Guild Welcomes New Board of Directors Members

Please join us in welcoming two new members to our Board of Directors, Nico Kelly and Ross Owen.


 “I think Guild’s approach and ability to adapt and change with the times is one thing that’s very exciting for me. I know that Guild is always trying to expand their reach, and to help as many people as possible.”


Nico Kelly comes to Guild as a customer service professional with a background in the financial services industry. He also volunteers for Guild as a speaker, talking about his personal experiences with mental illness and addiction. Read his story here. “I joined the board because I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the inner workings of such a great organization,” he says. “I was also very humbled to be the first active client asked to participate.” Nico joins the board as part of a six month pilot with a goal of providing a higher level of client input and engagement in Guild’s organizational governance. It’s a role that he’s eager to fill: “I hope to contribute first-hand knowledge of some of the programs as well as having a lot in common with the clients you serve,” he says. “I also hope to do a lot of listening and networking to build my skills.”



“I am excited about the stories that Guild shares about improving our corner of the world here in the Twin Cities. The culture of the organization is special and one that I am really eager to share in and help continue.”


Ross Owen is the Health Strategy Director for Hennepin County, providing administrative, policy, and IT leadership aimed at reforms that improve population health. Prior to joining Hennepin County, Ross worked at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (Minnesota’s Medicaid agency) on health care payment and delivery system reforms for safety net populations. He has also worked as a health services research analyst in the private and non-profit sectors, and maintains an active interest in quantitative research and health informatics. “Most of my career has been spent around health reform in Medicaid in Minnesota,” he says. “I accepted the position on Guild’s Board of Directors because I value the real-life, practical perspectives of mental health providers and clients.  So often these critical perspectives are absent from the conversations I participate in related to large-scale health system reform, and these are the people that know best what change is needed. At the same time, I hope that my ‘big picture’ experiences and perspective can benefit the strategic direction of Guild.”


While welcoming two new members to our board, we thank two departing members for their years of commitment and service: George Surratt and Jennifer Kalla. George joined our board in 2012, serving on the ambassador team. Jennifer Kalla joined our board in 2005, serving as Treasurer in 2014, and also serving on our ambassador team.

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