STAFF & BOARD

President, Founder and CEO
DOMINIQUE MURRAY

Dominique Murray is the President, Founder, and CEO of Elevated Career Services. Throughout her career, Dominique has developed an expert knowledge in Human Resources, Customer Service, Technology, Training & Development, Operations & Maintenance, Equity, and Public Administration which has contributed to her development as a Nonprofit Leader.

 

Since the beginning of her career, Dominique has always set out to develop new skills to set herself apart in the job market through education, work experience, and personal development. In 2014, Dominique earned a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Shortly after, she advanced her career from Customer Service to working in Government Services for Saint Paul Public Schools. Through her unique skill set and talent, Dominique has provided operational support, and administration for more than 700 employees across 72 different work locations. During her employment, Dominique was appointed by her peers to serve as the co-chair of the Racial Equity Team.  As a leader of this group, she collaborated with her co-workers to develop an advisory board addressing workplace inequities, planning and seeking strategic solutions for improvement.

While serving as a union steward for one of the largest professional unions in public service, Dominique was awarded the John F Blackstone Member of The Year Award in 2016 for outstanding contributions to the Professional Employee Association. In 2018, Dominique graduated from Metropolitan State University with a master’s degree in Public Administration. During this year she also incorporated Elevated Career Services as a nonprofit entity, based on her passion for learning, career development, and serving others.
 

Minnesota is one of the first states to implement a Pay Equity Law. Dominique has become a part of this turning point in history through her work as a Principal Administrator, enforcing Pay Equity Law. Through this experience she has evaluated, and studied the compensation practices of more than 1,600 local jurisdictions, and municipalities covering 200,000 employees, correcting compensation inequities for current, and future female workers in state government.

 

Board of Director
MIKKI DESQUE
State of Minnesota

Mikki Desque has more than 20 years of qualitative research experience as a survey developer and focus group facilitator.

 

Currently working for the state of Minnesota, Mikki previously spent 14 years managing a general psychology research lab and, prior to that, supervised a survey research center. She is also an experienced data analyst, database administrator, and project manager.

 

Before focusing her career on surveys and evaluation, she provided direct support to individuals living with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and intellectual delays.

 

She spends time volunteering as an advocate for women who experience interpersonal violence and sexual assault. Mikki is an enthusiastic life-long learner; she completed a B.A. and B.S. from Metropolitan State University then pursued additional coursework at Hamline and St Paul College before returning to Metro State to work on her M.A. Mikki is passionate about equity and trying to ensure that the voices of all Minnesotans are heard. 

 

Board of Director
AVIE DEE XIONG
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

I have worked many years in Corporate America before realizing that my true calling was in non-profit work.  For the last 12 years, I have been working and volunteering in various sectors of the non-profit field doing everything from client intakes and interpreting to researching resources and collaborating with community partners.  Some of these organizations include Missions Inc Home Free, Salvation Army, Elim Transitional Housing, and Union Gospel Missions. In addition to over 15 years of youth-related work experience, my best work has been in servant leadership, as well as program development.

I graduated with an Associates in Paralegal from North Hennepin Community College and a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University.  Outside of work I enjoy real-time with my family and friends, mentoring, cooking, reading, and church.  I believe life is not about me.