Our Mission: Supporting the people, policies and programs making life better for abused & neglected children
KARA engages principals, teachers, social workers, lawyers, judges, police officers, parents,
students, health professionals, and the larger community in stopping & healing child abuse, and trauma.
Board & Staff
Board of Directors
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, Secretary/Treasurer: Father, coach, marketing guru dedicated to improved child protection and support for young families.
MIKE TIKKANEN, Founder and Executive Director: Author of 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 owned and operated several companies and arranged the purchase and sale of about 100 MN companies. He is unapologetically and passionately committed to improving the lives of at risk children.
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.
Nicole comes from a family of service to the community. She has worked for and volunteered with nonprofit organizations since high school. She loves to see a healthy developement in children and tender care given to seniors. In her spare time she loves, music, travel, dance, write and be of fulfilling service where she is needed. Her approach is, “The World is My Oyster”.
Volunteer Specialist: Sarah Smith
Sarah is driven to create a more understanding world through collaborative teamwork, sharing of resources, and regular practice of active listening, empathy, and introspection. She has always worked with and on behalf of children, the population that brings her most joy. Her future involves going back to school, building a tiny house, starting her own business, and preparing to become a foster momma one day.
Administrative Specialist: Darcy Schatz
A home-grown Minnesotan living in the Twin Cities metro, Darcy went to law school for fun and is a huge advocate for education. When not trying to save the world, she hangs out with her three kids, spends time outdoors hiking and kayaking, travels, does a little cake decorating and sculpting and other miscellaneous hobbies, and tries not to adopt all the animals in the shelter.
Note – KARA does not have staff or resources to work on individual cases. Please use our Resource / Links to find connections
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