Board of Directors
Nico Montoya, Chair
Nico joined the Board of Directors in January of 2014 after seven years of part-time recreation and inclusions work with Reach. Having grown up with a developmentally disabled sister who has benefited enormously from Reach for Resources’ services, Nico has developed a passion for helping organizations that empower and assist people with disabilities.
Nico currently works as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He lives in Eden Prairie with his wife and two children.
Kendra Baker, Deputy Chair
Kendra Baker is a commercial attorney and is currently is employed with St. Jude Medical/Abbott. She is a parent of two children with special needs, one of whom has been involved with Reach.
Jim Sillery, Treasurer
Jim Sillery joined the Reach Board in 2016. He works a Principal at Buck Consultants, a Xerox company. He graduated with a psychology degree from the University of Scranton and received an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Jim has been an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School for the past five years. Jim has a been involved with many aspects of the special needs community over the years. He lives in Eden Prairie with his wife, Margie. They have one son, Adam. The three of them enjoy hiking in the great Minnesota outdoors.
Patrick Boley, Secretary
Patrick Boley is an attorney at Eckberg Lammers in their Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate practice area. Patrick obtained his LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation and a Certificate of Estate Planning from Georgetown University. He has more than 18 years of experience in legal practice. Patrick has been on our board of directors since January 2017, and has been involved with the organization since 2006.
Ellen Bittner just joined the board in 2018 after several years of benefitting from Reach for Resources’ adaptive services for her son with autism spectrum disorder. She is a senior technical writer for TCF Bank with a journalism degree from University of MN-Twin Cities. While a MN native on the Hopkins/Minnetonka border, she spent 13 years in San Diego, CA, honing her professional skills and starting a family. Vowing to never return to snow and cold, she moved back in 1998, settling not more than a mile from where she grew up. She learned from that experience to “never say ‘never.’” Ellen’s passions are digging up her yard (some call it gardening), mental health access/advocacy, and knitting bears for a local nonprofit organization. “It is an honor and privilege to be accepted as a board member and give back to other families and the community,” says Ellen.
David Erickson joined Reach’s Board of Directors in October 2018. He is a Senior Project Manager with HealthPartners and Owner of Stub Enterprises, Inc., which provides small business and nonprofit consulting services. David chose to serve on the board to “be part of the an organization delivering critical services to our community and to be part of Reach’s future growth.”
During the mid-1980s, Gary found his passion in Reach for Resources, Inc. Over the past 35 years, Gary has been involved in our bowl-a-thon, fundraising, and various events. Elected to the Board of Directors in 1997 and elected again this year, he brings his boundless passion and loyalty to the board meetings.
Gary has given 35 years to Wells Fargo. He works on anything to do with administration-everything from mail and phone calls to microfilming. When he’s not working or advocating, you can find Gary bowling, hanging out with his friends, or relaxing in his apartment that he has rented for 9 years.
Andy grew up in the western suburbs and went to college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After a brief stint as a chair lift operator in Colorado, he returned to Minneapolis and worked for a large public accounting firm for three years prior to joining the Minnesota Twins. He has been with the Twins for over 13 years. He was drawn to volunteer with Reach since he grew up in the local community and was also exposed to special education as his mom taught special education in the Hopkins School District for over 25 years. He has been a volunteer board member at Reach for over 12 years and has enjoyed it immensely. He currently lives in Minnetonka with his wife, Jodie, and his twin 6-year-old boys, Ben and Jimmy. If he had any free time, he would enjoy playing hockey, traveling, and trying new restaurants.