Julie Bluhm, LICSW, Executive Director | CEO
“Guild’s staff provides high-quality services to people in need. I have the privilege to apply my skills and knowledge to support those who work hard every day to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals, families and communities.”
A social worker by training, Julie is passionate about driving systemic change and creating solutions that really work. Prior to Guild, Julie was the Director of Clinical Innovation for Hennepin Health, Hennepin County’s award-winning health care reform demonstration project. This experience, driving innovation in the public sector, reinforced the power and impact that creating change from within can have. A mental health professional, Julie spent years as a family and adolescent mental health therapist, specializing in work with youth who struggled with suicidal ideation and self-injury.
Tiffany Grandchamp, MASL, Chief Operating Officer
“Here at Guild, we meet client and families where they’re at. My role is to ensure we are meeting each other where we’re at, inside the organization as well. The operations of the organization is critical to sustaining the important work we do in the community and supporting growth. My desire to serve within a strong mission is fulfilled every day I serve the staff at Guild.”
Tiffany Grandchamp joined Guild Incorporated in 2017 with over 20 years of industry experience in health care. Prior to coming to Guild, Tiffany was Director of Quality and Operations at Resource, Inc. (now Avivo) where she oversaw revenue cycle management, operations, and quality and compliance. Prior to Resource, Inc., she worked for Allina as a Performance Improvement Advisor and Implementation Practice Consultant for their Health Catalyst area. Tiffany is a recipient of the Colleen J. Goode Research into Practice Award at the 2017 National Evidence-Based Practice Conference, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is certified in Lean Leadership, Rapid Process Improvement Facilitation, Project Management, Change Agent Skills for Implementation Leaders, and Value Stream Mapping. Tiffany has a Masters in Strategic Leadership from Bethel University. She enjoys photography, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Beth Scheetz, LICSW, Chief Clinical Officer
“I thrive on innovation, collaboration and progress and I see these values in action at Guild. I look forward to the opportunity to grow and develop with an organization whose mission aligns with mine; recognizing strengths, meeting needs and positively impacting lives.”
Beth Scheetz, LICSW, joined Guild Incorporated in 2019 as the Director of Residential Services and transitioned to Guild’s Chief Clinical Officer in 2020. As an innovative and dedicated leader in community mental health, she brings 17 years of experience in social services, mental health, and healthcare. Prior to Guild, Beth oversaw the operations, development, and programming of three community-based teams serving over 1,200 adults living with mental illness as Director of Community Mental Health at Touchstone. During her career, she has developed and executed agency plans and provided strategic leadership for non-profit mental health organizations. Evaluating program performance, implementing program and process improvements, increasing quality and continuity of care, and achieving positive individual outcomes have benchmarked her professional performance. She has demonstrated talent in developing people, managing change, and positively impacting the delivery of quality mental health services to vulnerable populations. Beth holds a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family and two cats.
George Broostin, Director of Development
“Every dollar we raise and every volunteer we recruit makes a difference for the most stigmatized and forgotten group of individuals in our society.”
George Broostin joined Guild Incorporated in 1991 when we were operating Guild Hall, a residential facility for people with mental illness. George put his skills to work as a Program Assistant and in two years was promoted to Team Leader. As Team Leader, he was instrumental in helping the residents of Guild Hall transition to apartments during our progression from facility to community-based service delivery. He continued his work as Assistant Director of Services, getting to know lots of people and deepening his knowledge of community resources. He became a sort of “go to” guy for staff with questions about everything from court proceedings to the best place to find a good, used couch for a client. In 2005, George was recruited for a small, volunteer fundraising team we were forming. And in 2007, he accepted our Development Director position. Today, George oversees all of our fundraising and volunteer activities, spending his days “making friends,” as he likes to say, and educating people about our mission. Catch him in his office and you’re likely to hear a story or two about his adventures.
“I see lots of growth and energy among Guild staff, which is inspiring and motivating. It’s exciting to see the company and team growing!”
Neeyada Santopietro joined Guild Incorporated in 2019 as our Director of Human Resources. With over ten years of HR experience, Neeyada has worked as the Human Resources Director at Pillsbury United Communities and in HR roles at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Lao Assistance Center, South Side Community Health Services, and Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities. From launching new HR systems to rebuilding HR Departments from the ground up, Neeyada can tackle complex tasks and find lasting solutions. Some of Neeyada’s favorite work is facilitating communication, developing staff, overseeing employee relations, and spearheading organizational development. She brings a passion for creating a supportive work environment where teams and employees can grow. Neeyada holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development. She enjoys spending her free time with her significant other, trying new fusion cuisine, and spending time outdoors.
Richard Aylward, M.A., CPRP, Director of Community Treatment Services
“When I see the progress the individuals we serve make, that’s what keeps me going. Our staff doesn’t give up. They just keep engaging individuals.”
