Board of Directors

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Steve Olson - Chair

Steve is the President and CEO of MinnStar Bank N.A. located in Mankato and Lake Crystal. He has been a House of Hope board member for 14 years. He is the past Chairman and current Board member of the Independent Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM). He also serves as a Federal Delegate representing Minnesota to the Board of Governors for the Independent Bankers of America (ICBA). He is also on the Board of Governors for the City Center Partnership (CCP) in Mankato and a Board Member of the South Central College (SCC) Foundation. Steve is a 1978 graduate of the University of North Dakota.

He is married with two daughters. In his free time he likes to golf, fish, travel with his family, and work on remodeling projects around his house.

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Karen Luepke - Secretary/Treasurer

Karen was born in Owatonna, MN and grew up primarily in Fennimore, WI and Mankato, MN.  She attended Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in psychology with a double minor in therapeutic recreation and technical writing.  After college Karen moved to Denver, CO where she worked as a counselor for teenagers with mental illnesses.  While in Colorado she began her employment as a Special Investigator Retained by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  She has worked in this capacity in many different locations in the U.S.   For two years Karen worked as a manager for many different territories.  After living in Denver, CO she moved to Raleigh, NC, followed by Fort Collins, CO.  Karen recently returned to Mankato, MN to be closer to family.

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Richard Nienow

Richard has recently moved to the Mankato area after returning from a career in production agriculture. He is also a marriage and family therapist. Richard has served on community boards including Immanuel Saint Joseph's Hospital, Maple River School Board, and the Blue Earth County Chemical Task Force. He maintains a keen interest in human behavior. He and his wife Tricia have three adult children.

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Dave Connor - Vice Chair

Born and raised in Owatonna, Dave moved to Mankato in 1999.  After more than 13 years as a manager at Sam's Club, in 2015 he accepted a management position at Play It Again Sports.  He is active in the Mankato recovery community, and enjoys his volunteer position as a Board Member at the House of Hope.  In his free time, Dave enjoys playing golf in the summer, tinkering on things around the house, and spending time with his wife, Sarah.

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Tricia Frederick

Tricia is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Minnesota.  She earned her Master’s of science degree from MSU, Mankato in community health and alcohol and drug studies. Tricia has practiced in the addictions field since 1999 in various roles including counselor, case manager, and substance abuse assessor. She is currently employed by Gustavus Adolphus College as the substance abuse intervention specialist.  Tricia taught as an alcohol and drug studies adjunct faculty member in the health sciences department at MSU, Mankato for 8 years. Tricia lives in North Mankato with her husband and son. She enjoys designing and altering clothing, spending time at the lake cabin with family and friends, and riding motorcycle...

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Dr Bryan Wood

Dr Bryan Wood is a Mankato native who began practice with the Mankato Clinic in 2003. He received his M.A from Minnesota State University-Mankato in Biology and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He did an internship in General Surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center and a Residency in General Surgery at Hennepin County Center.

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Dawn Wilson

Dawn has a BS in Industrial engineering, an associate’s degree in nursing, and her Master’s degree in Business Administration.  Dawn grew up in NW Illinois and has worked in many places around the country as a safety and environmental professional, adjunct professor, and a healthcare executive.  She is currently work as the environmental health and safety manager for Kato Engineering in Mankato, MN.   Dawn is very interested in alternative wellness therapies including meditation, equine therapy, acupuncture, and holistic medical practice.

Other interests include landscaping, interior design, cooking, and all thing equine.  Dawn lives in rural St. Peter with Wayne, three rescue dogs and two horses.  

 

 

Melissa Ballman

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Scott Wolfe

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