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Hospitality House Staff

Angela Wagner, Executive Director

Angela has a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration and BBA in Business Administration and Public Relations. She commuted to Owatonna starting in 2014 and fell in love with the area and made Owatonna her permanent home in 2019. She has two grown sons and loves to garden, decorate, and give back to her community.

She worked as the Executive Director of the Owatonna Foundation and had been a part of many nonprofit organizations and groups in Owatonna. Before that she worked in the financial industry for over 10 years as both a Portfolio Manager and a Banker. She also owned 2 small businesses including a consulting firm for small business and nonprofits called AKWagner Consulting, which she still takes on projects for when a good fit arises. She is a member of Women United through the United Way of Steele County, Owatonna Business Women, Owatonna Business Partnership, Early Edition Rotary, is a Big for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN and sits on their recruitment committee.

Her passion for helping others brought her to the Hospitality House of Owatonna. Her compassion and empathy for our guests and homelessness as a whole drives her passion to promote and this wonderful organization with the community. She is working on partnering with many local organizations for opportunities for our guests to volunteer and give back to the community during their stay at HHO. She enjoys sharing the many success stories of men that were able to turn their life around and transition out of homelessness because of the love and acceptance and resources they received while being a guest at 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 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.

Sarah Dillion, Senior Guest Advocate/Administrative Assistant

Sarah has been with Hospitality House for five years.   More information coming soon.

Jason House, Guest Advocate/Peer Support Specialist

Jason is originally from Nebraska and has made Owatonna his permanent home for over 20 years. He has worked in social services for eight years. He provided direct care for individuals at REM for several years. He is currently studying for his Peer Recovery Specialist Certification. He is also the General Service Representative for Alcoholics Anonymous for Southern Minnesota. He is CPR/First Aid train. He has a grown daughter and a wife of over 10 years. In his spare time, he is an AA sponsor for 3 gentlemen in the community.

Jason is a peer mentor to many guests of the Hospitality House of Owatonna. He enjoys movies, video games, and giving back to his community. Jason will be facilitating Men’s Support Groups and AA/Recovery Meetings for the guests of HHO.


He often comes on his days off just to take guests to movies, host outdoor movie nights, grill out, and give our guests support and companionship. His passion for helping others shows through in all he does. The guests appreciate his willingness to go above and beyond for them.

Guest Advocate Position: Open
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