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Where Everybody Belongs
At St. David's Center, inclusion is not a practice or an educational strategy, it is a value. Learn how preschool children, like Jonathan, benefit when they have opportunities to play and learn side-by-side with children of all abilities. Watch video.
Play for All
St. David's Center opened the first toddler playground in Minnesota combining inclusive and natural play elements in September 2010. Learn more.
Importance of Early Intervention
Learn how preschool children with developmental challenges, like Joey and Drew, make gains faster thanks to intensive, targeted intervention early in life. Watch video.
St. David's Center proudly meets all of the Charity Review Council's Accountability Standards for non-profits. Charities that meet all standards are granted the use of the Council's "Meets Standards" seal which gives donors indication of a charity's commitment to accountable and ethical practices. Learn more.
What is St. David's Center?
With a 50-year history, St. David's Center has grown and changed based on community need. Learn more about the organization today and our goals for the future in this video overview.
Finding a Toy for Your Child with Special Needs
St. David's Center partnered with Creative Kidstuff to train their staff and develop a website to help you find the right toy for your child with special needs, develop their skills and show you the best way to play. Check it out.
"Tee Up for Tomorrow" Golf Tournament
Our 2nd Annual Tee Up for Tomorrow Golf Tournament presented by the Minnesota Vikings and John Randle will take place Monday, July 14. Learn more.
25th Annual Make Them Shine Gala
Our 25th Annual Make Them Shine Gala takes place Saturday, March 8! Visit the event's new interactive website to learn what's in store for the celebratory evening and purchase your tickets!
St. David's Center Leadership
Executive Leadership Team
Julie brings nearly 25 years of experience to her role as executive director. Most recently managing director of programs, she oversaw the approximately 30 programs at St. David's Center and has been instrumental in co-developing some of the most innovative programs and collaborative partnerships.
Julie earned her elementary education degree and special education certification from the University of Minnesota. She resides in Golden Valley with her husband, Dan, and their two children.
Director of Finance
As director of Finance, Bill is responsible for the Finance department along with contract and enterprise risk management. Bill brings more than 25 years of finance experience to this position, including extensive leadership experience in all aspects of accounting from internal audit and controls to external reporting. He has worked with companies of all types, including Polymet Mining Corporation, Wayzata Children's Clinic and Select Comfort Corporation.
Bill earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from St. John's University. He lives in Victoria with his wife, Kelly, and their two children.
Director of Policy, Training & Talent
As director of Policy, Training & Talent, Candice is responsible for the supervision and operations of policy development and management, agency training compliance and programs, and human resources. Her career with St. David's Center began in 2002 and she has since filled a variety of roles within the organization, most recently as a senior program director for our Life-Phase Services including Supported Living Services, Therapeutic Recreation and Waivered Services.
Candice has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and is currently working to attain her master's degree in nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University. She resides in Blaine with her dog, Jenny.
Managing Director of Program Operations
As managing director of Program Operations at St. David's Center, Erica is responsible for the oversight of all center- and community-based programs. Since joining the organization in 1997, she has worked in several program leadership positions providing direction to programs serving individuals with enduring special needs. Prior to St. David's Center, Erica worked with at-risk populations including adults with mental illness and children who have been victims of abuse or neglect.
Erica graduated from Providence College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She resides in Eagan with her husband, Nate, and their three children.
Director of Community Relations & Development
As director of Community Relations & Development, Maureen leads the fundraising, communications and marketing activities of St. David's Center to advance the mission and achieve the goals of the strategic plan. With a strong program and planning background, she brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in direct service and nonprofit roles to the organization. Most recently, Maureen was a contractor for St. David's Center for nearly four years as part of the Community Relations & Development team.
Maureen has bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She lives in Deephaven with her husband, John, and their three children.
Director of Administration & Health Information Management
As director of Administration & Health Information Management, Emily is responsible for the oversight of the Central Office of Resources and Enrollment (CORE), Medical Records, HIPAA Compliance, Electronic Medial Record (EMR) implementation, and Operations and Facilities. Emily began her career with St. David’s Center in 2007. Since her hire, she has been an asset to many teams, including Policy Training and Talent, Life-Phase Services, and CORE. Prior to St. David’s Center, Emily worked as a vocational rehabilitation specialist, providing workplace case management and support to adults with special needs.
Emily has a bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation with a dual minor in vocational counseling and psychiatric rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She and her husband, Aaron, currently reside in South Minneapolis with their daughter.
Board of Directors
Richard Justman, M.D.
Board Chair Elect
National Medical Director, United HealthCare
Past Board Chair
Secretary, Executive Committee
Assistant General Counsel, General Mills, Inc.
Treasurer & Chair, Finance and Risk Management Committee
Hugh W. Kirsch
Chair, Program Oversight Committee
Director of Organization Excellence, Minneapolis Jewish Federation
Chair, Organizational Advancement Committee
President, Satisfaction Management Systems
Members at Large:
Anne Edwards, M.D.
Chair of Pediatrics, Park Nicollet Services
President/Owner, Master Craft Labels, Inc.
Managing Principal, Marks Group Wealth Management
Community Volunteer; Attorney
North America General Counsel, Cargill, Inc.
Merchant Director, Best Buy
Julz Schwingler, CFA, CFP, CIMA
Vice President, Nationwide Financial
Director of Public Relations, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Allison Suzanne Wert, M.D.
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development | 3395 Plymouth Road Minnetonka, MN 55305 | (952) 939-0396
Serving Minneapolis and the Greater Twin Cities Metro