Board of Directors

Help choose MHG’s Board!

2022 – 2023 BOD Timeline

April 23-May 23 : Notification of the Annual Meeting and accepting nominations to the BOD

May 27 – June 9 : Voting takes place

As a 501c3 Nonprofit, Mini-Hops Gymnastics relies on a Board of Directors to oversee our organization’s activities and help us accomplish our mission of impacting kids of all abilities, and their families, in order to build a stronger community. As 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.We look for individuals with the following expertise or interest:

  • Legal (Real estate &/or 501c3 (non-profit) law
  • Financial
  • Marketing 
  • Human Resources
  • Community Relations 
  • Information & Communication Technologies 
  • Grant Writing 

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

*Requirements for Board Members include participation in monthly meetings, the second Monday of most months from 6:30-8:30 pm, regarding the oversight and guidance of the organization’s finances and to support the leadership team.

Dave Ufheil

Dave Ufheil

Board President

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.

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

Board Vice-President

Alan is a current member of Exec Ranks advisory board and an active Vice President of Operations for TKI Intermodal. As well as an advisor and officer to the Tom Kraemer INC ownership group. His 15 year career has focused on building startup businesses, specific to transportation in global supply chain/logistic solutions. Alan’s expertise lies heavily in talent acquisition, team building, strategic management, P&L, process procedure and training. He has proven to be a valuable advisor for MHG to continue adding to the positive employee culture and environment.

Julie Law

Julie Law

Secretary

While Julie was born and raised in a little up-north town here in MN, she spent 16 years exploring New York at age 19.  In 2007 she and her husband moved back to the land of 10,000 lakes and settled in Plymouth to start a family.  Julie attended Gibbs Business School and graduated with a degree in Business Management. She now works at US Bank as an Executive Partner for the Vice Chair and Chief Administrative Officer; who oversees Marketing, Communications, Strategy, Foundation and Community Relations, Human Resources and Customer Experience offices.  The Law family have two active boys that have enjoyed MHG programming.   

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.

 
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. 

Mark Kinney

Mark Kinney

Board Member

Mark’s family has been a part of the Mini-Hops community for over ten years. Both his daughters participated in many of the recreational classes and his son has grown up at Mini-Hops starting in Rec classes at age 3 to becoming a member of our Elite, Pre-Team, and Team. While here Mark has become familiar and engaged with Mini-Hop’s mission. His interaction with the coaches, the staff, and the families of Mini-Hops has inspired him to want to help guide the continued growth and progress of the organization. He has over 25 years of experience in the corporate world that will provide a solid skill-set to help the business success of Mini-Hops.

Jeff Griffing

Jeff Griffing

Board Member

Jeff is married with two children and two dogs and works as CEO of a national advertising company called AllOver Media. He appreciates all the hard work that is done by the staff on behalf of hundreds of children that benefit from the MHG mission. He has seen firsthand how his son has grown emotionally through the MHG team programs, and he has also witnessed the amazing Adaptive programs that are so impactful.

Paul Moon

Paul Moon

Board Member

Paul’s children first started at Mini Hops a decade ago, and they have been a grateful part of the community ever since. They started in rec classes, joined the Academic preschool, and then joined the competition teams. He is proud that Mini Hops displays its core values front-and-center and lives it out daily. His children have been encouraged and praised yet challenged to tackle fears and safely push themselves to attempt new skills and reach for higher goals. He is so appreciative of the amazing life-skills they have learned. So many young people are afraid of failing, and thankfully, his children understand that failing is just another opportunity to learn and grow. As a parent, he is also grateful that Mini Hops cultivates a culture that promotes healthy self-image and self-confidence.

Mara Kaplan

Mara Kaplan

Board Member

Mara Garcia Kaplan is a seasoned business lawyer with over 15 years of extensive experience leading cross-functional and cross-border teams in transactional settings.  Mara has wide-ranging corporate/business experience, including M&A, global restructuring, joint ventures, strategic alliances, commercial transactions, licensing and distribution, and complex multijurisdictional reorganizations. She is currently Vice President and Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo & Company, where she manages and coordinates legal work and legal teams in support of Wells Fargo’s mergers & acquisitions and business development strategy.  Mara counsels internal clients and provides strategic guidance and transactional support on M&A and other strategic transactions.  Prior to that, Mara served as Senior Counsel at Target Corporation, where she was responsible for the legal aspects of Target’s M&A activity, and as general counsel for Dermstore.com, a Target subsidiary. Prior to her legal career, Mara spent five years the financial services industry. Mara and her husband have three children and live in Maple Grove.

Mara has served in various leadership roles both at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the Minnesota Hispanic National Bar (MHBA) since 2004, including serving as President of the MHBA and Regional President of the HNBA. Mara has also served as a member of Advisory Board of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, a decentralized agency of the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

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 2018 we named the on-site board room after him in honor of his years of dedication.

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.