MEET YOUR YMCA LEADERS
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.
A native of Grand Forks, Bob attended Mayville State University on a basketball scholarship, completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration from the University of North Dakota. Bob worked at the Y in various positions including Summer Camp Director, Youth Sports Coordinator, Member Service Coordinator and others while attending UND. He was hired full-time as Membership Director in 1997, assuming his role as Chief Operating Officer in 2000, and President/CEO in Sept, 2018. Bob is married to wife Mary and has 2 children, John and Stephanie.
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.
Educational Center 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 Child Care Director. Janine has 1 son.
A Devils Lake native, Patti started her career at the Y in 1979 as a swim instructor while she attended UND. During the next several years she coordinated group fitness and taught a wide variety of classes while working as a classroom teacher and coach, followed by many years in Advertising/Communications. Patti was acting YMCA Healthy Living Director for 7 years, during which time she enjoyed developing specialized programs and classes. She holds degrees in Education/Visual Arts and Technical Illustration/Graphic Design. Patti has been ACE certified in group fitness since 1989 and has acquired numerous group fitness and health-related certifications, including ACE Weight Management Specialist, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, National Diabetes Prevention, and Parkinson Wellness Recovery. Patti is married to Tom McEnroe and they enjoy their two red labs, Daisy and Rowdie.
A Jamestown native, Parker moved to Grand Forks to pursue higher education. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in May of 2022 with a degree in psychology. Having been an avid sports player in his youth and teens and beyond high school and playing junior hockey in Thief River Falls after high school. He has worked in a youth sport setting for many years and also helping run hockey camps and has hockey coaching experience. After graduating from UND, he worked as a substitute teacher and worked nights at Douglas Place prior to taking the YMCA Sports/Camp Director position in the spring of 2023. He is also married to his wife India and together they adopted two cats Pepper Potts and Clea.
Youth Development Director
Nicholas started working as a lifeguard and swim instructor in our YMCA Aquatics Center in 2020 and later held the position of Head Lifeguard. He enjoyed working with the Y children and staff during his time here. “ I came to the Y in Minnesota to swim and play in the gyms growing up – so that is where my love for the Y and the swimming came to light,” said Nicholas. Nicholas graduated from Hibbing Community College with an Associates Arts Degree and is continuing his education at UND.
Healthy Living Director
Adam is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness. Adam was a Personal Trainer and Clinical Exercise Specialist at Altru’s Medical Fitness Center for 13 years and worked with various organizations developing services for individuals in our region with different health conditions. Adam is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, and is certified in numerous group exercise and education formats. Adam has one son.
Board of Directors
Travis Dahlin, CVO
Randi Hanson, Vice Chair
Dyan Hodgson, Secretary
Matthew Jacobson, Treasurer
Board of Trustees
Brian Kraft, Chairman of the Trustees