Board of Directors

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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.


Roger Dearth

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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.”


Kreg Kauffman

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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.


Becca Stiles-Nogosek

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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.



Jeff Smigielski

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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).



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.