As the new executive director for Anna Marie’s Alliance, Charles Hempeck hopes to help meet the needs of marginalized women and children.
Anna Marie’s focuses on six counties in Central Minnesota, but also serves the entire state. According to 2011-12 reports, the shelter served 1,703 adults and children.
Hempeck graduated with a degree in music from St. Cloud State, but it was his minor in human relations that led him to his career path and a master’s degree in women’s studies. During a human relations class his senior year, Hempeck recalls learning about issues of male privilege, sexism and violence against women and how it was connected. As he listened to stories of female friends and their concerns for safety, Hempeck started looking for ways to help.
Hempeck says it’s important to have male involvement to be able to end violence against women. Men and women must work together. Hempeck is the first male executive director for Anna Marie’s Alliance.
Before Anna Marie’s Alliance, Hempeck was the executive director at the Rural AIDS Action Network in St. Cloud and the director of Hands of Hope Resource Center.