FreedomWorks Staff

Meet the people behind FreedomWorks in Minneapolis

Executive Staff

George Lang

George Lang

Executive Director

George leads FreedomWorks as an example of a life transformed by Christ. Having served three prison sentences, he knows the struggles of reentry firsthand. George’s call to serve men comes from Isaiah 42:22 “These are my people hidden away in caves, dungeons and prisons with no one to speak for them.” George was raised in St. Paul and currently lives in Blaine with his wife Ana and their children.

Brad Nylin

Brad Nylin

Chief Operating Officer

Brad leads the Program, Property, and Technology teams. Most of Brad’s professional life has been spent in nonprofit leadership—first with a conservation association and a veteran medical organization. Brad is a lifelong Minnesotan who loves the outdoors and is married to Stephanie. Together they have four grown kids, one in Minnesota, one in North Dakota, and two in the Denver area. His favorite bible passage: Psalm 23 (1-4).

Tammy Kvidera

Tammy Kvidera

Development Director

Tammy leads the communications, development, and food ministry teams. She comes to us with 15+ years of leadership experience in local non-profits along with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Catherine University. In her free time, Tammy and her husband enjoy family time with their kids and granddaughters.

Ron Habegger

Ron Habegger

Chief Finance Officer

Ron manages all aspects of the organizations finances and accounting. He was employed by Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire Company for 34 years where he served as their Chief Financial Officer responsible for finance, accounting, and information technology. He retired in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Operations overseeing all manufacturing operations for the company. Ron attends Eagle Brook Church where he first learned about FreedomWorks.

Program Staff

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Program Director

Barry Kennedy

Barry Kennedy

Program Manager

Barry provides direct leadership to the program team. He comes to FreedomWorks with more than 15 years of experience leading program teams. Barry also works directly with youth that have had an encounter with law enforcement through a local juvenile diversion program.

Ben Malm

Ben Malm

Program Coordinator

Drew Drechsel

Drew Drechsel

Independent Success Coordinator

Joe Schule

Joe Schule

Housing Support Coordinator

Joe works to introduce God into the lives of justice-involved men coming to FreedomWorks to better their circumstances through life skill development and support. Joe has 6+ years of experience working in youth ministries and has also attended Bible college. Joe has a passion for sharing God’s love with those who feel hopeless in addiction.
 
Mark Hershberger

Mark Hershberger

Intensive OutPatient Coordinator

Mark works through the Partners in Behavioral Health and NuWay partnerships to conduct intakes, partner tours, and counsel guys on the floor so they can begin to believe in themselves. Mark is relatable to the guys he serves, and they see that recovery is possible. He came to FreedomWorks to prevent from going to prison when knew that he needed to change his ways and use his strengths in a good way. God opened doors and put people in his life that truly invested in him which validated those strengths and provided a sense of fulfillment.

Pedro Ornelas

Pedro Ornelas

ReEntry & Aftercare Coordinator

Pedro’s role is to help men grow in their faith to become disciples. He believes he was brought to FreedomWorks through God’s willful intervention and a series of chance meetings. Through his journey here, he has learned a lot about himself and God and feels blessed to have the opportunity to work here and see people grow in their faith and their desire to better themselves.

Andrew Lira

Andrew Lira

Associate Coordinator

Braden Cutter

Braden Cutter

Associate Coordinator

Lorenzo Williams

Lorenzo Williams

Associate Coordinator

Lorenzo handles everything that happens on campus overnight from people sneaking out to circuit breakers that overload. He came in from a partner organization and found a new home here. In his free time enjoys playing chess and comic books.

Micheal Hunter

Micheal Hunter

Associate Coordinator

Thaddeus Hankiewicz

Thaddeus Hankiewicz

Associate Coordinator

Thaddeus does many things at FreedomWorks, but his main goal is to be able to help men navigate through spiritual/emotional barriers that have held them back from being the men God created them to be. He came to FreedomWorks through an answered prayer of guidance from God while incarcerated in the Minnesota Department of Corrections. In his freetime Thaddeus is a musician

Pastor Jerry

Pastor Jerry

Chaplain

Pastor Jerry grew up in Oklahoma where at the age of twelve he gave his life to Jesus. He graduated from Eastern Oklahoma State College, with an Associate’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology. He went back to school and graduated from North Central Bible College with a diploma in Music Evangelism. Jerry struggled with addiction off and on throughout his schooling, and it was only after finding himself in a jail cell that he truly stopped and heard the voice of God say to him, “Now that I have your attention, are you going to listen to me?” He chose to listen, and rededicated his life to Jesus Christ.

Development Staff

Sheldon McMahon Desmond

Sheldon McMahon Desmond

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Food Ministries Staff

Ann Ibarra

Ann Ibarra

Chef Manager

Ann has brought her years of experience in food service and hospitality to the JailBreakers kitchen! She is excited to teach others how to prepare healthy and flavorful meals while meeting the demands of a busy kitchen.

Luke Polus

Luke Polus

Hospitality Cook

Luke serves as Assistant Chef and is creative and thoughtful in using whatever ingredients come his way. He came to FreedomWorks for a fresh start and found a new way of life through Christ our Lord. Luke is grateful to get to work with salt of the earth people. Every day here is a blessing.

Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

Food Shelf Coordinator

Troy Marlow

Troy Marlow

Food Shelf Coordinator

Property Staff

Joe Husman

Joe Husman

Property Manager

Joe is our full-time Property Manager. He has an Associates degree in Commercial HVAC, is working on a bachelor’s degree, and has over 15 years of experience in HVAC and related businesses. He was looking for a place to maintain his sobriety and work on his faith.  During his time at FreedomWorks, Joe has also served as mentor and volunteer.

Larry Knox

Larry Knox

Facility Lead

Larry is the Jack of all trades when it comes to maintaining the FreedomWorks properties. He came to FreedomWorks as a resident in November 2017 and also gives back by providing assistance to our program staff.

Tech Staff

Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas

Technology Manager

Jack is an engineering student at the University of Northwestern. He loves the Lord, and he enjoys serving people. He is excited about the mission of FreedomWorks and appreciates the opportunity to use his skills in an organization that serves the northside community.
 

Finance Staff

Hanna Fisher

Hanna Fisher

Finance Coordinator I

Hanna’s role is to support the financial pieces of the organization. She chose FreedomWorks because of the strong recovery community mission. In her free time, Hanna likes to hang out with her daughter and help other women in recovery.

Our Campus

Administration Building
2900 Fremont Ave. N
Achievement Center
2912 Fremont Ave. N
Recovery Community
2929 Emerson Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Lyndale Branch
4659 Lyndale Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

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