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For those interested in running for board membership, please submit a bio to the following individuals:
Kathy Bennett - RFYHA Secretary - 
Kevin Etherton - RFYHA Webmaster-

2016 Election Board Bio's

Ted Olson

My name is Ted Olson and I would like to be considered as a candidate in the upcoming election for a position on the RFYHA Board. 

For those of you that don't know, our family moved to the River Falls area a little over a year and a half ago and we have three boys in the Association.  I was an Assistant Coach on the PeeWee B team for the 2014-15 season and the Head Coach of the Squirt C team for the season that just ended.  Our kids have been having a great time and have made some great friends through hockey and I would like to do what I can to help with the Association. 

My hockey background includes almost 20 years of coaching experience at almost every level imaginable, with the bulk of that experience coming as the Head Coach for the Wayzata Junior Gold A program for 15 years.  During that time, I was fortunate to have been part of 9 State Tournament appearances resulting in one fourth place finish, two Consolation Championships and six State Championships.  I have been a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Coach since 2003 and have been recognized by my peers with multiple awards as well as appointments and invitations to coach both Select and Regional teams throughout my coaching career. 

In addition to my on-ice experience, as a long-time Head Coach in the program I was also included in the off-ice decision making process for topics such as team level designation, team sizes, tryout protocol, player development, scheduling and more.  

Hopefully you will see my strong hockey background can be an asset to help the RFYHA navigate the current and anticipated growth.  I would appreciate your vote.  Thank you for your time and consideration.   

Ted Olson


Mark Kieren

Hi, my name is Mark Kieren and I want to be elected to the River Falls Youth Hockey Association Board of Directors. I have been active in youth sports well before having children of my own, but I am now on my 15th season of coaching a youth sport of either hockey, baseball, or football. I have been active in the RFYHA as a coach since my son, Logan, started playing hockey here as a mite 5 years ago. Currently, I am a USA Hockey CEP Level-3 coach and plan to continue my coaching education provided by USA Hockey. In total, besides coaching youth hockey for 5 years, I have coached youth baseball in for 6 years in my home town of Proctor, MN, as well as in River Falls, and junior high football for 4 year at Proctor Schools.
Professionally, my career has grown with increasing areas of responsibility around account management, business development and people leadership. Much of my career has dealt with planning and organizing for growth. Currently, I work as a sole proprietor advising private equity firms about the US business landscape in the niche area of sterile and non-sterile pharmacy compounding.

What I have in my heart is that we need to remember that what we do is for the kids. Planning and decisions we make today will not only affect our current children in the organization, but the children of parents who are yet to join our hockey community.

My wife Jenn, along with daughters Madeline (17) and Miranda (15) and son Logan (12) have lived in River Falls for the last 15 years. We love the town, its people, and wish for continued growth and strengthening of our local hockey program. With your vote I will promise to promote and sponsor wise decisions for investing in our hockey future.

Paul Wilson

My name is Paul Wilson and I would like to be considered for another term on the RFYHA board. My wife Margie and I moved to River Falls from Denver, CO. 7 1/2 years ago with our two children Cody-Junior Varsity and Tyler-Pee-Wee. I am employed at Air Motion Systems Inc. here in River Falls as a Production Manager. I am also retired from the United States Navy.

I was born and raised in Eveleth, MN (home of hockey). I grew up living on a lake and playing pond hockey since I was 4 years old. Understanding and enjoying the game of hockey motivated me to become a part of this Association. After watching my Son’s play hockey for the past 7 + years and seeing that they enjoy it as much as I do, I have decided that I would like to remain involved with RFYHA.

In the past 7 1/2 years I have assisted in the operations of our association; from repairs to the building, to ice maintenance to ensuring that all the equipment is maintained. With my 25+ years experience in the manufacturing and maintenance industry, I feel my contribution as a Board Member, will benefit RFYHA.

Thanks for your support!

Jody Christensen

My name is Jody Christensen. I have had 3 skaters go through RIver Falls youth hockey. I was a 21 year youth hockey parent, and have been a 17 year board member. 

