Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors!

Mini-Hops Gymnastics (MHG) is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Our mission is to cultivate and enhance the development of each child for their future. As member parents of MHG, you are invited to nominate yourself, a fellow member or a community member to our Board of Directors. Affiliation with MHG is not required for board participation. Requirements for Board Members include participation in monthly meetings, the second Monday of most months from 6-8pm, regarding the oversight and guidance of the organization. We look for individuals with the following expertise or interest:

  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Marketing strategies
  • Human resource
  • Community relationships
  • Technology & information strategies
  • Overall strategic direction
  • General operations

If you have any question please contact Michaela Chelberg, MHG Executive Director.

Joe Fousek

Joe Fousek

Board President

Graduated cum laude Marquette University, B.A. Mathematics. As Fredrickson & Byron’s Chief Information officer, Joe has over 25 years of IT management experience.  Joe oversees all aspects of the IT department including: infrastructure, security, applications, development, support, training and project management.

Steve Herbst

Steve Herbst

Board Vice-President

A graduate of the University of MN-Duluth. CEO at SECURE ITnet, a leading Managed Services Provider, providing services in 40 states and 7 countries. Steve has worked in the Business to Business technology services area for over 25 years; over that time working with small companies to Fortune 100 companies.

Steven Fu

Steven Fu

Board Member

Dr. Fu is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a member of the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.  He is also the Director of the Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR), a VA Health Services Research Center of Innovation.  An internationally recognized expert in tobacco cessation and health disparities, Dr. Fu is a leader in the treatment of tobacco dependence among diverse racial/ethnic minority groups, and among our nation’s military Veterans.  His research is focused on identifying and implementing best practices for improving the delivery and utilization of tobacco dependence treatments among diverse and vulnerable populations. 

Carmen Uecker

Carmen Uecker

Board Member

Carmen Graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in English and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. Carmen is a marketing and communications leader with diverse experience across multiple industries. In addition to experience leading successful strategic partnerships and sponsorships, she most recently managed multiple dimensions of communications for a Fortune 6 organization. Her expertise includes the following: marketing, strategic planning, sponsorships, brand advancement, communications and program management.

 
Aurora Young

Aurora Young

Board Member

Aurora currently serve as a Principal in the physician services practice of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. Her consulting over the past nine years has been dedicated to helping clients better align their physician financial arrangements with their strategic objectives, improve the financial performance of their operations, and ensure regulatory compliance. She is regularly retained by and works with the board of directors for not-for-profit hospitals and health systems nationwide.

 
Andrew Huss

Andrew Huss

Board Member

Mr. Huss is a member of the operations team at Wayzata Investment Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in purchasing distressed companies and assets. Mr. Huss is responsible for various financial reporting and tax compliance as well as for the financial, operational, and administrative activities of the real estate portfolio investments of the Wayzata funds. Prior to joining Wayzata Investment Partners, Mr. Huss spent five years in public accounting with KPMG. Mr. Huss received his B.A. in Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and a Master of Business Taxation from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Mr. Huss holds an active Certified Public Accountant License from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy.

 
Dave Ufheil

Dave Ufheil

Board Member

Dave is an Executive Director with Ernst & Young in its financial accounting advisory practice in Minneapolis. In that capacity, he leads the Life Sciences practice for the Central region of the US, assisting finance leaders in addressing the strategic accounting and financial reporting challenges facing their business and the finance function. Prior to joining EY, he spent 22 years in the audit practice of KPMG in various offices in the US and Germany. Dave received his B.A. in Accounting from Indiana University – Bloomington. He holds active Certified Public Accountant licenses in Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan. Dave has previously been involved in the finance committee of Medina Golf & Country Club and the development committee of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Sam Walker

Sam Walker

Board Member

Biography Coming Soon. 

Brad Thorsen | In Loving Memory | Mini-Hops Board of Directors

In Loving Memory of Brad Thorsen

All MHG charitable campaigns are hosted in loving memory of Brad Thorsen. Brad served as a Board Member of Mini-Hops since 1997, serving as President from 2002-2005 and ran the MHG Special Olympics program until his passing in 2017.

In his retirement, he focused on his family (especially his beloved grandchildren), friends, and attending Vikings and Lynx games. He was also involved with and did volunteer work for the Patrick Henry H.S. Foundation and is a member of the Patrick Henry Hall of Fame.

For this reason, we continue to give back to our community in honor of Brad and his commitment to helping the community.

Brad’s Obituary:
Graduate from the U of M with a BA and JD. Brad retired from We Can Ride located in Minnetonka. He is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association where I served as president in 1997-98; the Minnesota State Bar Assoc. where he has been a long- term member of its Board of Governors and served on its executive committee from 2001-2003, and the American Bar Association, serving as a member of the House of Delegates from 2000- 2006. Brad has served as a Board Member of Mini-Hops since 1997, serving as President from 2002-2005.

Bradley C. Thorsen, 69, of Golden Valley, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at his home.

A real estate attorney for 30+years, he was also past- president of HCBA, past executive director of VLN and past executive director of We Can Ride. Bradley was a long-time Special Olympics gymnastics coach.

In his retirement, he focused on his family (especially his beloved grandchildren), friends, and attending Vikings and Lynx games. He was also involved with and did volunteer work for the Patrick Henry H.S. Foundation and is a member of the Patrick Henry Hall of Fame.

Bradley is survived by wife Madge; daughters, Sarah (Matthew) and Bethany (Dan); grandchildren, Nina, Benjamin, Miles and Melanie; siblings, Tom (Carol), Gregg, Keith, Scott and Lori. He loved his faithful walking companion, teeny chiweenie Clyde.

Contact:
Phone: 952-933-2452
Email: mail@mini-hops.com

Address: 2600 Campus Drive 
Plymouth, MN 55441

School Year Hours:
Mondays-Thursdays: 8:30am-9:00pm
Fridays: 9:00am-9:30pm
Saturdays: 8:00am-6:00pm
Sundays: Open for Birthdays

Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-9:00pm
Fridays: 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am-6:00pm
Sundays: Closed