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.”
Julie Bluhm, LICSW, joined Guild Incorporated in 2017 after serving as Director of Clinical Innovation for Hennepin Health, an award-winning safety-net accountable care partnership serving the Medicaid expansion population in Hennepin County. Julie led the implementation and refinement of the Hennepin Health care model and integration of social service delivery to improve care and reduce costs for members served by their integrated care network. Under Julie’s leadership, the Hennepin Health care model demonstrated significant cost savings through the linkage of housing to health, bringing hard-to-reach members into primary care settings and testing innovative, collaborative solutions to improve population health. Prior to Hennepin Health, Julie worked in several non-profit administrative and direct service roles. She holds a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in family social science from the University of Minnesota. A self-described “passionate resident of Lowertown,” Julie enjoys tending her garden at Mears Park, embarking on urban adventures, reading, and collecting art from small, local artists.
Tiffany Grandchamp, 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, and is currently completing her MASL/MBA. She enjoys photography, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Renee Levesque, LICSW, Chief Clinical Officer
“I am most looking forward to using the skills and knowledge that I have acquired to enhance the strong service foundation that Guild Incorporated is known for. I am excited about using common sense approaches and innovation to achieve positive outcomes for the individuals we serve, to develop resources and services where gaps exist, and to support a positive and creative work environment. “
Renee Levesque, LICSW, joined Guild Incorporated in 2017, and brings 25 years of experience in social services, mental health and health care. In her most recent position at Hennepin Health, she oversaw the integration of Hennepin County’s Human Service resources into the health care delivery sites of Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), North Point Health and Wellness and Hennepin County’s Public Health Clinics. In addition to leading a team of Social Workers, Renee managed relationships with outside community partners, oversaw the day-to-day use of standard work in the Epic Electronic Health Record (EHR) across the partnership and led several innovative pilots, including a project integrating employment, housing, and care coordination services to meet the needs of individuals exiting Hennepin County’s Correctional facility. Renee holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston College, and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College. She enjoys cooking, vegetable gardening, baking, and dreaming of return trips to Italy.
George Broostin, Development Director
“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 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.
Richard Aylward, M.A., CPRP; Service Director
“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; Service Director
“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.
Beth Scheetz, LICSW; Service Director
“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 and oversees our Residential Services including Intensive Residential Treatment and Crisis Stabilization Services. An innovative and dedicated leader in community mental health, she brings 17 years of experience in social service, mental health, and health care. 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 2 cats.
Paul Bloomer, Operations Director
“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 in 2019 and brings over 20 years of comprehensive operational experience. He oversees our Information Technology, Facilities, Marketing Communications, and Operations departments to ensure we have the infrastructure needed to facilitate growth while also allowing Guild’s clinicians to focus on clients. 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 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.
Desaree Crane, IPMA-SCP, PHR, SHRM-CP, CMC; Human Resources Director
“I enjoy helping employees with training and development opportunities to ensure positive outcomes for clients. I also like hearing stories from people who have been helped by Guild’s programs. I want to use my skills to further Guild’s mission and assist in the successful expansion of our programs.”
Desaree Crane, IPMA-SCP, PHR, SHRM-CP, CMC, joined Guild Incorporated in 2018 and brings 30 years of human resources and management experience. In her previous role as Assistant City Administrator for the City of Mounds View, she was appointed by the City Council as the designated City Clerk, Elections Administrator, and Senior Human Resources Manager for over 15 years. Desaree currently holds positions on the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Board, NYFS Human Resources Committee, Women Veterans Initiative (WVI), and serves as Secretary for the Minnesota Women in City Government (MWCG) organization. She was appointed Chair of the City of Shoreview’s Parks and Recreation Commission from 2013 – 2017. Desaree holds a bachelor’s degree in management and has received several certifications in human resources and municipal government. She served in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1997, in the aviation field, acting as flight coordinator for numerous high-ranking officials, including Commanding Generals and the Secretary of the Army. In her free time, you may see her at Minnesota Wild hockey games, riding her motorcycle, or going to concerts.