Staff

All staff can be reached via email or by phone at 651-439-7434.

Sally Anderson, Executive Director
Sally Anderson has a Masters in Health Administration from Indiana University and earned a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Community Thread, she served in senior leadership positions at Valley Outreach, a local food shelf and basic needs provider where she worked extensively with volunteers. Her professional experience includes starting a nonprofit mental health clinic and managing programs serving aging and disabled populations in collaboration with other nonprofits.
Kathryn Bolinder, Associate Director

Kathryn Bolinder has an undergraduate degree in social work and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree and Master of Management degree from St. Mary’s University. Before coming to Community Thread, Kathryn worked as Long Term Care Administrator, Clinic Manager and Director of Operations in several not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. She continues to volunteer with several local organizations.

Allissa Obler, Development and Communications Director

Allissa has a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Hamline University. Prior to joining Community Thread, Allissa worked at St. Croix River Association where she managed donor relations and provided support for grant writing and event planning. Her professional experience includes public and private fundraising, communications and marketing. She currently serves as an Ambassador with the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Stillwater Area Kiwanis Club.

Sarah Haugen, Development and Communications Coordinator

Sarah has a degree in Studio Arts/Graphic Design from Augsburg University. Sarah shares her talents as a part-time graphic design intern for the United Way of Washington County-East. She looks forward to deepening her relationships with nonprofits throughout the St. Croix Valley in her role at Community Thread.

Kim McRunnel, Older Adult Program Director

Kim has a background in insurance and retail settings and has worked as a health paraprofessional in the Stillwater School district. She has been an active volunteer in her children’s schools and sport organizations. Kim and her family have been very active in fostering dogs for a local dog rescue. She serves on the executive board of the St Croix Valley Athletic Association and is a charter member of the Afton Bayport Lakeland Lions Club.

Lynn DeCorsey, Older Adult Program Assistant

Lynn has a background in finance and healthcare settings as a Patient Financial Services Representative. She is also an active volunteer with her children’s sport activities and currently acts as a foster family for Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue in Hudson WI.

Jennifer Kmecik, Volunteer Center Director

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She brings 10 years of non-profit experience to Community Thread, including work in the areas of program and fund development, volunteer management and strategic planning. Jennifer is a 2013-14 class participant of Leadership Twin Cities where she continues to be involved as a steering committee member and past co-chair for the 2016-17 class.

Leanna Miller, Volunteer Center Coordinator
Leanna has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of MN-Duluth and worked as a Special Ed Paraprofessional for 13 years. She is certified in Volunteer Leadership and has an extensive background in volunteer management. Leanna is an active volunteer with a variety of local non-profits including Canvas Health, Family Means, United Way, Lakeview Foundation and her children’s schools.

Cathy Dyball, Chore Services and Transportation Program Manager
Cathy Dyball has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Human Relations Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She also has a Training and Development Certificate from the University of Oklahoma. Cathy has worked with Community Thread since 1998 and has over 40 years of experience as a volunteer administrator, consultant and trainer in human service and health care agencies.  She is a member of Community Health Action Team, Connector Loop Advisory Committee and other community groups that serve Washington County residents. She has volunteered with a variety of organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Prior to Community Thread, Cathy worked as the Volunteer Director for Carter Hospice Care in Oklahoma City, OK and Volunteer Coordinator for North Memorial Hospice in Robbinsdale, MN.

Jenny Hutchins Farrell, Administrative Coordinator

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of WI-River Falls and is an Army veteran who served as military police. She has worked in both city and state government with experience in case management, policy writing, editing and communications. Jennifer has also volunteered for various nonprofit organizations including Soul Space Farm Sanctuary in New Richmond, WI and St. Michaels Fishes & Loaves in St. Paul.