Meet Our Amazing Team!

Mary Swingle

In Sept. 2018, I walked through the “Blue Doors” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN for the first time starting a new career adventure, and it was the best decision ever. The past two years have been filled with so many rewards and challenges to “Do Whatever It Takes…” I am incredibly fortunate to call Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MN my forever home.

Geri Bechtold
Vice President of Operations

I have been a part of this great organization for more than 35 years! I started as a college student and worked my way up to managing Kennedy KIDSTOP for many years to support youth in the St. Joseph community. Today, I ensure quality programs and services for youth across our organization. When I’m not at the Club, I’m working on my family farm or being an aunt to some great kids!

Deb Nebosis
Vice President of Resource Development

I have worked at the Club for 22 years in resource development. No small feat! I love this team, and I love this mission. When I’m not at the Club, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband and two amazing kids, spending time at the cabin and always looking for new hobbies, like crafting, golfing, hiking and fishing.

John Sowada

I worked in the private industry at Leighton Enterprises for 38 years in various roles, including CFO, before joining the Boys & Girls Club. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life, and I look forward being a part of the mission to empower youth to reach their full potential.

I live in St. Cloud with my wife Trude and our dog, Shadow. We have 7 adult children, and we are looking forward to welcoming our first grandchild in February.

Tommi Neuman
Senior Director of Human Resources

I’ve been a part of the Boys & Girls Club family for more than 30 years. Most of my time at the Club was spent as a KIDSTOP Program Manager. But a few years ago, I moved over to HR, and it has been such a rewarding journey to serve youth in this new capacity!

Aimee Minnerath
Senior Director of Communications

I joined this amazing team more than 20 years ago, and I couldn’t imagine a better job than supporting the mission to do whatever it takes to help our youth! In my spare time, I chauffer three kids around to their various activities and get on the lake whenever I can!

Christine Kustelski
Director of Clubs

I started working at the Club more than 20 years ago as a college student volunteer. The Club’s mission became ingrained in me, and I spent 20 years serving the Club as a unit director before entering my current role as Director of Clubs in 2020 to support and mentor Club site managers and ensure quality programs and services for youth.

Nikki Klehr
Director of KIDSTOPs

I started working at the Club more than 20 years ago in the KIDSTOP program. I managed KIDSTOP sites in each of our partnering school districts before moving into my current role as Director of KIDSTOPS to support and mentor KIDSTOP site managers.

Brady DeGagne
Director of Programming

I have been working here for over a year. I love working at the Clubs, because I am passionate about helping kids and strengthening this awesome community!

Favorite movie: Miracle
Favorite animal: Moose
Favorite sport:Hockey!
Favorite hobby: Golf
Favorite food: Chicken Parmesean

Pam Westergren

I have been with the Boys & Girls Club for 18 years, and I am part of a great team that is always looking to see what we can do to enrich our members lives. When I’m not at the Club, I’m hanging out with my husband and our two dogs!

Favorite color: Green
Favorite ice cream: Dilly Bars
Favorite movie: Easy A
Favorite animal: Dogs
Favorite hobby: Reading
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite way to spend a Saturday: car ride

Nancy Vossen
IT & Database Specialist

I attended summer KIDSTOP in St. Joe when I was a kid and looked forward to every summer when I could be back in the program and see my summertime friends. When I started with the organization 23 years ago, I worked at Kennedy KIDSTOP and later moved into the office where I now work as the IT & Database Specialist. When I’m on vacation, my family and I enjoy going to a cabin in Detroit Lakes to spend time fishing, tubing and enjoying the beach.

Deb Nathe
Accounting Assistant

I have been with the Boys & Girls Club for just over a year, and I feel very blessed to be working for such a great organization that does so much to help our children. My favorite way to spend a Saturday is with my family and my grandson!

Favorite color: yellow
Favorite ice cream: sea salt caramel
Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing
Favorite sport: Ice Skating
Favorite hobby: Scrapbooking
Favorite song: The Rose
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite vacation: Duluth

Rachel Gaetz
HR Coordinator

I attended KIDSTOP at Talahi when I was a kid. I always had such an incredible time and even got upset with my parents when they picked me up early. To say the least, I’m excited to start my career with BGC!

Favorite color: Blue
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite animal: Dog (I’m the crazy dog lady)
Favorite ice cream: peanut butter & chocolate
Favorite store: Target
Favorite movies: Bridesmaids, 21 Jumpstreet, Marvel movies, Disney/Pixar movies, etc.
Favorite TV shows: Bob’s Burgers, Parks & Rec, The Office
Favorite sport: swimming
Favorite hobby: painting
Favorite podcast: Wine & Crime
Favorite food: steak, shrimp, and potatoes
Favorite restaurant: Chipotle
Favorite place: My family cabin
Favorite vacation place: Australia

Chris Mrozek
Facilities Manager

I’ve been the facilities manager at the Club for 15 years! I love staying active and busy fixing things inside and outside Club buildings. When I’m not at the Club, I’m hanging out with my son or tinkering around the house or the cabin.

