Who We Are

Who We Are2019-09-20T10:01:23+00:00

MATTER is a global nonprofit on a mission to move people forward by eliminating barriers to a healthier life.

Three Year Strategy

2019 – 2021

MATTER is a group of problem solvers, innovators, dreamers, and above all, doers. We bring together some of the best companies, experts, and partners, to take on some of the biggest health challenges our world is facing today. Over the next three years, we will design and implement solutions to impact 10 million people around the world. 

HEALTH SERVICES CHALLENGE
Half the World’s Population is Unable to Access Essential Health Services.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE
Due to Obesity, Unhealthy Eating Habits and Physical Inactivity, Kids Today May Be Less Healthy and May Have Shorter Life Expectancy Than Their Parents.

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EDUCATION CHALLENGE
The Next Generation Does Not Have the Necessary Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Continuous Learning Skills that will Allow Them to Compete in a Technologically Driven World.

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How We Were Called to MATTER

“What do you have in your own two hands?”  This foundational question is the soil from which we have grown to become MATTER.

When Minnesota business owners Dennis and Megan Doyle saw valuable corporate surplus being discarded, they took action. Using what was in their own two hands, warehouse space, they began to gather life-saving resources to put into the hands of people that could benefit, specifically people living in scarcity. It soon became their calling, and in 2000 they started Hope for the City.

Nearly 20 years later, we have evolved to be called MATTER. Our name calls us to action and drives us to create a world where we all matter. As an organization, we focus on leveraging two of Minnesota’s biggest resources: incredible healthcare and bountiful agriculture.

While not a faith-based nonprofit, we refer to MATTER as “faith-inspired”, a result of the deep conviction and strong belief of our founders, who were inspired by two Scriptural commands: “To take care for the least of these”, from Matthew 25; and to be good stewards of God’s creation and its abundant resources, as found in Genesis 2.

Since 2000, tens of thousands of donors and volunteers have helped grow MATTER into an organization that to date has distributed over $608 million in restorative aid and is impacting millions of lives around the world.

What do you have in your own two hands? It’s a simple, yet profound, question that can change the world. That IS changing the world. Join us in creating a world where everyone and everything is valued for all its worth.

A world where we all MATTER.

Meet Our Staff

We’re a small team of passionate entrepreneurs with big goals to disrupt the health space and create real change.

Joy Altmann

Project & Events Director
Joy came to MATTER after working almost ten years at a small growing retail company, managing large-scale initiatives across the country. Her extensive volunteer experience with several local nonprofit organizations led her to pursue how she could maximize her impact in the nonprofit sector, which brought her to MATTER where Joy is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of MATTER’s fundraising and program events.

Joel Anderson

Medical Program Director
With 18 years of technology sales, 12 years as a small business owner, and seven years in nonprofit development, Joel brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience to his role at MATTER. Overseeing our International  Programs, Joel develops partnerships with hospitals and manages the donations of equipment and supplies. 

Sue Anderson

Communications Associate
In her role on MATTER’s marketing team, Sue assists with the coordination of MATTER’s external and internal communication efforts. With her background in teaching and curriculum development, Sue enjoys gathering information and writing about the people and places being impacted by MATTER’s work. Whether it’s creating content for blog posts and social media, or writing impact stories and donor reports, Sue hopes her writing inspires support for MATTER and its mission.

Angie Dammeier

VP of Executive Projects & HR
With a degree in International Business, Angie has held several challenging positions in hotel management, program development, business administration, event planning, and human resources in Germany, England and the U.S. Angie’s resourcefulness, attention to detail, and experienced office management skills assist the team in executing MATTER’s mission with the highest standard of excellence, efficiency and effectiveness.

Jaime Figueroa

Warehouse Manager
The heart of MATTER’s work is found in our warehouse. It’s a busy place where donations for our hospital and agriculture programs are brought in and shipped out, and food for our MATTERbox program is stored. Jaime is responsible for the warehouse running as efficiently and safely as possible to ensure MATTER’s local and global projects are facilitated on time and in accordance with our standard of excellence.

Paul Kauffman

Engineering & Technology Director

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(Darwin) Paul Kauffman is MATTER’s Engineering & Technology Director. Paul has held numerous leadership positions within the Enterprise/IT industry, most recently as the CEO of LiquidCool Solutions. Prior positions included Global Strategic Planning, VP of Product Management and VP/General Manager at WD. He is a graduate from LeTourneau University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Paul also holds an MBA from Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University.

Quenton Marty

President
Quenton has extensive experience in the field of international development and microfinance having developed a funding strategy for HOPE International, practiced microfinance in Ukraine, as well as lived in Poland while running a small business. Quenton holds an MBA with a concentration in International Finance, and has traveled to over thirty countries, resulting in a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience that is invaluable in his role as President of MATTER.

Roberto Munoz

Accountant
On MATTER’s financial team, Roberto spends his days recording and managing MATTER’s financial records. While he enjoys working with numbers and spreadsheets, it’s MATTER’s mission of helping people live healthier lives that inspires him and gives his work meaning. Born and raised in Mexico, Roberto also appreciates the international aspect of MATTER’s mission and outreach.

