2300 Orleans Street West, Stillwater

(651) 439-7434

Staff

Sally Anderson

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

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.

Cathleen Hess

Cathleen Hess

Development and Communications Director

Cathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing, and Secondary Education from Hamline University. She brings 20 years of fundraising, event planning, communications, and marketing experience to Community Thread. She has dedicated more than a decade of her professional career working in communications and fundraising roles to benefit students attending local urban and suburban public schools. Cathleen has been a member of many statewide communications and public relations associations. She has volunteered locally at Croixdale, Valley Outreach, and in various roles for the ISD 622 Education Foundation.

Elise Hendrickson

Elise Hendrickson

Communications and Website Coordinator

Elise has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration from University of Puget Sound. Elise was born and raised in Stillwater and earned the 2016 Individual Community Involvement Award. Elise is passionate about satisfaction and performance and is ready to put that passion to use in helping Community Thread’s mission. Elise has social media and communications experience from a variety of fields and is excited to put those skills to use, here. Elise is also a youth soccer coach for a local soccer club.

Rachel Presslein

Rachel Presslein

Thrive Program Director

Rachel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University. She has certifications in nonprofit management and volunteer administration. Before joining Community Thread, Rachel worked with health and housing organizations in program development, board and volunteer management, human resources, strategic planning, fundraising, and communications. Rachel is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the ISD 622 Education Foundation.

Kim McRunnel

Kim McRunnel

Thrive Program Associate 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.

Jennifer Sherwin

Jennifer Sherwin

Operations Assistant

Jennifer Sherwin Operations Assistant: Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and Human Relations from St. Cloud State University. She also holds a post graduate diploma in Housing Policy and Management from Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Jennifer worked as a Licensed Property Manager for many years before joining Community Thread. She also has experience in office administration and management, hospitality management, and she worked for the Department for Work and Pensions while living in England. Jennifer has volunteered at Hope for the Journey Home, Family Means Act on Alzheimer’s, and served on the Board of Directors of Royal Guard Performing Arts, a non-profit organization formed to provide performing arts opportunities to youth and young adults.

Grace Sobiech

Grace Sobiech

Thrive Program Coordinator

Grace has an A.A. in Graphic Design from Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Grace is a Stillwater area native, and attended St. Croix Catholic and Stillwater Area High School. While growing up in Stillwater, she led Summer Stretch volunteer groups and represented her high school class in student council. Her work in the nonprofit field began as an intern for Children’s Cancer Research fund. During her time with Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Grace found her passion for giving back to those most in need. Grace is excited to use her skills to help Community Thread with their mission of engaging, enriching, and connecting our community.

Kate Caffrey

Kate Caffrey

Volunteer Engagement Director

Kate has a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from Western Michigan University and completed her graduate work in Higher Education at the University of Minnesota Mankato. She spent over 25 years working at colleges and universities in and around the twin cities managing programs that engaged students in the local community with schools, organizations and nonprofits. In her most recent role with the YWCA Minneapolis, she supported group fitness community outreach programs. Kate is no stranger to volunteering and is passionate about working with others to collectively engage in efforts that create positive change for the betterment of the community.