Katherine Sims-Delgado, Executive Director
Katherine, joined Care in Action Minnesota in the beginning of 2020, serving as Program Coordinator. In this time she set up new mechanisms that have nearly doubled CIAM’s capability for impact. Katherine is a self-directed and driven nonprofit development professional that knows how to take a vision and make it reality through sound strategy development. She is equipped with a comprehensive background leading community organizing, donor engagement, events, and cross-functional teams to ensure success and achieve goals.
She received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Hamline University and has nearly a decade of non-profit experience across a broad range of community and national human service organizations. Katherine developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a young beneficiary of various community services. Experiencing transient housing throughout her childhood, she became passionate about empowering homeless and foster youth, particularly those impacted by abuse.
In her early work with Habitat for Humanity, she managed volunteers to restore/build homes, while analyzing community needs and working to develop practical and effective program delivery. During her time there, she saw more clearly the ways in which opportunities for economic mobility can vary substantially from one county to the next, and came to realize the importance of enabling intergenerational mobility at the local level. This experience also instilled in her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits and individuals can work to improve quality of life as a means for reducing inequities.
Board of Directors
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.
Peter Singer, Co-founder
Peter Singer, MSW, LICSW, is the Founding Director of Care in Action Minnesota. 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 currently serves as the Lead Consultant/Trainer for Advanced Trauma Consulting. He has worked extensively with families, teens, and children who have experienced trauma, including maltreatment, medical trauma, assault, violent loss, and captivity. Peter is a Licensed School Social Worker, Registered Circle of Security – Parent Educator, and Board-Approved Supervisor. He is also a member of the National Child Protection Training Center’s Speaker’s Bureau.
Andrew 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 four 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.
Chris Singer, Co-founder
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.
Mark Mellana is an investment professional with over a 30-year track record of: direct investing, asset management, corporate restructuring, and Board of Director roles in all types of energy companies and projects. He worked with General Electric for twenty-one years, providing private equity and debt investments in energy and infrastructure assets and companies. He has been recognized for building collaborative relationships with management teams, co-sponsors, and customers. Mark has served on numerous Board of Directors and in a variety of roles, including: governance, risk management, operations, and finance.
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. 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.