Board of Directors

Lauren causey

board Member

Curriculum Developer & Grant Writing Expert

Lauren is a Senior Evaluation and Research Associate at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she leads research studies within the museum’s Science Learning Division. At the museum, she uses qualitative techniques to understand various topics related to racial equity, including engagement with visitors from underrepresented groups, and professional development for local K-12 teachers.

Prior to her role at the museum, she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, with a focus in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction. She holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus in Language and Literacy, and a B.A. from Howard University, where she majored in English. She was a member of the 2015 cohort of the Association of Science - Technology Centers Diversity and Leadership Fellowship Program, and in 2013 she was a recipient of the Buckman Fellowship for Leadership in Philanthropy, via the University of Minnesota. 


George Gaetano

board Member

Communication & Training Development Expert

George is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department at Hamline University. He teaches courses in Family Communication, Organizational Communication, and Intercultural Communication. 

His classes are primarily discussion based, often with the emphasis on improving students’ oral communication skills and analytical skills. The communication skills that the students learn in Professor Gaetano’s classes enhance their family, interpersonal, and work relationships. 

He graduated from Hunter College in New York with his Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He continued his education and graduated with a Master of Arts, couple years then later he earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota.






Child Welfare Expert

Amy Jones joins Partnerships for Permanence (P4P) with over twenty five years of experience in Child Welfare. She served as a supervisor for the Ramsey County Guardian ad Litem program for twenty two years, and over two decades providing outstanding services for adults with disabilities. 

Ms. Jones also participated in several county and state committees including DHS Racial Disparities in Child Protection for three years, Council on Black Minnesotans for two years and Ramsey County's Sibling Reunification Committee for five years; all of which she so dedicatedly served in her effort to increase permanency outcomes for youth aging out of the foster care system. Amy also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Hallie Q. Brown Community Center for five years.

She is well respected in the field of child welfare and continues to be a strong partner for systems change; even though she retired in 2014. Ms. Jones is passionate about Partnerships for Permanence and believes in the mission, goals, and our efforts to inspire change within the child welfare system. 

Interested in being a Board Member?

If you believe in our mission, and are looking for a way to go above and beyond, consider becoming a Board Member with Partnerships for Permanence. Board Members have a larger role to play in our organization, usually working behind the scenes with our executive team, and have a unique role in our decision making process. Click on Application to apply to become a Board Member, or Contact Us if you have questions about the process.

Completed applications should be sent to with the subject line entitled: “Board Member Application.”