Richard Aylward joined Guild Incorporated as a Case Manager in 2001. During his tenure with Guild, he’s worked as a Team Leader, Supervisor of Case Management Services, and Director of Community Treatment Services. Currently, as Service Director, he oversees youth Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Services, known as Equilibrium or EQ, adult ACT services, Residential Services, Community Access, Integrated Case Management and Targeted Case Management, and our Community Support Member Center. Prior to joining Guild, Richard worked as a counselor at an inpatient chemical dependency center and at a mental health center. He also provided personal counseling to soldiers while in the U.S. Army. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University in South Carolina. He earned his Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (CPRP) in 2003. An avid baseball fan, Richard also enjoys running, collecting agates, and hearing about his adult daughter’s many adventures.
Julie Grothe, MDiv, CPRP, Director of Integrated Services
“I am most excited about the intersection of health and housing and the work being done to integrate services to address this. I am eager to see what new things we can do to help those who are homeless build and have better lives.”
Julie Grothe joined Guild Incorporated in 1982, eventually serving as Director of Delancey Services. Currently, as Service Director, she oversees Delancey Services, Housing, Employment Services, and Care Management, including Care Coordination and Behavioral Health Home Services. She is also Vice-Chair of the Board of the Affordable Housing Coalition of Dakota County and chairs a board subcommittee on homeless prevention and outreach. In addition, she serves on Ramsey County’s RUSH Committee (Re-integrating Users of Shelter into Housing), working on moving long-time shelter-users into housing; and on the Outside In committee, working on moving St. Paul campers and skyway-users into housing. She has served on a DHS Housing Best Practices Forum Steering Committee to expand the use of housing-related best practices in helping people with disabilities to move to the housing they choose, and on a committee of the seven-county metro area working on the Homeless Management Information System’s (HMIS) data quality. Julie has provided Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement and social workers in Ramsey County for several years, and was awarded the CIT Training Provider of the Year Award in 2011. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota Morris and Luther Seminary. Julie enjoys gardening, walking Emma Rose, her Great Dane mix; and Apollo, her St Bernard; cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Mary Beth Fessler, Service Director of Coordinated Health and Residential Services
Mary Beth comes to Guild with over 12 years of experience in the field. Her areas of interest are residential treatment, substance use disorders, Relational Cultural Theory, secondary trauma, gender-specific services, supervision, education, and leadership. Mary Beth has her Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and has studied leadership at St. Mary’s University. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Mary Beth lives in Bloomington with her husband, Branden, and Yorkie, Indy. When not working she enjoys traveling, the MN Vikings, going out to eat, and couples bowling league.
Robert Muller, Director of Operations
“Earlier in my career, I worked directly with clients. I remember the frustration clients and I both felt when an operational process was broken. I’m excited to be in a position where I can help my colleagues focus their energy on the awesome work they do with the people we serve.”
Robert Muller joined Guild Incorporated in January of 2018. Prior to Guild, Robert was the Assistant Program Director at Phoenix Recovery Programs where he oversaw the operations of all residential treatment locations. In this capacity, he was responsible for training, facilities management, marketing, outreach, admissions, and information technology. Prior to his role as Program Director, Robert spent three years working directly with clients receiving substance abuse and mental health treatment. He took a brief leave of absence to enlist in the Army Reserve where he continues to serve. An alumnus of Hamline University, Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology. He is an avid Minnesota sports fan, and enjoys playing basketball and softball. When he’s not watching or otherwise engaged in sports, Robert is likely traveling, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Paul Bloomer, Director of Finance
“I am excited about Guild’s future growth and the opportunity to make an impact on back end systems that create efficiency and ultimately improve service to clients.”
Paul Bloomer joined Guild Incorporated as the Interim Director of Operations in 2019. As the Director of Operations, Paul oversaw the Information Technology, Facilities, Marketing Communications, and Operations Departments to ensure efficiency and service improvement. With the return of Guild’s Director of Operations in March 2020, Paul transitioned to Guild’s Director of Finance. As the Director of Finance, Paul oversees the Accounting and Billing Departments and spearheads Guild’s long-term financial strategy. Prior to joining Guild, Paul worked as Director of Operations for Think Small, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing quality care and education of children. In this capacity, he managed Facilities, Information Technology, and Publishing Operations. By forming a data division, he changed the way data was used to document goals, key performance indicators, achievements, and milestones. Highlights of this work included the creation of data modeling best practices for decision-making and using data to tell a story to key stakeholders. Prior to the operations role, he was promoted to Co-Director of Redleaf Press (a division of Think Small) where he led Operations, Sales, and Marketing divisions. As Co-Director, he was charged with business plan development and financial management including profit and loss statements, capital expenses, and budget administration. Paul holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing in local tournaments, and volunteering with Band Parent’s Association.