MoveFwd Staff

Sarah Granger

Executive Director

Sarah is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and the MoveFwd Executive Director. She previously served as Program Director at MoveFwd for 3 years. Sarah received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She has 20 years of experience working in nonprofit settings that serve youth and families.

Kesha Bradford

Housing and Outreach Program Manager

Kesha began working with MoveFwd in July 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s of Arts in Liberal Learning from Marietta College. Kesha has 15 years experience working with at risk youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

Jake McLean

Case Manager

Jake Mclean is an experienced youth worker who has dedicated 15 years of his professional life to developing and implementing programs to serve youth in diverse settings. Having served as an Community Specialist for the YMCA’s Intervention Program, in the YMCA’s after school programs, and as a Camp Counselor, Jake has a unique ability to meet youth where they are and develop a positive working relationship with them to help them succeed. Jake was born and raised in Minneapolis and enjoys everything the city and state have to offer including live music and spending time exploring the outdoors on his bike and paddle board.

Amanda Bacon-Dwinell

Sr. Therapist

Amanda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and has been with MoveFwd since 2013. She received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services in 2004. Amanda provides individual and group therapy for adolescents and young adults. She utilizes narrative, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches, while also focusing on interpersonal relationships and self-advocacy. Amanda welcomes creative emotional expression, inviting young people to share music, writing, and art in sessions.

Noemi Lopez

Therapist

Noemi started working at MoveFwd in October 2015. She received her Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Minnesota. Noemi has experience counseling students in high school and college settings.

Rachel Norman

Office Manager

Rachel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Education. Her background includes 30 years working with nonprofits in operations, finances and staff support.

Jason Weegmann

Case Manager

Jason started working as a case manager at MoveFwd in September 2018. He previously worked at an adult chemical dependency treatment facility for 4 years. Jason is pursuing a B.A. in social work through the College of St. Scholastica. When not working he enjoys spending time with his daughter, cooking, hiking and backpacking overseas.

Lilly Rotter

Therapist

Lilly started working as a therapist with MoveFwd in September, 2018. Lilly received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. Lilly has experience working with youth and young adults in school and community settings.

Kelsey Bartels, BS

MoveFwd Intern

Kelsey started as a case management intern with MoveFwd in September 2018. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Kelsey has experience working with youth as a case manager and in a mental health residential treatment setting. Kelsey is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree from Augsburg College for Clinical Social Work.