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  • May 29, 2024 7:52 PM | Charlene Ridlon (Administrator)


    Nikki Painter

    How long have you been an FEW Member? I came as a Guest (Mar-Jun 2022) and joined as a member in July of 2022

    Where is your hometown? Born in Albert Lea, MN; Moved to Wayzata/Plymouth area for high school.

    Tell us about your family? Husband: Jeff, Daughters: Brecken and Oaklee, Dog: Bam (Jack Russell)

    What do you do at work? Gather requirements and deliver customer data for marketing campaigns

    What was your first job? Sales associate at The Buckle

    Is your desk messy or organized: It's generally neat with 1-2 piles of "things to get done / go through"

    What do you do for fun? We live on a lake so we're on the water as often as possible: boating, kayaking or paddle boarding.

    What did you want to be when you were a kid? An EMT 

    Where is your favorite vacation spot? Mesquite, NV / St. George, UT - we try to visit my husband's family there every year!

    What is your biggest indulgence/guilty pleasure? Turtle Mocha from Caribou Coffee (let's meet for coffee)

  • March 20, 2024 3:51 PM | Charlene Ridlon (Administrator)

    Amanda Hackett is the Communications Director at Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict. 

    Hometown: Stacy, MN

    How long have you been a FEW Member? Around 5 years

    Introduce your family: Husband of four years, Austin; two beautiful daughters, Arianna and Brynlee; and the sweetest yellow lab, Nova (3).

    What is your job? I manage external and internal communications including our magazines, website, social media, promotional materials, and advertising (so, a lot of writing, editing, and graphic design). I’m also privileged to serve on boards and committees for multiple organizations that mean a lot to me.

    What was your first job? I helped out at my mom’s dental office one summer when I was a teenager. One of their dental assistants was on maternity leave, so they needed some extra hands. 

    What is your biggest accomplishment? This will sound cliché, but my biggest accomplishments are the two beautiful girls I’m raising. They bring so much light and joy into my life and the lives of others. How can I not beam with pride?

    Favorite vacation spot? Somewhere tropical on a beach – although, I love adventurous vacations jam-packed with activities, too!

     If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A cheeseburger with everything on it and some variation of French fries.  

    What is your biggest pet peeve? When people are rude for no reason.

    If you opened a business, what type of business would it be? I love to write and proofread, so it’d be fun to open a proofreading/copyediting business.

    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you? My parents set a goal to bring my twin sister and I to all 50 states before we graduated high school…and we succeeded!

  • January 22, 2024 10:00 AM | Charlene Ridlon (Administrator)

    Amy HedtkeAgent for State Farm insurance in St. Joe.

    Member since: April 2022

    Originally from: Sartell, MN

    Family: Husband, Kyle Hedtke (also a State Farm Agent in Sartell)

    3 kids-attend Sartell schools, Daughter-Kylie (14) 9th gradeSon-Kellen (12) 6th grade, and Daughter- McKenna (6) 1st grade

    What do you actually do at work? 

    Own a State Farm insurance agency in St. Joseph; providing auto, home, life and health insurance.  My passion is educating customers on coverages and simplifying insurance jargon so it makes sense.  I love being involved in the community and helping people recover financially in their worst moments in life

    What is your biggest accomplishment? Starting my own business in 2022 and doing a full remodel on the building I purchased in St. Joe for my office!

    Is your desk/office messy or organized?  Organized

    Last book read? Happy Place -Emily Henry

    Favorite vacation spot? Anywhere in Europe

    Who had the biggest impact on the person you have become? My husband, Kyle.  Continually builds me up and encourages me to see the full potential in myself and always makes me laugh.

    What do you do for fun? I love going to concerts!

    What are three words that best describe you? BUSY, DETERMINED, STRONG

    What is your favorite way to waste time? Scroll through Instagram reels   

    What is something you're obsessed with? My kids’ activities.  I love seeing them excel in the things they love to do!

    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you? I played college hockey at St. Bens and was a 2-year captain.

  • November 24, 2023 12:12 PM | Charlene Ridlon (Administrator)


    Organization/Title – Image Builders, Sr. Sales Representative

    How long have you been a member of FEW? 7 years

    Hometown: St. Cloud, MN – born and raised here

    Family: Husband Scott, Children Corey and Brandon and 2 step children Kaitlyn and Lucas and 1 grandchild/Hunter and another on the way.

    What do you actually do at work? I work with companies and schools to promote themselves, product or services, reward their employees, develop tradeshows campaigns and more through the use of promotional products and apparel.

