Meet the Staff

Contact our main office at 952-988-3755 or

Tricia Crossman

Tricia Crossman, Executive Director
Office Phone: 952-988-3706

Tricia Crossman (she/her/hers) became the Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake's Executive Director June 2020 following over 25 years of experience working with and on behalf of young people. Her career began in service to youth and their families in diverse settings such as schools, community based organizations and mental health facilities. In addition to direct service, Tricia’s experience includes developing and managing strategic initiatives, programs and operations for local and national non-profit organizations. She earned a Masters of Social Work degree from New York University. She is very excited that her role with Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake allowed her to return to her home city of Minneapolis, along with her son Cruz.

Roger Sykes

Roger Sykes, Student Services Director
Office Phone: 952-988-3755

Roger Sykes (he/him/his) joined the LearningWorks team in June 2022 as the new Student Services Director after moving back to Minneapolis with his three sons. Roger has extensive experience supporting students and their families through his work in school districts in Minnesota and Illinois as well as his years of coaching youth sports. Roger exemplifies the tenets of servant leadership and says his purpose has always been to have a positive effect on the lives of others. Roger has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Science and minor in Organizational Management from Ashford University and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He is also Blake's middle school football and boys basketball coach.

Lauren Melzer

Lauren Melzer, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Office Phone: 952-988-3878

Lauren Melzer (she/her/hers) joined the Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake team in April 2021 with nearly a decade of experience working with youth in a variety of educational settings ranging from teaching elementary special education to developing social justice-oriented programming for college students. Through these experiences, she has grown to love finding ways to intertwine seemingly disparate subjects with the understanding that at the root, everything and everyone is connected. With this mindset, Lauren is excited to build community with both students and adults and share in collective knowledge. Lauren brings with her a bachelor of arts degree in education equity.

Rohan Mittra

Rohan Mittra, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Office Phone: 952-988-3892

Rohan Mittra (he/him/his) isn't new to Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake (BMB). After learning about the program as a Blake 9th grader, he knew he would get involved. Starting as a School Year Program teaching volunteer in 2019, he applied and was accepted into the summer teaching fellowship in 2021. After graduating Blake in 2022, he took a gap year to work with BMB as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow. He will be developing and leading a new math tutoring program before heading off to Macalester College in 2023.