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Hospitality House Staff

Angela Wagner, Executive Director

Angela has a Master's Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration and a BBA in Business Administration and Public Relations. She moved to Owatonna in 2019 and fell in love with the community. She worked as the Executive Director of the Owatonna Foundation prior to joining HHO in April 2023. Before that she owned 2 small businesses and was in banking for 10 years as both a Portfolio Manager and Banker. She has been involved in many wonderful nonprofits over the years including Youth Action Hudson, Operation Help in St. Croix County, Women United of Steele County, Owatonna Business Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN, Rotary Clubs, Exchange Club of Owatonna, Hudson Toastmasters International, and Junior Achievement.  Angela has received additional training in CPR/First Aid, Narcan, and co-occurring disorders plus Mental Health First Aid through Riverland Community College.

 

Her passion for helping others brought her to the Hospitality House of Owatonna. Her compassion for others and her empathy for our guests and those facing homelessness drives her passion to advocate for those in crisis and promote this amazing organization to the community. Her goal is to continue to create lasting partnerships with other local churches, community resources, and civic groups to help gather as many resources as possible for those facing homelessness in our community. She enjoys sharing the experiences and successes of the men that stay at HHO with donors, volunteers, and businesses. 

 

Angela has 2 grown sons and enjoys gardening, decorating, giving back to her community, and continuing her education. She has a strong faith and loves developing the staff at HHO to find their leadership skills and strengths. She also enjoys spending time with guests of HHO and offering them love and acceptance and a place free of judgement.  She believes in meeting guests where they are at in life and helping them find the resources they need to be become self-sufficient and work towards housing stability so they never have to return to homelessness once they leave HHO. 

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Ashley Von Ruden, Program Manager

Ashley Von Ruden was born and raised in Owatonna, MN. Ashley has been interested in helping individuals all her life; her compassionate demeanor led her to attend Riverland Community College where received an Associate’s Degree in Human Services. While working on her degree, Ashley was introduced to Hospitality House of Owatonna, where she performed over 350 internship hours. This is where Ashley’s love of HHO began. Shortly after, Ashley began working for Hospitality House in August 2014 as a Guest Advocate and was later promoted to Program Manager in July of 2019. Ashley has received additional training in CPR/First Aid, Narcan, and co-occurring disorders..

 

Ashley is trained in Crisis Intervention, Mental Health First Aid, and a member of Community Service Community Team (CSCT). Ashley works to partner with many organizations in our community to get resources for our guests such as SEMCAC, Community Pathways, South Central Human Relations Center, Trasinsitional Housing, Salvation Army, Furnishing Hope, MN Pairie County Alliance to name a few.

Ashley is a mother of two children and is currently raising them in Owatonna. Ashley is also actively involved with BSA Scouts and is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop #355 in Owatonna. In her spare time Ashley loves camping, fishing, gardening, canning, crafting, and fungiculture.
 

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David Anguria, Program Coordinator

David has a Medical Assistant Diploma from Riverland Community College where he served as a Peer Tutor and led other students in various subjects, healthcare ethics, and study groups for clinical procedures. He also has a Bachelor of Computer Applications from Bangalore University in Bangalore, India. He was born in Austin, MN and has resided in Southern Minnesota for most of his life.  David has received additional training in CPR/First Aid, Narcan, and co-occurring disorders.


David is passionate about healthcare, public service, and giving back to his community. He was a
Certified Medical Assistant for several years through Allina Hospitals and Clinics. He is certified in First Aid and CPR and brings an extensive knowledge in the medical field.


In his spare time, David served as an Urgent Action Coordinator for Amesty International and Vice
President of Amnesty International Chapter at Riverland Community College. He enjoys reading,
traveling up the North Shore, the outdoors, and movies. David looks forward to working at Hospitality House and being part of the team to help men facing homelessness in our community.

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Sarah Dillon, Senior Guest Advocate/Staff Trainer 

Sarah is originally from New Hampshire. She came to Minnesota when she was 13 years old, residing in Rochester first, then moving to Owatonna in 2002. Sarah has primarily worked in customer service and credit/collections. She is currently a full-time employee as an APS Collections Specialist with Apogee Enterprises Inc. Sarah was first introduced to the Hospitality House of Owatonna by Joleen Sherrets, one of the original founders. Sarah has a passion for helping others and enjoys the work she does with the guests at HHO. She has been with the Hospitality House for five years now. She calls her position with HHO her “feel good” job. Sarah has received additional training in CPR/First Aid, Narcan, and co-occurring disorders.

Sarah has one grown Son. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, gardening and spending time outdoors with friends and family

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Brittni Gonzales, Guest Advocate

Brittni was born and raised in Southern MN. She works full time with US Bank in Owatonna and has her own baking business called """".  Brittni is following in her grandmother's footsteps as Mary Gonzales was a social worker in Steele County for many years. Brittni has years of experience in the service, banking, and administrative sectors. She loves helping others and is a huge advocate for mental health. She is training in cooccurring disorders, Narcan, and First Aid and CPR. She continues training in areas of mental health and substance use disorder.  Brittini has received additional training in CPR/First Aid, Narcan, and co-occurring disorders. 

 

In her spare time, she loves to cook and bake, a quality the guests at HHO love about her as she is always bringing in cookies and sweet treats. Brittni loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys giving back to others in the community. Her sweet dog Hank William has quickly become our house mascot and loves getting to know our guests.

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