Meet Survivor Resources Staff

Margaret McAbeeMargaret McAbee

367 Grove Street St. Paul, MN 55101
Direct: 651.266.5677 | Mobile: 612.961.4770 | Secondary Email:

Since 1992, Margaret has walked with thousands of individuals through the trauma and complicated grief in the aftermath of a violent death. Before there was Survivor Resources, Margaret first recognized, then fulfilled, the need for unique grief support groups based on her own experience of becoming a young widow due to homicide. She was the moving force and Director of Victim’s Intervention Project, Inc. (VIPI), founded in 1998, with the support of a Task Force grief program with the St. Paul Police Department in 1995. VIPI changed the name to Survivor Resources in 2007 to better align with our mission and who we serve. She steered our organization into Minneapolis and helped us become the “go-to” organization for help in homicide, suicide, accidental and overdose death, launched our Forest Lake support group and Twin Cities expansion. Margaret exited Survivor Resources in 2014 and returned in 2015 as our consultant as we move forward with our growth. Margaret earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Wisconsin Stout and still enjoys her daily commute from Wisconsin. When not working, Margaret enjoys time with ten grandchildren.


Julie Chalmers
Grief Support Services, West Metro

350 South 5th Street Rm 108 Minneapolis, MN 55415
Direct: 612.673.3951 | Mobile: 651.955.8096

On staff since 2007, Julie has helped hundreds of our clients navigate through the early days after a traumatic death of a loved one. She is an experienced grief support facilitator and guide for our volunteers. We feel that it was no coincidence that Julie’s first day of employment coincided with the Interstate-35W bridge collapse, calling for swift action to support its many victims. Julie became a volunteer at Survivor Resources (then VIPI) in 1995 while working in both business administration and in social services. Having experienced the loss of her husband to suicide in 1987, she is well-versed in the unique needs of our clients. Julie earned her bachelor degree from St. Catherine University. She is involved in her local church and enjoys spending time with her two sons.



Leigh Block
Grief Support Services, East Metro

367 Grove Street St. Paul, MN 55101
Direct: 651.266.5674 | Mobile: 651.955.8026

Leigh is a survivor of domestic violence, but tragically, her 5-year-old daughter Mikayla was not. Leigh’s ex-husband murdered Mikayla and then took his own life in September of 2004. Almost six months later, Leigh’s mom also died as a result of violence. Leigh has given numerous presentations with various groups and shared her story to raise awareness about the impact of violence on families and communities. Leigh became involved with Survivor Resources as a volunteer grief group facilitator in 2009 and was on staff through 2010. Leigh attended Inver Hills Community college focusing on classes in the Human Service field. In January of 2016, Leigh rejoined the staff of Survivor Resources She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends and is passionate about animals, nature, and gardening.


Colleen LunaColleen Luna

Colleen Luna has been the Executive Director since August 2016.  She has served on the board of directors twice and was our previous board chair.  She has worked with families traumatized by homicide, suicide and accidental death in her over 32 years of law enforcement experience with the Saint Paul Police Department. She retired from Saint Paul in 2016. Colleen personally experienced the accidental death of her father in 2007. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State University and her Master of Arts degree in organizational management from Concordia University. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.