    What was your first job? I worked as a waitress at Copper Lantern, now Copper Kitchen on the eastside of St. Cloud

    Is your desk/office messy or organized? I am a very organized person. This helps me work with my clients to take their sometimes messy, chaotic and unorganized situations and make sense of them.

    What is your biggest accomplishment? Going through my divorce in 2014 and overcoming all the challenges around that event.  It changed me in a lot of ways and as my sister says that she got her sister back from whom I had become.

    What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a background dancer for a performer on stage. I still would like to be the lead singer of a band but I really can’t sing.

    Who is your oldest friend and where did you meet them? My friend Tammy. We were mom friends as our youngest kids were growing up. We have stayed friend sharing similar life experiences and going through the ups and downs of life.

    Who had the biggest impact on the person you have become?  My dad. I was always a daddy’s girl and wish I would have told him the impact he had on me while he was still alive. He was a sales person most of his life and I learned a lot about life and sales skills from him.

    Do you have any silly fears? having a party or gathering or even a lunch appointment and people not showing up. 

    What is your biggest indulgence/guilty pleasure – I love craft breweries.  My husband and I love to visit different breweries on our vacations.  You can meet the most interesting people.  We love to talk to random people and bartenders.

  • September 15, 2023 1:12 PM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Charlene Ridlon

    Organization/Title: Anna Marie’s Alliance

    Length of time as a FEW Member: I have been a member since 2021.

    Hometown: My hometown is Shakopee, Minnesota, but I have now lived in Waite Park, longer than when I lived at home.

    Family: Husband Scott, Daughter Gabrielle

    What I actually do at work:  I write grants and work with the development team in donor relations.

    My first job: I worked as a cashier in a Snyder Drug store

    What my biggest accomplishment is: I followed my dream and opened Art As You Like it in 2003 and had 16 great years of being an entrepreneur. It was the hardest job I ever had and the most rewarding. I am glad I was able to do it, but I am also glad that I am now able to do other things.

    Is my desk messy or organized: I am in a constant state of trying to figure out a work flow (messy!)

    My favorite vacation spot: Someplace pretty to hike or walk, a museum or art exhibit to visit, a body of water, good food, and a place to relax must be above 65 degrees, but below 90.

    Who my oldest friend is and where I met them: Robyn, we met the summer before Kindergarten. We have not lived in the same state since we were 9 years old, but continue to stay in touch all these years later.

    What I do for fun: I am currently exploring my artistic side, so I watch art videos, take art classes, and have been painting outside when the weather is nice—it gets me out and about to search for scenic things and beautiful areas around Minnesota and beyond.

    What I wanted to be when I was a kid: A teacher

    Something I’m obsessed with: Learning and creating in new art mediums. I love to buy the supplies and play until I am bored, or create cool things.

  • August 03, 2023 11:37 AM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Katie Knutson

    Organization/Title: Northwestern Mutual Director of Operations 

    Length of time as a FEW Member: Since 2019

    Hometown: St. Cloud

    Family: Husband Matt, Kids: Hailey, Jordan and Tyler

    What I actually do at work: A majority of my time is spent developing our younger in the business reps in the first few years of their business.

    How I help others succeedAsking lots of questions for them to self realize.

    Last book I readDaisy Jones and the Six

    Favorite vacation spot: I loved our road trip through South Dakota.

    Biggest indulgence/guilty pleasure: A good Bloody Mary

    What do I do for funSpend time at the lake

    What is my biggest pet peeveBeing late

    What are three words that best describe me: Compassionate, Loyal and Fun

    If I opened a business, what type of business would it beAdvocate! A business to advocate for those who are not able.

  • July 14, 2023 5:42 PM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Kelly Doss

    Organization & title: Resiliency Coaching, Owner & President

    Length of time as a FEW Member: Since July 2022

    Hometown: Alexandria, MN 

    Family: Mom, dad, three sisters, one brother, two nephews and four nieces. 

    What I actually do at work: I provide life coaching services for individuals and leadership/strategic coaching for organizations. 

    What is my biggest accomplishment: Starting my own business!

    Last book I read: The Prosperous Coach

    Favorite vacation spot: Have not been there yet, but I want to go to Greece!

    If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life, it would be: Tater tot hotdish.

    Biggest indulgence/guilty pleasure: Cookies.

    What I do for fun: Volleyball.

    My hero is: Ronda Rousey. 

    My silly fears: Deep water. I watched Jaws as a kid and I may be scarred for life   

    Three words that best describe me: Determined, genuine, and happy.

    What did I want to be when I was a kid: Lawyer.                          

    I'm obsessed with: Essential oils

    Other FEW members might be surprised to learn about me: I have 18 tattoos, and I am expecting to get another within the next few months.


