The governing body of Northeast Residence, Inc. is a volunteer board of directors working on behalf of all people supported and staff.
*Blaine Stephens, Board President
Blaine Stephens is married to Julia (married 26 years), Claire (daughter, married for 2.5 years) and Dan (son, graduated from U of M Twin Cities). Blaine works for Perform, and has a background in cost reduction for businesses and nonprofit organizations. Blaine’s hobbies include walking, reading, traveling, and dining.
Blaine serves on the board for Children’s Performing Arts, and for the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce. Blaine has recently become a certified SCORE mentor to help small business owners and nonprofit leaders succeed.
Blaine’s reasons for joining the NER Board: community service, contributing skills and experience, supporting a worthy organization, and life-long learning.
*Michael Drazan, Treasurer
Michael Drazan brings his expertise in compliance, operations, technology, and finance to the board. During his career, he successfully led and influenced change across both the public and private sectors. Michael enjoys being involved to support the mission and make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
*Michelle Olson, Secretary
Michelle Olson is a long-time member of the Northeast Residence board. Michelle and her husband Steve have three daughters. Tiffany, their oldest daughter has been supported by NER’s respite and extended day programs. Tiffany now lives in one of NER’s group homes.
Michelle is a retired RN. Her daughter Chrissie is also a RN and her youngest daughter Nikki is a cosmetologist. Michelle’s hobbies include yoga, walking, going to movies and spending time with her five beautiful grandchildren.
Greg has been in sales and marketing of industrial products and services for over 40 years, holding management roles and senior positions. He and his wife have been married for almost 40 years and have three grown children, one of whom, Meg, is supported by Hammer at Vicksburg Village apartments.
One of Greg’s personal goals is to provide meaningful input and participation to a great organization that cares for Meg, and to help focus on the abilities of individuals supported by Hammer. Greg is hopeful that the experience he brings to the board will provide value to the organization.
*Robert (Bob) Lockwood
Bob stays involved and keeps active in the community. His daughter Dru is supported by NER. Bob’s Oldest daughter Stacy, also supported by NER at the 33rd Ave home, passed away in 2020.
Bob is widowed and lives with his sister Sally in New Brighton. For 60 years he has been a volunteer in many agencies serving people with developmental disabilities and other needs. He had a long career in computer engineering and executive management. He looks forward to helping NER with problems faced in today’s cultural and economic climate.
Laurie Moga is our newest board member, starting just this April; but she is not new to NER. Laurie has worked at the Respite home for 30 years, retiring in 2018. She has a brother that lives in one of the homes. She has missed all the people we serve which is what drew her back in.
Laurie has worked the past 13 years for the Mahtomedi School District and currently works at the schools transition program as a Job Coach. She resides in Mahtomedi with her husband Doug. She has three sons and a daughter. Two sons are married and she has three grandchildren. Laurie enjoys spending time with her growing family, going on walks/bike rides, out to dinner with friends and reading a good book.
Kevin Walli has been in private practice with the law firm of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick for 30 years. His primary focus has been representing clients in the legislative process in Washington, D.C. and St. Paul. He also has an Administrative Law Practice which is focused on securing permits for energy projects.
Prior to joining the Fryberger law firm, Kevin worked with various City, County and State governmental entities in an administrative capacity and supporting their legislative efforts.
Kevin received his J.D. Degree from William Mitchell College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. Kevin and his wife Tani Maruyama live in St. Paul, Minnesota.
*Serves on the Hammer Residence Board of Directors and the Northeast Residence Board of Directors.