Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors volunteers their time on an annual basis to make the leadership seminar a success. From fundraising to coordinating registrations, this board is behind all things HOBY.

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Robin Cruze

President | Robin Cruze is currently serving as HOBY MN President.  She has participated in various other roles as well, such as Co-Leadership Seminar Chair, Secretary, Facilitator, and Junior Staff.  As a 2009 Alum, Robin has held HOBY close to her heart and loves seeing Ambassador’s lives change each summer. She believes that the network of HOBY Alumni in the world are the leaders that we need to create change and support all individuals. Robin is the Assistant Executive Director at The Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Cloud, MN, where she does everything from the accounting to social media & website development to grant writing.  


Dexter Hanson

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Jeb Rach

Director of IT | Ever since his HOBY ambassador experience in 2008, Jeb has desired to stay involved with the HOBY Minnesota community. Jeb has volunteered in a multitude of roles within HOBY Minnesota, whether as a junior staffer, facilitator, or IT coordinator. Now the director of IT for HOBY Minnesota, Jeb still participates actively in the seminar as a facilitator, along with providing year-round IT support and direction for the organization. When not volunteering with HOBY or working as an IT Specialist for Arvig, he can often be found ringing in his church's handbell choir or traveling on some new adventure, often by train.

Melissa Howland

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Duke Harrison

Vice President | Duke Harrison is serving as the Vice President for HOBY MN. As Vice President, Duke supports all board members and oversees the coordination of Seminar. Outside of serving as Vice President, Duke is a partial owner at Mason Brothers in Wadena, MN and manages the production of all products. Duke is getting married in the spring of 2019 and loves to hunt with his pup.

Jen Krengel

Director of Recruitment | The following is placeholder text known as “lorem ipsum,” which is scrambled Latin used by designers to mimic real copy. Donec eget risus diam. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos.

Caitlyn Parsons

Director of Facilitators | The following is placeholder text known as “lorem ipsum,” which is scrambled Latin used by designers to mimic real copy. Donec eget risus diam. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos.

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Maurice Harris

Treasurer | Maurice Harris is the Treasurer of Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership - Minnesota (HOBY Minnesota). As Treasurer, Maurice keeps record of financial transactions, conducts banking business for the organization, and produces monthly financial reports. Additionally he assists in creating the yearly budget for HOBY Minnesota. Outside of his activities as Treasurer, he is the Research Manager at Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul Economic Development Partnership (GREATER MSP) in Saint Paul Minnesota. He resides with his wife in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

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Alexis Williams

Director of Marketing + PR | Alexis Williams is a Marketing Communications professional from Minneapolis, MN. Working with brands such as Marriott International, 3M, Deluxe Corporation and Ameriprise Financial, her vast experience in marketing aids HOBY in awareness, registration and donations. Since attending HOBY in 2010, Alexis has been involved with the organization volunteering as a J-staff, facilitator, and now serving as the Director of Public Relations + Marketing. Alexis believes that the most powerful part of HOBY is that it teaches students, at a crucial time in their life, that they are fully capable, intelligent, and possess the ability to change the world for the better - and they do.

Ian Frese

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In addition, we have the support of an incredible network of key volunteers:

  • Donna Herbel

  • Kristina Krautbauer

  • Alison Satre

  • Alexis Shwinghamer

  • Jim Tincher