Leadership Team Profiles

Kelly Matter, President and CEO

Kelly Matter joined Avivo in November, 2012. She has more than 30 years of experience in social service, workforce development, training, revenue development, and creating partners within the nonprofit and business communities. Prior to joining Avivo, Kelly held leadership positions at CommonBond Communities and Goodwill-Easter Seals. She is a board member of the University of Wisconsin Stout Foundation chairing the scholarship committee, serves as board chair of Stepping Stone Emergency Housing and is on the board of Totino-Grace High School.

Erik Aamoth, Vice President of Career Education and Employment Services

Erik Aamoth joined Avivo in 2018 as Vice President of Career Education and Employment Services. He brings 15 years of leadership experience in the workforce development industry, working in management roles at the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development. He led a broad range of WIA programs, and state and federal employment programs serving dislocated workers, youth, families on welfare, and un- and under-employed Minnesotans. Erik has been actively engaged in legislative and public policy that positively impacts worker training programs and jobs creation.

Emily Bastian, Vice President of Ending Homelessness

Emily Bastian joined Avivo’s Chemical and Mental Health division in 2012 and was promoted to Vice President in June 2019. She provides 15+ years of leadership and experience in delivering high quality, strengths-based, person-centered services for individuals living with multiple disabilities. She guided Avivo’s partnership with the Red Lake Nation to address chronic homelessness in the American Indian community. Emily is an exceptional public advocate for recovery and reducing disparities. A licensed independent clinical social worker, she holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from Augsburg College, where she’s been an adjunct professor in its Master of Social Work program since 2007.

Darcy Diederich Flinn, Vice President, CFO/COO

Darcy Diederich Flinn joined Avivo as Chief Financial Officer in 2016 and was promoted additionally to Chief Operations Officer in 2020. She oversees finance, information technology, facilities, intake, collections, and billing. Previously, she was an audit manager at Deloitte and spent seven years at Xcel Energy as Director of Strategic Asset Planning. She has more than 20 years of accounting and leadership experience, with expertise in financial reporting, internal controls and compliance, forecasting, and strategic planning. She holds a degree in Business Administration with majors in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of North Dakota, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She currently serves as treasurer on the board of All Square and is a member of Women United.

Mette McLoughlin, Vice President of Human Resources

Joining Avivo in 2020, Mette has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, with expertise in strategy, organizational development, coaching, culture building, employee engagement, compensation, benefits, employee relations, performance evaluation and administration. She has a deep passion for inclusion, equity, and cultural competence and has successfully implemented comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategies that have positively impacted organizational culture and employee engagement. Formerly, Mette consulted for small nonprofits and also worked at American Public Media Group, Hazelden Foundation, and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. She is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She holds a business degree from Naestved Handelsskols, Denmark, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota. Mette serves on the board of Nexus and is a Twin Cities Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable member.

Dr. Charles Morgan, Vice President, Recovery Services

Dr. Charles Morgan joined Avivo in 2021. He brings extensive executive leadership and clinical experience having worked for organizations that support individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction and poverty. Most recently, he was CEO of Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and United Hospital Foundation. He worked as a psychiatric social worker for the most treatment resistant clients in Los Angeles County. He served as founder and senior pastor of Resurrection Life Fellowship Church in Westchester, California and Malawi, East Central Africa, for more than 30 years. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a doctorate degree in Theology. A national and international conference speaker, Dr. Morgan specializes in issues of diversity and inclusion, leadership and personal development, and African American civil rights history.

Bruce Wenger, Vice President, External Relations

Bruce Wenger joined Avivo in 2018 and provides more than 15 years experience in strategic leadership and fundraising. In his capacity as a consultant he helped grow philanthropic support for scores of non-profit organizations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He has proven skills in building comprehensive development programs relying on expertise with annual, major, and planned giving, both in and out of capital campaigns. Bruce focuses on positioning organizations for fundraising success and connecting donors with meaningful and impactful change. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.