Our Team

WCMCA Leadership Staff

missy becker-cook

Missy Becker-Cook

Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for the hiring, training, and terminating of Agency personnel. Missy is also responsible for the Employee Handbook, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity plans and is the Agency Safety Officer. She is responsible for all Agency benefit administration for employees and orientation of all new employees. She is the liaison to the Personnel Committee of the Board of Directors.

  • Phone

    218-685-7063

heather carlson

Heather Carlson

Fiscal Services Director

Responsible for all the financial activities of the Agency. The Fiscal Department receives and pays all invoices, oversees the purchase of equipment and supplies, undergoes an independent annual audit, prepares policy and procedure manuals, and manages the various funds used by the Agency to conduct its business.

  • Phone

    218-685-7032

kelli minnerath

Kelli Minnerath

Director of Development & Operations

Responsible for planning and development of WCMCA activities, such as seeking out additional resources to expand programming.

Kelli manages the Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota Program in which individuals save money for home purchase, small business, or post-secondary education, with matched at a rate of three to one.

  • Phone

    320-304-3458

val arnquist

Valerie Arnquist

Head Start Director

Responsible for managing the Head Start Program that is a comprehensive child development program designed for young children and their families in the areas of health, nutrition, social service, parent involvement, and education. The program is designed to serve low-income children and their families.

  • Phone

    218-685-7094

mandy braaten

Mandy Braaten

Energy/Housing Director

Responsible for the Energy Assistance, Energy Related Repair, Crisis, Home Weatherization, and Otter Tail Power and Reliant Energy Conservation Improvement Programs (CIPs). These programs assist low-income households with financial help to pay energy costs, provide heating related repairs for emergencies, and provide one-time weatherization grants to reduce home heating costs.

  • Phone

    218-685-7058

heather molesworth

Heather Molesworth

Family and Community Services Director

Heather oversees the following Family & Community Services programs which assists individuals and households in their goals of achieving housing, and economic security. Services encourage and assist individuals and families who are working to achieve self-sufficiency and to become stable, strong members in our communities.

Heather is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of PLUS (Parents Love Us Kids) Kids Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Center located in Alexandria. In addition, she manages the Fathers’ Resource Program serving Douglas County.

  • Phone

    320-304-3458

joe niehaus

Joe Niehaus

Affordable Housing Director

Responsible for the Affordable Housing Program, Revolving Loan Program, Emergency Loan Program, and Community Land Trust Program.

  • Phone

    218-685-7041