Board of Directors

Nico Montoya, Chair

Nico worked for seven years doing part-time recreation and inclusions work with Reach before joining the board of directors in January 2014. 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 with the strategy group at Life Time. 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.

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.

David Erickson, Treasurer

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.”


Ellen Bittner

After several years of benefiting from Reach for Resources’ adaptive services for her son with autism spectrum disorder, Ellen joined the board in 2018. She is a senior technical writer and business analyst at Boston Scientific 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.


Mark Brown

Mark works as a Regulatory Compliance Manager at a community development bank in St. Paul. Mark has enjoyed volunteering at his daughter’s school and with various community organizations in the past and is excited to be working with the board.  


Craig Espelien

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.

Gary Johnson

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.

We are accepting board member applications. If you or someone you know is interested in knowing more, review the position description and contact Kate at .