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