Kathy Denman-Wilke

Director, Department of Indian Work

Kathy Denman-Wilke joined Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul as the Department of Indian Work Director in September 2013. She is passionate about the programs within her department, which helps meet the needs of the American Indian Saint Paul Community.

Kathy has led the Indian Education Programs at Saint Paul Public Schools for 13 years. Prior to her position there, she worked in the field of Early Childhood Family Education for 14 years in Minneapolis Public Schools.

Kathy is from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota earning a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration and Iowa State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and American Indian Studies.

“I am a person that likes to help the community,” said Kathy. “I am passionate about working for our American Indian families and thrilled to continue to do so at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul.”

She is a member of the Community of Christ congregation in Saint Paul, but practices spiritual aspects of both the American Indian and Christian faiths. Kathy is a “jingle dress” dancer and enjoys jogging, yoga, and swing dancing in her spare time. She lives in Saint Paul and has three grown sons.