Helping homeless kids get off the streets and into safe housing, education, and employment opportunities in the Duluth community since 1991.
Life House in Duluth Minnesota

Our Staff

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  • Maude Dornfeld, Executive Director. Maude joined Life House with a strong background in the non-profit sector, with her most recent experience as the Community Education Coordinator for Safe Haven. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on domestic violence, sex offenders and juvenile delinquency and a certificate in nonprofit administration from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In the past she has been an adjunct instructor of criminology and a marketing research director. She enjoys the outdoors, especially kayaking and hiking along the beautiful North Shore.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 10
    Email Maude

  • Shannon Hoffman, Development Director. Shannon joined Life House in May 2014, and brings more than 10 years of nonprofit experience. Most recently, she was the Director of the Annual Fund at The College of St. Scholastica. She has a Bachelors Degree in English from The University of Texas in Austin, Texas and a Masters in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, she spent two years in Malawi, Africa with the Peace Corps.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 14
    Email Shannon

  • Ryan Irlbeck, Finance Director. Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Ryan spent 10 years with Minneapolis-based Regis Corporation, most recently as Vice President of Operations. He is a former Certified Public Accountant and has served as the Finance Director for Animal Allies Humane Society and Community Action Duluth. Ryan is currently the Secretary of the Board for Animal Allies.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 15
    Email Ryan

  • Erich Lutz,Program Director. Erich has extensive experience with supportive housing programs and services that assist homeless youth to achieve the skills necessary to obtain and maintain safe and affordable housing. Erich began his career at Life House in 2001 as the Transitional Services Case Manager. In 2003 the Corporation of Supportive Housing selected Erich as the only advocate from Greater MN to join a group of Metro area advocates to tour the European Foyer Model in London England. In 2009, he worked for the Human Development Center, providing intensive case management services to long-term homeless individuals and families in Duluth. Erich returned to Life House in 2010 as the Housing Lead.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 11|
    Email Erich

  • Eric Goetz, Housing Program Manager. In 2012 Eric graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota. While working on his degree, Eric had an opportunity to intern as a School Social Worker in Duluth Independent School District 709, working directly with students, and families of students, receiving special education services. In the spring of 2012 he completed a 450 hour internship with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, where he assessed the needs of homeless, and potentially homeless veterans and their families, and worked to connect them with a variety of services throughout Northern Minnesota. During his free time Eric enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children. 
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 13
    Email Eric

  • Jessica Mantor, Housing Specialist - Permanent Supportive Housing: Jessica graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in December 2013 with a B.S. in Social Work. While working on her degree, she interned with Woodland Hills as a Youth Care Counselor, providing positive support in a treatment setting. She also interned with Lutheran Social Services where she assisted in the Renaissance Transitional Housing Program. She also has many years' experience working with youth in environments that focus on strengths-based interventions and client centered modalities.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 16
    Email Jess

  • Jennifer Salo, Housing Specialist - Transistional Housing. In the fall of 2007, Jenn graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Superior with a M.A. in Art Therapy. While working on her degree, Jenn had the opportunity to intern at Miller Dwan in the Behavioral Unit with children, adolescents, and adults. She studied child development and Psychology as an undergrad and received her B.S. in Art Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Jenn has worked in the Health Care field with at risk youth and adults for 15 years. Jenn is the Assistant Director of an Art Enrichment Program (NCWP) that provides art as healing to women and children in our community. She enjoys creating her own art, reading, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. Jenn is very excited to be part of our Life House team. 
    Jenn will be out of the office until March!

  • Amanda Penley, Housing Case Manager
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 16
    Email Amanda 
  • Kyle Naalsund, Futures Program Manager/Education Case Manager. Kyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Superior in 1998 with a BS in Secondary Education, Mathematics. He has more than 12 years’ experience working with youth ages 13 – 21, specializing in at-risk and homeless youth. He is responsible for integrating and expanding the education and employment programs to assist youth in becoming self-sufficient.  Prior to joining Life House, Naalsund taught mathematics at Denfeld High School.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 12
    Email Kyle
  • Luke Morcomb, MSW, Youth Specialist - Employment. Morcomb recently completed his MSW at University of Minnesota, Duluth and has many years’ experience working with youth. Most recently he was a Street Outreach Worker at Lutheran Social Service but has also served Mentor Duluth through TrueNorth AmericCorps and has a long volunteer history. As the Employment Case manager, he will work to assist youth to find and maintain work through job coaching, skills training, and placement services.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 27
    Email Luke
  • Julie Flint, Mental Health Professional. Julie is a 2007 MSW graduate of University of Minnesota, Duluth. She went on to earn her LICSW in April 2010. As a licensed clinical social worker, Flint has extensive experience counseling at-risk youth. Prior to joining Life House, Flint worked at North Homes Children and Family Services as a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT).
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 29
    Email Julie

  • Heather Brennan, Wellness Case Manager. Heather graduated from University of Wisconsin, Superior in 1997 with a BS in Psychology and Sociology. She has recently completed the coursework to become a License Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) and will sit for the exam in the coming months. She has more than 15 years of case management experience with at-risk youth and most recently worked as a Case Manager at North Homes Children and Family Services.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 28
    Email Heather
  • Jennifer Keuten, T-ACT (Transitional Assertive Community Treatment) Case Manager.
    Phone: (218) 727-4200
    Email Jennifer
  • Ahna Pelto, Youth Center Supervisor. Ahna graduated in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin Superior with a B.S. in Social Work. Ahna interned as an Alcohol and Drug Intervention Specialist with the Duluth Public Schools in the spring of 2010. She also has volunteered with children and young adults both locally and abroad. Most recently, Ahna spent two years working with Developmentally Disabled adults before joining the staff at Life House in October 2011.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 26
    Email Ahna
  • Gabe Mayfield, Youth Specialist - Youth Center. Gabe graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Superior in 2001 and has extensive community involvement—from the Lyric Opera of the North to the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. He has been a Crew Leader and Program Manager for Duluth Stream Corps, but is passionate about basketball and the arts. He shares those passions here at Life House as the Activities Coordinator, taking youth to the YMCA for basketball or teaching weekly song writing classes.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 20
    Email Gabe
  • Chenoa Williams, Youth Specialist - Youth Center/Outreach. Chenoa graduated from University of Wisconsin, Superior in 2013 earning a multidisciplinary B.S. in Anthropology, Philosophy, Art and Library Science. She brings a strong background in multicultural communication and has experience navigating the barriers of poverty and generational poverty. Prior to joining us at Life House, she was a Contemporary Native American Beadwork Instructor at AICHO.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 18
    Email Chenoa
  • Allie McDevitt, Youth Specialist - Resources. Allie graduated from University of Wisconsin, Superior earning a BA in Social Work. She was an intern with Life House before she took on the position of the Youth Center Specialist. Allie has always had a passion to work with at-risk-youth, uplifting those around her. As a Youth Center Specialist, she may assist youth in obtaining necessary identification.  Outside of work, Allie is an accomplished athlete, excelling in soccer and basketball.
    Phone: (218) 722-7431 x. 17
    Email Allie


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