Meet the Team

GSE Team Finland


Team Leader: Steve Hansen – Pine River, Minnesota, USA

Rotary Club: Central Lakes Rotary Club

Occupation: Retired Certified Financial Planner

Education: BBA from Spencerian College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Family: Wife Patricia, children Joel and Jody, grandson Elijah, Weimaraner Dog Brady.

Interests: Outdoor sports, NFL Football, trap shooting, wood working

Fun Fact: Performed in more than a dozen Community Theatre productions



Charles (Chuck) Hildebrandt – Bemidji, Minnesota, USA

Sponsoring Rotary Club: Bemidji Sunrise Club

Occupation: Account Executive – Marketing, Paul Bunyan Communications

Education: Biblical Studies, Oak Hills Christian College; Business & Finance AA, Rainy River Community College

Family:  Wife Leah, teacup Maltese named Bella.

Interests: All sports (especially hockey), most outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, singing, listening to music of all types and gardening

Fun Fact: I was the only person in my class in high school to play a musical instrument from 3rd grade to 12th grade. I am an only child and my favorite time of year is spring.



Tara Hokuf – Bemidji, Minnesota, USA

Sponsoring Rotary Club: Bemidji Rotary Club

Occupation: Foster Care Case Manager, North Homes Children and Family Services

Education: Psychology, Bemidji State University

Family: Husband Chad, pitbull mix named Wiley, snake named Wren

Interests: Being outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, camping and hiking. Also crafting activities like painting, drawing, knitting, stained glass work and music.

Fun Fact:  I am a nationally certified weather spotter and am often chasing stormy weather during the summer. I also a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician and Basic Life Support Instructor, and own a small business selling antiques and collectibles.



Melissa Lindow – Nevis, Minnesota, USA

Sponsoring Rotary Club: Park Rapids Rotary Club

Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant and Lifestyle Counselor, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services

Education: Associate of Applied Science from Lake Area Technical Institute. Currently studying at St. Catherine University, St. Paul majoring in Healthcare Management and Economics

Family: Husband Andrew, children Megan (9), Molly (8), Elijah (5), and Emily (4)

Interests: Cross-country skiing, sport fishing, photography, and spending time with family and friends especially on the water.

Fun Fact: I am passionate about adventure travel. I have rafted the rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and made several trips to southeast Alaska salmon and halibut fishing.



Kathryn Lyzun – Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Sponsoring Rotary Club: Fort William Rotary Club

Occupation: Communication and Marketing Specialist, Government of Ontario

Education: Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University

Family: Husband Martin, boxer named Dexter.

Interests: Writing, travelling, cross-country skiing, yoga, nature hikes, photography, reading, history and genealogical research

Fun Fact: At age 10, I was a national bowling champion and wrote my first book.



Jennifer Schlauderaff – Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, USA (Alternate)

Sponsoring Rotary Club: Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club

Occupation: Software Analyst, Essentia Health

Education: Biology, University of St. Thomas

Family: Husband Chad, red heeler/border collie mix named Dixie, and pug named Greta

Interests: Cooking, baking, hunting, photography, traveling, NFL football, wine tasting, hiking, sewing, jewelry making, and painting pottery.

Fun Facts: I was the 45th Princess Kay of the Milky Way and learned to ski in the alps.



Denny Anderson – Deer River, Minnesota, USA (Team Leader Alternate)

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids

Occupation: Retired Hotel Developer

Education: AA Rainy River Community College, BA Gustavus Adolphus College, Economics and Political Science

Family: Wife Betty, children Erin and Eric

Interests: Hockey, financial trading, hunting, fishing, reading

Fun Fact: Plays ice hockey twice a week. Licensed Private Pilot


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