Staff

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Our staff includes a full-time Executive Director, full-time Program Director, and 13 part-time staff who lead a variety of classes and activities. All have extensive experience working with teens and adults with disabilities, and most carry advanced degrees in special education, occupational therapy and other related fields.

Highland Friendship Club is continually looking for qualified and bright people to join our experienced staff. If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to: info@highlandfriendshipclub.org

Staff

Dan Reed

Executive Director

Dan is the full time Executive Director at Highland Friendship Club. He provides support and oversight of all aspects of HFC from fundraising to event planning and more. Dan comes to HFC from Partnership Resources, Inc. with over 25 years experience in the disability community!

Ashley Skelly

Program Director

Ashley is the full time Program Director at Highland Friendship Club. She works alongside the Executive Director to ensure quality programming for HFC members. Ashley has past experience working for various nonprofits and holds her Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.

Katessa Archer

Executive Assistant

Katessa attends college at the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing a degree in Applied Economics. She also works part-time as a Project Assistant at Brownson & Linnihan.
HFC Programs that Katessa leads: Birthday Bash, Friday Fun, CDH/HFC Events, Cooking

Beth Engelking

Program Staff

Beth is a certified Music Therapist with Musical Mayhem Group. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing her Master's degree at St. Mary of the Woods College.
HFC Programs that Beth leads: Open Mic

Carly Clements

Program Staff

Carly is a nurse who has experience working as the Program Director for the St. Paul JCC Camp Butwin. She thoroughly enjoys working with HFC members on a daily basis.
HFC Programs that Carly works: Community Club

Dusty Thune

Program Staff

Dusty is a special education teacher at Bridge View School in St. Paul. He holds his Masters degree in Special Education.
HFC Programs that Dusty leads: Movie Magic, Film Making, Movie Night

Jenifer Josephson

Program Staff

Jenifer is a Special Education Teacher at Washburn High School. She has a Master of Arts degree in Education as well as an Autism Teaching License.
HFC Programs that Jen leads: Open Mic

Jordan Buckellew

Program Staff

Jordan is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota. Outside of HFC, Jordan serves as the State Director of the Minnesota Miss Amazing pageant in addition to working part-time at the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
HFC Programs that Jordan leads: Girl's Night Out

Katie Thune

Program Staff

Katie is an educator at her own business, Mad Hatter Yoga and Wellness. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Education as well as certification in yoga and yoga calm instruction.
HFC Programs that Katie leads: Wellness Connection Workshop Series, Yoga, Movie Nights

Lisa Beck

Program Staff

Lisa is a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer and Event Coordinator. She holds her Master of Education degree in Sports and Event Management in addition to being a Certified Personal Trainer.
HFC Programs that Lisa leads: Move and Groove

Melissa Jobe

Program Staff

Melissa works as a social worker for St. Paul Public Schools. She enjoys doing recreational activities with HFC members outside of school. You can find her traveling in her spare time!
HFC Programs that Melissa leads: Move and Groove, Cooking, Wellness Connection Workshop Series

Nicole Knutson

Lead Greeting Card Staff

Nicole is a member of Highland Friendship Club who enjoys many HFC activities such as Bowling and Adventure Day. Her favorite program is card making which she now helps staff and run weekly! Nicole is an invaluable asset to ensuring that card orders are fulfilled at the highest quality.

Paula Keys

Program Staff

Paula is an Occupational Therapist at St. Paul Public Schools. She has background in working with children with a variety of disabilities for over 35 years in topics such as sensory processing and motor development.
HFC Programs that Paula leads: Bowling, Wednesdays at the JCC, Adventure Days

Rachel Mayer

Program Staff

Rachel is a full-time Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with Presbyterian Homes. She has an extensive human service background and is motivated to use her skills to better the lives of others.
HFC Programs that Rachel leads: TBD

Kendyl Tullis

Program Staff

Kendyl is a student studying Health Promotion at the University of St. Thomas. She has years of experience working as a Direct Support Professional, and enjoy working with HFC members in a social setting!
HFC Progams that Kendyl Leads: Water Aerobics

Kirsten

HFC Member

"I love Highland Friendship Club. I have been a member for 13 years, and I have friends at HFC. I get to do lots of fun things like Glee Club, Move and Groove, Open Mic, Swimming, and Girl's Night Out. Staff is very patient and tries to help me participate. Highland Friendship Club is awesome!"