Our Board Members
Board of Directors
President / Executive Director / Member since March 2016
Julie, the visionary leader behind Main Street Family Services. She wears multiple hats, serving as the founder, Executive Director, and President of our dedicated Board of Directors. In November 2015, Julie was asked to start a company to provide supervised visitation and parent education services to Sherburne County. She had been doing these services alone for the previous five years.
Julie took on the challenge and contacted former board members of the unused Main Street Family Services 501c3 and asked if they could help her with this new challenge. They happily endorsed this new opportunity to use the 501c3 that had sat dormant for the previous 8 years. With Julie as the executive director, Main Street Family Services began serving families on March 1, 2016.
The Main Street Family Services’ legacy of serving individuals, children, and families has deep roots, a loving history, and a commitment to serving the most hurt and vulnerable. Julie is proud to be the instrument used to bring the mission and vision of Main Street Family Services to the individuals, children, and families in our community.
Chairman of the Board / Member since July 2019
Dale has provided leadership by guiding and supporting the mission and vision of Main Street Family Services since 2019. Dale is currently retired from Northrop Grumman and Alliant Techsystems as a quality manager. He is also a retired Captain of the United States Marine Corp.
Vice Chair / Member since 2022
Pam Mertz joined the MSFS Board of Directors in April 2022. Her professional experience includes being the Founder and owner of Northland Electronic Sales and BluePrintLife Coaching, LLC. Pam is a Contracted Coach for Clinical Microsystems, IEHSS, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Partnership Enhancement Program, and Promised Land Living. Pam is also a Professional Christian Coaching Institute faculty member and a certified Strengths Coach. (Gallup)
Member at Large / Member since 2022
Lou Mertz joined the MSFS Board of Directors in April 2022. He is currently retired from a long career as a founder, owner, and President of several companies, including Lou Mertz Inspections, United First Financial Team UFF, and Respir Tech Corporation.
Member at Large since 2022
Gary is a zoning administrator for the City of St. Louis Park. As the zoning administrator, he describes his responsibilities as working with residents and businesses to assist them in meeting their needs and requests and navigating city, county, and state rules. Gary is also the co-owner of a small local business.
Gary is the parent of three children adopted from Russia. One of whom was adopted by another family that terminated their rights to him at the age of five because of his disabilities. Since then, Gary and his wife have been advocating for their son through the school, county, state, and federal systems to get him the best care available.
Secretary / Member since 2020
Jenni is a Business Broker and property investor with Meritus Group Business Brokerage and Retreat to Lake Superior. Jenni has worked in Clinical and Clinical IT for Large Medical Device and Pharma Companies. She has also been a Business Analyst/Project Manager.
“I believe that all my past experiences will benefit my role on the board, including my passion for the mission and vision of this program. I believe that my personal experience with a broken system where I didn’t feel nurtured, valued, joyful, hopeful, empowered, and connected will allow me to be an advocate for the primary mission and vision of this business.”
Steve has worked in accounting since 1981 and has experience serving public registrants and private companies across multiple industries. Most recently, Steve retired from his position as an audit partner for Baker Tilly US, LLP, and has 42 years of experience serving private companies in the manufacturing and distribution industry, including audits of accelerated and non-accelerated filers, providing merger and acquisition transaction support in various industries and assisting clients in planning strategies for business growth, capital needs, both debt and equity. Steve is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Steve says he is a part of the Main Street Family Services board of directors because he believes in their mission, vision, and values. Steve loves to waterski and spend time with his wife, family, and his 14 grandkids.
Main Street offers a truly fulfilling work environment for individuals committed to making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable families and individuals.
Join our team and be a part of something truly meaningful!