Board of Directors

Jeff Smigielski

President

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Jeff is a former neuropsychologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he worked since 1988 up until his retirement in 2018.  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).

Courtney Sebo Savica

Courtney is an estate planning, probate, and litigation attorney with the law firm of Wendland Utz, Ltd.  Courtney focuses on working with families who have suffered loss and conflict.  Courtney helps families navigate their way through the complicated and overwhelming legal system – or to avoid it altogether with an estate plan.  Courtney recently co-wrote a chapter on the SECURE Act for MinnCLE, Minnesota’s leading CLE resource for attorneys.  Courtney also regularly presents at CLEs for state and county bar associations throughout Minnesota.

Courtney is licensed to practice in both state and federal district courts in Minnesota.  She is a former Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Gordon W. Shumaker and Larry B. Stauber, Jr. with the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  Courtney lived and practiced law in the Twin Cities for 20 years before returning to her native Rochester three years ago.  Courtney and her husband, Rodolfo, are parents to a sweet baby girl.

Becca Stiles-Nogosek

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Becca Stiles-Nogosek is Director of Resource Development at Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, MN. She previously served as 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 individuals in a different way.

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

Dick Kerndt

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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.

Brad Anderson

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Brad grew up in southern Michigan and attended college at Michigan Tech University. Shortly after he and his wife Debbie were married, they moved to Rochester for the first time. Through Brad’s career at IBM, they have had the opportunity to live in New York, Connecticut, and London (UK). Brad is currently Vice President of Transformation and Operations in one of IBM’s business units and he has served multiple terms on the board of a local church. Debbie and Brad have two grown children who live in the Twin Cities. Brad enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking, and pretty much anything outdoors.

Dee Vasquez Sabol

Dee SabolDee Vazquez Sabol is Executive Director of the Diversity Council, an organization promoting diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.

She has been engaged in work on behalf of individuals with disabilities throughout her career both in Minnesota and Colorado. She has an adult son with a disability and has played the role of advocate and educator on his behalf and on behalf of others navigating systems and services.

Dee has a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management. She also has a private fine art and design studio, a patient husband, two sons and a small menagerie. She is committed to responsible and equitable growth in the Rochester area.

John Caldwell

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John Caldwell is Senior Commercial Lender with Bremer Bank in Rochester.  In this role, he oversees the bank’s credit administration and underwriting departments.  After graduating from St. Cloud State Univ. he had the opportunity to live and work in Sacramento, CA until 2003, when he returned to St. Cloud and met his wife Shelly in 2008.  They have lived in Rochester for the past five years and have enjoyed being part of the vibrant community.

He is also on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for The Reading Center/Dyslexia Institute of MN and appreciates the opportunity to serve the Rochester community.  In his free time John enjoys officiating high school and college football, golfing, and traveling to warm climates during the winter months.

Leah Holmes

Leah Holmes photoLeah Holmes is a Licensed Psychologist at Zumbro Valley Health Center.  She has a Master’s degree from Marquette University.  For over 30 years she has provided individual and group psychotherapy, as well as behavior consultation services to persons with special needs and their families.  She has worked in a long-term care setting, a transitional rehabilitation program and in an outpatient setting.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of MN during its formative years and on a number of Boards of service agencies. Leah believes that each individual is doing the best they can at any given moment in time, and continues to be impressed by the human spirit’s ability to endure, learn and grow.

Judy Tollefsrud

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Judy Tollefsrud is a long time resident of Houston County with an extensive background in the disability field having worked at ABLE and as a past ABC Board Member. Judy is currently a tax professional with H&R Block. She has recognized the need and importance of having board representation from Houston Co and is excited to be re-joining the ABC team.

 

Tracy Schramm

Tracy Schramm is a manager in the IBM i Global Support Center. Prior to her current role, she was a Resolution Manager in the Power Systems Project Office handling complaints from clients. While at IBM, she has had temporary assignments in development and an international assignment at IBM Mainz in Germany. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Southwest Minnesota State University. In addition, she holds a Masters of Information Systems and Management from the University of Phoenix.

Tracy is very passionate about serving the community, and ensuring that people with disabilities live the life that they wish to live. Tracy is very active with the People with Diverse Abilities group within IBM. She is also a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Transit, a member of the Diversity Council Advisory Board. In addition, she and her mobility assistance dog, Gidget, are active volunteers at Assisi Heights and Can Do Canines.

Jennifer L. Simpson

Jennifer Simpson is the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the City of Rochester, Minnesota.  In her role as Assistant Director, Jennifer works closely with designated department leaders as a strategic business partner providing expert-level consultative services that contribute to the achievement of citywide and departmental business goals.  Jennifer also provides expertise in organizational development and change management initiatives designed to support strategic plans and enhance leadership effectiveness.

Prior to her experience with the City of Rochester, Jennifer worked as the Human Resources Director for Mower County where she performed all human resource functions with a primary role in labor relations.  In addition to her public sector work, Jennifer has considerable experience in private sector human resources working with agencies specializing in health care for vulnerable adults.  Considering the variety of human resources functions she has performed throughout her career, Jennifer is most passionate about her work in organizational and leadership development.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Upper Iowa University where she double majored in Human Resources Management and Human Services.  In 2008, she received a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from St. Mary’s University.  After beginning her work in the public sector, Jennifer completed a certification program from Metropolitan State University in public sector Human Resource Management in 2011.  Most recently, Jennifer was certified as a Myers-Briggs Practitioner in 2016 and continues to use this training to provide formal and team-based education citywide.

Outside of the workplace, Jennifer enjoys reading, cycling, and fashion. She also spends her time away from work painting and decorating her home, which she shares with her husband, Jim, eleven-year-old son, Kael, and dog, Stewie.