Following are members of the Care in Action Minnesota Board of Directors.
Peter Singer, Co-founder, Director
Peter Singer, MSW, LICSW, is the Founding Director of Care in Action Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that works to equip the faith community and the broader community to better prevent and respond to child maltreatment.
Pete has over 27 years’ experience working with trauma in a variety of settings, including schools, group homes, foster care, home-based services, outpatient therapy, law offices, and more. He has performed various roles, including Direct Service Professional, Foster Parent, School Social Worker, Clinical Therapist and Supervisor, Organization Executive Director, Consultant, and others. He has worked extensively with families, teens, and children who have experienced trauma, including maltreatment, medical trauma, assault, violent loss, and captivity. He is a Licensed School Social Worker, Registered Circle of Security – Parent Educator, and Board-Approved Supervisor. He completed a certificate in Trauma-Effective Leadership from the University of Minnesota in 2018.
Pete has served on several workgroups, including the Cultural Provider’s Network, Ramsey County Ending Racial Disparities Workgroup, Youth in Transition Workgroup, Washington County Foster Care workgroup, and more. He is a member of the National Child Protection Training Center’s Speaker’s Bureau. Pete started and acts as the Lead Consultant/Trainer for Advanced Trauma Consulting. In that role, he provides training and consultation on individual and organizational trauma-effective practices. He has presented at several local and national venues, including the Violence Intervention and Prevention Summit, Child Friendly Faith Project, Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health, Minnesota School Social Workers Association, Minnesota Department of Education, Chaplains for Children, Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors, and local schools and faith communities. He provides ongoing consultation and training to organizations in the legal, healthcare, human service, and education fields.
Chris Singer, Co-founder, Treasurer
Chris Singer, MAN, RN, CPHQ, currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at West Side Community Health Services. West Side is the largest community clinic organization in Minnesota, with 16 metro area locations. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, West Side provides accessible primary health care to diverse communities, applying a progressive model of care that emphasizes education, prevention, care coordination and integrated services using team based bilingual/bicultural expertise.
She has over 20 years of experience in clinical care leadership focused on improving quality for patients in a variety of healthcare settings. She has a clinical background as a registered nurse and holds a M.A. degree in Nursing from Bethel University with focus on Health Systems Leadership as well as certifications in Health Care Quality and Leadership.
Merrill Zieman, Board President
Merrill Zieman is a psychologist with forty years of experience working primarily in the Dakota County child protection program. He has extensive experience managing human service and mental health programs and organizations.
Kelis Houston, Director
Kelis Houston is Founder of Village Arms, a Christ-centered nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding and assisting African American youth and families impacted by child protection. Village Arms’ focus is family preservation and reunification through parenting education, in-home visits, resource acquisition and advocacy with a cultural base.
Village Arms was created in direct response to the over-representation and disparate treatment of African Americans across the child welfare service continuum.
Kelis’ personal mission is to address and help eradicate these disparities through legislative action, youth and family advocacy, policy reform and community engagement.
She serves as cultural consultant and small group facilitator to child welfare staff, students and service providers. Her training is designed to bring a new level of cultural awareness to those working for and within the African American community, in an effort to achieve clearer lines of communication and a sensitivity to culture.
In addition to her full-time work and advocacy she also serves as Chair of the NAACP Minneapolis’ Child Protection committee and board of directors of the MN Trauma Project.
Kelis began her career in social services over a decade ago and has since been a voice for marginalized communities.
Andy Morcomb, Secretary
Andy Morcomb is the Care in Action Minnesota board foster family representative. He and his wife Gabrielle have been active foster parents in Washington County, Minnesota, for the past three years. Andy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University in hopes of taking a more active role in protecting vulnerable children in the future.