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.
Lora Jones, Finance Director
“Healthy, productive, vibrant people create a healthy, productive, vibrant community. Guild Incorporated works toward that goal every day. I’m grateful to be some small part of that.”
Lora came to Guild Incorporated in May of 2018. Prior to joining Guild, she served in various roles in accounting and finance in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors for over 20 years. Her non-profit experience centered on community health, where at the People’s Center Medical Clinic and West Side Community Health Care Services, she led the accounting staff, collaborated with the Business Office and helped program managers, providers and co-workers navigate audits, analyze financial statements and embrace the budget process. While doing so, she learned the critical role that community-based organizations such as Guild play in the health of people, communities and society-as-a-whole. She’s both honored and excited to be joining Guild’s leadership team and will do her level best to honor and reinvigorate its mission. Lora earned her bachelor’s degree at Carleton College, and her MBA at Metropolitan State University. She’s a chronic learner who regularly attends community education classes. She also fosters dogs, not always successfully, and serves as Registration Specialist for the City of Minneapolis.
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.