Kathryn has worked in nonprofits for more than a decade. She is incredibly passionate about social justice and believes strongly in the power of education to transform lives and build stronger communities. Kathryn has experience with fundraising in health care and social service settings with an emphasis on bringing services and support to those who need it most. Most recently she worked with Open Arms of Minnesota overseeing their fundraising strategies.
Kathryn graduated from St. Olaf College majoring in Sociology and Women's Studies. She later received her graduate degree from the Colorado School of Public Health where she focused her studies on health disparities.
When not at work, Kathryn enjoys hiking, baking, reading, and traveling with her family. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, two young kids, and their dog.
Kathryn Southard serves as Senior Development Officer
Eric Dormoh (he/him) was born and raised in Brooklyn Park, MN. He is a first-generation college graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he studied Sports Management. Ski U Mah! He recently completed his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eric has a passion for holistic student development and he wants to utilize his experiences to help students grow!
While at the University Of Wisconsin-Madison, Eric worked as a Posse Mentor for The Posse Foundation. In this role, he guided students from Los Angeles in their first two years of college at UW. He also worked as a Career Advising Graduate Intern where he assisted students on their career development journeys. Prior to attending graduate school, Eric worked in college admissions as a Freshman Admissions Counselor and Coordinator for African and African American recruitment at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
In his free time, Eric enjoys working out, journaling, watching sports, listening to podcasts, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends!
Eric Dormoh serves as Scholar Advisor
Anthony Howard joins Wallin Education Partners after serving students all across the Twin Cities in a variety of student mentoring and advocacy positions over the past several years. As a lifelong Minnesota resident, his commitment to improving the lives and education experiences of students in his home community is what fuels his work.
Before graduating from Luther College with his Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Anthony first earned his Associate Arts degree from Itasca Community College. Completing ICC's Transfer Pathway program enabled Anthony to have more four-year college opportunities than he had coming out of high school, and reignited his ambition in achieving academic excellence.
With his free time, Anthony enjoys coaching youth sports, writing/producing hip hop music and bike riding.
Anthony Howard serves as OP Scholar Advisor
Alumni Board Candidate & VP of Engagement and Experience
Anoka High School
Assistant Director of Leadership & Organizations, Minnesota State University Moorhead
I'm honored to be part of the Alumni Board and have the ability to give back to an organization that gave me so much. The support I received from my Wallin EP Scholar Advisors is one of the main reasons I was able to complete my undergrad degree on time. Now that I've turned my passion for helping others into a career in higher education, it felt only natural that I volunteer my time with the program that made it all possible.
Marcus Pope currently serves as Vice President for Youthprise. In this role, Marcus works closely with the President, overseeing grantmaking, development, communications, policy advocacy and special initiatives. Previously, Marcus served as Associate Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota (U of M). Other experiences include serving as Director of Youth Programs for the Neighborhood Involvement Program in Minneapolis and Academic Advisor for the Youth Studies Department at the U of M School of Social Work. Marcus holds an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Sociology, Youth Studies and African American studies and a Master’s degree from the U of M in Education – Youth Development Leadership, with an emphasis in Program Evaluation. He also holds a Mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Pope is very active in the community and serves on the Boards of the Minnesota Council of Foundations, the Mardag Foundation and is a trustee for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.
Marcus Pope serves on the Board of Trustees
Alumni Board Candidate & Chief of Staff
Blaine High School
St. Olaf College
Donor Relations Coordinator at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Wallin has continued to open my eyes to what we can do for every student in higher education and I hope to help students achieve their dreams as an Alumni on the Alumni Board!
Mia Jackman (she/hers) is an educator that is passionate about social justice, equity, and inclusion. Mia joins Wallin after serving in multiple capacities at various institutions in the Twin Cities including the University of St. Thomas, the University of Minnesota, and most recently Macalester College. Mia has her MA in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas and her BA from Hamline University in Social Justice, Elementary Education, and a minor in Religion. Mia approaches working with students from a holistic, relationship-centered framework.
Mia is a lifelong Minnesota resident that cares deeply about the strength of her local communities, storytelling, and mutual aid. At home, she is one-part video gamer, one part reader, one part painter, and one part dog mom to two lovely pitbulls in addition to being an engaged member of her communities.
Mia Jackman serves as Team Manager & Senior Advisor
Melissa joined Wallin Education Partners in November 2020 and serves as the Director of Finance. She is responsible for managing and directing the organization’s finance and investment functions in support of the mission and overall strategy.
Melissa has over 20 years of financial, operational, and technology management experience in mission-focused organizations. Melissa most recently served as the associate director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota for 14 years. She began her career as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Chicago, where she solidified a passion for the entrepreneurial and value-driven work in the nonprofit sector. She worked with nonprofit clients such as the American Bar Association, the Fund for Justice and Education, labor unions, and farmworker clinics. Melissa also previously held positions at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Indiana University and the Urban Coalition. Through Board and volunteer service, she’s supported various organizations, and is currently board treasurer for the Rondo Community Land Trust.
Melissa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy and Sociology from Indiana University and a Human Resource Leadership Certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She enjoys outdoor activities, making art, and sharing food with family and friends.
Melissa Pfeiffer serves as Director of Finance
Astein Osei began his career in education as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) high school in St. Paul. Following his time at CDH, Astein took an administrative position in the Osseo Area School district. During his tenure in the Osseo Area School district Astein served in several different leadership roles (Assistant Principal (Park Center Senior High and Maple Grove Senior High), Division of Leadership, Teaching and Learning Principal on Special Assignment, Director of Educational Equity and Assistant Superintendent). Astein also spent time in the St. Paul Public School district as the Principal of Johnson Aerospace and Engineering High School.
Having the opportunity to serve in multiple sites and district-level leadership positions helped him to develop a system-level perspective and better understand the strategic nature in which school districts must operate for successful implementation of strategic plan strategies. Astein is a firm believer in the power of public education and understands that in order to create an anti-racist democracy we must have effective public schools that produce citizens who are change agents. Astein joined St. Louis Park Public Schools as Superintendent July 1, 2017.
In 2017, he led the District in the successful passage of a $100.9 million bond referendum and enewal of the operating levy. During the 2018-19 school year, he helped to facilitate a successful start-end time change process which resulted in the School Board approving the change in start-end times for the 2020-21 school year. He focuses his daily work on the achievement of the District’s mission and strategic plan.
Astein provides leadership throughout the St. Louis Park community as a member of the Children First Executive Committee, St. Louis Park Noon Rotary, St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission, St. Louis Park Crime Prevention Board, Perspectives
Board of Directors, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Community Advisory Board and Keep Every Youth Safe (KEYS) Initiative.
Astein Osei serves on the Board of Trustees
For the last 15+ years, Chuayi (she/her) has worked side by side with low-income, first-generation students of color and their families in various educational roles and spaces. She has worked in collaborative community-centered programs providing food access, housing support, and educational equity, in federally-funded college access programs, and on college and university campuses in student retention and campus climate efforts, racial advocacy and justice, and student leadership development.
Chuayi graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in English and received a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program from Saint Catherine University. Chuayi has served as a past board member for the Minnesota College Personnel Association (MCPA) as a Professionals of Color Commission (POCC) co-chair, with College Possible Alumni Corps, and with STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience). Chuayi currently serves as a Board Member for the Hmong Museum, a local museum without walls focused on highlighting the intersection of all things Hmong - language, arts, stories, and traditions.
Chuayi believes in the power of people coming together and the positive impact they can create in their own communities, by identifying solutions to dismantle systems that no longer serve them and building partnerships that lift up possibilities.
Chuayi Yang serves as a Scholar Advisor