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Our staff includes an Executive Director, Program Manager, part-time Office Administrator and part-time Program Staff 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 bright 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:


Patty Dunn

Executive Director

Patty Dunn brings experience in communications, marketing and fundraising. She worked extensively with people who have disabilities to ensure their voices are heard and amplified in our communities. Patty is excited to continue that work with HFC. ph 651-239-8906

Katie Markquart

Program Manager

Katie is the Program Manager overseeing all of the awesome programs HFC offers. She has a degree in special education and has spent her career working with individuals with disabilities in both education and non-profit settings. ph: 651-698-4096

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

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.

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!

Heather Moss

Program Staff

Heather is a former corporate leader whose passion and love for people with disabilities has taken her to a new career path: HFC! We couldn't be happier to have her on board!

Holly Kampa

Program Staff

Holly attends the University of Minnesota and is pursuing degrees in Neuroscience and Math. She is the sister of HFC member Stephanie, and would someday love to do research in the field of developmental disabilities. cell 651-382-1103

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.
HFC Programs that Mason Leads: Community Club daytime programs

Nicole Knutson

Program Staff

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

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!

Laura Schulz

Lead Program Staff

Laura is a graduate student at St. Catherine University working on her masters in public health. Combining her current education with experience in both marketing and teaching, Laura is excited to join the HFC community! ph 651-424-5661

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.

Jack Fink

Lead Program Staff

Jack is attending the University of St. Thomas pursuing a degree in Marketing. He is looking forward to getting to know HFC members in a wide variety of programs. He is excited to be a part of the wonderful community at HFC! Cell phone #: 952-688-1913;

Angela Lindell

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.

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!

Jessica Seal

Program Staff

Jessica is a recent graduate from the University of St Thomas, where she earned her Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Spanish. She has volunteered with adults with disabilities for many years in a variety of settings, and she is excited to join the HFC team!


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!"