Director of Programs
Michele started her work with the organization in 1998 as Program Director of Grace House of Minneapolis. Michele currently is responsible for the oversight of all Clare Housing programs including the adult foster care homes, the home care at Clare Apartments, and the scattered site program.
Prior to working in foster care, Michele was employed by the Minnesota AIDS Project from 1992 to 1998 where she worked in the Transitional Housing Program and later as an HIV Case Manager.
Michele has a Masters Degree in Spirituality (Geo-Justice) from the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, CA. She has a Bachelors of Arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Chris joined Clare Housing in 2015 as a Community Outreach Coordinator. He works in partnership with colleagues to achieve Clare Housing’s long term sustainable funding goals and he coordinates the point of entry for those engaging with the organization. Previously, Chris was an On Call Resident Assistant at Clare Apartments and Clare Midtown.
Chris brings a unique blend of corporate and nonprofit experience, having led a sales and marketing department for 8 years after coordinating a youth faith formation program for 8 years.
In 2014 Chris completed a Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organization certification at the University of St. Thomas, where he also earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. He has Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Director of Operations
Allan joined Clare Housing in April 2008 with 18 years of non-profit accounting experience. His responsibilities at Clare Housing include budget preparation and oversight; government and foundation grant compliance, financial analysis, information management and forecasting and audit coordination.
Allan has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Wartburg College in Iowa and a Masters of Business Administration from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota.
Xander Croner (née Lilly)
Xander started his work with the Clare Housing in 2006 as a caregiver in the Community Care Homes. He joined the administrative team as Operations Coordinator in June of 2014, and now supports the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Director of Operations and Director of Programs. Xander is also responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the administrative offices, and facility management for the Community Care Homes.
Xander has been living with HIV since 1999, is a member of the Board of Directors of the SHUT OUT HIV Hockey Tournament, and has spoken at numerous functions about living with HIV. Xander is currently in school working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Profit Business Management at Minneapolis Community & Technical College.
Chuck Peterson joined Clare Housing as Executive Director in June 2013. He has over twenty years of nonprofit management experience with areas of expertise in philanthropy, public policy, administrative and financial management and board governance. Prior to joining Clare Housing, Chuck served as the Vice President of Member Relations at the Minnesota Council on Foundations for 10 years where he was responsible for membership development, educational programming, financial management and providing counsel and support to grantmaking organizations. An active volunteer in the community, Chuck has volunteered for many nonprofit organizations including Rural AIDS Action Network and Open Arms of Minnesota. He currently serves on the board of directors of Cantus Vocal Ensemble and the National AIDS Housing Coalition. Chuck received his Bachelor of Arts from Luther College, located in Decorah, IA.
Director of Community Engagement
Jim joins Clare Housing as the Director of Community Engagement. With over 20 years’ experience in the Twin Cities doing fundraising, marketing, communication and consulting work, Jim brings a unique blend of professional background to Clare Housing.
Previously Jim has worked with Reuben Lindh Family Services, HealthEast Foundation and One Heartland. Within those positions, his key activities included corporate sponsorship, board development, special events, major donors and capital campaign planning and implementation.
A strong advocate for adoption, Jim has been a board member and volunteer for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, The Harambee Project, and a family adoption trainer with Hennepin County. A South Dakota native, Jim receiving his Bachelor of Science degrees and his Masters of Science from South Dakota State University, located in Brookings, SD.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Debbie joined Clare Housing in December 2009 and serves as the Development Associate. She assists with all elements of fundraising as well as manages the many volunteer programs for Clare Housing’s four care homes and the apartments. Prior to her current position, she served for eight years as the Parish Administrator of Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior, and for six years as the Faith Formation Administrator of St. Therese Catholic Church in Deephaven. In addition, Debbie earned a certificate in Spiritual Direction, works part-time at The Marsh, a center for balance and fitness committed to inspiring a healthy attitude toward life and serves twice/year as a Conference Administrator for CREDO, an 8-day intensive clergy wellness program.