Our Board Members

The Board of Directors supports the work of Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. They serve as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director, who is responsible for the day to day operations.

If you think you might be interested in serving on our Board of Directors and would like more information, contact our Chair, Fe Mahler, or our Vice-Chair, Pat Hegenbarth.


Felicie (Fe) Mahler (Chair)

Fe is a founding member of our Board of Directors and currently serves in the role of President and Chair. She is a strong supporter of the mission of Rachel’s Vineyard and has served as a facilitator on many retreats. Raised in the Catholic faith, she left the church for many years until she saw the healing power of God’s grace touch the lives of those attending the Rachel’s Vineyard retreats.

Fe is a leading executive administrator in the Twin Cities, supporting senior executives at Fortune 100 and privately held companies.  She served on the Board of Directors for local chapters of IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) and chartered the award winning Skyway Chapter and won the Distinguished Chapter President’s Award multiple times. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Fe has lived in the Twin Cities for 30 years.  She and her husband Bryan live in East Bethel with their two Labrador Retrievers.

Fe is a founding member of our Board of Directors and currently serves in the role of President and Chair. She is a strong supporter of the mission of Rachel’s Vineyard and has served as a facilitator on many retreats. Raised in the Catholic faith, she left the church for many years until she saw the healing power of God’s grace touch the lives of those attending the Rachel’s Vineyard retreats.

Fe is a leading executive administrator in the Twin Cities, supporting senior executives at Fortune 100 and privately held companies.  She served on the Board of Directors for local chapters of IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) and chartered the award winning Skyway Chapter and won the Distinguished Chapter President’s Award multiple times. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Fe has lived in the Twin Cities for 30 years.  She and her husband Bryan live in East Bethel with their two Labrador Retrievers.


Pat Hegenbarth (Vice-Chair)

Pat has been on the Board since 2015 and is currently serving as Vice President. She has over forty years of experience in corporate human resources and data management roles and currently assists the Board with the annual Long Range Planning, and chairs the Nominating Committee to ensure the Board is fully staffed. Pat serves on the Life Matters Committee at her home parish of St. Patrick’s in Oak Grove and is active with the Circles of Claddagh women’s group. She and her husband share their time between Ham Lake, Minnesota and Sun Lakes, Arizona. Pat is excited to continue her service on the Board to grow this powerful ministry providing God’s healing power to all who have suffered the trauma of abortion.

Pat has been on the Board since 2015 and is currently serving as Vice President. She has over forty years of experience in corporate human resources and data management roles and currently assists the Board with the annual Long Range Planning, and chairs the Nominating Committee to ensure the Board is fully staffed. Pat serves on the Life Matters Committee at her home parish of St. Patrick’s in Oak Grove and is active with the Circles of Claddagh women’s group. She and her husband share their time between Ham Lake, Minnesota and Sun Lakes, Arizona. Pat is excited to continue her service on the Board to grow this powerful ministry providing God’s healing power to all who have suffered the trauma of abortion.


Patty Washatka (Treasurer)

Patty Washatka (Treasurer)

Patty joined the Rachel’s Vineyard board in March 2014 and was elected to serve as Treasurer in October 2014.  Since September 2018 Patty has been the Executive Director at Options for Women | Cornerstone, a pregnancy medical resource center located in St. Michael, MN.  Previously she was a Vice President for a global financial services company in charge of expense management. She held multiple positions over a 34-year career and has experience in audit, accounting operations, internal control, and financial reporting.  Patty is as active member of her parish, St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN, where she serves as chairperson of the stewardship council and loves serving at mass in the liturgical ministries. Patty is grateful for the privilege to serve on the board as it allows her to experience more deeply the healing power of God’s mercy and to actively serve in two beautiful areas of Pro-Life work.

