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Kingston Fellowship for Wilder Employees

Developing Highly Effective, Culturally Competent Leaders

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Wilder employees are able to apply for a Kingston Fellowship, which provides the opportunity to develop a highly effective, culturally competent set of leaders and promote ongoing improvement of human services in the entire community. The Kingston Fellowship is an honor awarded to Wilder employees annually from the Kingston Fellowship named endowment fund. This fund was established with a lead gift from Tom and Mary Kingston along with contributions from many friends of the Wilder Foundation.

The Fellowship provides honorees the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and develop innovative programs to address community concerns. Individuals are chosen for Fellowships based on demonstrated accomplishments in their discipline, commitment to the field of human services, and leadership potential.

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2022 Kingston Fellows

Kingston Fellows

Justin Hollis

Justin is a 2022 recipient of the Kingston Fellowship and plans to obtain a Full Stack Web Development Certificate from the University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is interested in growing this skill set primarily because it is in high demand across our…

Charlotte Huffaker

Charlotte Huffaker is a Wilder School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Cherokee Heights Elementary, where she assesses, diagnoses, and provides mental health treatment for elementary students pre-K through 5th grade in the educational setting. Charlotte is hoping to attend the U of M in…

Precious Ojika

Precious Ojika, LPN, has been a Health Care Technician at Wilder’s Ravoux Assisted Living since 2015. Her goal with the help of the Kingston Fellowship is to obtain an RN degree because there is a shortage of Registered Nurses in the community and to help Wilder expand its nursing…

Molly Rinehart

Molly Rinehart is a Youth Housing Case Manager for the Lincoln Place program, currently working with a case load of 12 youth, ages 18–24. Molly is enrolled in St. Catherine University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2023. She hopes to obtain a…

Malea Seng

Malea Seng is a Sr. Accounting Tech in Wilder’s Clinical Services and is enrolled at Inver Hills Community College pursuing a degree in finance. Pursuing a higher education has been a life-long desire for Malea. A finance degree will give her the knowledge and skills needed to support the…

Elizabeth Shadeko

Elizabeth Shadeko has worked at Wilder since 2000 and supports adult mental wellness as a Targeted Case Manager with Wilder's Community Mental Health & Wellness Services.

Wanda Walker

Wanda N. Walker is Operations Director for Wilder’s Economic Stability and Aging Services, assisting the Vice Presidents of Wilder Programs to develop and implement policies and strategies to improve productivity and efficiency levels and build an enjoyable division culture. Wanda is…

Ashley West

Ashley is a lead mental health practitioner with Wilder's Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) team.

Wa Yang

Wa Yang, Adult Outpatient Psych RN, plans to continue completing program coursework and obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree specializing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at the University of Minnesota, graduating in the Spring of 2022. Wa has an…

2021 Kingston Fellows

Lindsay Bacher

Director of Program Development
Lindsay Bacher is Director of Program Development and has been with Wilder since 2015. Lindsay plans to use her Kingston Fellowship to purse her Master in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School, which she began in fall 2020. While in the MPA program, she’s interested in building the…

Naw Day Day

Adult Mental Health Case Manager
Naw Day Day is an Adult Mental Health Case Manager with the Community Mental Health and Wellness Services team at Wilder. As a recipient of the 2021 Kingston Fellowship, Day Day plans to pursue a Certificate in Addiction Counseling at Century College. This program will help her learn how…

Maddie Hansen-Connell

Research Scientist
Maddie joined Wilder Research in 2014 and has leaned into being a research generalist, working on a broad range of topics including housing, health, and human services. She is especially passionate about environmental sustainability and has led Wilder’s food access and environmental…

Molly Rinehart

Youth Housing Case Manager
Molly Rinehart is a Youth Housing Case Manager for the Lincoln Place program, currently working with a case load of 12 youth, ages 18–24. Molly is enrolled in St. Catherine University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, expecting to graduate in the Spring of 2023. She hopes to obtain a…

Elizabeth Shadeko

Adult Mental Health Targeted Case Manager
Elizabeth Shadeko has worked at Wilder since 2000 and supports adult mental wellness as a Targeted Case Manager with Wilder's Community Mental Health & Wellness Services.

June Way

Counselor
June Way is a counselor with Wilder’s Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services and plans to use the Kingston Fellowship to help earn her master’s degree in counseling or social work, and would like to help reduce the stigma and shame that is attached to those seeking mental health…

Ebony Young

Administrative Coordinator
Ebony Young has been with Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood as Administrative Coordinator since 2014. Ebony plans to return to school to finish her Individualized Studies degree, to help her continue to build on her values of education, community and family, by learning new and innovative…