health disparities set the stage for her future career interests. At Life House, Maya oversees the transitional employment program and has the privilege of helping youth refine their employment skills in a supportive environment. She immensely enjoys working with Life House youth and is regularly inspired by their resilience in the face of adversity.

Residential Programs & Safe Harbor

Mary Cowen, Residential Program Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 125
mary.cowen@life-house.org

Sol House

Ericka Robinson, Sol House Supervisor
(218) 722-7431 ext. 141
ericka.robinson@life-house.org
Ericka graduated from University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2015, earning a BS in Social Work. She joined Life House in 2014 as an intern in the Youth Center, working alongside our Youth Center staff to put her classwork into practice. She has a long history of volunteer and service commitments in the Twin Ports community and a deep passion for working with homeless and street youth.

Kristi Burton, Sol House On-Site Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 141
kristi.burton@life-house.org

Jason Kenison, Sol House On-Site Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 141
jason.kenison@life-house.org
Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education in English and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2012.  His past work includes teaching middle and highschool grades in central and northern Wisconsin.  Most recently, he was a live-in volunteer at the Dorothy Day House for three years serving adults facing homelessness. Jason is a fierce advocate for social justice and housing issues and has been in leadership for Northland Prism, a local LGBTQ+ group the last two years, as well as participated in Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Coalition, and Family Freedom Center.

Rebecca Lester, Sol House On-Site Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 141
rebecca.lester@life-house.org
Rebecca (Becca) graduated from University of Minnesota, Duluth with a double major in Women’s Studies and American Indian Studies in 2012. She has been a long-time advocate for social justice and women’s issues, volunteering for a variety of organizations in the Twin Ports (including PAVSA, Seeds of Success, Girl Power!, and others).

Tarra Lind, Sol House On-Site Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 141
tarra.lind@life-house.org
Tarra is a Native American lesbian who is a descendant of the Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe. She brings her own healing from family domestic violence, sexual violence, youth homelessness, and the foster care system experience. She most recently was a Resident Assistant for two years for San Marco, advocating on behalf of the men and women who were chronically alcoholic and residing there, assuring they were safe and secure. This last year Tarra became a Program Assistant through Duluth Regional Care Center (DRCC) working with Developmentally Disabled elderly adults.

Dayle Mills, Sol House On-Site Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 141
dayle.mills@life-house.org

Sharon O’Leary, Sol House On-Site Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 141
sharon.oleary@life-house.org

Northern Lights

Anna Lieffring, Case Manager
(218) 722-7431
anna.lieffring@life-house.org

Chris LeBlanc, After-care Advocate
(218) 722-7431
chris.leblanc@life-house.org

The Loft

Tasha Jokela, The Loft Supervisor
(218) 722-7431 ext. 155
tasha.jokela@life-house.org

Cheyenne Alisankus, The Loft Case Manager
(218) 722-7431 ext. 153
cheyenne.alisankus@life-house.org

Zaki Ahmed, The Loft Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 153
zaki.ahmed@life-house.org

Theresa Johnson, The Loft Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 153
theresa.johnson@life-house.org 

Beth Helwig, The Loft Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 153
beth.helwig@life-house.org

Evan Hawbaker, The Loft Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 153
evan.hawbaker@life-house.org

Serena Krause, The Loft Youth Advocate
(218) 722-7431 ext. 153
serena.krause@life-house.org