Meet the Team
Board of Directors
Pierce has a broad background with non-profits, having previously served on a variety of non-profit boards. He is passionate about Wildflyer's mission as he firmly believes one youth experiencing homelessness is one youth too many. His day job is working for Wells Fargo supporting senior leaders and the board of directors in strategic planning and projects. He lives in North Minneapolis with his wife and dog, where he enjoys reading and being outside in his downtime.
Joe Marrocco-Vice President
Joe Marrocco is a coffee guy, he has worked as a barista, barista trainer, café manager, coffee roaster, roaster trainer, coffee importer, green coffee salesperson, and has done just about every job coffee offers on the consumer side. He has volunteered for the Barista Guild of America, served 5 years on the Roasters Guild Executive Council, helped form the global Coffee Roasters Guild and served on the Advisory Council, won the Specialty Coffee Association’s Special Recognition Award, is a US Regional Barista Champion, was a US Roaster Championship Rules and Regulations author and head judge, and has nearly a decade of experience in restaurant management and ownership.
Stephanie Soskin is a volunteer college and career counselor for high school students. She has worked at the Hopkins High School College and Career Center and is currently working at the PiM Arts High School (formerly Main Street School of Performing Arts). She has helped individual students with all aspects of the college admissions process including applications, resumes, interviews and financial aid and scholarship search. She also works with Achieve Minneapolis, Move Forward, Treehouse Next and conducts admissions interviews for Duke University.
Prior to raising three children she worked in Marketing and Advertising for General Mills and BBDO respectively. Stephanie has used her skills in Marketing, Research and Advertising to consult on various start up companies
Mara O’Neill has nearly 40 years of experience in the field of community economic development providing technical assistance and loans to new and emerging small businesses. She is currently Loan Program Manager for Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. Before joining MCCD, Mara was Director of Capital Investments for First Children’s Finance (FCF), a nonprofit organization supporting the business side of child care, where she oversaw the loan and grant program and developed FCF’s business training program. She was Chief Operating Officer at Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), a community–based non-profit organization providing training, financing and ongoing technical assistance to new micro-businesses in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. She also worked for the Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) for 12 years providing financing and technical assistance to small businesses and developers. Mara has a BS Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been certified as an Economic Development Financing Professional by the National Development Council. She is also a recipient of the Top Women in Finance Award from Finance and Commerce Magazine.
Dan is the owner and president of Dogwood Coffee. He has extensive experience working in the retail and wholesale sectors of the coffee business, and readily shares his knowledge and insight with Wildflyer.
Kesha earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s of Arts in Liberal Learning from Marietta College. She is currently finishing her Masters in Social Work at Augsburg. Kesha has 15 years experience working with at risk youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.
John currently works as a project manager for U.S. Bank. His previous professional experience includes technical support for a medium sized tech company. John is an active volunteer in his community and enjoys mentoring young men and participating in after school programs.
Jennifer is currently an Associate Director at Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), where se has worked since 2013. She is responsible for the training and development of all program staff, as well as integrated implementation of systems and data projects. Jennifer’s previous work experience includes various direct service roles in nonprofit and educational settings. She has a strong passion for supporting individuals to reach their goals, and a particular interest in issues related to racial and economic justice.
Jessica has extensive experience working with youth experiencing homelessness. She was an outreach worker with unstably housed youth and Gutterpunks in San Francisco. She currently works in community development in the Phillips neighborhood through an agency called InnerChange.