Leadership Team | Nonprofit Leadership | CaringBridge

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.

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Sona Mehring

Sona Mehring Founder and Chief Ambassador

Sona founded CaringBridge in 1997 when the Internet was just becoming a household name, making her one of the first to recognize that the Internet could create a powerful connection for people to receive emotional and physical support during a health journey.

In 2016, after nearly two decades as CEO, Sona transitioned into the role of founder and chief ambassador. As an author, speaker and community builder, Sona will elevate the awareness and use of CaringBridge on a national scale by speaking about improving health outcomes through the power of social support.

Sona is frequently recognized and honored for her passion and visionary leadership. In 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored her as a top CEO in technology with the "Titans of Technology" award. In 2014 The Women's Health Leadership TRUST named her one of the "Top 35 Women Leaders" in Minnesota Health Care. 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 book author, a member of Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and a member of the National Caregiver Council.

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Liwanag Ojala

Liwanag Ojala Chief Executive Officer

As the newly appointed CEO of CaringBridge, Liwanag leads management and ensures that all CaringBridge operations contribute toward its mission to make each health journey easier by amplifying the love, hope and compassion in the world. More than 16 years of experience has given Liwanag the business skills and knowledge needed to lead an organization. Before joining CaringBridge as chief operating officer at the end of 2014, she was vice president of ecommerce at Meijer.

In 2016 Liwanag was a recipient of the Minnesota Business magazine “(Real) Power 50 Award.” In 2015 the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST recognized Liwanag as a “Top Emerging Women Leader” in health care. In 2008 the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal recognized Liwanag’s leadership abilities with the “40 Under 40” award.

Liwanag was elected to the Minnesota Public Radio board of trustees in 2016, and she remains a member of the Minnesota State Bar and a trustee emeritus of the Blandin Foundation.

Joining CaringBridge brought Liwanag’s career back to where it started with the chance to return to the Twin Cities. She studied at Northwestern University before receiving her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. The opportunity to lead an impactful organization at the intersection of health care, nonprofit and technology all while utilizing her many years in ecommerce made her decision to join Minnesota-based CaringBridge the logical and exciting next step in her professional career.

Darla Nemec

Darla Nemec Chief Financial Officer

Darla provides leadership, vision and direction for finance, human resources, 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.

Brigid Bonner Chief Experience Officer

Brigid directs all aspects of development, marketing and customer experience for the CaringBridge organization. Brigid brings more than 20 years of experience to CaringBridge as a senior e-commerce executive in many technology savvy, consumer-based businesses. Brigid is excited to help further the CaringBridge mission by leading a highly experienced user-centric team.

Chee Wong Chief Technology Officer

Chee oversees all aspects of information technology initiatives and functions for CaringBridge. He has over 20 years of experience in delivering technology-enabled solutions and leading high-performing global technology teams, and began his career as a software engineer. Prior to joining CaringBridge, he spent 20 years at Thomson Reuters. Chee is honored for the opportunity to do what he loves as a profession for a great organization and is excited to lead a strong technology team as they work toward furthering the CaringBridge mission.