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HeartSprings Staff

Jan Nelson, 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! 


 
 Kristin Andrist, Accountant

Kristin's bio to come!
 
 
 
 
 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 the 2017 YWCA Woman of the Year recipient for her work with the Tremble Clefs Choir for the HeartSprings Community Healing Center. 

 
 
 Benjamin Gurney, Integrative Nutrition Coach

As the Integrative Nutrition Coach as HeartSprings, Benjamin Gurney was born and raised in the mid-west. Ben, his beautiful wife, and three busy children reside in Fargo, ND. Ben has been active his entire life but recently realized that being active wasn't going to be enough for him to stay healthy long term. He wanted to be able to keep up with his kids and do the things he loves for years to come. He also needed to have time to spend doing those things. That's where his adventures in nutrition and health started.

Education: Ben studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It was there he learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. Using basic principles taken from those diets and others, he helps people bring awareness to their eating habits so they can live their lives freely.

Professional Background: Working in this field, nutrition has brought to his attention the importance of dietary diversity and nutrient density. With those two factors in mind, Ben and his wife decided to start their own market farm which they call Prime 4 Gardens. Through the gardens, they hope to provide the public with knowledge and a wide variety of nutritious, tasty food.

 
Board of Directors and Board Members
 
  Tasha Haug, Board of Directors, President

Tasha Haug is a Philanthropic Advisor at The Village Family Service Center, where she manages annual giving campaigns and mid-level donor portfolios to raise funds in support of their many programs. She has been at The Village since 2006 and says that “it is so heartwarming to see the wonderful work of Village staff and how they make a difference to kids and families every day.”

 

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.

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.

 
Samantha Kolness, Board of Directors, Secretary/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. 

Professional Background:  She entered the Air Force in March 1996 as a Services Apprentice, and was assigned there until 2009. She was assigned as the Supervisor of Financial Management (FM) until April 2016. As the FM Supervisor, she supervised the Travel Accounting and Pay, Military Pay, Civilian Pay and Accounting offices. 

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. 

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