Contact Us

General Information

Phone: 651-641-0305
Fax: 651-645-0990
Inquiries: info@thinksmall.org
Mailing Address:
10 Yorkton Court St. Paul, MN 55117

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Executive and Management Staff

Executive Leadership Team

Barbara Yates President and Chief Executive Officer
651-641-6645

Tammy Tesky Ausen Chief Advancement Officer
651-641-6676

Mark Cross Chief Operating Officer
651-641-6619

Dianne Haulcy Senior Vice President for Family Engagement
651-641-6637

Cisa Keller Senior Vice President for Early Childhood Quality Development
651-641-6635

Jonathan May Director of Innovation
651-523-7285

Management Staff

Paul Bloomer Director of Operations
651-641-6638

Kristen Harinen Director of Finance
651-641-6620

Eric Johnson Director of Marketing & Communications
651-641-6602

Nicolee Mensing Director of Family Financial Assistance
651-641-3541

Wendy Nielsen Director of Quality Initiatives
651-641-6642

Sue Ostfield, Sales Manager, Redleaf Press
651-641-6631

Jacqueline Perez, Outreach and Engagement Manager
651-641-6606

Diana Rockstad Director of Human Resources
651-641-6617

Michele Rohricht, Accounting Manager
651-233-2269

Doug Schmitz, Managing Editor, Redleaf Press
651-641-6611

Brenda Thomas, Scholarship Manager
651-641-6647

Candace Yates, Quality Supports Manager
651-641-6671

Kathleen Zabinski, Professional Development Manager
651-641-6644



Additional Contacts

Scholarships Line 651-641-6604


Communications and Media Relations 651-233-2282


Community Outreach Sevices 651-641-6606


Development Department 651-641-3545


Finance Department 651-641-6620


Professional Development 651-641-3549


Grants for Child Care Providers 651-287-6919


Language Access Line 651-665-0150 / 888-291-9811


Family Child Care Business Support and Advocacy 651-233-2276


Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships 651-233-2289


Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Library 651-641-3544


Redleaf Press 651-641-6627 / 800-423-8309



Child Care Assistance Contacts

The following are the main contact phone numbers for income eligible families for child care assistance programs for the metro area counties.

Anoka County 763-717-7711

Carver County 952-361-1600

Dakota County 651-554-5611

Hennepin County 952-417-2182

Ramsey County 651-641-6665

Scott County 952-496-8686

Washington County 651-430-6459