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About Us

  • Team Photo Fall 2017

    Meet our Financial Services Team

    We look forward to working with you!
    • Leadership Team

      Cate Rysavy

      Senior Director
      I joined LSS because I wanted to make an impact in my community on a cause for which I have a particular passion.  After college, I was heading down a path of increasing debt and unhealthy financial habits. Thanks to a non-profit Debt Management Plan and financial education, I changed the course of my life. With my role at LSS, I had the amazing opportunity to join a team of experts with a trusted reputation and over 27 years of experience who equip and enable all people across Minnesota and beyond.  Every day our work changes lives in a fundamental way and we love what we do.
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      Cherrish Holland

      Financial Counseling Supervisor
      I am passionate about advocating for consumer protection issues and educating people so they can reach their financial goals.
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      Joanne Gilbertson

      Senior Program Manager
      I love my job because we help people every day to avoid scams, get out of debt, and become stronger financially. 
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      Julie Zachariason

      Financial Counseling Supervisor
      Just imagine…having a cash flow plan you can live with, a customized & strategic Debt Management Program for debt elimination, and to finally be in a position to build up your savings. A brighter financial future starts with meeting with a member of our team. You CAN conquer your debt!
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      Donna Addkison

      Program Director - Partnerships & Financial Education
      Without exception, we all have something to learn about managing our money including what we learned as children that drives our decision-making as adults. Overcoming emotions and ignoring misplaced judgements about our choices (and lack of choices) can make all the difference in creating a greater sense of financial well-being for ourselves and those around us.
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      Becky Pakarinen

      Program Director-Financial Counseling
      At LSS, our financial counseling team empowers people to conquer their debt and create a more successful financial future. Our number one goal is to remind people that they are in control and can overcome debt on their own. We work alongside you to provide you the tools and solutions to get there.  
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      Elaina Johannessen

      Program Director
      When you start a Debt Management Plan (DMP), our Support Team is here to assist you every step of the way. We work closely with you and your creditors from start to finish to make your DMP as successful as possible. In our experience, teamwork equals success. With the DMP and a team of professionals there to support you, you are on your way to becoming debt-free.
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      Sandi Kleist

      Senior Program Manager
      Foreclosure can be a confusing and stressful time for people. We excel at helping home owners make informed decisions regarding their housing options.
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