Alexander Girodat
Clearview KIDSTOP
Site Manager

I was recently hired by the Boys & Girls Club, and have loved every minute of it! I graduated from North Dakota State University, (GO BISON!) where I studied Sports Management with an emphasis in Youth Athletics. Working with kids gives me the opportunity to see them grow as individuals, work as a team, and have fun. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Makala, friends, and family. We enjoy spending time on the lake, around a campfire, or exploring the outdoors.

Favorite Color: Royal Blue
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Avengers Endgame, Remember the Titans, Rocky
Favorite Superhero: Batman!!
Favorite Sport (to watch): Football
Favorite Hobby: Disc Golfing
Favorite Quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jamie Thompson
Pleasantview KIDSTOP
Site Manager

I have worked in mental health for the better part of 10 years, and I am delighted to transition to the Boys & Girls Club. This new chapter provides me new opportunities to teach kids fun and exciting things, to watch them grow into confident, independent learners, and have a positive and meaningful influence in their day-to-day lives.

Outside of work, you might find me spending time with my family, friends or my dogs, Finn & Remy. I enjoy painting and photography. I love to travel, and I am a bit of a foodie. You could also say that I am a bit of a baseball fanatic! 

Favorite Sports Teams: Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves and Arizona Cardinals.
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Seasons: Summer & Fall 
Favorite Vacation Spot: any tropical beach across the globe!
Travel Wish List: Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Italy, Norway, Finland

Yvonne Hall
Eastside Boys & Girls Club
Senior Site Manager

I have a long history of Boys & Girls Club involvement. All 4 of my children participated in Boys & Girls Club programs in Central Texas. Inspired by the staff and Boys & Girls Club’s values, I became a volunteer, helping with Keystone, Real Talk, social recreation, and athletics.

Over the last 15 years, I have worked as a Center Director in Early Childhood Education, Teen Mentor for the District of Columbia, and Program Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. I also host a podcast and serve as a Life Coach for “A Balance Life to a Better You”.

In my free time, I love to hike, read, golf, shoot pool, ride horses and sing karaoke.

Raija Layne
Site Manager

I started with the Boys & Girls Club in 2015 as a Youth Development Staff while I was still in high school. Between then and now I have worked in a variety of positions as a Nursing Assistant, Corrections officer and a Mental Health Professional. I am so excited to be back with the Club as a Site Manager. I enjoy working at KIDSTOP because I get to watch the youth in our community grow. They teach me something new every day, and I get to teach them new things. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and getting outside. We have two dogs: Rosie and Gemma.

Favorite Food: Tacos, Alfredo, & Seafood
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Movie: 8 Seconds
Favorite Sports Team: MN Wild
Favorite Hobby: Hunting, Fishing & Camping
Favorite Animal: Giraffe

Dominique Hollomon
Southside Boys & Girls Club
Senior Site Manager

I’ve been with the Boys & Girls Club for 4 years, and I’m just a BGC member at heart, on a mission to pour into our kids everything that was instilled in me as a child growing up in the organization.

Favorite color: Come in my office, lol!
Favorite ice cream: Anything from Coldstone
Favorite Movie: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Favorite Animal: Unicorns
Favorite Emoji: 😬
Favorite Hobby: Making Jewelry
Favorite Song: Anything Beyoncé Sings
Favorite Food: Avocado
Favorite Restaurant:
Favorite Quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou.

Sylvia Krecklau
Roosevelt Boys & Girls Club
Senior Site Manager

I’ve been with the Roosevelt Boys & Girls Club since 2017 and served in a variety of positions. I am now the Senior Site Manager of the Roosevelt Club. I look forward to each day at the Club, and I enjoy the challenges and the successes. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family.

Favorite Comedian: Jim Gaffigan
Favorite store: Holiday, Kwik Trip & Kohl’s
Favorite movies: Princess Bride, My Fair Lady, Gone With the Wind, and Tommy Boy
Favorite TV shows: Top Chef, Baking Competitions,  Crime and History Documentaries
Favorite Restaurant: Chinese Buffet
Favorite food: Tacos or Pizza
Favorite place: Home with my family
Favorite vacation place: Camping with the family

Kristin Johnson
Senior Site Manager

I have been with the Boys & Girls Club for 10 years and have enjoyed how each year has differed. Each site and member that I’ve meet has taught me something new along the way!

Favorite color: Purple
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Emoji: 👍
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Hobby: Journaling
Favorite Song: Hotel California
Favorite Food: Pasta

Mike Davidson
Discovery Boys & Girls Club
Senior Site Manager

I started my career with the Boys & Girls Club about two years ago, and I am thrilled to help launch the new Discovery Boys & Girls Club in Waite Park as the Senior Site Manager.

