Jeffrey Sherman, Executive Director

Jeff comes to J-HAP with extensive experience in nonprofit management, development and residential housing. He holds a nursing home administrator’s license and served as deputy director for Episcopal Community Services in San Francisco, California. In addition, he has held several roles at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Los Angeles and Shalom Home in Minneapolis.

A Well-Rounded Portfolio

His career portfolio includes program and personnel supervision and development, building management, and working with at-risk populations including individuals with disabilities, the elderly, those with mental illness, AIDS/HIV, and chemically dependent.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences – Gerontology from the California State University.

A Midwesterner, Jeff returned to his roots after spending several years on the west coast. He serves as a committee chair and board member of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

A self-described foodie, Jeff trained at the California Culinary Academy where he earned an Associate of Occupational Studies degree.

Linda Bialick, Founder

Shortly after her child was born with Down Syndrome, 30 years ago, Linda began actively advocating for people with special needs. She founded J-HAP in 2010, and has served as its Board President. In that role she has overseen every phase of co-development of Cornerstone Creek as well as development of J-HAP’s progressive amenities. Today, as President of the Board Emeritus, she continues to watch over and contribute to J-HAP’s growth.

Other Roles in the Community

Linda is a former board member of the Sabes JCC, St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, Twin Cities Down Syndrome Association, and the Special Education Advisory Committee for the Hopkins School District. She has also co-chaired the Inclusion Committee for People with Special Needs at the Sabes JCC, and the Building Accessibility Committee at Beth El Synagogue.

She is an active member of ARC, National Down Syndrome Association, Reach for Resources, Sabes JCC, Beth El Synagogue and has been involved in numerous committees for inclusion of people with disabilities.

When Linda is away from the office she enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Carrie Miller, Tenant Community Engagement Coordinator

As the Tenant Community Engagement Coordinator, Carrie Miller brings broad experience across the recreation, entertainment, special events and non-profit sectors to J-HAP. A passionate professional, Carrie is constantly transforming ideas into established programs and concepts, and focuses on implementing strategies that make sense for a variety of projects.

A native of Chicagoland, Carrie relocated to the Twin Cities in the Spring of 2011. Since that time, she has been fortunate to work as a Community Education Coordinator where she organized inclusive out of school time enrichment programs for students of all abilities. She also worked as a Special Event Coordinator for a Minnesota-based non-profit serving individuals with special needs. In this role, she helped raise significant funds to provide financial support to programs.

Turning her passion for music into a paid hobby

Carrie’s background includes a Bachelor of Science in Education and Community Development. She has worked as recreation program manager and special event coordinator, and has a unique story about how she landed as a publicist and agent in the music and entertainment industry.

An avid music fan, Carrie has turned her passion into a paid hobby. In her spare time, she can often be found helping local and national musicians promote their upcoming shows. She also provides them on-site assistance selling their merchandise and keeping the show running smoothly.

When she is not working or listening to music, Carrie enjoys cooking, socializing, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and traveling to some of her favorite places including Disney World, Arizona, Las Vegas, and anywhere that averages a high of at least 50 degrees.