  • June 19, 2023 9:21 AM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Jacque Bistodeau, but FEW members will better know me by “Frenchy” 

    Organization/Title: LB Carlson, LLP - Manager

    Length of time as a FEW Member: 11 years

    Hometown: Little Falls

    Family: Husband Alex, yellow lab Willow (9), two active boys ages 5 and 3

    What I actually do at work: CPA – the wearer of all hats. My primary focus is building a relationship with a client to advise them on accounting, tax, and business matters, either directly or being able to help connect them with the resource that can. I like to say I take my clients' accounting headaches/stress away.

    My first job: Server/Cook at Pizza Hut

    How I help others succeed: Empowered Women Empower Women

    Is my desk/office messy or organized? My desk is organized chaos

    My favorite vacation spot: VEGAS!

    My biggest indulgence/guilty pleasure?  Marvel Movies/Marvel Cinematic Universe

    What I do for fun: Softball

    My silly fear: Spiders (but I would argue this is a legit fear and is not silly)

    What I wanted to be when I was a kid:  Lawyer

    Something I'm obsessed with: Taylor Swift is my not so secret, secret obsession.

    What other FEW members would be surprised to learn about me: Without Rugby I wouldn’t be where I am today. I played Rugby for SCSU and continued to play for a Women’s team after graduating, and was the women’s college coordinator for the MN Rugby Union for a number of years. Rugby is how I met a large number of my lifelong friends and my husband. It was also a Rugby friend who told me to join FEW and brought me as a guest to a meeting when I first moved back to the St. Cloud area.

  • May 13, 2023 12:26 PM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Linda Allen

    Organization: Executive Director, Quiet Oaks Hospice House & Respite Care

    Length of time as a FEW Member: Since 2019

    Hometown: Born in Albany, MN and now reside in St. Cloud 

    Family: I am a daughter, older sister, aunt, mother, and grandmother- they call me Gigi.  My grandchildren- Brynn (5 ½) and Marco (2 ½) are my greatest joy.

    What I actually do at work: Manage interruptions and handle the day-to-day activities of operating a non-profit. Hopefully I guide, lead and inspire my staff along the way. I also have the honor and privilege to journey with family members whose loved ones are living out their final days. This is often wrought with anticipatory grief and I help people as they endure that pain.

    My biggest accomplishment: I am proud of the fact that, as a single mom, I managed to raise 2 incredible daughters while juggling and navigating some of the most challenging times in my life. I believe some of the greatest difficulties we face make us who we are.

    Is your desk/office messy or organized? Messy- yet I almost always know which pile something is in.

    Are you a task-oriented person or a people-oriented person? I am very much a people-oriented person and thrive when I am able to help others.

    Last book read: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

    Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere warm and sunny- preferably with a beach.

    The one meal I'd eat for the rest of my life: Pizza!  I am a fan of Canadian bacon and pineapple.  My all-time favorite was a BBQ chicken pizza with sauerkraut once made by Godfathers.  I don’t think they make it anymore but it was delicious!

    What I wanted to be when I was a kid: A teacher or a veterinarian.

    My favorite way to waste time: Binge on Netflix

    What other FEW members be surprised to learn about me: I was once a nun.  Actually, I played the part of Mother Superior in The Sound of Music. I haven’t done much theater since high school but love it and am planning to audition for something this year.

  • April 14, 2023 1:25 PM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Gail Cruikshank

    Organization: Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation – Talent Director

    Length of time as a FEW Member: Since 2014 

    Hometown: St. James, MN


    • Husband, Tom
    • Son, Tyler married, to Ally with daughter Chloe 
    • Daughter, Katie engaged to be married May 27 to Austin

    What I actually do at work: I support our local employers, job seekers and community partners to support their needs in the area of all things workforce/talent. I help provide programs to support career exploration to our future workforce, connect current workforce with local employers, provide resources and connections to our employers to enable them to grow their businesses right here promoting our region in any way we can as the best place to live, work and engage.

    How I help others succeedI recognize and highlight their accomplishments providing them the support to connect and confirm their passions.

    My biggest accomplishment: Other than being a Mom, my biggest accomplishment has been coordinating key workforce events in Central MN – Talent Summit and Exploring Potential Interests and Careers Community Collaborative.

    The person who has had the biggest impact on who I've become: my Mom

    My biggest indulgence/guilty pleasure: cookies and Captain Morgan

    The three words that best describe me: Compassionate, Dedicated and Persistent – my colleagues refer to me as professionally persistent in successfully engaging folks to engage in our work as a non profit.

    My favorite way to waste time: do color by number pictures on my iPad                      

    What other FEW members would be surprised to learn about me: I was the rifle carrier in our High School Marching Band.

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