Victoria M. Hanson, MSW, LICSW is Director of Behavioral Health, Family Focus and Social Work Services at Immanual St. Joseph's - Mayo Health System in Mankato. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a PhD candidate at Indiana University School of Social Work. She completed her Master's thesis on healthcare personnel's knowledge, attitude, beliefs and behaviors when working with domestic violence victims. She has worked as an advocate in two domestic violence shelters, as a victim advocate in the Minneapolis and Indianapolis courts as well as volunteered for the Ramsey County sexual assault hotline. She is married and has two children. She began her term on the CADA Board of Directors in February of this year.
Al Kluever currently works for MnSCU at South Central College in the Center for Business and Industry in the areas of Law Enforcement and Emergency Preparedness and act as Security Director for the College as well. He retired from Mankato Department of Public Safety in 2005 and had spent 28 years with Mankato DPS in varying positions. Al has over 34 years of service in the public safety profession. His expertise is inclusive of the disciplines of law enforcement, fire service, hazardous materials response, and emergency management. Additionally, Al is certified as a firefighter II and holds certification as a technician and specialist in hazardous materials response as well as certification in clan lab mitigation. Al is married with two grown children and has lived in the Mankato area for most of his life.
Mary Bliesmer has taught for over 30 years in the School of Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She also serves on two other community boards at this time: Pathstone Living in Mankato and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Mary’s educational background includes degrees from Mankato State College (now Minnesota State Mankato), the University of Minnesota and Rush University in Chicago where she earned a doctorate of nursing science in 1994. Mary lives in North Mankato with her husband Barry who is retired. Her daughter’s family also lives in North Mankato and when Mary retires in May, she will have more time to spend with her 3 grandchildren, ages 15, 12 and 10.
Deanna Henderson is originally from Spring Valley, MN; 30 miles south of Rochester, Deanna moved to the Waseca area in 1993 and is employed by US Bank as a mortgage banker. Deanna graduated with an AAS degree in the legal secretary field, and although she has spent most of her career in banking, she always enjoyed the time spent working in the legal profession in the areas of family law and criminal defense. Claim to fame is two of the attorneys that she worked for were appointed to the Bench. Deanna has a daughter, Jennifer, in her junior year at MSU studying social addictions; enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her fiancé of 19 years, Kevin.
Lori Hodapp attended St. Cloud State University and received a degree, with honors, in Criminal Justice with a pre-law emphasis. She began working for the Minnesota State Patrol in 1984 as a Trooper and now serves as the District Commander of 2200 - Mankato, serving the 10 south central counties of Minnesota. Lori is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, and the FBI National Academy. She also holds a certificate from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations Course. Lori has been given a variety of assignments, and enjoyed opportunities for advancement and continued training within the field of law enforcement. Lori has two children, Nathan and Nolan, ages 18 and 20. Lori lives in New Prague, MN.
Dave Borchert is a Commander for the New Ulm Police Department, has been with the New Ulm Police Department for 13 years and has worked in law enforcement for twenty years. He is a Minnesota State University Mankato graduate with a degree in Law Enforcement and has a degree from Southwest State University in Spanish. Dave is also an FBI National Academy graduate. Dave is married and has one son. He enjoys outside activities with his family and is currently working on his MBA from Concordia University in St. Paul.
Jean Kulsrud began her UPS career in 1979 as a Clerk. She then served as a Package Car Driver, before a promotion to an On-road Supervisor. After a stint as a Preload Supervisor, she was promoted again to a Preload Manager before her current assignment as a Package Division Manager, a position she has held in various UPS divisions since 2000. Jean has chaired the district’s Women’s Leadership Development committee and was selected to teach a variety of management training workshops. She is a leader with the district’s community involvement, organizing successful fundraisers like bowling tournaments, paintball rallies and ice fishing events to benefit area nonprofit organizations. She has guided several United Way campaigns, focusing on increasing participation while surpassing goals. Jean is married with three grown children and four grandchildren. She resides in Little Canada, MN.