Executive Team


Perspectives’ Executive Team is led by President/CEO Jeannie Seeley-Smith, who has been at the helm for 36 years. She and her executive team, along with Perspectives’ seasoned professionals, have built Perspectives into the largest supportive housing program for women and children in the Midwest.

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Jeannie Seeley-Smith

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Cheryl Cochrane
Chief Financial Officer

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Chris Jackals
VP of Clinical & Program Services

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Linda Domholt
VP of Development & Communications

Board of Directors

An agency as comprehensive as Perspectives could not achieve the results we do without a distinguished and committed Board of Directors.  Together, they donate thousands of hours of service and an impressive amount of financial support to our programs.


James D. Kremer, Board Chair
DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C.

Susan Grafton, Vice Chair
SVP, Finance &
Chief Accounting Officer
Supervalu (Retired)

Dawn Courrier-Cable, Treasurer
Partner, Tax

Sue Zelickson, Secretary
Nutrition Consultant/Reporter
WCCO Radio/MN Monthly Magazine
Founder, Perspectives Kids Cafe

Jeannie Seeley-Smith
Perspectives, Inc.

Cheryl Cochrane
CFO (non-voting member)
Perspectives, Inc.


Marne Brooks
Community Volunteer

Lisa Denzer
Nathan & Associates

Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., L.P.
Lindahl Leadership Professor,
Dept. of Family Social Science &
Institute of Child Development;
Director, Institute of Translational Research in Children's Mental Health
University of Minnesota
International Journal of Psychology

Peter Hayden, Ph.D.
Principal & President
Turning Point, Inc.


Karen Heithoff
Former Business Owner
Intoto (Retired)

Rae Lesmeister
VP Organizational Effectiveness
Cargill (Retired)

Michael Maeser
SVP, Regional Managing Director
Wells Fargo

Kelly Merriman
Vice President, Business Development
xyz Beverage Company

Pamela Miller
SVP, Integrated Supply Chain Management
Beckman Coulter (Retired)

Jim Murphy
SVP; President, Meals & Baking Division
General Mills

Jill Sando
SVP, Home Merchandising

Ellen Schmidt
Community Volunteer

Karl Schmidt
Owner/Chief Executive Officer
Morrie’s Automotive Group

Tiffany Snyder
CIO, Cargill Animal Nutrition

Ruth Usem
Civic Leader


David McNally (Emeritus)
TransForm Corporation

Vicki Wyard
Financial Planner (Retired)


Support Team

Perspectives’ multidisciplinary team coordinates housing, on-site chemical/mental health services, medical attention, as well as strategies to meet the needs of the children.  Our team of licensed teachers and a Children's Mental Health Therapist interface with the housing staff to ensure all members of the family are being served in a coordinated system of care.  Our Director of Evaluation monitors progress toward goals and outcomes, analyzes data, conducts evaluation, and creates reports.  Our Director of Community Engagement and additional staff ensure that all programs are adequately supported by a team of volunteers and interns.

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