Board of Directors

Jeff Smigielski



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).

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 te 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.

Becca Stiles-Nogosek


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


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


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


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

Judy Tollefsrud

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.