Jeremy Hanson Willis
Jeremy Hanson Willis, was appointed Chief Executive Officer for JustUs Health in April 2019 to build on the momentum which began with the merger integration between Minnesota AIDS Project and Rainbow Health Initiative. Jeremy will lead the agency through the development and implementation of a new strategic plan and advance the agency’s mission to lead the work to achieve health equity for diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities.
Jeremy served previously as the Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development between 2014 until his arrival at JustUs Health in 2019. More information about Jeremy is available here.
Rick Laska (Email)
Rick is the Director of Clinical Services for JustUs Behavioral Health. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist, as well as Certified Sex Therapist with a focus on issues related to human sexuality. Rick provides supervision for therapists-in-training as well as is responsible for behavioral health clinic operations.
He is a charismatic leader charged with delivering services to clients from a trauma-informed, attachment-based, risk-reduction, and sex-positive perspective. Rick lives in Minneapolis with his husband, Michael. More information about Rick is available here.
Asneth Omare (Email)
Asneth Omare, Director of Client Services, oversees and coordinates JustUs Health’s housing, financial assistance, insurance navigation, benefits counseling, legal services, case management, peer support programs and the Minnesota AIDSLine. Asneth has worked at JustUs Health since 2014. She has more than 10 years leadership experience in the nonprofit/human services field and currently sits on several local boards including the Lazarus Project, Montessori Renaissance Academy, African World AIDS Day Committee, Minnesota HIV Housing Coalition and Minnesota HIV Strategy Advisory Board.
Asneth is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University. Asneth is interested in issues relating to self-sufficiency, disparities and equal access especially for immigrants/minority and low-income families in Minnesota. When she is not at JustUs Health, Asneth enjoys cooking and spending time hanging out with her family and friends.
Phil Duran (Email)
Phil Duran, Director of Advocacy, Research and Education, oversees JustUs Health’s public education and research programs, including the recently integrated programs of Rainbow Health Initiative and Training to Serve, ShiftMN, and outreach & prevention teams. As an experienced attorney and civil rights advocate, Phil also assists our legal team with cases in the areas of trans health and human rights.
Phil spent 18 years as legal director at OutFront Minnesota. He has been a member of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and Transgender Issues Workgroup, and of Governor Mark Dayton’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying. He was a founding board member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and served as the first out president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, where he remains a member of its Health Law Section. In his spare time, he is an avid reader, lover of vintage photography and antiques.
Andrea Nordick-Stone (Email)
Andrea Nordick-Stone joined the JustUs Health team as Director of Development in May 2019. She has responsibility for strategic fundraising, corporate and foundation grants, sponsorships, individual-giving strategies, and fundraising events in close collaboration with the CEO and Board of Directors External Affairs Committee. Andrea engages donors so they can see the impact of their generosity reflected in the work of JustUs Health. She joins JustUs Health after seven years with the development department at Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities.
Previously, she held various roles in the non-profit community, from attorney to community organizer to program manager. She was first connected to JustUs Health as a peer educator in her hometown of Moorhead for the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) during her high school years. Andrea later served as a law clerk from 2007-2008 at MAP.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Gender and Queer Studies and attended Hamline University School of Law where she concentrated in civil rights. She has a passion for LGBTQ and HIV activism and brings that lens to her work every day. Andrea lives with her wife, Jo, and their rescue dog, Ivy, in Northeast Minneapolis.
Brenda Clark (Email)
Brenda Clark, BS, CNAP is the Director of Finance for JustUs Health with more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles. She brings a wealth of expertise with particular strength in areas such as financial reporting systems, revenue & expense management, and both financial strategy and long-term budgetary oversight.
Brenda Clark obtained her Bachelor of Science in both Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She also holds the CNAP – Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional designation with the FMA Institute. She has worked with both non-profit and for-profit entities with budgets ranging from $500K to $28M, offering financial leadership across multiple industries and causes.
In addition to her executive career, Brenda has served on several Boards of Directors, including the Boards of Mixed Blood Theatre and the Alliance for Women in Radio & TV. Away from the office, Brenda enjoys time spent with her family & friends, growing milkweed for the monarchs and painting passionately.