Who We Are
The Shakopee Diversity Alliance (SDA) is a community-based organization made up of volunteers with different ethnic backgrounds and faiths. Most of us live in Shakopee while others work or volunteer in Shakopee. The SDA is not connected with the City of Shakopee nor any other organization in Shakopee. Funding for SDA activities and events is raised through its own fundraising efforts as well as donations and sponsorship from local businesses, groups and community members.
Where It All Began
On March 22, 2012, Shakopee city leaders led by Mayor Brad Tabke hosted the city’s first ever diversity summit at city hall. It was held to seek new ways to reach the city’s diverse population, help improve communication, foster positive relationships and make the community more welcoming to all residents. More than 140 people attended the summit. In the days and weeks after the summit, numerous community members met to continue discussions and they eventually formed the Shakopee Diversity Alliance.
meet your team
The Shakopee Diversity Alliance is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors.
Ana’s drive for advocacy work comes from being a daughter to Mexican immigrants from Puebla and Chihuahua. She was raised in Shakopee, Minnesota where much of her immediate family immigrated. She previously taught ESL to immigrants and refugees in Chaska. She also worked as an educator in South Korea, where she gained her love for Kimchi in burritos.
CITY COUNCIL LIAISON
Councilor Contreras’ passion for her community began early on when she started working for the CAP Agency. While working there she saw the many needs that Shakopee had. Today as a Certified Lactation Counselor she helps and supports moms and newborn babies achieve their personal goals.
Councilor Contreras was raised in Houston, Texas. She enjoys traveling with her family and spending time at the beach. She loves hosting parties and cooking.
In her free time she loves spending time with her family, visiting friends, doing crafts, reading and playing outside with her children as much as possible.
Degree in Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders with over eight years of hands on experience in social services, criminal justice, housing, crisis intervention and therapy roles. Stephanie works to empower individuals from diverse populations to gain independence and free themselves from the throws of commercial sexual exploitation and substance use through mental health therapy within the PRIDE program.
Additionally, she regularly attends task force meetings on these issues such as the Justice involved girls & women’s task force meeting per the Department of Corrections, monthly. Stephanie has worked in diverse populations over several years and is highly knowledgeable about the important issues that directly affect these populations such as
trauma, mental health, substance use, housing concerns, family crises, criminal justice involvement, and immigration concerns. While she understands the complex issues that affect these populations, Stephanie also understands her duty to advocate for others within systems and has done so for several years.
Daniela A. Stocker
Daniela enjoys spending time with her family, doing DIY projects, and taking road trips with her husband and dog, Monty, whenever there is a chance.
Current LAC – Scott Co. Mental Health Local Advisory Council
Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women – Community Engagement Coordinator
Present – Rivervalley YMCA Board Member
Executive Director of Esperanza Inc.
Former Member, Board of Directors, Saint Francis Regional Medical Center, Former
At Large Member, Shakopee Community Education Advisory Council, present
Former Shakopee Rotarian
Co-Founder, Shakopee Diversity Alliance, present
Former Volunteer, Families and Individuals Sharing Hope (FISH) Network & Love Inc in Eastern Carver Co.
I am passionate about developing/fostering and creating an diverse talent, that advances diversity withing educational, community and employment and creating accountability and empowering woman .