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  • July 18, 2019 8:09 AM | Deleted user

    JULY'S FEATURED FEW:

    Sarah Noble 

    Associate Advisor

    AIS Planning

    FEW Member since October 2018

    Hometown: Morris, MN

    Family: Husband: Andy, Children: Alexandra (13), Katelyn (11), William (9)

    What do you actually do at work?

    I get to build amazing relationships and help people align their life goals with their financial plans! At AIS Planning we help guide our clients by offering objective advice--not tied to any financial company or product-- and we do this by getting to know them deeply and intentionally with thoughtful questions and careful listening. Our motto is: Plan your tomorrow, enjoy your today!

    Are you a task-oriented person or a people-oriented person?

    People, people, people! I love meeting new people and thrive in environments where connecting is key!

    Do you work in the field you were educated in?

    No! I never thought I would be in the world of financial planning--in a MILLION years. Ha! Life has a way of helping you get to exactly where you need to be. Through a series of events, I was led to this industry and about a year ago--into the world of planning with clients. I absolutely love helping people and teaching women in particular, that financial planning isn’t “just for the boys”. Learning how to manage your money and be in control of your future gives you freedom, confidence and CHOICES! Who doesn’t love those!?

    What one word would friends say best describes you?

    Passionate!

    When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A teacher! I would force my younger brother and his friends to sit at little desks while I corrected their papers and assigned them homework. Ha! I loved using my creative skills to come up with fun lesson plans and having an organized ‘classroom’ was a thrill at age 10. They still remind me of this and when they do I remind them they have overdue assignments!

    What is your favorite (clean) joke?

    What is a pirate’s favorite letter?

    Answer: You think it’d be “RRR”, but ‘tis the “C” they love! 

    Sorry--my 9-year old son gives me the best clean jokes--I had to share!

    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you?

    People are usually most surprised to learn that I was a hockey player! I grew up in a ‘hockey family’, and have been skating ever since I can remember! I played organized girls hockey from the age of 12 all throughout high school for the good ‘ol Morris Tigers. I’m a left-winger with a mean wrist shot! SHE SHOOTS-SHE SCORES!


    What is your personal or business philosophy?

    Always act with integrity--doing the right thing is never wrong--and the seeds you plant today will bring forth a harvest in due time.


  • June 19, 2019 12:41 PM | Deleted user

    JUNE'S FEATURED FEW:

    Cristy Lynn Lahr 

    Restaurant Marketing Director and

    Catering Coordinator 

    Chic-fil-A Crossroads Center Location

    FEW Member since 2017

    Hometown: Bowlus, MN

    Family: Husband, Joe - celebrated 20 years in February. 2 kids - Wyatt is graduating high school this spring; Katie, husband, Tony and Grandbaby Thea

    What do you actually do at work?

    I am the Marketing Director and Catering Coordinator. I handle all of the catering orders coming into the store. I also work on the advertising, social media, donation requests, community events and networking for this location. Telling people why Chick-fil-A is different and why it’s so great.

    What was your first job ever? 

    Babysitter, age 13 and Returns Inspector at Fingerhut, age17

    How do you help others succeed?  

    Build them up. Encourage their strengths.

    Is your desk/office messy or organized?

    Mostly Organized - messy spaces gives me anxiety

    Are you a task-oriented person or a people-oriented person?

    Definitely People, get to know the people you are working with and tasks are more fun and get done faster.

    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you?

    Besides being a grandma?.. Lol I was a fitness personal trainer and worked in a gym for 2 years

    Last vacation spot?

    Went on a Cruise to the Bahamas and Cuba

    What is your personal or business philosophy?  

    Treat others how you would like to be treated.

  • May 13, 2019 12:09 PM | Deleted user

    Tammy Reis 

    Vice President - Loan Officer 

    American National Bank of MN

    FEW Member since February 2016

    Hometown: Osakis, MN

    Family: I am married to Paul for 36 years and we have two grown sons who are married, 1 grandson and 1 grandchild on the way. They both live around here.

    What do you actually do at work?

    I do mostly mortgage loans of all shapes and sizes.  Land Loans, Construction Loans, Home Purchase and Refinance, Home Equity Lines of Credit, Home Improvement and Investment property purchases.  

