Board Voting - Mini-Hops Gymnastics

Board of Directors Voting

Dave Ufheil

Dave Ufheil

Current Board President

Dave is an independent contractor in the areas of finance and accounting, helping CFOs manage change in their organization.  Prior to becoming an independent contractor, he was with Riveron for 1.5 years and Ernst & Young (EY) for 5 years in their financial accounting advisory practices in Minneapolis. In that capacity for EY, Dave led 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 and Illinois. Dave has previously been involved in the finance committee of Medina Golf & Country Club and the development committee of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Natalia Bulaieva

Natalia Bulaieva

Board Nominee

Why do you want to be on MHG’s BOD:

My daughter goes to the Mini-Hops and loves it. As a parent, I’d like to be more involved in my daughter’s life by volunteering my time at the Mini-Hops Board of Directors. Also, as a tech professional, I see some area of improvements for your website so would be happy to help you improve your customers’ digital experience.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a UX Researcher and Product Designer. I’m passionate about making people’s experience with mobile and web smooth and enjoyable.

Paul Moon

Paul Moon

Board Nominee

Why do you want to be on MHG’s BOD:

My children first started at Mini Hops a decade ago, and we’ve been a grateful part of the community ever since. They started in rec classes, joined the Academic preschool, and then joined the competition teams. I’m thankful for all the lessons Tyden and Cora have learned from the coaches, staff, and the entire Mini Hops family.

Many businesses, organizations, and nonprofits write the fancy mission and value statements and yet do not live by them. Mini Hops displays its core values front-and-center and lives it out on a daily basis. Tyden and Cora have been encouraged and praised, yet challenged to tackle fears and safely push themselves to attempt new skills and reach for higher goals. I am so appreciative of the amazing life skills they have learned. So many young people are afraid of failing, and thankfully, Tyden and Cora understand that failing is just another opportunity to learn and grow. As a parent, I am also grateful that Mini Hops cultivates a culture that promotes a healthy self-image and self-confidence.

For both of my children, Mini Hops has helped them to understand the importance — and the joy — of being a part of a team. There’s acceptance and encouragement, and lots of fun memories, both inside and outside the gym.

This challenging COVID year has highlighted the importance to me that there’s no time like the present to step up and offer to help. We plan for our kids to be a part of Mini Hops for the long haul, and I believe my personal and professional experiences and insights can bring perspective and help lead the future of Mini Hops. Mini Hops is doing a great job, but I know in everything we can always do even better.

A little about Paul:

Paul was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, growing up playing lots of sports. Surprisingly not hockey, but he did do gymnastics. His most competitive sport was basketball and he was so proud when his team won three provincial titles and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame.

After high school, he earned his Bachelors’s Degree in Human Physiology from the University of Saskatchewan then moved to Minnesota to study at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington. After graduation, he opened his Plymouth practice in 1999. Over the last 22 years, he has worked hard to build a family-friendly culture and community that centers on Health, Hope, and Healing. He has maintained a respected reputation within the chiropractic and business community. He didn’t do it on his own and has learned so much over the years from reaching out to mentors, colleagues, staff, and patients while always seeking out opportunities to do better.

In building up his practice, he wears many hats, from the importance of patient care, education, and communication, as well as managing staff with different personalities and needs. He has also been successful in marketing Y Wellness, leveraging testimonials and local media outlets to highlight the team and their strong work.

His family lives just minutes away from Mini Hops in Plymouth. His wife Jean is a pharmacist at the University of Minnesota, and his family enjoys hanging out at their cabin, playing pickleball in their backyard, and spending time with family, friends, and their dog Mochi.

Jeff Griffing

Jeff Griffing

Board Nominee

Why do you want to be on MHG’s BOD:

I appreciate all of the hard work that is done by the staff on behalf of hundreds of children that benefit from the MHG mission, and I’d like to volunteer my time and experience. I’ve seen first-hand how my son has grown emotionally through the MHG team programs, and I’ve also witnessed the amazing special needs programs that are so impactful. I feel like I could add another perspective to whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead for MHG.

Tell us a little about yourself:

Married with two children (10/14) and two dogs, live in Edina. Work in Plymouth as CEO of a national advertising company called AllOver Media. I’ve been a Sr level executive for 20 years, leading organizations in LA, Chicago, NY, San Diego, and Minneapolis.