Staff & Board of Directors

With over 27 committed staff, Stepping Stone Shelter Advocates and Case Navigators work on our residents' daily needs but also working through their goals on leaving into self-sufficiency. Management at Stepping Stone works to develop relationships within the community, raise funds and maintain the highest standards for our residents.
Board of Directors
Kelly Matter, Avivo
Tim Delapp, Medtronic
Sheryl Carlson, MidWestOne Bank
Barbara Wold, City of Coon Rapids
Dan Beyers, Village Ranch, Inc.
Borgie Bonthuis, City of Anoka
Joi Campbell, Target Corp.
Mike Gamache, Anoka County Commissioner
William Erhart, Erhart and Elfelt Legal
Kristy Kmit, HCMC
Howard Helgen, Helgen Law Office
Lisa Johnson, Fredericks Accounting
Greg Lee, City of Anoka Administrator
Leadership Staff

Julie Jeppson
Executive Director

Julie has over 17 years of nonprofit experience ranging from event planning to development. She brings to Stepping Stone a wide array of skills and abilities, particularly public speaking, marketing, public relations, and community engagement. Julie is very active in the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary. Her close work with churches, elected officials, business owners, community members, civic organizations, and foundations gives her the ability to find support and make an impact on the lives of those who call Stepping Stone “home.”


Johnna Krantz
Program Director

Johnna is a licensed social worker with 3+ years of experience working with the elderly and homeless. She also has a broad base of knowledge from 15+ years in the business sector. She manages all programs related to Stepping Stone’s mission, manages program staff, as well as develops new programs and enhances current SSEH programs to meet the needs of our residents. Johnna holds a B.S. in Social Work from St. Catherine University and is also a part of the Anoka County response to homelessness serving on the Outreach & Prevention committee, Housing Services Committee, and Heading Home Anoka.


Jackie Vetvick
Case Manager

Jackie is a Licensed Social Worker and Alcohol Drug Counselor with over 28 years of social service experience, working in Anoka County’s the non-profit sector for the majority of time. For most of her career, Jackie has worked with people who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. Most recently, she has been working in Central Minnesota with the Women’s Recovery and Support Grant through the MN Department of Human Services – Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. In this role, Jackie delivered recovery support services to women who have substance abuse disorders. She brings her experience with both disciplines of social work and chemical dependency to Stepping Stone.


Ebony Johannessen
Case Manager

Ebony has her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from St. Cloud State University with plans of returning to school to receive her Masters in Social Work. Ebony has worked in the social services field for over four years. Her prior experience is working with the homeless population at a transitional shelter for homeless adolescents. Previously, Ebony worked at People Reaching out to People, an organization that assisted low income individuals and families with short term crisis intervention.