The Minnesota Chapter of International Association for Social Work with Groups is a diverse and inclusive collective who value meaningful engagement, global connection and empowerment in groups. We emphasize a strong commitment to promote group work practice in the profession of social work by offering professional community building, education and training opportunities, consultation, and research.

Meet the Board

ELIZABETH DRESSEL, LSW

CO-CHAIR

Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas and is a licensed social worker. She is pursuing her masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a focus on community development, community engagement, and housing development. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a Regional Organizing Director with Minnesotans United for All Families and as the Policy Coordinator and Director of Federal Relations in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton. She has been attending IASWG events since she was a student, and is very excited to work with IASWG members.

KRISTEN PERRON, MBA, LISW

CO-CHAIR

Kristen is a Field Coordinator & Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Prior to her current role, Kristen was the Community Health Program Manager and Field Instructor at Neighborhood House, the original settlement house in St. Paul. She conducted group supervision for social work students and professionals. Kristen has taught as adjunct field faculty at University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College and St. Catherine University. In addition to this board, she sits on the NASW-MN ethics committee. Kristen knew group work was her passion when she was kicked out of preschool for facilitating group time.

VACANT

ADMINISTRATION

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MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

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JOHN LUKACH, LGSW

COMMUNICATIONS

John holds an MSW from the University of Minnesota where he participated in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar program. He currently works for the MN Department of Human Services as a curriculum coordinator for the Child Welfare Training System. He has previous experience as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter and as a foster care licensor. He also owns and operates Standard Four, which provides learning solutions for human services. In his free time, you can find John practicing yoga or cuddling with cats. John is passionate about group work and hopes to expand the presence of IASWG in Minnesota.

BROOKS BECKER

FINANCES

Brooks currently works as the accounting manager at the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Brooks is involved in all financial aspects of the organization responsible for the future of the historic theatres on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Brooks previously worked at Neighborhood House in various roles including Database Coordinator, Accountant, and Financial Literacy Educator. Brooks took a year long teaching sabbatical from Neighborhood House to teach ELL kindergartners. Before entering the non-profit world, Brooks worked in corporate finance which he despised. He has a bachelors degree in Political Science from St. Olaf College, an M.B.A. from St Thomas University, and a teaching certificate from Hamline University. Brooks never wants to go to school again.