Staff Directory

Executive Staff:

Ann Gaasch, Executive Director

With more than 20 years of experience working with families and children, Ann Gaasch has provided leadership on community and national family service initiatives.  Her extensive experience includes program leadership at The Bridge for Youth, St. Paul/Ramsey County Children’s Initiative, and the Tubman Family Alliance.  After four years as the Program Director for FamilyWise, Ann was named Executive Director in October 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from St. Mary’s University.

Email Ann Gaasch or call 612.877.7827

Bernell E. Buchanan, Associate Director

Bernell has a bachelor’s degree in accounting.   She has a varied background in organizational management and finance in nonprofit organizations, the public accounting sector as a former certified public accountant (CPA), and also with private corporations. Bernell has been involved with FamilyWise since 2003, first as a consultant, then as director of finance & development, interim executive director, and now as the agency’s associate director.

Email Bernell E. Buchanan or call 612.877.7828

Who to Call:

Anna VonRueden, Youth Services Program Manager

Anna is a Credentialed Coach in High Fidelity Wraparound and began working with at-risk youth in 2004. Anna attended UW-Eau Claire for criminal justice and worked in various treatment settings throughout Wisconsin before settling into Wraparound Milwaukee in 2008. She served as a member of the Wisconsin State Juvenile Justice Association for 4 years and as a supervisor for Wraparound Milwaukee from 2009 – 2013.

Find out more about FamilyWise’s Youth Services, including Wraparound and Bright Beginnings Teen Parenting.

Email Anna VonRueden or call 612.877.7835

Bea Pfeiffer, Childcare Services Manager

Bea Pfeiffer is credentialed by the National Child Development Association and has been working in child development since 1997, including being a center manager and lead teacher. Bea also has experience working at teen homeless shelters. She has been with FamilyWise since 1999.

Find out more about child care at FamilyWise.

Email Bea Pfeiffer or call 612.877.7821

R. Ben Twogood, MA, LMFT, Parent Support Services Manager

Ben is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Adler Graduate School and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. He has worked with diverse populations (including in Mexico, Brazil, and Jamaica) his entire professional career. In addition, for nearly 20 years Ben has been a passionate advocate for children’s mental health, special education and disability services with a focus on the disparities of access for under-served communities in the Twin Cities.

Email R. Ben Twogood, MA, LMFT or call 612.877.7830

Glorina Fruetel, Supervised Visitation Manager

“We are one conversation away from understanding and sometimes the conversation begins with silence and positioning oneself in proximity of another so as to listen to the heart and not just the words.”

With roots in relational and systemic beliefs Glorina Fruetel strives to support and encourage families to embrace their unique and authentic selves. She began her journey 20-years ago while working as a Behavior Analyst. Gaining experience in working with families who have children with varied degrees of disabilities strengthened her passion to continue her work with families who are experiencing varied degrees of disruption. After providing 9 years of oversight to Guardians and Conservators she felt the need to further her education and obtained her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her education and experience enabled her to move from her part time position at FamilyWise to the full time Program Manager of the Supervised Visitation Program.

Email Glorina Fruetel or call 612.877.7846

For Other Requests:

Supervised Parenting Call Line, including Cancellations and Late Arrivals

Email Supervised Parenting Call Line or call 612.877.7838

Supervised Parenting Payment Line, 612.877.7851

Donations, including In-Kind

Email Donations or call 612.877.7844

Foundations & Grants, including Grants

Email Foundations & Grants or call 612.877.7827

Volunteers, including Internships and Teen Mentors

Email Volunteers or call 612.877.7826

Corporate Partnerships, including Recognition

Email Corporate Partnerships or call 612.877.7844

Media Inquiries, including Guest Speakers

Email Media Inquiries or call 612.877.7827

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