WHO IS THE OPEN HANDS FOUNDATION?

The Open Hands Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that exists to meet the unmet critical needs of vulnerable people in our community.  Open Hands was founded by Westwood Community Church in 2003.  

See our 2016 annual report here.

See our 2015 annual report here.

Our Mission

We believe that God wants to give to us abundantly and therefore we can give back in the same manner, believing that we cannot out-give God.  We research the unmet needs of our community and join together to address them.  In short we seek to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community.


“Because of the Open Hands Foundation and the support of our community, youth in crisis in our area will now have a place to go when they need a warm bed, caring adults, and help getting reunited with their families.”
— Pam Langseth

Our Team

 
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Bob Chatmas, Executive Director

Bob Chatmas joined the Open Hands Foundation as Executive Director in May, 2018.  Bob spent eleven years prior to joining the foundation as Chief Operating Officer at Second Harvest Heartland.  Earlier in his career, Bob worked at General Mills, Michael Foods, and VICORP Restaurants.  Bob Lives in Chanhassen and has two children, Ben and Emily.  Bob is a member of Westwood Community Church.

 
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Tom Johnson, Board Chair

Tom Johnson is the chair of the Open Hands Foundation and the Leadership Board at Westwood Community Church.  Tom has been a member at Westwood Community Church since its beginning in 1995.  Tom is married to his wife, Jackie, and they have two children - Cooper and Ellie.

 

Joel Johnson, Board Member

Joel Johnson is the Senior Pastor at Westwood Community Church and a member of the Board of Directors at the Open Hands Foundation.  Joel has served on the board of Open Hands since the foundations inception in 2003.  Joel lives in Chanhassen with his wife, Keri.

 
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Pam Langseth, Board Member

Pam Langseth is a member of the Board of Directors at the Open Hands Foundation, and in the past has served as the Acting Executive Director of the foundation.  Pam has served as chair of the Minnetonka School Board, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners, as well as holding other positions in Minnesota businesses.  Pam lives in Shorewood, is married to her husband, Tom, and has three children - Danny, Michael, and Tipper.  Pam is a member of Westwood Community Church.

 

 

Steve Lattu, Board Treasurer

Steve Lattu is a member of the Board of Directors at the Open Hands Foundation.  Steve currently serves as Treasurer of the board.  Steve is retired after a successful career in Minnesota at Cargill and Partners in Food Solutions.  Steve lives in Chanhassen with his wife, Kim, and has two daughters - Rebecca and Jenna.  Steve is a member of Westwood Community Church. 

 

 

Michael Moore, Board Secretary

Mike Moore is a member of the Board of Directors at the Open Hands Foundation.  He currently serves as Secretary of the board.  Mike is the founder and president of NP2H, Inc., a business development consulting company in the Twin Cities.  Mike lives in Chanhassen with his wife, Jean, and has two daughters and three grandchildren.  Mike is a member of Westwood Community Church.

 

 
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Beth Reiskytl, Board Member

Beth Reiskytl is a member of the Board of Directors at Open Hands Foundation and Westwood Community Church.  She has been a member of Westwood Community Church since 2001.  Beth is married to her husband, Rob, and they have three adult children - Sara, Adam, and Matt.