Jenny Peterson, our executive director since 2004, has over 30 years of experience from a wide range of health organizations. Throughout her career she has been devoted to building healthy communities, understanding that health is most impacted in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities – not just in health organizations. Jenny utilizes her skills in community engagement, project and organizational management, fundraising, facilitation, and policy work to develop and implement innovative approaches to improve the health and well-being of children, families, and adults in this northern region. She earned a BA at the College of St. Scholastic in social work and psychology, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Minnesota- Duluth, School of Social Development, and completed a Healthier Communities Fellowship.
Mary Rapps has a passion for health equity and population health improvement. She is committed to improving the health of communities through innovation and collaboration with community members, public health, health care and service organizations. Mary leads the Together for Health at Myers-Wilkins project and the Community Health Worker Network, key projects under Generations’ Connecting Health with Communities strategy. She brings over 21 years of Health Care Administration experience to her current position. Mary earned a BAS in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and MHA in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Megan Halena applies her energy, experience, and management skills to Generations’ Access to Care initiatives. She engages a wide variety of partners in access efforts, including community organizations, health systems, St. Louis County, faith communities, and higher education, among others. For more than a decade, Megan has worked for non-profit organizations focused on youth development, social change, and asset building. Through non-profit work, she recognized the critical role that access to health care plays in an individual’s or family’s ability to achieve stability and advancement. Megan earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and MA in Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University.
Terry Leonidas manages the financial aspects of the foundation including, grant and program financial allocations, payroll, and investment management. He brings nearly 40 years of accounting experience to his position, including former roles as Chief Accountant and Chief Financial Officer. Terry earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and MS in Management from the College of St. Scholastica.
Sonia Kjos serves as data manager and analyst for programs sponsored by the foundation. She brings a unique combination of analytic and creative skills acquired through work experience in marketing, information systems, public health, and medical research. She enjoys the challenge of constructing flexible data collection solutions, tailoring analyses to fit project management needs, and creatively packaging results. Sonia earned a BS in Business at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MS in Epidemiology at the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, and PhD in Medical/Veterinary Entomology at Texas A&M University, College Station.
Denise Weiss provides program and general administrative support for Generations’ team. She brings a wide variety of skills developed through her previous positions in investment accounting, hospital administration, and information systems management. Denise strives to improve productivity at the foundation through optimizing office systems, using software creatively and managing project details. Denise earned a Master’s Certificate in Applied Project management program at Villanova University.