Meet Our Amazing Team! - Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota

Meet Our Amazing Team!

Mary Swingle
President/CEO

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
CFO

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
Accountant

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.

Kristin Schaefer
Purchasing Agent

I started working for the Boys & Girls Club about two years ago. I really like the people I work with. It makes the days better!

Favorite color: Gray
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite ice cream: Rocky Road
Favorite movie: Forest Gump – I love Tom Hanks
Favorite animal: Sloths
Favorite hobby: reading
Favorite song: I listen to everything from Frank Sinatra to Ozzy
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite restaurant: Panera
Favorite way to spend a Saturday: on the deck with feet up and a good book

Jenna Scapanski
Pleasantview KIDSTOP
Senior Site Manager

I started my career at the Boys & Girls Club 8 years ago. I started as an assistant program manager and was promoted to program manager of STRIDE KIDSTOP. Two years ago, I received the opportunity to become the Pleasantview program manager. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, my nieces and nephews and my two English Bulldogs. I also enjoy traveling to new countries and taking trips cross country. I am always looking for a new adventure!

Favorite color: Green
Favorite season: Fall
Favorite ice cream: Cookie dough
Favorite animal: Sea Turtle
Favorite emoji: 😂
Favorite sport: Basketball
Favorite food: Chips and salsa
Favorite restaurant: PotBelly Sandwhich Shop
Favorite vacation place: Ireland & Arizona

Brock Korbel
Pine Meadow KIDSTOP
Senior Site Manager

I have been with the Boys and Girls Club since 2010, and I enjoy working for the Club because I love working with kids in a setting that is outside of their classroom. 

Favorite color: blue 
Favorite season: fall
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans 
Favorite animal: dog
Favorite emoji: 🤣
Favorite sport: basketball 
Favorite hobby: golf 
Favorite vacation place: Mexico 
Favorite way to spend a Saturday: Hanging out with my wife & 2 beautiful girls!

Mary Domine
Madison KIDSTOP
Site Manager

I have worked for the Boys & Girls Club since 2018! I knew I would enjoy working with kids, but was I totally unprepared to fall in love with this organization and the members I get to work with. I have so much fun at work each day, and am so grateful I get to be a part of helping the youth of my community! When I am not working, I spend my time with my husband and our daughter – usually acting out an episode of Paw Patrol.

Favorite color: Red
Favorite animal: Cows
Favorite sport: Hockey
Favorite song: Falling by Harry Styles
Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite restaurant: Noodles and Company
Favorite vacation place: by the beach!

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
Eastside Boys & Girls Club
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

Raquel Hoffman
Clearview KIDSTOP
Site Manager

I have been with the Boys & Girls Club for 7 years, because I have a passion for working with children. My members bring so much joy to my life! It’s truly amazing watching them grow year by year and be a small part of that journey. My favorite way to spend a Saturday is with family or friends and a great cup of coffee!

Favorite drink: Coffee!
Favorite store: TJ Maxx!
Favorite color: dusty pink
Favorite season: ABSOLUTELY Fall
Favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip
Favorite movie: Hercules
Favorite animal: Turtle
Favorite sport: dance
Favorite hobby: makeup!
Favorite song: Free Fallin’
Favorite food: Taco
Favorite place: Duluth
Favorite TV show: The Office

Fay Smith
Westwood KIDSTOP
Site Manager

I’ve been supporting youth at the Boys & Girls Club in different capacities for close to 10 years, and I love to watch kids learn and grow! When I’m not at the Club, I enjoy spending time with my family riding horses, cooking, camping, hiking, and bon fires.

Favorite animal: horses & cats
Favorite sport: boxing & horseback riding
Favorite food: Asian & Mexican
Favorite vacation place: Black Hills, Hawaii, Chicago & Alaska

Tara Arendt
Oak Hill KIDSTOP
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

Tracy Beyer
Oak Ridge KIDSTOP
Site Manager

I have worked for the Boys and Girls Club since 2005 when I was still in high school! When I turned 16, I knew I wanted to work for the Club. Growing up as a Club member, the staff made such a impact in my life, and I knew I wanted to do the same for others. On weekends, I love spending time with my family and our little guy!

Favorite color: Orange
Favorite animal: Cats
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite song: Where’s the love
Favorite food: water melon
Favorite restaurant: Chinese
Favorite vacation place: camping

Stefan Ahles
Athlos, Lincoln & Talahi KIDSTOP
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 Hescke
Mississippi Heights KIDSTOP
Site Manager

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 Site Manager

I started as a volunteer for a college class in 2016. Who knew that it would lead me to a youth development staff then assistant program manager, and now site manager! I love serving the youth of the Sartell community. My favorite part of my job is seeing the kids just have genuine fun!

Favorite color: pink
Favorite season: fall, but it never lasts long enough!
Favorite ice cream: cookie dough!
Favorite movie: Titanic
Favorite animal: my dog, Sunny!
Favorite sport: go Vikings!
Favorite hobby: thrifting, cooking, reading, crafting
Favorite song: Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Favorite restaurant: Ichiddo Ramen
Favorite vacation spot: bring me to the beach and I’m happy!