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.

Jane See Yang

Jame See Yang, Student Services Director
Office Phone: 952-988-3755

Jame See Yang (she/they) joined Breakthrough Minneapolis in April of 2024. Jame See started out as a teaching fellow in the summer of 2018 and is excited to be back with the Breakthrough community. She was a Fulbright English teaching assistant in South Korea in 2021 and came back to the U.S. to teach with Saint Paul Public Schools. She has experience in the classrooms and is passionate about creating a safe and brave space where people feel they belong. With that, Jame See hopes to bring her experience in community and creativity to the Breakthrough family.

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.

Tyler Libert, AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Office Phone: 952-988-3892

Tyler Libert (he/him/his) is the Americorp Promise Fellow for the 2023-24 school year and a Blake alum. He joins us after being a Breakthrough teaching fellow for the past two summers where he taught 7th grade science. This past spring, he received a bachelors degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Puget Sound. He is excited to help everyone feel like they have a place they belong.