Working for the Club has brought such great joy and excitement to me. It may made me realize that I love working with children, and this is the place I was meant to be.

Outside of the Club, I enjoy walking my dog Misha on the many trails in the area and spending time with my family. My favorite sport is hockey, and I love watching football!

Shelby Rue
Senior Site Manager

I started my career with the Boys & Girls Club in 2019 after graduating from the University of Minnesota – Morris with a degree in Biology. I originally wanted to go back to school to become a teacher, but I fell in love with working with kids in the afterschool setting. I have a passion for working with youth and getting to learn and be creative with them. When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my family and my two dogs, Buddy and Honey. 

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite Movie: Lilo & Stitch 
Favorite Animal: Cats
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Favorite Vacation Place: Dominican Republic 

Tara Arendt
Senior Site Manager

I’ve been with the organization for a little over five years now. It’s been a great pleasure watching youth grow from kindergarteners into junior high students who can make an impact, not only on their local communities, but also the global community.

Favorite season: Halloween!
Favorite movie: The Mummy
Favorite animal: Giant Panda
Favorite hobby: Creative writing
Favorite song: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Favorite restaurant: Fuji Steakhouse
Favorite vacation place: The Grand Cayman Islands

Kathryn Germick
HR Recruitment Coordinator

I started at the Boys & Girls Club in 2022 as a Youth Development Professional and receivied the amazing opportunity to pursue an HR internship. Currently, I am working as the Recruitment Coordinator.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is extremely important as it emphasizes the overall goal of the organization – empowerment and support! Throughout my time at BGC, I have met so many talented individuals, all working toward improving the lives of our youth, which makes working here extremely rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and taking care of my many plants.

Favorite color: Green
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite animal: Cat
Favorite ice cream: Strawberry Cheesecake
Favorite store: Target
Favorite movie: Perfect Host
Favorite TV show: YOU
Favorite hobby: Plants
Favorite food: French Fries
Favorite restaurant: Kyoto Sushi
Favorite place: Anywhere my family is

Stefan Ahles
Site Manager

I have been with the Boys & Girls Club for five years because I wish to give back to the community in which I have grown up. My favorite way to spend a Saturday is going Frisbee golfing with friends or family.

Favorite color: purple
Favorite season: winter
Favorite ice cream: cookie dough
Favorite movie: Aladdin
Favorite animal: orangutan
Favorite emoji is 🤣
Favorite hobby: video games
Favorite song: Help by Beatles
Favorite food: pizza
Favorite restaurant: Best Burger Ever
Favorite vacation place: my aunt and uncle’s cabin in Joseph Oregon

Samantha Heschke
Purchasing Agent

I have been with the Boys & Girls Club since 2012. I enjoy working at the Club, because I always get to see the children change in many ways. I have seen the work of the Club helping children out in many ways. 

Favorite color: Maroon
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite ice cream: anything chocolate
Favorite movie: Night at the Museum
Favorite animal: Turtle
Favorite sport: Football
Favorite hobby: Crafting
Favorite song: Tin Man
Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse
Favorite vacation place: Anywhere up north & on a lake

Carlie Harmon
Riverview KIDSTOP
Senior Site Manager

I started with the Boys & Girls Club as a volunteer for a college class in 2016. Since then I have been in various roles ranging from Youth Development Professional to my current position of Senior Site Manager at Riverview KIDSTOP! I love serving the youth of the Sartell community and watching the members mature into future middle school students. My favorite part of my job is creating those connections with the members and watching them have fun in our after-school setting.

Favorite season: fall, but it never lasts long enough!
Favorite ice cream: Coldstone
Favorite movie: Titanic
Favorite animal: my dog, Sunny
Favorite sport: Go Vikes!
Favorite hobby: thrifting, cooking, reading, crafting
Favorite song: Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Favorite vacation spot: bring me to the beach and I’m happy!

Stephanie Schueller
Mississippi Heights KIDSTOP
Site Manager

I have been with the Boys & Girls Club since 2018. I enjoy working at KIDSTOP because I am always learning new and exciting things from the kids.

Favorite color: Black
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite ice cream: Rocky Road
Favorite animal: Cow
Favorite sport: Hockey
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
Favorite place I’ve been: Boston, MA

Stephen Casanova
Westwood KIDSTOP
Site Manager

Before starting my career at the Boys & Girls Club in September 2022, I spent the last 4 years working in different roles in education; teaching, mentoring, and tutoring. I majored in Spanish and Linguistics at SCSU; however, I volunteered at a local non-profit and quickly sought employment opportunities involving youth. I consider it the highest compliment when our members beg their parents to stay longer! When I am not at work, you might find me out on the trails with my camera or on a lake with my fishing pole (when it’s warm).

Favorite Sports teams: Dallas Cowboys & San Antonio Spurs
Current Favorite Show: Rutherford Falls
Favorite Food: Barbacoa (from TX)
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite Activity: Traveling
Favorite Animal: Golden Eagle