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:
- Marketing strategies
- Human resource
- Community relationships
- Technology & information strategies
- Overall strategic direction
- General operations
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.
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.
Smitha is a CPA, CA and has worked in public accounting for the past 15 years. She is currently a senior manager at Ernst & Young and responsible for strategizing the audits, managing a team of up to 20 in performing external audits of financial statements of banks and other financial services organizations. As part of this she is responsible for ensuring the team stays on budget, identifying if there are any challenges or issues in the accounting of certain matter, providing advice and technical expertise. For a number of years she was the treasurer of a cultural organization in Zambia, responsible for maintaining the books and records and preparing the financial statements, coordinating the audit and presenting results to the general board. Smitha brings a great deal of experience in budgeting, planning and evaluating P&L to develop strategies to maximize funds. Smitha is of Indian origin (South-east Asia) and grew up in Zambia (south central Africa). Her husband is from Canada and they have 4 beautiful active children all of whom are regularly enrolled in MHG programming throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
A graduate of the University of MN Law School, Divya currently works at Medtronic, as a program manager within the corporate regulatory group. She has held roles in Medtronic in technical communication and medical affairs. The majority of her experience is in the legal field, where she practiced in securities law and clerked in family and probate and mental health court but has formal education and vast experience in technical writing and communication. She has volunteered within Medtronic, chairing a committee for the Medtronic Women’s Network, which is an employee resource group. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Que Tal Spanish Language Program for 4 years, and served as Secretary for the last 3 years. She has also volunteer with the Hindu Society of Minnesota, and organized a successful cook-off event.
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.