At all levels, the Anne Carlsen Center is defined by its leadership.

This leadership begins at the “top” of the organization, with the ACC Board which develops process, and follows down to the Senior Leaders who work to establish and carry out policy, on through Department Directors who work directly with programming and staff, and into each staff member.

The leadership shown at the Anne Carlsen Center has many facets — first is the leadership to work productively with others, second is the leadership to work independently, and third is to be a leader in the community.


Anne Carlsen Board of Trustees

Harvey Huber – Chair

Casey Stoudt – Vice Chair

Senator Nicole Poolman – Treasurer

Janet Seaworth – Secretary

Sue Offutt, Ph.D. – Immediate/Past Chair

Kristi (Mishler) Wilfahrt

Myra Quanrud, M.D

Bruce Furness

Dr. Tamara Mathison

Matthew Hanson

Thomas Rolfstad

Alex Schweitzer

Executive Team

CEO Eric Monson

Eric Monson

Chief Executive Officer

Eric is the CEO of the Anne Carlsen Center, a multi-faceted, specialized organization for medically fragile and behaviorally challenged individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities…

Tim Eissinger Chief Operations Officer

Tim Eissinger

Chief Operations Officer

Tim started with Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch – then called Dakota Boys Ranch – as a live-in house manager in 1983. He worked his way up the organization to Vice President of Programming…

Mark Coppin Director of Assistive Technology

Daniel Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Daniel joined Anne Carlsen in 2016. In his role as Chief Financial Officer he provides the management team and Board of Directors with timely and accurate financial statements, cash flow projections, oversight over accounting and finance operations, as well as design and maintenance of the financial reporting structures. …

Stephanie Nelson, Ideation Center Director

Stephanie Nelson

Ideation Center Director

As the Director of the Ideation Center, Stephanie leads the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Anne Carlsen Center’s training and professional development programs and consultative services…

Jody Vigness, Senior Director of CBS

Jody Vigness

Senior Director of Community Based Services

Jody has been the director of our Community Based Services in the Grand Forks area since 2012. Her vast experience and tireless dedication have made her extremely effective as a leader…

Patty Olson Human Resources Director

Patty Olson

Chief Human Resource Officer

Patty received her MBA in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from the University of Mary, and has an extensive human resource background. She most recently served as Corporate Director of Human Resources for Wallwork, Inc …

Sam Brownell Director of Information and Technology

Sam Brownell

Director of Information and Technology

Sam joined the Anne Carlsen Center in 2010 as the Director of Information and Technology. Brownell will help support the Center’s Jamestown Campus, the Community Services offices in Grand Forks and Fargo…

Patrick Kirby Chief Development Officer

Patrick Kirby

Chief Development Officer

Patrick was hired as the Chief Development Officer of Anne Carlsen in February of 2013 and is responsible for the fundraising and marketing operations of the organization…

Kresha Wiest Director of Management Systems

Kresha Wiest

Director of Management Systems

Kresha Wiest joined Anne Carlsen in 2013 as Director of Management Systems. Kresha oversees all aspects of business analysis and internal reporting and directs Payroll operations…