Meet Our Financial Services Team

We look forward to working with you!

Senior Director | Brainerd, MN

Becky Pakarinen is the Senior Director of Financial Services. When people first come to see us about their financial situation, they are sometimes unsure of what to expect.

Program Director, Partnerships & Financial Education | Willmar, MN

Cherrish began her career with LSS in 1996 as a Financial Counselor. She’s moved throughout the organization, including working as the Director of the LSS Family Services Team in the Willmar Area.

Program Director, Debt Management Plan Operations | Duluth, MN

Elaina is the Program Director of Debt Management Operations and Support, and is the main blogger on LSS’s personal finance blog, Sense and Centsibility. She is passionate about everyone thriving in their lives and not just surviving.

Economic Empowerment & Employment Services Director | St. Paul, MN
Eva Song Margolis serves as the Economic Empowerment & Employment Services Director. She is responsible for the management, strategic planning and visioning of its Employment and Trainings services.
Program Director, Homeownership Services | Brainerd, MN
Sandi oversees the housing counseling programs, including: homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling and reverse mortgage counseling.
Program Director | Minneapolis, MN

Shawna Faith Thompson is a Program Director for LSS Financial Counseling. She oversees the service’s statewide financial counseling, scheduling and finance/reporting activity.

Financial Counseling Supervisor | Duluth, MN

Ashley Hagelin a Counseling Supervisor for Financial Services. She came to LSS Financial Counseling as an intern in January of 2005 as a graduate from UMD with a major in Sociology.

Financial Counseling Supervisor | St. Paul, MN

Jenna Perez is a Credit Counselor Supervisor who oversees the counselors in our Twin Cities offices. She loves seeing her clients find financial freedom — whether it is overcoming credit card debt, managing their student loans, or saving their homes from foreclosure.

Senior Program & Communications Manager | St. Paul, MN

Viva joined LSS in 2012 and is now a Senior Program & Communications Manager. He brings more than twenty years of experience that spans the nonprofit, philanthropic, communications, journalism and international education sectors.

Senior Program Manager, Financial Counseling | Mankato, MN

Julie’s career with LSS began with her role as a part-time Financial Counselor, and today she is the Consumer Credit Counseling Manager in our Mankato and Rochester offices.