Chris Newhouse

Agricultural Program Director
After owning and operating a successful organic farm in Wisconsin for over a decade, Chris was a natural fit to develop MATTER’s agriculture initiative. Using his first-hand experience and hard-earned expertise, Chris helps farmers in international settings overcome their challenges to grow nutritious food for their families and communities.

Jeremy Newhouse

Senior VP of Operations
Jeremy joined MATTER following extensive international experience working in Congo and Tanzania in education, microfinance initiatives, and entrepreneurship development. While studying for his M.B.A. at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, Jeremy was a founding member of Microfinance Alliance. At MATTER, Jeremy oversees the finances as well as the development of our MATTER Innovation Hub initiative.

Joe Newhouse

VP of Strategy & Innovation
Throughout Joe’s career as an innovator, strategist, and brand story-teller, the passion for solving big challenges and telling compelling stories have been a driving force. From a Fortune 50 company to a nonprofit consumer-lending start-up, his sense of adventure has led him to a wide range of education and work experiences around the world. At MATTER, Joe creates designs and solutions as he leads the MATTER brand and strategy.

Rebecca Newhouse

Director of Development
Rebecca came to MATTER with 20 years of nonprofit development and fundraising experience in the areas of education, cultural and environmental causes, and healthcare outreach. As head of our development team, Rebecca directs the overarching strategy and activities, and facilitates collaboration between development, programs, communications, and finance to ensure all efforts are aligned toward the strategic initiatives of the organization.

Brian Numainville

Communications & Organizational Insights
Brian has been involved with MATTER since its founding as a corporate funder and board member. In his role steering Communications & Organizational Insights, Brian leverages 25+ years of diverse experience to increase MATTER’s visibility, as well as strengthen MATTER’s measurement and evaluation capabilities. Brian’s extensive background includes leading research, public relations, and corporate philanthropy for a Fortune 500 company, working as a nationally-known consultant, speaker and author, as well as chairing several nonprofit boards. Brian earned his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and holds Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) from the Insights Association. Brian is also the co-author of the book, Feedback Rules!

Anastasia Randle

Development Coordinator

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Luis Riera

Warehouse Associate
Luis is responsible for overseeing the safe receipt, storage, retrieval and timely distribution of goods in our warehouse. Luis also ensures productivity targets are met and works to ensure delivery obligations are met and inventories are updated.

Victor Salamone

VP of Business Operations
In his role at MATTER, Victor is responsible for the process, planning and execution of our MATTERbox program and events. His 30 years experience in the for-profit industry of hospitality and food service management with such well-known companies as Hilton, Famous Dave’s and Crave, affords Victor the experience and perspective needed to identify growth opportunities to build and execute MATTERbox product development.

Beverly Wadsworth

Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

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Beverly is passionate about using business as a force for good and causes that empower families and communities to thrive. She derives energy from developing and executing innovative partnerships to advance the common good and achieve business goals. From her previous roles in development at the University of Minnesota and in the private sector stateside and abroad, Beverly brings a unique breadth of experience to MATTER’s Corporate and Foundation partners.

Jen Ware

Director of Donor Relations
The simple yet profound belief that everyone matters was the driving force that led Jen to join the MATTER team. From her educational background to experiences building retail brands, Jen has a deep passion for helping people grow professionally and personally. In her role at MATTER, she loves connecting people to a mission that will change their lives while they, in turn, are helping to change lives and strengthen communities around the world.

Our Founders

Dennis Doyle

Dennis Doyle

Co-Founder

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle

Co-Founder

Our Board

Casey Carl
MATTER Board Chair
CEO and Founder
North Coast Ventures
Amanda Escen
MATTER Board Secretary
CFO/COO
Castalian Partners
Devin Doyle
Vice President – Construction
Wildamere Capital Management, LLC
Steven Ryan
Partner
Briggs & Morgan
Ellie Zuehlke
Director, Community Benefit & Engagement
Allina Health
Shelly Nelson
Vice President of Marketing
Cambria
Mike Tamte
Executive Chairman
EVEREVE
Chipo Mtasa
Managing Director
Tel One Pvt. (Zimbabwe)
Mark Pletts
Managing Member/Partner
Waypoint Capital Advisors
Tami Hedrick
Director of Women’s Initiatives, Strategic Development and Cheerleading
Minnesota Vikings
Pete Goddard
CEO
Deephaven Data Labs
Michael Ackmann
Founder and Managing Partner
A&D Holdings LLC
Derrick Johnson
Director, Commercial Banking Team Leader
BMO Harris Bank
Dr. Christopher Tashjian
Partner
Vibrant Health Family Clinics
Jay Deverell
Chief Operating Officer
Wholesale Banking
TCF Bank

Financial Responsibility

MATTER is built upon a foundation of sound financial stewardship. We believe that to whom much is given, much is required. We apply this belief to every donation, large or small, and use it to create the highest level of financial accountability and transparency.

More than $608 million in resources distributed

$1 donated equals $25 in material aid

93 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs

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Supporting Partners

We are deeply grateful to our supporters for their generosity. A big thanks to the following companies and individuals who have helped make our work possible.

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