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

Director of Human Resources

Devan Heinsen

Chief Development Officer

Coming Soon, HR Director  for Advancement

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


Adrienne DeRuyck

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

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

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

Tony DeRose
Independent Business Development Advisor
for Non-Profits & Global Organizations
Kevin Fossum
Senior Vice President at Piedmont Of ice Realty Trust

Jay Johnson
Community Volunteer

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

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

Anne Losby, At-Large Director
Director, Culture Transformation & Change Management
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

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

Vince Opat
Retired, former The Valspar Corporation
Community Volunteer

Kevin Reilly
Fuss Marketing

Nicolas Tiziou
Senior Director, Culture & Responsible Business at
Radisson Hotel Group Americas