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.

Cathleen Hess, Development and Communications Director

Cathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing, and Secondary Education from Hamline University. She brings 18 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, 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, 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, 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.

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.

Jennifer Kmecik, Community Engagement 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 currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation. Jennifer is also 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.

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.