Staff - click on the images below to meet the staff.

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Staff include an Executive Director, Program Manager, part-time Office Administrator, Program Staff and contractors who lead HFC classes and activities. All program staff have experience working with teens and adults with disabilities, and many have degrees in special education, occupational therapy, wellness/fitness, the arts, or other related fields.

Highland Friendship Club is continually looking for qualified and caring people to join our experienced staff. Open positions are posted on our website and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Job Board. However even when we do not have an open position, we appreciate hearing from prospective candidates at any time! Feel free to send us an email introduction and resume to:

Staff L-R: Patty Dunn-ED, Holly Kampa-Program Manager, Ann Erickson-Office Administrator, Jack Fink, Angela Lindell, Nikki Knutson, Mason Ellingboe, Paula Keys, Katie Johnson, Eric Nelson, Mary Troullier, Heather Moss, Rebecca Ripka, Gayl Marshall, Wren Hopkins, Hayley Ladwig, Isabelle Spooner. Click on images to learn more. 


Patty Dunn

Executive Director

As HFC’s executive director since 2020, Patty raises awareness, funds, and support for our programs. She is passionate about creating communities of inclusion and her priority is to ensure that our members have a place to make friends, be heard, and know they belong. Ph: 651-239-8906

Holly Kampa

Program Manager

Holly worked for HFC for five years before taking on the role of Program Manager in October 2022. In Holly’s words: “If I had to choose one takeaway from all the things I have learned at HFC, it is that we never stop learning and growing. cell 651-382-1103

Ann Erickson

Office Administrator

Ann is delighted to serve as HFC's Office Administrator. Prior to HFC, Ann worked as an R&D project manager at a pharmaceutical company and Hamline University's CGEE, environmental education. Walking Daisy dog to the Mississippi River is a favorite thing. 651-808-3297

Jack Fink

Lead Program Staff

Jack is attending the University of St. Thomas pursuing a degree in Marketing. He is excited to be a part of the wonderful community at HFC!

Angela Lindell

Lead Program Staff

Angela is an undergraduate student at the University of St. Thomas. She is studying Biology and Business and is working toward becoming a dentist. Angela is excited to be a part of HFC and empower members.

Nicole Knutson

Program Staff

Nicole is the first person in the HFC community to serve as a member, advisory committee member, volunteer AND staff person! She is truly a dynamic and creative person.

Mason Ellingboe

Program Staff

Mason comes to HFC with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a history of working with people with disabilities in the public school setting.

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.

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Katie Johnson

Program Staff

Katie has experience advocating for individuals living with brain
injuries. Katie is excited to be a part of an accessible space that
empowers individuals living with disabilities to find new hobbies and
make new friends!

Eric Nelson

Program Staff

Eric is a theatrical and sports aficionado with experience working with people with disabilities at InterAct. You can find him on TV at Childrens Hospital as "The Dude" as well!

Mary Troullier

Program Staff

Mary is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota who loves working a variety of jobs in the adaptive and therapeutic recreation field. She hopes to help individuals with disabilities be more independent and find fun ways to be physically active.

Heather Moss

Program Staff

According to Heather "Every single part of HFC is my favorite! I absolutely love the friendships I have built with members and staff. I truly believe in what we do and it is a joy to be surrounded by radiant positivity." Heather has 3 jobs, 3 kids & 2 dogs!

Rebecca Ripka

Program Staff

I enjoy helping others reach their full potential in life. I have many years of experience working with vulnerable adults. In my spare time I enjoy spending time tending to my gardens and scrapbooking. I believe that everyone can do great things in life.

Gayl Marshall

Program Staff

Gayl is HFC’s social media coordinator and is a recent graduate from UWEC with a degree in public relations. She is so excited to be apart of the HFC staff!

Wren Hopkins

Program Staff

Wren comes to HFC as a student of Hamline University who leads the Disability Services organization on campus and has a long history of advocating for people with disabilities.

Hayley Ladwig

Program Staff

Hayley is working on her masters in clinical social work at UST. She was a member of UST's Special Olympics Club and loved HFC members so much that she just couldn't resist becoming a staff! She brings a passion for celebrating neurodiversity and the field of mental health.

Isabelle Spooner

Isabelle graduated from University of St. Thomas in 2022 with a degree in Justice and Peace Studies. She has prior experience as a PCA and loves getting to know people and their passions. Isabelle is excited to be a part of the HFC community!


HFC Member

"I love Highland Friendship Club. I have been a member for many years, and I have friends at HFC. I get to do lots of fun things like Glee Club, Move and Groove, Karaoke and Friday Night Fun. Staff are very patient and help me participate. Highland Friendship Club is awesome!"