Ty Hegland, Executive DirectorTy grew up on a ranch near Sheyenne, ND and graduated from Sheyenne Public High School. He obtained B.S. Psychology from NDSU and MBA from University of Mary. Ty has one daughter Hadley (7) is an active as a member of USA Triathlon, and writes a financial journalism column. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of HERO, Ty served as the Executive Director of the Prescription Assistance Program, as well as a Development Director for Community Action Partnership. In his current role, Ty will work to build upon HERO’s mission and progress through efficient operations, financial stability, and comprehensive leadership. Read more about Ty!
Georgia Dufault, Operations DirectorGeorgia grew up on a small farm near Napoleon, ND, graduated high school from Watertown, SD, and went to hair design school in Sioux Falls, SD. Her job prior to HERO was property assessing for an area county. She always wanted to help others and began her journey at HERO in July of 2006. Georgia explains, “Coming to work every day is a pleasure, we hear all kinds of life changing stories, we shed tears with clients, and we receive many thank yous and hugs. Everyday someone tells us, ‘I don’t know how I would make it without HERO’. Now that’s all about helping others!”
Margot Brenna, Communications DirectorMargot grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, made her way north to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and graduated with a major in Sociology. She was an early preschool teacher and call specialist for 2-1-1 and the national suicide hotline before joining the HERO team in 2011. Now, as the Communications Director, she is responsible for strengthening awareness of HERO. She also started our internship program and works with marketing, graphic design, and special event interns.
Cari Jehlik, Development AssistantCari grew up in Morris, MN and came to the Fargo-Moorhead area for college. She completed two degrees at Minnesota State University Moorhead (Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology). Her first jobs were in the mental health field, first as a case aid for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and chronic substance abuse before moving to the advocacy side as Development Director for Mental Health America of ND. Cari enjoys running and is looking to complete her first full marathon in the spring of 2014 in Fargo. She is the proud mama of two dogs; a German Shepherd, Sasha, and a rescued mutt, Bud. She and her husband will also be human parents in January of 2014. Read more about Cari.
Eddy Doxtader, Warehouse AssistantEddy is a US Army veteran and has experience with computer programming, managing, and organizing. He first heard about HERO when he was looking for wheelchair parts for his wife, Audrey. They became volunteers and he became a staff member in 2011. Eddy makes sure the warehouse is organized and is in charge of the waiting list. He's also helped launch our bar code system.