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.
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.
Denny Laufenburger, Executive Director
Denny is a Carver County native and a resident of Chanhassen for the last 24 years. He served on the Leadership Board and was Chairman of Westwood Community Church from 2005– 2013. Most recently he completed 11 years of public service as a member of the City Council and Mayor of the City of Chanhassen. Denny is passionate about lifting up the kids in our community and the surrounding region.
Dianne Cotten Dekoning, Program Manager
I grew up in Chicago, although I call Minnesota home now. Bethel University brought me here and I have stayed since graduating with a degree in Youth Ministry and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership. I find myself outside when the weather is nice, walking the lakes, working out and gardening. We like to host friends for bonfires and dinner at our house, too. I live in Eden Prairie with my husband Andrew and 2 sons.
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.
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.
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.