Therese Davis, Executive Director
Since joining Wingspan in 1977, Therese has been an integral part of Wingspan’s growth and programming expansion in service to adults with developmental and other disabilities. Through the years, Therese has served in many different capacities—from direct care to Operations—and her responsibilities include direction and oversight for 26 group homes in the Residential Program as well as our “Harmony House” crisis respite home, our In-Home Program for those living with family or independently, the Three Directions Program for clients looking for work, volunteer opportunities or social interaction, and oversight of a number of peer support programs. In addition to Human Resources responsibilities and training oversight for some 170+ full-time and part-time employees plus an additional 90 on-call employees, Therese’s role encompasses responsibility for Finance, Operations, Resource Development, and Board Recruitment. Although her degree in Human Services informs her work, it is her depth of one-on-one experience in serving adults with disabilities, combined with her connection to families, case managers, and social workers, physicians and therapists, that has made her one of the disability community’s most ardent advocates—both for those being served and for direct support professionals.
Joe Bjelland, Finance Director
Joe has over 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounting, and most recently served as CFO for the State of Minnesota Department of Corrections. Previously he had been Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of New Richmond and Senior Accounting Officer for the State of Minnesota.
Frank Merrill, Director of Residential Services
Frank Merrill joined Wingspan Life Resources in 1987. He has served as House Coordinator and Program Director over the past 29 years. He provides oversight of the Residential and In-Home Programs and ensures that State, County and Federal licensing guidelines are met.
Deb Monk, Director of Human Resources
Deb joined Wingspan’s Executive Team on March 2nd. She brings 25 years of experience and comes to us with a rich background, not only in HR, but in disability services. Prior to that she worked for STAR Services/CCP as a Human Resource Director. She has extensive experience in Employee Relations, Policy and Procedure Development, and Risk Management.
Pam Carlson, Director of Operations
Pam Carlson joined Wingspan Life Resources in 2001. She is responsible for the IT/Computer support for the entire organization, supervision of maintenance staff and maintenance functions, vendor relationships, and the Volunteer Program. Pam has a B.A. in Business Management.
Darolyn Gray, Development Officer
Darolyn joined Wingspan Life Resources in February, 2012. She directs organizational fundraising activities including grant writing and proposals for individual, corporate and foundation giving, manages annual giving campaigns and donor relations, and also coordinates Wingspan’s key events such as the Power of Love Gala, Made in the Shade Walk, Run & Roll, and other fundraising events. Darolyn is also responsible for public and media relations and helps to create newsletters and other communications pieces to promote the good work of Wingspan and the wonderful people we serve.
Program Directors: Jeff Hager, Maureen Merrill, Camille Willner, Eric Hemme, Julie Leiferman, Shelda Thompson, Stacy Boehmer and Crystal Jackson
The Program Directors have diverse backgrounds and experience but all have at least 20 years experience at Wingspan Life Resources.The Program Directors provide direction and leadership to the individual homes, In Home Services and the Three Directions Program.