ClearCause Executive Director

Sheryl’s professional career centered on information technology and communications for healthcare major markets working for fortune 500 companies. She and her husband are also founders of ClearCause Foundation.  Sheryl is an author, successful grant writer, and founder of more than three nonprofits.  Her family has hosted more eight internationals for more than twelve years.  Her son, Tyler Hill, died a preventable death on a People to People Student Ambassador Trip to Japan in 2007.  Four years of advocating for Traveling Youth Standards of Safety – TYS SOS, became the catalyst for ClearCause.  She enjoys life on Lake Minnetonka with her family and friends, cheering for her youngest son at sporting events, public speaking and exercising when she isn’t advocating for Safe Global Youth Travel. Email Sheryl: Sheryl at ClearCauseFoundation.org

Laura Brandt Photo

ClearCause Event Planner

Laura has years of experience as Director of Alumni and Donor Relations for Normandale Community College.  She is creating policy and procedures, relationships, volunteer coordinating, and building a format for future success.


Cheryl Butz All in One Accounting

ClearCause Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl is a controller at All in One Accounting.  She holds a degree in accounting and small business management from Metropolitan State University.  Cheryl is a member of Twin Cities Nonprofit Financial Managers Group and represents All in One Accounting at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.  Cheryl is known for her ability to pinpoint financial opportunities for nonprofits like ClearCause.  She excels at budgeting, forecasting and human resource development.  ClearCause retained All in One Accounting April, 2013.  Contact Cheryl:  Cheryl at AllinOneAccounting.com
ClearCause Social Media Manager

Kacie is a 2012 graduate at Colorado State University earning a degree in business administration.  Go Rams!  At CSU Kacie was Captain and All American College Hockey Association player for Colorado Ram’s women’s Ice Hockey Team.  Kacie championed many hockey fundraisers and managed all of her team’s accounts and social media outlets. Kacie is founder of Socially Creative LLC.
Email Kacie:  Kacie at ClearCauseFoundation.org


ClearCause Blogger

“Nicola is in her last semester as a journalism student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and works in freelance photography and as a wedding photographer. She has worked in multimedia, communications, social media and in writing for various non-profit organizations and research centers over the past few years.”  Email Nicola: Nicola at clearcausefoundation.org

ClearCause Outreach Director

Julie puts decades of experience in technical writing with Cargill to work for ClearCause.   Julie is also an author.  She is recognized for her exemplary customer service and attention to details. Julie enjoys her ‘pups’, family and has a passion for holiday celebrations with family and friends. Julie was in Japan with the Hills shortly after Tyler was disconnected from life support.  Julie handles ClearCause nonprofit Sales Force CRM -Constituent Resource Management system, newsletters, fundraising, and outreach.  Email Julie: Julie at ClearCauseFoundation.org

ClearCause Web Developer

Nick Rosener is a WordPress and Google SEO Consultant at Tech Nick Consulting, specializing in digital marketing of all kinds. As a marketing blogger, he helps businesses and non-profits build and execute successful content marketing strategies. His broad knowledge of online marketing spans Blogging, Social Media, Search Engine Marketing, and Online Community Development to empower clients to leverage their content for maximum return. Email Nick: Nick at ClearCauseFoundation.org   Tech Nick Consulting: http://technickconsulting.com


DSC00088(1)ROS THACKURDEEN, M.S. – School Counseling

Ros has years of experience as a school counselor advocating for students and parents with listening, interpersonal and communication challenges. She counsels individual students and groups, and provides family support, team services and consultations.

Her son, Ravi Thackurdeen, died in 2012 while on a study abroad trip in Costa Rica. Her deep passion and drive is to obtain safety regulations for students studying abroad at the state and federal levels.