Why do I want to be a board member when my son is now a high school skater?  When I realized I would no longer have a kid in the program, I thought long and hard about leaving youth hockey and naturally moving to the High School Blue Line Club where they need volunteers.  I soon realized that I can't make as much of an impact in the high school players' experiences. I can make a difference in youth, so if I am giving my time, I wanted to be able to make a difference. I feel like I can do that by helping at the youth levels. 

Some people love to garden, fish, hunt or scrapbook. I love youth hockey. I love watching the kids grow and learn to love the game as much as I do!! After being a 17 year board member I can't imagine my day without youth hockey.  

What are my strengths? I bring a vast amount of knowledge of how we run things. I have held various officer positions. I was a leader in many different committees for several years, and I've had my fingers in most everything at one time or another. I have the time to get things done quickly, and I am also very organized and detailed.

I would love to be a part of this great group of volunteers for yet another term. Thank you for your consideration!


Mark DeBoe

This is my first year of involvement with RFYHA.  I have two young boys, Krisjanis and Matiss, who are currently skating in level 2 and level 1 mites.  My wife, Mara, and I got the boys into hockey through the learn to skate program.  I decided to help with the coaching in the mites program in order to help out with our required volunteer hours.  In the process I have found out that River Falls has a great program with fun kids and incredible people volunteering at every level.  I have had a blast being involved with our program, as has Mara.  Mara and I moved into the River Falls area 11 years ago from Minnesota.  We have a small hobby farm east of town.  Our two boys are enrolled at St. Bridgets school.  I have been involved with the school on various volunteer projects.  I also spend some time in our township of Pleasant Valley as an election official when elections come around.  I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a stay at home dad raising alpacas and looking after our boys.  I was never involved in organized hockey while growing up.  After this first year of coaching, I have seen the dedication of the people involved in RFYHA, and I understand and share the passion of teaching and watching the kids develop.  I also see the vision of what the program is striving for in the long term.  I have a vested interest in how the program functions not only for my two boys, but also for the kids I have had the pleasure of coaching through this season.  Please consider my for the open board seat.  I believe I can help the board continue on in the right direction.


Frank Linn

I am going into my 5th year with RFYHA.  I have served on the board the past three years, most recently as President, and I am running for re-election.  Personally, my son Daniel will be a 5th year Mite and it has been an absolute blast coaching all of the mites along the way.  We will see what my daughter, Isla, decides to do this fall.  I love helping the children learn and grow as both skaters and individuals.  I plan to continue coaching along the way.

Professionally, I am a Financial Advisor and my focus is on personal planning and working with closely held businesses.  I believe that placing more emphasis on running the association like a business financially has helped our association achieve things that we have struggled with for a very long time.

My passion within the association is to help recruit, retain and develop skaters within the association.  My second year on the board I proposed the Learn to Skate program designed to remove barriers and attract new skaters to our association.  With a focused and collaborative effort that program has become very successful and helped us surpass a three year plateau in membership and we have been recognized as one of the fastest growing associations in the state. 

With this growth, we have experienced sound financials the past few years and with that comes new opportunities for the association.  It is truly an exciting time to be part of RFYHA and I am looking forward to serving the association for another term.  Additionally, my focus has also been in the area of events outside of the hockey season and the facility itself as a whole. 

I love bringing awareness to people about all of the great things we have going on with RFYHA both on and off the ice.  I appreciate your consideration in electing me to another term.  While we may not see eye to eye all of the time I believe we have an absolutely amazing group of people within these walls.  It would be my pleasure to continue serving all of you and your children.

John Linehan

My name is John Linehan. I am a lifelong resident of River Falls. My wife, Stephanie, and I have two children, Luke (9) and Ashley (5). Luke will be a second year Squirt next season. I have been part of River Falls hockey for 30+ years as a player, parent, coach, and volunteer. My roles around the rink have been coach and outdoor/indoor ice maintenance. I am impressed and appreciative of what River Falls Youth Hockey has done for my son, myself and other kids. I would like to play a greater role in that by becoming a RFYHA Board Member. I feel I can contribute experience, new ideas, communication and team work on the RFYHA Board. Please consider my nomination. Thank you.


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