Champions of Change Speakers

  • John Turnipseed

    Community Justice Leader, Feature Film Inspiration, Volunteers of America MN/WI Board Member and Amicus Friend

    From gang leader to one of the nation’s most respected pioneers of community restoration, John Turnipseed’s story is one of transformation, unflinching honesty, and contagious hope.

    John Turnipseed was first introduced to Amicus while he was incarcerated. Amicus volunteer Dan Taylor made a simple connection that changed both of their lives forever.

    In the decades since, John has positively impacted the lives of thousands of others. He is a community leader, pastor, speaker, facilitator, and the subject of “Bloodline,” a gripping biography which has also been turned into a successful feature film.

    John has been a longtime Champion for Amicus and now for Volunteers of America MN/WI, serving on its Board and as Chair of its External Relations Committee.

  • Paul Schnell

    Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections

    Long before Paul Schnell was Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, he was a friend of Amicus.

    One of the many stops on Paul’s 30-year journey to Commissioner was as a co-facilitator for an innovative reentry support project, initially developed and run by Amicus.

    Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Paul served in many law enforcement roles in the metro area, including spokesman for the St. Paul Police Dept. and Chief of Police for the cities of Hastings, Maplewood, and Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Commissioner Schnell has also served as adjunct faculty member at the University of Saint Thomas and Metropolitan State University.

  • Julie Manworren

    President and CEO Volunteers of America MN/WI

    In her role leading Volunteers of America MN/WI, Julie Manworren guides a health and human serving organization that serves more than 25,000 low-wealth people in over 110 neighborhoods and communities across MN and WI with 700 employees and 1,400 volunteers.

    Julie has over 35 years of experience working in complex human service and is recognized as a strategic, community-driven, and action-oriented executive who leads through collaboration. She started work as President and CEO of Volunteers of America MN/WI on Feb. 28, 2020 and within two weeks was leading the organization in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

    She sees Volunteers of America MN/WI as a radical collaborator that engages the community in its shared response to our “twin pandemics” of COVID-19 and racial injustice.