Patty joined the Rachel’s Vineyard board in March 2014 and was elected to serve as Treasurer in October 2014.  Since September 2018 Patty has been the Executive Director at Options for Women | Cornerstone, a pregnancy medical resource center located in St. Michael, MN.  Previously she was a Vice President for a global financial services company in charge of expense management. She held multiple positions over a 34-year career and has experience in audit, accounting operations, internal control, and financial reporting.  Patty is as active member of her parish, St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN, where she serves as chairperson of the stewardship council and loves serving at mass in the liturgical ministries. Patty is grateful for the privilege to serve on the board as it allows her to experience more deeply the healing power of God’s mercy and to actively serve in two beautiful areas of Pro-Life work.


Lisa Bursey

Lisa Bursey

Lisa is a founding member of our Board of Directors and an active member of our retreat team. She has worked in the in the corporate business world for over 30 years and is the Secretary & Treasurer of her homeowner’s association. Lisa is very involved at St Michael’s Catholic Church serving as a Mass Coordinator, Eucharistic Minister, Fall Festival Committee Chair, and on the Parish Stewardship Council. She is also a founding Member of the Society of St Vincent DePaul Conference of St Michael/Albertville. Lisa lives in St Michael with her energetic cat and loves spending time with her 2 adorable nephews.

Lisa is a founding member of our Board of Directors and an active member of our retreat team. She has worked in the in the corporate business world for over 30 years and is the Secretary & Treasurer of her homeowner’s association. Lisa is very involved at St Michael’s Catholic Church serving as a Mass Coordinator, Eucharistic Minister, Fall Festival Committee Chair, and on the Parish Stewardship Council. She is also a founding Member of the Society of St Vincent DePaul Conference of St Michael/Albertville. Lisa lives in St Michael with her energetic cat and loves spending time with her 2 adorable nephews.


Susanne Kenton

Susanne Kenton

Susanne joined the board in September 2018. She has 15+ years of leadership experience in Customer Service and is currently employed as a Senior Customer Service Manager with a food manufacturing company.  She speaks 7 languages (English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French and a little bit of Mandarin). She came to the USA in 1990, becoming a citizen in 2003. Suzanne is also a 2009 convert to the Catholic Church and a Secular Carmelite. She is active at St. Boniface Parish in St. Bonifacius and volunteers as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and Lector. With her son in college, she is now an “empty nester”. Her passions are prayer, reading, travelling and going for walks with her dog. Having personally been a recipient of this beautiful ministry, Suzanne feels that God is asking her to serve Him in this way. Her hope and prayers are to be able to bring His love and healing to as many men and women as possible through this RVTC ministry.

Susanne joined the board in September 2018. She has 15+ years of leadership experience in Customer Service and is currently employed as a Senior Customer Service Manager with a food manufacturing company.  She speaks 7 languages (English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French and a little bit of Mandarin). She came to the USA in 1990, becoming a citizen in 2003. Suzanne is also a 2009 convert to the Catholic Church and a Secular Carmelite. She is active at St. Boniface Parish in St. Bonifacius and volunteers as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and Lector. With her son in college, she is now an “empty nester”. Her passions are prayer, reading, travelling and going for walks with her dog. Having personally been a recipient of this beautiful ministry, Suzanne feels that God is asking her to serve Him in this way. Her hope and prayers are to be able to bring His love and healing to as many men and women as possible through this RVTC ministry.


Jean Aggerbeck

Jean Aggerbeck

Jean is one of the founding members of the board and is Immediate Past President. She attended St. Olaf College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from Carthage College. She served on the board of directors and was the Executive Director of Reachout Pregnancy Center in Tucson, Arizona. She was the founder and site leader of the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats in Tucson, Arizona and organized a regional Rachel’s Vineyard Conference featuring Theresa and Kevin Burke. She has been a small business owner. Jean feels called to serve in the Rachel’s Vineyard ministry. Her desire is to see men and women healed from the pain of a past abortion and come to the knowledge, love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Jean is one of the founding members of the board and is Immediate Past President. She attended St. Olaf College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from Carthage College. She served on the board of directors and was the Executive Director of Reachout Pregnancy Center in Tucson, Arizona. She was the founder and site leader of the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats in Tucson, Arizona and organized a regional Rachel’s Vineyard Conference featuring Theresa and Kevin Burke. She has been a small business owner. Jean feels called to serve in the Rachel’s Vineyard ministry. Her desire is to see men and women healed from the pain of a past abortion and come to the knowledge, love and mercy of Jesus Christ.


