Wayzata Public Schools
Partners for Healthy Kids

We bring together leaders from the education, healthcare, business, non-profit, religious, and civic sectors to support the health and well-being of Wayzata Public Schools' kids and their families.


Catherine Christiansen
Partners for Healthy Kids Coordinator

Through funding, promotion, and coordination of focused programs and services, we work to improve the social, emotional, educational, and economic outcomes of children and families in our community. Our current priorities are:

  • Early Childhood: Access to high quality early childhood care, family support and parent education for low-income families.
  • Mental Health: Intervention and early identification services for students E-12 who are at risk of mental/chemical health issues, utilizing school linked mental health programs.
  • Positive Youth Development: In/out of school time, including summer programs.

Partners & Leadership

  • Caring for Kids (Interfaith Outreach)
  • Children’s Dental Services
  • City of Medicine Lake
  • City of Plymouth
  • Community Action Partnership (CAP-HC)
  • Great Expectations Initiative
  • Hennepin County
  • Hennepin County Libraries, Plymouth Library
  • Interfaith Outreach
  • Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial
  • Messiah United Methodist Church
  • Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC)
  • MoveFWD (formerly Teens Alone)
  • Minnetonka Center for the Arts
  • myHealth for Teens & Young Adults
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Neighborhood Program (Interfaith Outreach)
  • Partners in Prevention
  • Plymouth Police & Fire Departments
  • Prairie Care
  • Relate Counseling Center
  • Sojourner Project
  • St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
  • TreeHouse
  • Wayzata Community Church
  • Wayzata Public Schools Community Education
  • Wayzata Public Schools
  • Westside Communities in Action
  • YMCA Ridgedale

We appreciate the commitment of the many community leaders who are members of our organization. As professionals committed to the health and well-being of our kids and their families, they bring a wealth of information and expertise to our organization, through their attendance of our meetings and their on-going collaboration and support of our mission.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact catherine@partnersforhealthykids.org.

Leadership Team

As a Family Services Collaborative, Partners for Healthy Kids' service area is defined by the geographic boundaries of the Wayzata Public Schools. Our leadership team is comprised of individuals whose positions afford them the opportunity to meet with many Wayzata Public Schools kids and their families to discuss their health and well-being.

David Senior, Co-Chair
Executive Director, Relate Counseling

Jenni Ebert, Co-Chair
Director of Community Ed, Wayzata Public Schools

Noemi Alcocer
Hennepin County

Rachel Boettcher
Caring for Kids Program Manager, Interfaith Outreach

Theresa Leonard
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County

Kristina Lybeck
Early Childhood Social Worker, Wayzata Public Schools

Jodi Olson
Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator, Wayzata Public Schools

Alison McKernan
Wayzata High School Social Worker, Wayzata Public Schools

Jody Remsing
Director of Special Services, Wayzata Public Schools

Kit Swanson
Youth Development, YMCA

Dawn Willson
Health Services Supervisor, Wayzata Public Schools

Catherine Christiansen
Coordinator, Partners for Healthy Kids


Family Services Collaboratives are federally funded through the Local Collaborative Time Study (LCTS). These federal funds are designated, by state statue, for use in expansion of early intervention, and prevention services in Minnesota communities. Through an agreement and evaluation review process, funds are locally dispersed to develop and enhance programs and services for children and families in our community. Click here for more information on collaboratives.

For more information, contact Partners for Healthy Kids coordinator Catherine Christiansen at catherine@partnersforhealthykids.org

Meetings & Events

Unless otherwise announced, all Partners for Healthy Kids meetings are held from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Plymouth Meeting Room in the Plymouth Library.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Meeting Minutes

Resources & Newsletter