Who We Are

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MATTER is a nonprofit on a mission to expand access to health,
next door and around the world.

3 Year Strategic Goals

2016 – 2018

Expand Access to Health for 10 Million People

Provide Restorative Medical Aid for 6 Million People
Provide Healthy Food for 4 Million People
Engage 100 Companies That Matter
Raise $5 Million in Fundraising Contributions

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.

In 2000, Minnesota business owners Dennis and Megan Doyle started Hope for the City because they saw corporate surplus as an opportunity, not a problem. After seeing material resources that still had value going to waste, they decided to take action. It became their calling to get life-saving resources into the hands of people that could benefit, specifically people living in scarcity.

Eighteen years later, we have evolved to be called MATTER. It’s a name that stands for what we distribute, but it’s also a call to action to create the world where we all matter. As an organization, we focus on leveraging two of Minnesota’s biggest resources: incredible healthcare and bountiful agriculture.

Since 2000, we have distributed over $608 million in resources around the globe. We’ve come to understand that while a number of goods donated is great, the number of lives impacted is something far greater. Join us in creating 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.

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.

Jeremy Newhouse

SVP - 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.

Victor Salamone

VP - 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.

Rebecca Newhouse

Director - 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.

Joe Newhouse

VP - 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 non-profit 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.

Tyler Van Eps

VP - Corporate Relations
Tyler’s passion centers on using business as a force for good in communities. He believes harnessing the best of innovation and excellence in business communities can provide solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face in the world today. In his role at MATTER, Tyler is responsible for the overall strategy and development of the ‘Companies that MATTER’ (CTM) program and MATTER’s national expansion.

Angie Dammeier

VP - 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.

Joel Anderson

Director - Medical Program
With 18 years of technology sales, seven years in non-profit development and 12 years as a small business owner, 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.

Karen Manikowski

Director - Program Development
With a Master’s in public health from Boston University, Karen is excited to help eliminate barriers to health care, both next door and around the world. Her passion for exploring, implementing, and evaluating innovative systems that impact access to and quality of health care drives her efforts to strengthen and cultivate new opportunities for our MATTERbox and Hospital & Clinic programs.

Chris Newhouse

Director - Agriculture Program
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.

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.
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Joy Altmann

Director - Project & Events
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 non-profit organizations led her to pursue how she could maximize her impact in the non-profit sector, which brought her to MATTER where Joy is responsible for the successful planning and implementation of MATTER’s fundraising and program events.

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.

Alex Bondarenko

Hospital Program Specialist
Trained as a surgical nurse with nine years of nursing experience, Alex’s first introduction to MATTER was as a volunteer with our medical supply sorts. Alex is responsible for processing the medical equipment and supplies that are donated to MATTER and preparing them for shipping.
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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.
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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.
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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 feedback 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 holds Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) from the Insights Association and is the co-author of the book, Feedback Rules!
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Jen Ware

Director - 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.
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Natalie Hager

Director - Donor Relations
With her love for international travel and experience living abroad; her education in Social Welfare and Justice, Criminology and Law Studies, and Communications; and her wide range of volunteer experiences both locally and globally, Natalie brings a unique depth of experience and education to her role at MATTER. Self described as bold and spunky, Natalie is excited to help move MATTER’s mission forward by cultivating and developing donor relationships.
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Edgar Ohito

Coordinator - Medical Program & Logistics
Edgar was born in Kenya but raised in the Twin Cities since he was a child. His educational background in non-profit management has led to many unique work experiences including emergency management and mitigation, environmental stewardship and early education services. In providing international project and logistics support, as well as donor care administration, Edgar creates a bridge of impact between MATTER and our many unique partner initiatives all over the world.

Our Founders

Dennis Doyle

Dennis Doyle

Co-Founder

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle

Co-Founder

Our Board

MATTER Board Chair
Former Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer

Target Corp.

MATTER Board Treasurer

Former EVP, CFO of Retail Banking

TCF National Bank

Executive Chairman
EVEREVE
Vice President – Construction
Wildamere Capital Management, LLC
Partner
Briggs & Morgan
Director, Community Benefit & Engagement
Allina Health
Vice President of Marketing
Cambria

Accounting and Reporting Manager
Educational Credit Management Corporation

Managing Member/Partner
Waypoint Capital Advisors

Director of Women’s Initiatives, Strategic Development and Cheerleading
Minnesota Vikings

CEO
Deephaven Data Labs

Managing Partner
Ackmann & Dickenson
Director, Commercial Banking Team Leader
BMO Harris Bank
Partner
Vibrant Health Family Clinics

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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