Victoria Newcome Johnson

Victoria Newcome Johnson

Victoria is one of the founding members of the board and is Immediate Past Vice President. She is an attorney who served as the administrator and Director of Parish Life at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Minneapolis. Her legal experience includes prosecution, private practice in the areas of insurance defense and family law, and civics education. As a past Rachel’s Vineyard retreatant, she is committed to the mission and the work of the organization. Click here for links to presentations given by Victoria.

Victoria is one of the founding members of the board and is Immediate Past Vice President. She is an attorney who served as the administrator and Director of Parish Life at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Minneapolis. Her legal experience includes prosecution, private practice in the areas of insurance defense and family law, and civics education. As a past Rachel’s Vineyard retreatant, she is committed to the mission and the work of the organization. Click here for links to presentations given by Victoria.


Nancy Blom (Executive Director)

Nancy Blom (Executive Director)

Nancy Blom is the Executive Director of “Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities” and has been involved since the first retreat in November 1999. She’s attended national RV conferences in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, as well as regional conferences in Minnesota and North Dakota. Nancy is a mentor and trainer for new site leaders and has helped to establish new Rachel’s Vineyard sites in AZ, IL, MN, MO, NJ, WI, Canada, Russia, and a Spanish speaking team for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. She’s a small business owner and also enjoys technology, card making, beading, and gardening. She’s a 1990 convert to the Catholic faith, a Secular Carmelite, and lives with 2 of the world’s most adorable kitties.

Nancy Blom is the Executive Director of “Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities” and has been involved since the first retreat in November 1999. She’s attended national RV conferences in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, as well as regional conferences in Minnesota and North Dakota. Nancy is a mentor and trainer for new site leaders and has helped to establish new Rachel’s Vineyard sites in AZ, IL, MN, MO, NJ, WI, Canada, Russia, and a Spanish speaking team for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. She’s a small business owner and also enjoys technology, card making, beading, and gardening. She’s a 1990 convert to the Catholic faith, a Secular Carmelite, and lives with 2 of the world’s most adorable kitties.




Past Board Members


Danya Spencer

Danya Spencer

Danya served on the board of Rachel’s Vineyard from 2014 to 2019. She brought her marketing/small business experience as a self-employed Realtor for 19+ years as well as considerable volunteer/fundraising experience in the community, arts, education and church sectors serving on boards and committees over the years. Danya’s own connection with Rachel’s Vineyard began the healing and acceptance process, and she feels anyone suffering with guilt and shame deserves the loving, spiritual healing, forgiveness… and hope that Rachel’s Vineyard offers.

Danya served on the board of Rachel’s Vineyard from 2014 to 2019. She brought her marketing/small business experience as a self-employed Realtor for 19+ years as well as considerable volunteer/fundraising experience in the community, arts, education and church sectors serving on boards and committees over the years. Danya’s own connection with Rachel’s Vineyard began the healing and acceptance process, and she feels anyone suffering with guilt and shame deserves the loving, spiritual healing, forgiveness… and hope that Rachel’s Vineyard offers.


Jacob Knadle

Jacob was one of the founding members of the board and served from June 2010 to January 2014. He is an attorney, licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota and has his Masters Degree in Business Administration. He works in marketing for a local company. He is also active in volunteer work throughout the community and is a strong supporter of the mission of Rachel’s Vineyard.

Jacob was one of the founding members of the board and served from June 2010 to January 2014. He is an attorney, licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin and Minnesota and has his Masters Degree in Business Administration. He works in marketing for a local company. He is also active in volunteer work throughout the community and is a strong supporter of the mission of Rachel’s Vineyard.