Kids At Risk Action (KARA) Board
Note – KARA does not have paid staff or resources to work on individual cases
Please use our Resource / Links (under the About KARA button) to find connections
KARA was created to initiate community conversations and to engage Minnesota citizens in discussions about the incredible problem of at risk, neglected and abused children in Minnesota. Since our inception, nearly two decades ago, KARA has engaged principals, teachers, social workers, lawyers, judges, police officers, parents, students, health professionals, and the larger community in discussions about child abuse and trauma.
CAROL KOEPP – Retired Special Education Teacher (Wayzata High); Retired Social Justice Coordinator, First Unitarian Society, Mpls; Co-developer of Public Policy Committee, NAMI-Eastside, Redmond, WA.
DAMON KOCINA, Father, coach, marketing guru dedicated to improved child protection and support for young families.
PATTI HETRICK, Proud mom of 4 adopted children through the Minnesota Waiting Children Program. Financial experience in public, private, and small business. Currently, the Budget Director for Anoka County.
MIKE TIKKANEN, Author: Invisible Children, volunteer CASA Guardian ad Litem in Hennepin County since 1996, current and founding board member of CASAMN and Founder & President of KARA. Mike has bought, sold, owned and operated a number of Minnesota businesses and managed dozens of employees in his corporate life. He is unapologetically and passionately committed to improving the lives of at risk children.
JOE MCCARTHY Corporate managements positions at The Pillsbury Company, Eli Lilly & Company and Dayton Hudson Corporation- founder of international public relations firm, Pinnacle Worldwide, Inc.- military officer and spokesperson for the Department of the Army – Pentagon- high school teacher and long-time supporter of children’s issues.
TIFFINI FLYNN FORSLUND Teacher, Volunteer CASA guardian ad-Litem (past), Individual of Color, African American who overcame many struggles and could have easily become one of the statistics KARA is trying to help. It is so rewarding to be able to create change to stop or reverse the devastation caused from over 500 years of oppression.
DR David McCollum
KARA Ex Officio Board:
Margaret Peterschmidt KARA Secretary
Matt Kuchinos Social Media Guru and Project Advisor
Tracy Koppenhoefer Grant Writing and Project Advisor
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