Board of Directors - click on images below to meet the Board

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Highland Friendship Club is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors; some board members have a family member with developmental disabilities. The Board provides financial oversight, carries out a variety of fundraising activities and sets the strategic direction of the organization in alignment with HFC's mission.


Board members L-R: Stephanie Johnson-Chair, Rose Fagrelius-Past Chair & Founder, Pat Leseman-Founder, Liz Boyd, Hannah Larson-Treasurer, Joe Feldmeier-Secretary, Ginny Bisanz, John Bobzien, Lisamarie Meyer, Mike Fleming, Colleen Langford. Not pictured Lezlie Olson Board Member and Program Committee member. Click on images to learn more. 

Board of Directors

Stephanie Johnson


Director of Community Relations, Blaze Credit Union

Rosemary Fagrelius

Past Chair, Board Member, Co-Founder and HFC Parent, also member of Development Committee

Former Deputy ED/Community Dev Director MHP

Pat Leseman

Board member, Co-Founder and HFC Parent, Chair of Program Committee

Retired: Contract Officer, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Liz Boyd

Board Member and Chair of Development Committee

Director of Special Events, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library

Hannah Larson (Gikling)

Board Member and Chair of the Finance Committee

Joseph Feldmeier

Board Member, Secretary

Partner and CFP Professional at Ascend Financial Group specializing in retirement & estate planning, asset/wealth management, and insurance solutions. Joe lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, working out, playing rugby and traveling.

Ginny Bisanz

Board Member - also serves on the Development Committee

My husband, John and I are longtime supporters of HFC. We are proud parents of 5 children and 14 grandchildren.
I am a retired RN, having worked 25 years in the OR at United Hospital.
I served as a committee member for the Philanthropy & Advancement for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Paul Bender

Board Member - also serves on the Finance Committee

HFC Parent, Retired Senior Manager, Internal Revenue Service.

Ginger Giefer

Board Member - also serves on the Program Committee

Retired Registered Nurse

John Bobzien

Board Member

Consultant EY-Parthenon

Lisamarie Meyer

Board Member - also serves on Finance Committee

SVP, MN Director of Minnesota Branches for TruStone Financial Credit Union. I have over 25 years of Financial Experience; which includes many different types of financial sectors. I reside in the Highland Area for the last 20 years and love this community.

Mike Fleming

MTF Inc Owner

Colleen Langford

Board Member - also member of the Development Committee

Re/Max Results Realty


HFC Member

"The Friendship Club has helped me to express myself both physically and emotionally. It gives me the opportunity to join in social activities and make new friends. Movie making has been one of my favorite activities because it's helped me grow as a person and become more confident."