Julie Bluhm, LICSW, Executive Director and CEO
“Guild’s staff provides high-quality services to people in need. I have the privilege to apply my skills and knowledge to support those who work hard every day to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.”
A social worker by training, Julie is passionate about driving systemic change and creating solutions that really work. Prior to Guild, Julie was the Director of Clinical Innovation for Hennepin Health, Hennepin County’s award-winning health care reform demonstration project. This experience, driving innovation in the public sector, reinforced the power and impact that creating change from within can have. A mental health professional, Julie spent years as a family and adolescent mental health therapist, specializing in work with youth who struggled with suicidal ideation and self-injury.
Tiffany Grandchamp, MASL, Chief Operating Officer
“Here at Guild, we meet clients and families where they’re at. My role is to ensure we are meeting each other where we’re at, inside the organization as well. The operations of the organization are critical to sustaining the important work we do in the community and supporting growth. My desire to serve within a strong mission is fulfilled every day I serve the staff at Guild.”
Tiffany Grandchamp joined Guild in 2017 with over 20 years of industry experience in health care. Prior to coming to Guild, Tiffany was Director of Quality and Operations at Avivo. Before that, she provided performance and quality improvement coaching at Allina Health System and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Tiffany received the Colleen J. Goode Research into Practice Award at the 2017 National Evidence-Based Practice Conference, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, for her work in system-wide implementation model design. She was most excited to practice this design work within the Mental Health service lines in local healthcare systems. In her role as Guild’s Chief Operating Officer, Tiffany oversees financial and business operations, serves as a compliance officer, and much more! Tiffany has a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Bethel University. She enjoys photography, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Beth Scheetz, LICSW, Chief Clinical Officer
“I thrive on innovation, collaboration, and progress and I see these values in action at Guild. I look forward to the opportunity to grow and develop with an organization whose mission aligns with mine; recognizing strengths, meeting needs, and positively impacting lives.”
Beth Scheetz joined Guild in 2019 as the Director of Residential Services and transitioned to Guild’s Chief Clinical Officer in 2020. As an innovative and dedicated leader in community mental health, she brings 20 years of experience in social services, mental health, and healthcare. Prior to Guild, Beth oversaw the operations, development, and programming of three community-based teams serving over 1,200 adults living with mental illness as Director of Community Mental Health at Touchstone. Evaluating program performance, implementing program and process improvements, increasing quality and continuity of care, and achieving positive individual outcomes have benchmarked her professional performance. Beth holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family and cats.
George Broostin, Director of Development
“Every dollar we raise and every volunteer we recruit makes a difference for the most stigmatized and forgotten group of individuals in our society.”
George Broostin joined Guild in 1991 when we were operating Guild Hall, a residential facility for people with mental illness. George put his skills to work as a Program Assistant and in two years was promoted to Team Leader. As Team Leader, he was instrumental in helping the residents of Guild Hall transition to apartments during our progression from facility to community-based service delivery. He continued his work as assistant director of services, and in 2007, he accepted our Development Director position. Today, George oversees all of our fundraising and volunteer activities, spending his days “making friends,” as he likes to say, and educating people about our mission. Catch him in his office and you’re likely to hear a story or two about his adventures.
Neeyada Santopietro, M.Ed., Director of Human Resources
“I see lots of growth and energy among Guild staff, which is inspiring and motivating. It’s exciting to see the company and team expanding!”
Neeyada Santopietro joined Guild in 2019 as our Director of Human Resources. With over ten years of HR experience, Neeyada has worked as the Human Resources Director at Pillsbury United Communities and in HR roles at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Lao Assistance Center, South Side Community Health Services, and Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities. Some of Neeyada’s favorite work is facilitating communication, developing staff, overseeing employee relations, and spearheading organizational development. She brings a passion for creating a supportive work environment where teams and employees can grow. Neeyada holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Development. She enjoys spending her free time with her significant other, trying new fusion cuisine, and spending time outdoors.
Richard Aylward, M.A., CPRP, Director of Community Treatment Services
“When I see the progress made by the individuals we serve, that’s what keeps me going. Our staff doesn’t give up. They just keep engaging individuals.”
