Brian Hugh

Advisor, Technology
Brian is President of Business Technology Solutions, Inc., an Information Technology, Management Consulting and Systems Integration company, founded in 1996. His company is dedicated to assisting companies understand and implement new technologies within their business successfully. Focusing on both the business and technical implications of implementing change within a business.

One of his most well known projects is leading the implementation of the Revenue Control System at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, if you have used e-Park to park at the airport, this was one of the features implemented.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Minnesota State University at Mankato and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul/Mpls. Minnesota.

Brian and his wife Patty keep themselves busy raising two beautiful teenage girls.

Jon Foss

Advisor, Swimming and Pool Safety
Jon Foss is Co-CEO and Cofounder of Foss Swim School. Jon is an accomplished swimmer, attaining All American status while in college and earning a top-ten finish in the 2004 Masters World Championship. He has been teaching and coaching swimming at various levels since 1987, training over 900 instructors and coaches. Jon has led the growth at Foss Swim School, immersing himself in all facets of the business since inception–from writing curricula to facility design. He has spoken at the Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers conference in 2009 and the New Zealand Swim Coaches Conference in 2010. He is a past member of the board of directors and a life member of the U.S. Swim School Association.

Cyndi Barrington

Advisor, Media Relations
After graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, Cyndi Barrington, Media Relations Advisor for Abbey’s Hope, began her career at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia. After moving to Minnesota in 1994, she worked at KARE-11 News for six years as the Newsroom Coordinator. In December 1999, she became the Public Information Officer/Spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department. After the MPD, she was the Media Relations Director for Qwest until deciding to stay home full-time. She has taught media relations to law enforcement/public safety/city officials and has coordinated media relations for various public safety conferences and nonprofit events.

She and her husband Scott are busy raising their three children.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips