Staff

Laura Matanah, Executive Director

Laura (she/her) leads Compassionate Action for Animals’ efforts to encourage people to cultivate empathy for animals and move toward a plant-based diet. Prior to becoming executive director, Laura frequently enjoyed CAA’s community-building events. She brings experience in nonprofit strategic planning, program development, and program evaluation, as well as fundraising, working toward racial equity, and developing volunteer management systems. Laura also enjoys being outdoors, family time, whole-foods cooking, board games, and reading. You can read a more extensive personal profile of her on our blog.

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Tamuno Imbu, Community Organizer

Tamuno Imbu (he/him) joins our team as a community organizer! He is passionate about building a community of health and wellness while having fun along the way. Tamuno is an advocate for social justice, fatherhood, and living a plant-based lifestyle. He has spent the past decade supporting people committed to live a sober lifestyle and learning the principles of healthy relationships. A few specialties he brings to our team include coaching workability standards, leadership, empowerment, and entertainment for youth and adults. 

His professional and personal interests have blossomed in the Twin Cities community. He lives in North Minneapolis and has children in the Minneapolis Public Schools as well as shares his life with a Educational Tech specialist who supports teachers in our community. He is a certified Life Coach who believes in the power we all possess; when given the tools, education and resources he knows we all have the ability to transform our lives while ensuring we as a community are challenged to learn and grow together. After spending nearly 20 years working with youth and adults, Tamuno knows what truly drives transformational development through community-based learning. He possesses enthusiasm, compassion, spontaneity, vision, and a deep-seeded desire to learn something new every day.

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Emily Nyberg, Communications Coordinator

Emily (she/they) learned about and connected with CAA’s mission at the Twin Cities Veg Fest and other events around Minneapolis before becoming communications coordinator. She has a background in music non-profit work and marketing, bringing to the CAA team her experience in graphic design, video production, music event planning and organization, social media management, website management, and more. When she is not working, Emily enjoys veganizing her childhood recipes for friends and family, exploring Minnesota and its trails, continuing her study of herbalism, and learning how to take care of her aloe plants. 

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Makenzie Zenisek, Bookkeeper

Kenzie (she/her) discovered CAA back in 2014 after attending her first Twin Cities Veg Fest! It wasn’t until the summer of 2019 that Kenzie decided to get involved with CAA as a program assistant intern. After a very fun and busy summer spent advocating for animals at CAA outreach events, Kenzie became the CAA bookkeeper in August 2019. She is currently studying Public Policy, Economics, and Nonprofit Operations and Strategies at St. Catherine University and is graduating in May 2020! When she isn’t studying or working, Kenzie likes to spend her time with her family and 18 year old pup, reading, practicing yoga, and of course, trying new vegan restaurants with friends!

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Sandy Hitchin, Communications Coordinator

Sandy (she/her) joins our staff after attending many CAA events over the years and serving as a volunteer at the 2019 Twin Cities Veg Fest. She is excited to apply her professional skills and experience to serve CAA’s mission. Her background includes various marketing and communications roles for large corporate employers, with an emphasis on health care communications. Her experience in online content creation, email marketing, social media management, analytics and strategic planning will greatly support CAA’s activities. Outside of work, Sandy enjoys trying new vegan recipes, spending time in the company of dogs, traveling to distant places, practicing and teaching yoga, and solving the New York Times’ daily puzzles. 

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Jodi Gruhn, Wholesome Minnesota Coodinator

Jodi (she/her) is an evangelist for all things plant-based, an outdoor enthusiast (with a podcast to prove it), a health coach, a mom and our Wholesome Minnesota Coordinator. She has been a volunteer on a variety of CAA initiatives including Twin Cities Veg Fest and the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge. Jodi brings with her a career in marketing that focuses on advocating and building awareness for organizations that positively affect people’s lives. She has extensive experience in events, public relations, communications and digital marketing, having led strategy, planning, and execution for companies across many verticals. By providing the “why”, she shows people and organizations how a plant-forward lifestyle is more in alignment with their values and bottom line that they may have thought. She inspires individuals to consider their daily decisions and the impact they have on human, animal and planetary health. Jodi enjoys a balanced life that includes lots of camping in far away places, concocting plant-based recipes to be cooked over a campfire, mountain biking and encouraging everyone to get outside.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021 - Sunday, April 25, 2021

Twin Cities VegWeek 2021; Get 15% Off at Local Restaurants!

Monday, April 19, 2021

UMN Student Group Meeting

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Vegan Recipe Club via Zoom

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Film Screening: Dominion