Our Team

The staff and board of directors of One Heartland are dedicated to helping young people develop self-acceptance, life-long friendships and the courage to face the world. Contact us at 612.824.6464 or helpkids@oneheartland.org.

One Heartland Staff

Patrick Kindler, Executive Director

Patrick Kindler

Executive Director

Patrick has been with One Heartland since May of 2006—and has served as the Executive Director since January, 2011. In his tenure as Executive Director, he has strengthened and grown our camps and programs by creating a culture of financial transparency and ensuring that we have the resources necessary to send as many kids to camp as possible. A camp and outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys spending time at his cabin in northern Minnesota.

Katie Donlin, Operations Manager

Katie Donlin

Operations Manager

Katie has been with One Heartland since December of 2010 and manages the One Heartland head office. She is a master juggler—handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, human resources and the donor database—among other tasks. She lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her husband and son, Thomas. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and gardening.

Tony Koecher

Facility Manager

Tony has been with One Heartland since May of 2001. As the facility manager at One Heartland’s flagship camp in Willow River, Minn., Tony takes care of the grounds, buildings and rentals, works with volunteer groups, and helps out with aspects of program. On top of all his normal tasks, he can often be found driving to camp on his days off to plow snow, mow the lawn or tend to the goats. He also is well known among our campers for his willingness to pass on much needed life skills. When Tony is not at camp, he enjoys finding collectibles, woodworking, and playing and watching sports with his two sons.

Stefanie Tywater-Christiansen

Stefanie Tywater-Christiansen

Development Director

Stefanie has been with One Heartland since November 2007. She started as the registration and travel manager before moving to her new role as development director. Stefanie oversees the development initiatives of the organization including donor relationships, events, mailings, corporate relationships, volunteers and grants. When she’s not at work, Stefanie can be found with her nose in a book. She lives south of the Twin Cities with her husband, their dog, Leia, and their two children, Cooper and Quinn, who love impromptu dance parties in their living room.

Katie Bartels

Program Director

Katie joined One Heartland in December 2019 after 9 years as a camp and youth program professional with other organizations.  As Program Director, they oversee our program department and all our camp programs. Katie lives in Saint Paul with their partner Kayla and three cats and in their free time enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and exploring new places. Katie’s favorite camp activity is canoeing.

One Heartland Board of Directors

Laurie Le Moine, President
Lead Business Consultant, Fathom Consulting
Kate Kellett, Vice President
Regional Clinic Director, HealthPartners
Gina Houmann, Secretary
Program Manager, Park Nicollet
Jennifer Johnson, Treasurer
VP Finance, MultiTech
Cassie Benowitz
Principle, 2Health
Shamayne Braman
Senior Manager, Culture Diversity and Inclusion at Target
Randall Warren, MD
Retired Pediatrician, HealthPartners
Manish Kalra
IT Program Manager, Fairview Health Services
Gina Lemon
VP Human Resources, Timberland Partners
Ralph Scorpio
Executive Director, Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation
Jodi Weinzetl
Global Sr Director Strategic Partnerships, Education and Programs, Medtronic

Cheryl Sandeen, Honorary Board Member
Morgan Burns, Honorary Board Member
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
Wes Little, Honorary Board Member
Owner, WBL Consulting
Anthony Wood, Honorary Board Member
Executive Director, Ittleson Foundation