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2016 Board of Directors

Patty Simcox
President

Patty is a teacher at Century High School in Rochester and works primarily with autistic students. She was also a special education teacher in the Phoenix, Arizona school district for several years. She has experience working at several facilities that provide programs and services for people with disabilities, including Rise, Inc. (Anoka, MN) and WACOSA (St. Cloud, MN), as well as group homes in Houston County.

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Steve Kann
Vice-President

Steve is a 1987 graduate from UW Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. He's been working at IBM in Rochester for 18 years holding several positions, with the most recent being New Products EMI. He’s also been involved in contributions to IBM’s ECCC campaign, and has been a member of their site core team for three years.  He has also been a Department Advocate, a two-year Division Lead for ECCC, a Site Coordinator in 2004, and was part of the United Way Campaign Cabinet in 2004.

His wife Brenda was a Supported Employment Supervisor for the ABC Errand Service at IBM from 1991 through 1993. Brenda and Steve have two daughters: Ally who is 9 years old and their 6-year-old, Maria. Maria was born with Down’s syndrome. The Kann family has been active with the Olmsted County ARC since 1999. “Since 1993, I’ve been blessed to know several of the ABC errand and messenger service employees who work at IBM. I consider Tara, Josephine, Rick, Christina, Renee, Melodie, and Suzanne to be my dear friends.”

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Roger Dearth
Treasurer

Roger was born and raised in Wisconsin but has resided in Minnesota for most of the last thirty years. Roger has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent the first half of his career in manufacturing and finance with IBM before joining Mayo Clinic in 2002 as the Development finance director.  He is the former treasurer of the United Way of Olmsted County and president of Rochester Better Chance plus he also currently serves as treasurer of the Hiawatha Homes Foundation.

Roger and his son Daniel (who has CHARGE Syndrome) lead very active lives centered around Daniel's work at ABC, sports, music, and travel. "I was impressed by the pride and self-esteem shown by the ABC mail workers at IBM years before I had a disabled child of my own.  Daniel has progressed through ABC's School to Work program and now works with an ABC crew in the community and in center.  He takes great pride in ABC and enjoys his job coaches tremendously."
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Mary Alcott
Secretary

Mary has been Special Education Teacher in Rochester since moving to the area in 2006. For the past five years, she has served as a teacher at The Transition to Adult Program at RPS. TAP is program is for students with disabilities who have finished four years of High school but need additional help with functional living skills in order to be more independent.

Born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, Mary graduated from UW Eau Claire with a BS in Special Ed in 1980 and a Master’s in Education from the University of Winona in 2008. Before returning to the teaching field, Mary worked in sales and marketing for USA Today, People Magazine and Natural Health Magazine in Washington DC, NYC and Boston.

Mary and her 10-year-old twins enjoy the family activities that the Rochester area has to offer.

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Kreg Kauffman

Kreg has been working for injured persons and their families for over 30 years. He specializes in negotiating, settling, and trying claims involving all areas of personal injury and wrongful death. Kreg has been a requested speaker at the Mayo Clinic Annual Brain Injury Conference, the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota State Conference, and the Rochester Brain lnjury Community Committee Conference. He is an I-35 Bridge Collapse Consortium lawyer.

Kreg is licensed to practice in Minnesota (former Judicial Law Clerk), Iowa (former Assistant Attorney General - Tort Claims Division), and Wisconsin. He is certified as an arbitrator and mediator. Kreg has served on the boards of several nonprofit agencies. Kreg and Georgia Kauffman have two adult children: Kate and Alex. They enjoy sports and spending time on the Mississippi River.

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Kathie Rogich

Kathie and her husband Don have been married for 21 years, with a blended family of 7 children and 11 grandchildren. She has lived in Caledonia her entire life. Kathie graduated with an accounting degree from Western Technical College in LaCrosse, WI. Throughout her career, she worked at Farm Credit, managed a plumbing, heating and appliance business and managed the Caledonia Kwik Trip.  She is currently a guardian/conservator for 30 clients throughout Houston and Winona Counties. Kathie expresses that “Those are the facts, but in reading between the lines, I have enjoyed every minute of the small town atmosphere, family and friends. Life is journey to be lived every day to its fullest. I am living the American dream.”

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Becca Stiles-Nogosek

Becca Stiles-Nogosek is the Development Events & Volunteer Manager for the Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester. Previous to her work at the children’s museum, Becca was the event coordinator at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, a facilitator with the Diversity Council and worked at The Rochester Civic Theatre. Becca was also a Special Education Paraprofessional with the Rochester Public Schools for several years. As a former employee of ABC, Becca is honored to serve a great organization and its participants in a different way.

Becca has a great passion for the Rochester community and serving and advocating for all its community members.

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Jeff Smigielski

Jeff is a neuropsychologist on staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he has worked since 1988.  Before coming to Rochester, he worked at the Clinical Science Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Since the mid 1970’s, Jeff’s career has focused on working with people who have disabilities. He has had a particular interest in working with people who have acquired brain disorders, including traumatic brain injury. Jeff has served on the board of a number of nonprofit organizations, and just completed six-year terms on the boards of Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association.

Jeff and his wife Terry have been married for 40 years. They are the proud parents of six children, and have been blessed with 11 grandchildren (so far).

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Dick Kerndt

Dick is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha with a B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Medical Technology. He is retired from the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Mayo Clinic after 27 years. He has raised cattle in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and the Caledonia, MN areas.

Dick and his wife Deb own and operate Kerndt Livestock Products. Woodland Industries assembles most their products.

The Kerndts enjoy traveling for the business, gardening and Twins baseball.

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