The leaders of Living Well Disability Services provide strength and insight to the organization by utilizing their vast professional experience, tapping into professional and personal networks, and optimizing advocacy and outreach with each and every conversation about their commitment to Living Well. Their esteemed direction allows the organization to maintain the tradition of integrity and quality care for people with disabilities in our community.

Senior Leadership Team

Tom Gillespie

President and CEO
(651) 688-8808

Rod Carlson

Chief Operating Officer
(651) 242-5118

Ghazi Akailvi

Chief Financial Officer
(651) 242-5113

Devan Heinsen

Chief Development Officer
(651) 242-5116

Alison Nelson

Director of Human Resources
(651) 242-5126

Annelies Stevens

Director of Health Services & Wellness

Beth Tollefson

Senior Director of Program Service

Josie Jeffrey

Regional Director
Region 2

Ali Goepfert

Ali Goepfert

Regional Director
Region 3


Adrienne DeRuyck

Regional Director
Region 4

Alicia Stans

Regional Director
Region 5

Colleen Mutzabaugh

Support Director

Board of Directors

Kevin Pleasant, Chair
Senior Vice President, Treasury Management
MidWestOne Bank


Paul Hillen, Immediate Past Chair

President, The Informed Engagement Network

Tony DeRose, Vice Chair
Independent Business Development Advisor
for Non-Profits & Global Organizations

Michael Morrow, Treasurer

Vice President, Finance & Administration, Luther Seminary

JoAnne Zoff, Secretary
Retired, Former Secretary of the Senate
Community Volunteer

Dawn Kessler, At Large Director
Investor & Advisor, Launch My Health
Retired Senior Executive, Optum & HealthEast Care System

Vince Opat, At Large Director
Retired, former The Valspar Corporation
Community Volunteer

Lisa Adelmann

 President, LMA Consulting Services

Kevin Fossum
Senior Vice President at Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Katherine (Katie) Henning

Courey, Kosanda & Zimmer, P.A.

Jay Johnson
Community Volunteer

Frances (Fran) McCloskey

Judy Marder
Retired; Community Volunteer, Volunteer Leader of Best Life Alliance

Kevin Reilly
President, SixSpeed / Founder, Fuss Marketing

Chris Reiten
Vice President, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Nicolas Tiziou
Director, Global ESG