Jessica (Jesse) Mathias has nearly two decades of diverse experience in the non-profit sector. Jesse values the special attention Open Your Heart provides to front line agencies and the emphasis placed on supporting their work in the community. She is dedicated to ensuring that Open Your Heart remains progressive and prepared in response to the needs/challenges facing those experiencing food and housing insecurity in Minnesota.
As the executive director of Open Your Heart, Jesse’s goals include building and strengthening relationships, developing positive rapport and having constant knowledge of what needs are to be met in order to continue to uphold Open Your Heart’s important mission.
Jesse has her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine’s University and her B.A. in International Relations from St. Cloud State.
PROGRAM AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Kathleen (Kathy) Mahoney was the Office Manager at Open Your Heart from 2015 through the beginning of 2022 which opened the door to her passion for and commitment to those who are homeless and/or don’t have enough food to eat. Curious about other fields of service, she chose to follow another line of work in 2022 she strongly believed in which was in the opioid medication-assisted treatment field helping patients manage their insurance policies and assistance funding so they could receive treatment. As much as she enjoyed the intricacies of that field, when the opportunity came to once again be a part of the Open Your Heart team as the Program and Development Assistant in 2024, she was excited to return.
Marketing and Communications Associate
Bailey Cisar has three years of experience working with Open Your Heart and is passionate about helping others. With a background in Marketing Management, she helps in social media, website content, and marketing tactics. As someone who values connecting with the community and enjoys the media and arts, she is able to do so while using an online platform to spread awareness at Open Your Hearts.