Call for Applications to the Board of Directors!

As a membership association, MSSA's Board of Directors is made up of 16 MSSA members from across the state. As Minnesota’s health and human service system continues to evolve, we rely on a representative board of directors to stay current and lead MSSA in our efforts to provide the best in continuing education, public policy and advocacy, and various member benefits and programs. Serving on the MSSA board is an excellent way to expand one's professional network and skills, as well as make positive changes in the health and human service sector.

If you are interested in submitting your nomination to the board, please note the following:

  • The deadline to submit your nomination is 4:30pm on Friday, April 19. 
  • MSSA believes strongly in a diverse board. The following areas are currently not represented or are over/under represented on the board (board percentages are current board members who posses these skills/traits). Please note, representation in these areas is not a requirement for nominations, and all those interested in encouraged to apply. 
    • Financial Oversight (23.08%)
    • Fund Development (7.69%)
    • Marketing/Public Relations (15.38%)
    • Technology (7.69%)
    • Racial Demographics: African American/Black (23.08%), Asian/Pacific Islander (7.69%), Caucasian (69.23%)
    • Geographic Demographics: Metro (61.55%), Region 10 (7.69%), Region 3 (15.38%), Region 4 (15.38%)
    • LGBTQ (15.38%) 
  • You must be a current MSSA member to run for the board, nominations from non-MSSA members will not be considered. 
  • All eligible nominations will be included on the board ballot, which will be distributed to MSSA members for voting on April 26, 2019. The ballot closes on May 17, 2019. Nominees will be informed of the results during the last week of May 2019. 

Submit your application here

Board of Directors


  • Laurie Dahley, President (Concordia College)
  • Alicia Nichols, Past President (Minnesota Department of Corrections)
  • Terryl Gordon, President Elect (Hennepin County Human Services)
  • Patricia Harmon, Treasurer (CornerHouse)
  • Marcia Milliken, Public Policy and Advocacy Chair (Minnesota Children's Alliance)
  • Clark Gustafson, At Large Representative (Retired)
  • Patty Benson, At Large Representative (Dakota County Human Services)
  • Amanda Abrahamson, Conference and Education Chair (Ramsey County Workforce Solutions)
  • Terry Hildebrandt, Secretary (The Salvation Army)
  • Dr. Joyce Broderson, At Large Representative
  • Alyssa Paulson, Regions Chair (People Incorporated)
  • Kesha Anderson, At Large Representative (Region 4 South Adult Mental Health)
  • Dave Lee, At Large Representative (Carlton County Public Health and Human Services)
  • Shawyn Lee, At Large Representative (University of Minnesota Duluth)
  • Sheri Hixon, At Large Representative (Hennepin County)
  • Susanne Desmond, At Large Representative (Hennepin County)
  • Christina Zeise, Executive Director