Julie Bluhm, LICSW, CEO. She/Her/Hers.
“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.
Beth Scheetz, LICSW, Chief Clinical Officer. She/Her/Hers.
“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.
Kari Solem, SPHR, Director of Human Resources. She/Her/Hers.
“I love to see organizations grow and thrive. I think the best way to do that is to inspire and enable employees to do their jobs.”
Kari Solem, SPHR, joined Guild in 2021 as the Director of Human Resources. Her previous experience in Human Resources includes working in HR roles at Onto Innovations, Minnesota Epilepsy Group, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. She brings over twenty years of experience building strong relationships, creating effective policies and procedures, and supporting organizational growth. She is passionate about leading with honesty and integrity and working towards big-picture goals. Kari holds a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with family, going on walks with her two chihuahuas, cooking, and exploring new Twin Cities restaurants.
Dawn Marie Nelmark, Director of Advancement. She/Her/Hers.
“I appreciate that Guild takes a comprehensive approach and works alongside clients, taking the time to understand their unique and individual needs.”
Dawn Marie joined Guild in 2021 as our Director of Advancement. She brings 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, with strengths in creating high-value partnerships, launching fundraising programs through every stage of the giving lifecycle, and increasing operational effectiveness. Dawn Marie is an empathetic, results-driven leader who has a passion for unlocking human potential and marshaling resources to maximize community impact.
Prior to Guild, Dawn Marie served as the Senior Director of Development and Marketing and Communications at Second Harvest Heartland. While there, she delivered five-fold revenue growth, led efforts to inform public opinion on hunger, and helped establish the organization as a highly visible and trusted brand in the community. She holds a BA from Hamline University, a Mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and an Active Leader Certification from PDI Ninth House. Dawn Marie enjoys being a mentor to others, scrapbooking, and spending time on the lake up north with family and friends.
Tony Yang, MS, LMFT, Director of Community Treatment Services. He/Him/His.
“ I believe that all people have the right to live with dignity and live as independently as possible. I’m proud to be a part of this work at Guild.”
Tony Yang joined Guild in January 2021 as the Director of Community Treatment Services. He comes to Guild with over 15 years of experience in human services and community leadership. Tony is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. His previous experience includes serving as the Director of Adult and Family Mental Health Services for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and as a Clinical Supervisor at the Ramsey County Mental Health Center. Tony has a passion for serving our community’s uninsured and underinsured, who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness. With a special interest in program and staff development, we know Tony will be a great fit at Guild! When he’s not working, you can find Tony spending time with his family, hiking, or camping.
Julie Grothe, MDiv, CPRP, Director of Integrated Services. She/Her/Hers.
“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. She/Her/Hers.
“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. He/Him/His.
“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. He/Him/His.
“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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