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HeartSprings Staff

Jan Nelson, Founder and Executive Director

As the Founder and Executive Director of HeartSprings Community Healing Center, where she is a registered and licensed occupational therapist within the state of North Dakota.  She founded the organization in 2007 within the state of ND and began operating in 2008.  The center is open three days a week, using an integrated body, mind, spirit approach to healing.  HeartSprings is a leader in evidenced-based complementary medicine and the use of cutting edge therapies. Jan lives in Fargo with her husband. 

Education: Jan received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1982 from University of North Dakota in Occupational Therapy.  She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Human Development from Saint Mary’s College of Minnesota in 1992. 

Professional Background:  Jan has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years; 15 years in pediatrics.  She received her master’s specializing in bereavement, wellness, and chronic disease and discovered health ministry as part of her studies.  She then worked as a Minister of Health in three different congregations setting up bereavement and health ministry programs for around fifteen years.  During which time, she co-authored a book entitled “The Bereavement Ministry Program” published by Ave Maria Press.

Jan holds special training in evidenced-based practices of HeartMath® Interventions (bio-feedback for heart coherence), Mind-Body Medicine (stress management for life and trauma), PWR Moves! (Neurological exercise), and Laughter Yoga.  She lectures and has led workshops and groups around the state.

Fun Facts: She believes that laughter is some of the best medicine and adds laughter yoga to her daily exercise routines with clients.  We “fake it till we make it” and we make it every time! 


Brandin Haaland, Executive Assistant 

Brandin Haaland is the Executive Administrative Assistant at HeartSprings Community Healing Center. He will be graduating in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Minnesota State University-Moorhead.  Brandin is passionate about organizational culture and the non-profit environment. 


Fun Facts: Brandin spent two years as a preschool teacher, and has a five-year-old son, Atticus. He is a strong believer in art, music, and writing as therapy. He enjoys collaborating with artists and finding ways to support these activities in the Fargo-Moorhead community. 



Kristin Andrist, Accountant

Kristin takes care of all of the financials and accounting for HeartSprings

Michelle Marie Gelinske, Director of the Tremble Clefs Choir

At the HeartSprings Community Healing Center, Michelle Marie Gelinske is the director of the "Tremble Clefs, a choir for individuals with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological disorders.  Michelle is a member and past president of the Fargo Moorhead Music Teachers' Association and a cantor at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

Education: Michelle received her BA in Music (1991) and a SA in Vocal Music, K-12 (1993) from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

Professional Background: For the past 24 years, Michelle has had sole proprietorship of "Michelle's Studio of Music," a vocal and piano studio in Fargo, ND.  

Fun Facts: She has trained high school vocal students for local stages such as Trollwood, Gooseberry Park Players, FMCT, and has prepared students for vocal competitions and college auditions.   Michelle was a 2013 participant in the FM Celebration of Women and Their Music.  Michelle is the 2017 YWCA Woman of the Year recipient for her work with the Tremble Clefs Choir for the HeartSprings Community Healing Center. 

Gwen Fraase, RN

A registered and licensed nurse in the state of ND.  She is a certified healing touch practitioner, which is the highest level in healing touch and has had 110 hours in advanced training in imagery.  She is also certified from the Holistic Nurses Association in Integrated Imagery. 


Barbara Edin, Physical Therapist

A licensed physical therapist in the states of ND and MN.  She is certified to teach T’ai Chi Chih® and has been teaching for over 20 years.  She is also an Integrative Listening Systems practitioner, Laughter Yoga™ certified, and an Ageless Grace® Educator.



Amy Wieser Willson, PhD

Amy Wieser Willson earned a doctorate degree in holistic nutrition. She has completed 300 hours of yoga teacher training in addition to 40 hours of training in trauma-sensitive yoga for those with post-traumatic stress. She’s a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, certified yoga wellness coach, Reiki master and teacher, and certified natural health practitioner.




Board of Directors and Board Members

Tasha Haug, Board of Directors, President

Tasha Haug currently volunteers her time at Homeward Animal Shelter in Fargo, ND.  She absolutely loves volunteering her time there, and spending time with the animals and staff.  She also assists with Homeward's pet adoption process, and loves to match pets with their "furrever" families. 

Education: Tasha holds a bachelor's degree in Music Industry from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master's degree in Public, Human Service, and Health Administration, also from MSUM.

Professional Background: Tasha has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world which includes a decade of fundraising and an additional 10 years of experience in grants management, facilitating membership appeals and event planning. Tasha was the Philanthropic Advisor at The Village Family Service Center, where she managed annual giving campaigns and mid-level donor portfolios to raise funds in support of their many programs. She was with The Village from 2006 to 2017, and says that “it was so heartwarming to see the wonderful work of Village staff and how they can make a difference to kids and families every day.”

Fun Facts: Tasha grew up in central Minnesota. She moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area to attend college, where she met her husband, Ryan. They have three cats and live in north Fargo. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering as a Big Sister, at a local animal shelter, and at her church.

VACANT, Board of Directors, Vice President



Kelsey Knutson, Board of Directors, Secretary

Kelsey Knutson is the Director of Recruitment and Selection at Northwestern Mutual.  She joined the Northwestern Mutual team in 2014 as the Director of Client Relations.  Kelsey is passionate about being able to converse with hundreds of professionals and college students from different backgrounds. 

Education:  Kelsey is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  She obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a Spanish minor.   

Fun Facts: In college, Kelsey was heavily involved with the Concordia Orchestra as a violinist and singing in Jazz Choir.  Kelsey is also very passionate about her faith in God, her family, and her friends, and she strives to positively impact as many individuals as she can. 

Samantha Kolness, Board of Directors, Treasurer

Samantha Kolness is a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard, Fargo, N.D. She has been deployed numerous times, and has traveled on countless trips, to include deployments for Operation Enduring Freedom in which received Non-Commissioned Officer of the Month in the fall of 2008. Samantha also selflessly repatriated remains of fallen soldiers and airmen during a forward deployment in 2009.

Education:  Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and University Studies from Moorhead State University Moorhead graduating in 2004, as well as Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree from North Dakota State College of Science received in 2000, an Associate of Applied Science: Fitness, Recreation and Services Management in 2000 and Associate of Applied Science: Financial Management from the Community College of the Air Force in 2015. 

Fun Facts: Samantha has volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations to include the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) mentoring children at the Good Grief camps, an active member of the YWCA Cass-Clay, has donated to families in need through the YWCA for the holidays as well as donated toys and books to the YWCA’s Unique Boutique.  Samantha also has several volunteer hours since becoming a board member for HeartSprings.  Samantha and her family live in Fargo, N.D.