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Touchstone Announces New Executive Director

On behalf of the Touchstone Mental Health Board of Directors, we are pleased and excited to announce we have hired Ellie Skelton, MA as our new Executive Director starting on July 18th. We’re excited to have Ellie bring her experience, energy, and innovative spirit to Touchstone.

Ellie’s vast leadership experience includes more than 15 years of work as a mental health practitioner as well as in the administration of large organizations in the nonprofit and behavioral health fields. Most recently, she was the Director of Operations at Park Nicollet Melrose Center where she oversaw a staff of more than 200 and an annual budget of $26 million. Previous positions include Executive Director of Wayside House and Director of Mental Health Services at Community Involvement Programs.

Ellie has her Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Health and Human Services Administration and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a current board member for Ten Thousand Things Theater and has previously served on the MAP for Nonprofits Board, the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, the MN supportive housing consortium, and the MN PRA chapter. She is an avid theater enthusiast, bike rider and lives with her partner Tony, their two children, two cats and dog in South Minneapolis.

As we welcome Ellie, we would also like to take a moment to recognize Jan Hallstrom for her leadership and steady hand throughout the past six months. Jan set a very high bar of excellence in her time here and has been exemplary in her role. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we can’t thank her enough for all she has done for Touchstone in this short time. Jan will continue in her role as Interim Executive Director through the transition and will be assisting with Ellie’s on-boarding.

We would also like to thank Ballinger|Leafblad, and specifically Lars Leafblad, for their tireless work, professionalism, and counsel throughout this process.

Donna Langer-Hanson                  Leigh-Erin Irons
Board Chair                                   Search Committee Chair

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