Board of Directors
David Erickson, Chair
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.”
Patrick Boley, Vice Chair
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, Secretary
Ellen Bittner became a board member in spring of 2018 after several years of participation with Reach for Resources inclusion services for her autistic son. She is a senior technical writer for Wells Fargo. She lives in the Hopkins/Minnetonka area and enjoys digging in her yard and knitting comfort bears for Mother Bear Project. Ellen says, “It is an honor and privilege to be accepted as a board member and give back to other families and the community.”
Brandon Leyde, Treasurer
Brandon Leyde became a board member in Fall 2019. Brandon is the accounts receivable manager for MasTec Utility Services in Woodbury. When he is not working, he loves camping and spending time with his wife and dogs. Brandon volunteers for a commission in Newport and holds another board seat for a nonprofit benefiting the Mississippi River and its future prosperity. His passion for the human services industry started when he became a personal care assistant in 2010. He continued in the field until 2015. Through his time working with the individuals he served, he saw gaps in support and care and wanted to affect change on a higher level to benefit those in need. “Too often I find that people with disabilities are pigeonholed into categories not fitting their actual wants or needs, hindering their future successes. These are people with “capabilities” and once given an opportunity to succeed, we all succeed. That is why I am very proud and honored to have been accepted on this board of directors.”
Chayla joined the board in June of 2020. Chayla is currently the Director of Development with Secondhand Hounds. Prior to her work in nonprofit, Chayla specialized in sales and marketing in the fresh produce industry. Chayla has a passion for helping others, whether it be animals or humans in need of a little extra care and love. She enjoys spending time with her three rescue dogs, reading and any and all outdoor activities.
Craig Espelien brings global sales and marketing expertise to our board and is currently a managing partner with the consulting/investment group 1201 Investment Partners. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Minnesota. Active in the community, Craig has volunteered with multiple organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Opportunity Partners, and Guild. He is also a regular published author for trade magazines and served on boards for The Southern Theater, Small Emerging Growth Companies Group, Eastside Meals on Wheels, and Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce before becoming a board member for Reach in Summer 2019.
Anna joined the board of directors in January 2020. She is a Talent Acquisition Partner at Thomson Reuters, where she is also an active member of their Business Resource Group for employees with disabilities. Anna previously worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness, and is passionate about advocating for those who cannot do so themselves. She is looking forward to supporting Reach’s mission and vision.
Gayle Moltz joined the board of directors in March 2020 after a 20-year teaching career in special education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in child psychology and a Masters of Education, both from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a teacher, Gayle worked for 15 years in various positions, all serving individuals with disabilities and their families. From 1994-1999, she was the Director of Education and Outreach at Reach for Resources, then called West Hennepin Community Services. Gayle is excited to be actively involved again with Reach, an organization she has continued to support and follow, as she strongly believes its unique services are so very needed in our community.
Danny Ngo joined the board in June of 2020 and currently works as a Human Resources Training Manager at Ecolab Inc. within their Global Talent and Organizational Development division. He holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Danny spent the early part of his career working at Hammer Residences and managed a home of young adults with developmental disabilities. He has a passion for helping others grow, whether it’s in their lives or their jobs, and appreciates the opportunity to drive Reach’s mission to help others achieve their full potential. In his free time, he enjoys screaming at his favorite sports teams, cooking extravagant but inedible dishes, dancing with his young daughter and making terrible jokes with loved ones.