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

Pat Connelly

Director of Human Resources
(651) 242-5126

Annelies Stevens

Director of Health Services & Wellness

Beth Tollefson

Senior Director of Program Services
Region 3

Josie Jeffrey

Regional Director
Region 2

Ali Goepfert

Ali Goepfert

Regional Director
Region 3

Matt Sharp

Regional Director
Region 4

Chris Peterson

Regional Director
Region 5

Board of Directors


Paul Hillen, Chair
President and Chief Operating Officer
Revier Brand Group, LLC at Revier Cattle Company

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

Melissa Bayne, Immediate Past Chair
Attorney, Larkin Hoffman

Michael Morrow, Treasurer
Vice President, Finance & Administration, Luther Seminary

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

Dennis Scott Jolley, At-Large Director
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Chief Strategy Officer
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Anne Losby, At-Large Director
Culture & Change
Blue Cross Blue Shield


Herve Gindre
Managing Partner, Timmaron Group

Jay Johnson
Community Volunteer

Susan Leppke
Community Volunteer

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

Vince Opat
Retired, former The Valspar Corporation
Community Volunteer

Kevin Reilly
Fuss Marketing