Jazmin Danielson, MA, Executive Director
Jazmin holds a Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has recently completed her Masters of Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University. Jazmin has been working in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, including her most recent position, as the Director of Youth Programs for East Side Neighborhood Services and The Bridge for Youth. Her extensive leadership roles include creating and leading the Northeast Youth Providers group, acting as a member of the MACC Youth Evaluation Team, being a Minneapolis school board member, participating as a part of the training and coaching cohort for the Youth Coordinating Board, and a 2012 National Institute of Out-of-School Time fellow. Jazmin‘s passions are grounded in equity and justice, education, empowerment and transformational leadership. Jazmin also enjoys her spirited 6 year old daughter, coaching girls’ basketball, training staff teams, and traveling.
Sammy Loeks-Davis, Program Director
Sammy is a University of Minnesota Duluth alumni graduating with a Bachelors degree in teaching secondary literature and communication arts and a minor in theater arts. After graduating, Sammy and her husband moved out west to Seattle where she taught 4th-6th grade students at a small progressive school creating curriculua based on students’ interests and questions while focusing on the social and emotional development of each young person. During the summer Sammy was a summer camp director for the Mill Creek YMCA Day Camp, creating an active and hands-on summer curriculum for students 1st-6th grade. Sammy and her husband were beckoned home to Minnesota and after traveling a month abroad in Thailand, she found her way to this amazing organization. She is thrilled with the work Beyond Walls sets out to do, “on and off the courts,” and hopes to learn and grow along with the students.
Chaltu Doto, Assistant Program Director and Fitness Coach
Chaltu is a recent graduate from the College of St. Benedict with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. Chaltu is no stranger to the non-profit sector. Following graduation, Chaltu worked as an Assistant Program Coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club. Her daily objective was to help develop tangible learning outcomes and make reading easier and more desirable for students reading below their grade level. This summer, Chaltu served as the Dean of Students at Breakthrough Twin Cities, where she managed the academic and social success of students. In addition, she was the transportation liaison between the organization and parents, and coordinated various events, conferences, and field trips. Above all else, Chaltu is very passionate about fitness/wellness and is excited to share this with the students at Beyond Walls.
Nick Hedman, VISTA Member
Nick is an Americorps VISTA and recent graduate of St John’s University. Nick graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is using that knowledge to contribute to the community through public service. He spent a semester abroad in London during which he worked for a Haringey non profit. Nick has also worked with kids through his years teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding at the Anoka Aquatic Center and his previous service as an Americorps VISTA with the Minnesota Literacy Council through the Summer Reads program. Nick is excited to contribute to the growth of Beyond Walls.