CaringBridge Leadership

We work hard to further our mission to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world. Together, we serve millions of people by creating connections with family and friends in a time of need.

Meet our Board of Directors

Meet our Advisory Council

Sona Mehring

Sona Mehring Founder and CEO

Sona is the founder of CaringBridge, a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. Sona is frequently recognized and honored for her passion and visionary leadership. In 2013 Minnesota Monthly placed her on their list of the 75 most influential people of the Twin Cities. She was named one of 2011's "Most Influential Women in Technology" by Fast Company.

Sona is a member of Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the National Health Marketing Leadership Roundtable.

Sona is the author of Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge.

Learn More About Sona.

Liwanag Ojala

Liwanag Ojala Chief Operating Officer

Liwanag leads management and provides operational direction for all aspects of CaringBridge. With her combined 16 years experience in digital strategy and as a practicing attorney, Liwanag brings a wonderful blend of senior management expertise and team building experience to CaringBridge. She is committed to creating a collaborative environment where successful teams can have fun. Liwanag is a recipient of the “40 Under 40” award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Gary Ablan

Gary Ablan Vice President of Technology

Gary provides overall leadership, vision and direction for all aspects of the technology used to deliver the CaringBridge service. Gary brings excellent people and program management skills that enable him to lead a highly experienced and motivated IT team. In 2012, he was named a CIO of the Year by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Heidi Droegemueller

Heidi Droegemueller Vice President of Development

Heidi leads all philanthropic initiatives and programs for CaringBridge, which relies on charitable donations to fund its operations. Heidi is committed to helping CaringBridge fulfill its mission with increased effectiveness and efficiency. As a fundraising professional with more than 14 years experience, Heidi has raised more than $100 million throughout her career.

Darla Nemec

Darla Nemec Vice President of Finance and Administration

Darla provides leadership, vision and direction for finance, human resources, customer service, administrative and facility services. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the accounting field, working for many high-growth companies. In 2011, Darla was named CFO of the Year by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in the nonprofit category.