Richard Aylward joined Guild as a Case Manager in 2001. During his tenure with Guild, he’s worked as a Team Leader, Supervisor of Case Management Services, and Director of Community Treatment Services. Currently, as Director of Community Treatment Services, he oversees ACT Services, TCM, Integrated Case Management, and the CSP Member Center. Prior to joining Guild, Richard worked as a counselor at an inpatient chemical dependency center and at a mental health center. He also provided personal counseling to soldiers while in the U.S. Army. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University in South Carolina. He earned his Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (CPRP) in 2003. An avid baseball fan, Richard also enjoys running, collecting agates, and hearing about his adult daughter’s many adventures.
Julie Grothe, MDiv, CPRP, Director of Integrated Services
“I am most excited about the intersection of health and housing and the work being done to integrate services to address this. I am eager to see what new things we can do to help those who are homeless build and have better lives.”
Julie Grothe joined Guild in 1982, eventually serving as Director of Delancey Services. Currently, as Director of Integrated Services, she oversees Delancey Services, Supportive Housing, and Employment Services. She is also Vice-Chair of the Board of the Affordable Housing Coalition of Dakota County and chairs a board subcommittee on homeless prevention and outreach. In addition, she chairs Ramsey County’s Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program, serves on Ramsey County’s RUSH Committee (Re-directing Users of Shelter to Housing), and on the Ramsey Continuum of Care Redesign Committee. She has served on a DHS Housing Best Practices Forum Steering Committee and on a committee of the seven-county metro area working on the Homeless Management Information System’s (HMIS) data quality. Julie has provided Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement and social workers in Ramsey County for several years, and was awarded the CIT Training Provider of the Year Award in 2011. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota Morris and Luther Seminary. Julie enjoys gardening; walking Emma Rose, her Great Dane mix, and Apollo, her St Bernard; cooking; and spending time with family and friends.
Mary Beth Fessler, Director of Coordinated Health and Residential Services
“Connection and collaboration are among my top values. I’m excited for the opportunity to use my value system with the leadership teams and Guild as a whole. Our staff have long tenures at Guild and I’m thrilled to be part of this team!”
Mary Beth comes to Guild with over 12 years of experience in the field. Her areas of interest are residential treatment, substance use disorders, Relational Cultural Theory, secondary trauma, gender-specific services, supervision, education, and leadership. Mary Beth has her Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and has studied leadership at St. Mary’s University. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Mary Beth lives in Bloomington with her husband, Branden, and Yorkie, Indy. When not working she enjoys traveling, the Minnesota Vikings, going out to eat, and couples bowling league.
Robert Muller, Director of Operations
“Earlier in my career, I worked directly with clients. I remember the frustration clients and I both felt when an operational process was broken. I’m excited to be in a position where I can help my colleagues focus their energy on the awesome work they do with the people we serve.”
Robert Muller joined Guild in January of 2018. Prior to Guild, Robert was the Assistant Program Director at Phoenix Recovery Programs where he oversaw the operations of all residential treatment locations. Prior to that, Robert spent three years working directly with clients receiving substance abuse and mental health treatment. He took a brief leave of absence to enlist in the Army Reserve where he continues to serve. An alumnus of Hamline University, Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology. He is an avid Minnesota sports fan and enjoys playing basketball and softball. When he’s not watching or otherwise engaged in sports, Robert is likely traveling, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Paul Bloomer, Director of Finance
“I am excited about Guild’s future growth and the opportunity to make an impact on back end systems that create efficiency and ultimately improve service to clients.”
Paul Bloomer joined Guild as the Interim Director of Operations in 2019 and transitioned to Director of Finance in 2020. Prior to joining Guild, Paul worked as Director of Operations for Think Small, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing quality care and education of children. Highlights of this work included the creation of data modeling best practices for decision-making and using data to tell a story to key stakeholders. Prior to the operations role, he was promoted to Co-Director of Redleaf Press (a division of Think Small) where he led Operations, Sales, and Marketing divisions. Paul holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing in local tournaments, and volunteering with the Band Parents Association.
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