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

Casey Stoudt – Chair

Bruce Furness – Vice Chair

Harvey Huber – (Immediate Past) Former Chair

Senator Nicole Poolman – Treasurer

Alex Schweitzer – Secretary

Myra Quanrud, M.D – Ex-Officio

Dr. Tamara Mathison

Thomas Rolfstad

Alex Schweitzer

Eric Monson

Polly Peterson

Laurel Nelson

Executive Team

Tim Eissinger Chief Operations Officer

Tim Eissinger

Chief Executive 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…

Stephanie Nelson, Chief Operations Officer

Stephanie Nelson

Chief Operations Officer

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…

Dan Johnson Chief Financial Officer

Eric Wilkie

Chief Development Officer

Eric Wilkie holds a bachelors of science degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary. Prior to coming to Anne Carlsen, Eric worked as the Chief Advancement Officer for Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo…

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

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…

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…