Staff

Meet Our Team

Please feel free to contact us via e-mail or by the phone number listed with any questions or comments.

Tom Koplitz

Co-Director
(651) 674-4085
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Tom is Co-Director of MPRC and Executive Director of Community Partnership with Youth & Families. Tom has directed numerous state and federal prevention projects over the past 22 years, and manages one of America’s earliest drug free coalitions, Partners for a Drug Free Chisago County Coalition. Tom has served as the Governor’s Appointee on the State of MN Child Abuse Prevention Council and served as Community Partnership’s Lead Trainer for their Teen Improv Theatre program, which was awarded the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Promising Practice in Prevention Distinction in 1994. Tom also serves on the MN State Substance Abuse Strategy Committee and other prevention related action teams in and around Chisago County.

Trent Jensen

Co-Director
(651) 674-4085
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Trent is Co-Director of MPRC and the Business Manager of Community Partnership with Youth and Families. Trent has been a long-time Board Member of Community Partnership. Trent is on the North Branch City Council and was until recently on the North Branch School Board. Previously, Trent was a retired businessman. His last position was as President of Tyden Brooks, a $100 million multi-national company which manufactures and markets security seals.

Sonja Mertz, MLIS

Prevention Research Specialist
(651) 674-4085
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As MPRC’s librarian, Sonja provides research assistance and materials, maintains the online and physical library materials, manages the website, and publishes the “MNPrev” e-newsletter. Sonja received her Masters of Library and Information Science from St. Catherine University. Career highlights include: Research Assistant for the Holistic Health Department at St. Catherine University, Literacy Coordinator for Minnesota Reading Corps, and stage manager for professional theaters in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Jen Kallas

Administrative Assistant
(651) 674-4085
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Jen has been the Administrative Assistant for Community Partnership with Youth & Families since February 2012. She is a member of the Chisago County Substance Abuse Prevention Team and Partners for a Drug-Free Chisago County. Jen is also a site-coordinator at one of Community Partnership’s Youth FIRST after school program sites.