Staff Leadership

The staff and volunteer leadership of the Altru Family YMCA work tirelessly every day to nurture the potential of kids, improve our communities health and well-being, give back and support our neighbors.

Debbie Thompson

Chief Executive Officer

A native of Grand Forks, Deb is a graduate of the University of North Dakota,with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and minor’s in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Early Childhood. While attending UND, Deb completed her volunteer requirements with the YMCA Youth Department. Upon completion, Deb joined the YMCA staff in December, 1984. After graduating from UND in 1987, Deb began her full-time career as theYMCA Child Care Director. In March,2000, Deb became the President/CEO. She is married with two children.


Bob McWilliams

Chief Operating Officer

A native of Grand Forks, Bob attended Mayville State University on a basketball scholarship, completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Aministration from the University of North Dakota.Bob worked at the Y in various positions while attending UND. He was hired full-time as Membership Director in 1997, assuming his role as Chief Operating Officer in 2000. Bob is married with 2 children.


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Buildings & Grounds Director

Jerry started working at the Y in July, 2007 as a maintenance supervisor.  He was promoted to Buildings & Grounds Director in February, 2015.  Prior to his work with the Y, Jerry spent 15 years with Lystads & Ecolab in the Food and Hospitality Business.  Jerry is certified in First Aide, CPR and AED, CPO and holds a commercial applicators license.  Jerry is married to Patty with 3 adult children.



JanineJanine Jorgenson

Child Care Director

Janine is a graduate of the Minnesota State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education.  After graduation, Janine worked as a Pre-School Teacher for the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Migrant Head Start in Moorhead, MN.  She also worked as an Early Childhood Educator and Parent Educator of Early Childhood Family Education for the Hawley Public School District.  She was then the Parenting Resource Center Consultant for NDSU for 8 years.  Finally, Janine worked as an Assistant Project Director of Program Design and Management for the SENDCAA Head Start and Early Head Start program in Fargo, ND for 15 years before joining us at the Y as an Infant/Toddler Coordinator in January, 2013.  In June, 2013, Janine was promoted to be our Child Care Director.  Janine has 1 son.


JenniferJennifer Karpowich

Early Childhood Director

Jennifer is a graduate of the Minnesota State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education.  After graduation, Jennifer worked as a Teacher Assistant and then promoted to Lead Teacher for the SENDCAA Head Start and Early Head Start program in Fargo, ND.  In July, 2012, Jennifer was hired at the Y as a Pre-School Coordinator.  In June, 2013, she was promoted to be our Early Childhood Director.  Jennifer is married to Sean Karpowich, and they have one child.



Patti Reslock-McEnroe

Healthy Living Director

Patti began her work at the Y in 1979 as a swimming instructor and became active in triathlons, cycle races and masters swim meets. In 1986, Patti started teaching group fitness classes. Patti has been ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified since 1989, and is a master member of IDEA Health and Fitness Association. Patti is certified in many group exercise formats, including: Pilates, Kickboxing, Group Cycling, BOSU Integrated Balance Training, Personal Training, Drums Alive, Silver Sneakers Programs, and YMCA of the USA Certifications – YMCA Foundations of Group Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle Principals and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. She was a Group Fitness Coordinator from 1990 -2012 and is currently the Healthy Living Director.  Patti is married to Tom McEnroe.


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Sports Director

A native of East Grand Forks, Darryl attended the University of North Dakota graduating with Bachelor’s Degrees in Physical Education and Marketing.  Darryl worked in the Athletic Department while at UND serving as Assistant Intramural Director.  After graduation he was Athletic Director and Community Education Coordinator at Marshall County Central High School in Newfolden (MN).  Darryl served as Recreation Coordinator for the Mandan (ND) Park District before coming to the Y as Youth Basketball League Coordinator in 2002.  He began serving as the Sports Director for the Y in January, 2012.

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Deb Collard

Youth Development Director

Originally From a small Chicago Suburb, Deb is a graduate of Carthage College with a Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sports Science.  Her passion for aquatics and youth stems from her 17 years as a competitive swimmer along with serving 6 years as a swim coach, lifeguard, and Water Safety Instructor.  While her husband was stationed at Fort Knox Military Base, Deb served as the Youth Sports Clinician and Sports Specialist under Child, Youth, and School Services (FMWR).  Deb and husband Chris have 2 children Jocelynn and Luke. 


Volunteer Leadership

Board of Directors

Steve Brekke

Kurt Eickhof

Dan Fjestad, Treasurer

Mary Fontes

Jim Galloway

Amy Haagenson

Carla Haaven-Buchholtz, Secretary

Randi Hanson

Jennifer Johnson

Kim Jones

Greg Leigh

Chad Lindgren

Matt Norby, Ex-Officio

Guy Useldinger

Jeff Wilson, CVO

Jill Wilson, Vice-Chairman

Board of Trustees


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Joel Arnason

Mary Ann Devig

Dennis Elbert

Brian Kraft

Dwight Thompson

Dave Vaaler, Honorary