Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director – MICAH
Sue Watlov Phillips is a woman of God. She seeks to faithfully serve the Lord through her passions for Social Justice and Equity, loving others as herself, and ensuring everyone has a safe, decent, accessible and affordable place to call home!
Sue Watlov Phillips has a B.A. in Psychology, a Masters in Counseling and Psychological Services. Is a retired Licensed Psychologist, Independent Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Sports Psychologist. She is an author of: "ADAPTING YOUR PRACTICE: Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients with Opioid Use Disorders."
She has worked for 44 years in social justice with emphasis on serving people at risk and/or experiencing homelessness and housing crisis. With God’s guidance and blessing, she developed one of the first transitional housing programs and prevention/rapid rehousing models in the country in the early 1980s, which has been a model for Local, State and Federal Legislation.
Sue was a founding Board Member and served on the Board of Directors of MICAH (1988- present), the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless (1984 -2010) and on the leadership team that developed the National Coalition for the Homeless (1982-1986) and Board Member 1986- present (currently an Honorary Board Member) Over the last 3 decades, she has helped to write and advocate for many of the Minnesota and Federal Laws passed to fund homeless prevention, rapid re-housing ,transitional programs and affordable housing. She is President and CEO of Integrated Community Solutions, Inc. She is a consultant, teacher, writer, and speaks at workshops, Conferences and teaches Bible Studies. Currently, she serves as a National Consultant on Adapting Clinical Practices for people at risk of and/or experiencing homelessness with Opioid Disorders for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
Author and Co-author of several books and publications including:
Re- Covering in God: 40 Days Wrestling with God (2013), Bringing America HOME: Living Our Faith (in process,) Rapid Re-Housing Manual (2010) Foreclosure to Homelessness (2008 and 2009) and Contributor to Without Housing (2010) and Livable Incomes: Real Solutions that Stimulate Our Economy.
Sue lives in Fridley, the home she grew up in, and bought from her parents. She helps a friend run a resort on weekends in the summer and visits her mother in assisted living 2 days per week where she also teaches a Bible Study and is a substitute pastor.
La Shella Sims
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, La Shella has lived in Minneapolis, MN since 1971.
She has twenty years’ experience in faith-based organizing; Joint Ministry Project (presently call Isaiah, Jewish Community Action, MICAH. Has held various leadership roles within MICAH, including being a former Board Member.
Presently, Organizing/Advocating in North Minneapolis with an emphasis on Transportation (Light Rail Transit & diesel fueled engine) and other elements that transportation encompasses).
Member of: Community Advisory Committee-to Metropolitan Council; Blue Line Coalition-member; Community Engagement Committee-member; Environmental Justice Advisory Group-to Minneapolis Pollution Control Agency’s Commissioner.
Past/Present Organizations affiliated with: Minnesota Literacy Council-adult reading tutor; Black Veterans of America- outreach coordinator; Women Veterans Initiative Working Group-member, National Association of Black Military Women-founding member.
East Metro Congregational Organizer
John has been organizing with MICAH for nearly a decade. He works with the Northeast Suburban Chapter, centered in White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi. He is also organizing in Saint Paul. He worked on the Stops for Us campaign that won the three missing stops on the Central Corridor/Green Line.
He understands how housing equity and the history and practice of racism in housing interact with zoning and land use, transit corridors, and production and maintenance of affordable housing.
He lives on the East Side of Saint Paul with his wife and child. John has been involved with community radio, anti-war and anti-racism activism, and Democratic Farmer Labor politics.
Amazing Office Volunteer
Judy comes to MICAH through the Ignation Volunteer Corps. She has been helping in the office since September 2012
Content Creation & IT
Veronika arrived in August 2018. In the time since, she managed a gentle website migration to improve user experience and brightened the logo a touch.
Current duties include data and content upkeep, encouraging social media engagement, and carving away at a content backlog; in small, weekly chunks.
She also does her best to keep the computers humming and the copier filled with toner and envelopes.
Veronika built her first page in 1995. Her work on the web began in front-end development, meandered through data management, and then settled in content creation. These skills, along with her enjoyment of restoration and repair, make this a nice fit.