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Who We Are

The Drawer is an enlivening and empowering organization not only for the recipients of the product, but also to every person whose life somehow intersects with The Drawer. We understand a communal need that goes beyond socks and underwear. A need for the power of community. A need to act in the world. A need to pass on the faith in humankind. Stew and Debby Shepard, the power couple behind The Drawer, recognized these needs and had a desire to create a place where everyone is welcome. No exceptions. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Meet Grandma Lucy

Meet Grandma Lucy. The inspiration behind The Drawer, and Debby’s mother. In the early 1980’s Grandma Lucy (Lucille Rozenberg) began giving socks and underwear as gifts at Christmas. Every person sitting around the tree, children, in-laws, grandchildren, and even Christmas guests, received just the right package of socks and underwear.

Lucy’s Family

When Grandma Lucy passed away in 2000, the family decided that, in her honor, each family member would bring socks and underwear in their own sizes to Christmas. All the gifts were given to a non-profit.

Stew and Debby

In 2014, Stew and Debby decided to ask friends and members of their church for additional donations of socks and underwear. That year a total of 1,417 pairs of new socks and underwear were collected, with items distributed to Loaves and Fishes (at Holy Rosary Church), The Link, and Union Gospel Mission.  After seeing the community’s response to their call, and learning more about the need of such basic items, Stew and Debby cleared out a room in their home to warehouse product, became a 501(c)3, formed a board of directors, and The Drawer was born.

Meet the Team

Gina Lindquist

Executive Director

Gina is passionate about non-profit, mission fueled work. Her professional experience includes marketing, development, strategic planning, and outreach. Gina is an avid outdoor adventurer with most of her free time dedicated to volleyball, camping, hiking, and movies with her beloved cats, two large dogs, and loving significant other.

Jesse Johnson

Operations Coordinator

Jesse is The Drawer's newest team member. Jesse enjoys finding ways to connect, mentor, and help those around her. Jesse is an advocate for self care, mental health awareness, DEI initiatives, LGBTAI+ community inclusion, and basic human rights. Her professional experience includes senior graphic design, communications, and marketing—as a creative soul she’s skilled in organization, event planning, team building, and ideation. In her spare time, you’ll see her with her partner, kiddo, puppy, and loving friends—Mpls walks, shops, restaurants, concerts, and roller derby at the Roy bring her so much joy.

Meet the Board of Directors

Debby Shepard

Founder

Debby Shepard is Grandma Lucy's daughter and is the founder of The Drawer. She has a heart-felt calling to do good in the world. Debby, along with her husband Stew, started The Drawer in 2016 when it was brought to her attention that the most needed, but least donated, items were NEW socks and underwear.

Stew Shepard

Founder, Board President

Along with his wife, Debby, Stew is a founder of The Drawer, and currently serves as the council’s president. Stew’s infectious positivity and internal compass of good keeps The Drawer’s focus on the mission. Stew’s involvement in the organization includes nearly every activity, including donor and recipient relations, distribution of product, and organizational growth.

Randy Felch

Vice President

Randy has almost 30 years experience in the banking industry and is currently employed with Bremer Bank in St. Paul, Minnesota. Randy’s previous board volunteerism includes serving as the board chair for Camp Fire Minnesota, a youth development organization, and serving as a board member for the Minnesota Chapter of the Risk Management Association.

Candice Magnum

Secretary

Candice is a local small business owner with 24 years of retail management and marketing experience, in both Brick-and-Mortar locations and e-commerce. She is also involved with the Girl Scouts of America and HEART Ministries, a community-oriented organization that seeks to fill local needs. She brings to The Drawer the passion for relationship building between volunteers and the community, and believes we are our best when we see and feel seen by others.

Rian Greseth

Treasurer

Rian is a finance professional with over 25 years of experience in a variety of finance positions and frequently finds himself bridging the gap between finance and technology. His role on The Drawer’s board mirrors his professional role of helping partners understand their financial position.

Phil Sarff

Member-at-Large

Phil is a licensed psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment and clinical neuropsychology. For The Drawer, Phil makes sure that community, volunteer, and recipient relationships remain at the forefront of our mission. He also leads the distribution team at The Drawer.

Andy Carr

Member-at-Large

Andy is passionate about helping others. He is the VP of Marketing and Development for Feed My Starving Children where he heads the teams responsible for all aspects of fundraising and marketing. His business background includes various levels of sales and marketing management and government affairs activities. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Global Eye Mission, VERUS Community, and is actively involved in the leadership of Bible Study Fellowship in the Minneapolis area.

Mary Caruso Dailey

Member-at-Large

Mary Caruso Dailey, Ph.D. is a Senior Product Development Specialist in 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division. Dr. Caruso Dailey has a passion for positively influencing our next generation of scientists by being a Mentor and Judge for 3M Young Scientist Challenge. She is the past chair of the Technical Women’s Leadership Forum at 3M and advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. She is an active member of the community-conscious, action-oriented organization Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and currently serves as the Minnesota State Director for the organization.

Beth Morgan

Member-at-Large

Beth has over 30 years of experience in the finance field, focusing on small businesses. Recently retired from CCF, she hopes to bring her energy and deep desire to support The Drawer. She has watched The Drawer grow from a small clothes basket collection to an organization that is meeting the greater community needs … and beyond.

Kris Bjorke

Member-at-Large

With a passion for seeing people use their gifts and passions to the fullest, Kris has found herself always working alongside teenagers and those that lead teenagers. Kris currently serves as the interim director of youth ministry for the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) which serves approximately 8,500 churches across the country. Additionally she serves part time in First Third ministry at the Minneapolis Area Synod (a part of the ELCA) and teaches at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. What brings her joy is sharing a cup of coffee with friends and family, traveling, watching hockey, national parks, cats, quilting, serving others and hanging out with her husband of 30 years Scott and their 2 grown daughters.

Brady Sternberg

Student Member-at-Large

Brady is currently a junior at Eagan High School. He is active at his school in speech, debate and theater. Brady was selected as the student board member for The Drawer as a way to connect The Drawer with the immediate community and student volunteer base. His motivation, passion, willingness to learn, and overall energy for The Drawer and our mission will help us maximize our outreach grow our connection to our local communities.

Interested in learning more about joining our Board of Directors? Contact us today at info@thedrawer.org!