    Do you have a mentor? 

    My husband is my mentor. He owns a business and we have lots to talk about each evening!

    Last Vacation Spot?  

    Ice Fishing in my Ice Castle on Leech Lake

    Do you work in the field you were educated in?

    I do not. I went to St Cloud Business College for Travel Management and did that for one year and then was hired as a receptionist at a bank in Edina and I’ve been in banking ever since.  I have learned from many great people in this business.

    What do you do for fun?

    Fishing, hiking, 4 wheeling and snowmobiling

    What's one word your friends say best describes you?

    Good listener and teacher

    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you?

    I love to play the piano and grew up playing the piano, clarinet and saxophone.  Currently taking piano lessons again at the Wirth Center.

    What is your personal business philosophy?  

    Be nice, honest and hardworking

  • April 01, 2019 3:04 PM | Deleted user

    Leila Utsch

    Alumni Relations Event and Office Coordinator

    College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

    FEW Member since July 2018

    Hometown: Paynesville, MN

    Family: Jerry Utsch, Children: Josh, Adam, Chris and Carissa. I have 10 grandchildren ages ranging from 18 - 3 years.

    What do you actually do at work?

     Along with the director of alumni coordinate and execute all event logistics for all alumni events from organizing and marketing events to registration, payment processing, paying deposits, food, beverages and other event details. Scheduling and event coordinator for the Alumni Board and their four annual meetings. Partner will athletics department and Director of Alumni Relations on J-Club and J-Fund duties, Including scheduling of J-Club Board Meetings, J-Club Events and J-Club marketing and communications. Working with the business office regarding all budgets for the alumni office and events. Other duties as assigned. 

    What was your first job (ever)? 

    In high school, I worked with two special needs elementary students for an hour and a half, 3 times a week for two years.

    Is your desk/office messy or organized?  

    Honestly, it depends on the time of the year. During my busy time of the year it is usually a mess but in my quiet time my office is more clean and organized.

    Who was your favorite teacher and what did they teach you?

    Mr. Novak, American History

    Do you have a mentor?

    Fr. Don Talafous, OSB

    Last book read?

    “Room for You” by Beth Ehemann

    Last vacation spot?

    St. Pete’s Beach and Fort Myers, Florida

    Biggest indulgence?  

    Peanut Butter Snickers

    What do you do for fun?  

    Cooking and baking it is my relaxation.

    What one word would friends say best describes you?  

    Achiever
  • March 01, 2019 8:15 AM | Deleted user

    Maretta Johannes

    Licensed Aesthetician/Certified Laser Technician CE,CLT & Licensed Permanent Makeup Technician/Injection Specialist

    Omni Cosmetic (St. Cloud & Wayzata)

    FEW Member since 2007

    Hometown: Sartell

    Family: I am married to my wonderful husband Ken; I have a son (Brandon), a daughter (Brittaney), and four adorable granddaughters.

    What do you actually do at work?

    My focus has always been on using the best technology available to provide the best skin care procedures for men and women under my care at Omni Cosmetic. My specialty is in both non-surgical and non-invasive medical skin care procedures. I do the Halo laser procedure and PhotoFacial BBL treatments to correct my client’s skin damage/sun damage and give them “Halo glow” back to their skin. I love customizing a skincare treatment to help a client achieve desired goals. I have advanced education and training in Sciton laser procedures, SkinPen Microneedling, personalized HydraFacial treatments, Botox, Fillers, and Permanent Cosmetics for signature eyeliner, Microblading for eyebrows and permanent makeup for lip/liner tattooing.

    How do you help others succeed? 

    By being a good listener, communicating my knowledge to others and by sharing my connections to people; to benefit a person seeking help in growth professionally and personally.

    Is your desk/office messy or organized?  

    Organized. I am strictly thorough to minute details.

    Are you a task-oriented person or a people-oriented person? 

    People-oriented person. I love helping my clients like what they see in the mirror.

    Last vacation spot?

    Jamaica. My beautiful daughter had an intimate wedding on the beach.

    What do you do for fun?

    I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering for Church functions; I am an exercise enthusiast and enjoy traveling, reading, walking, and home improvement.

    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you?

    I started out teaching skincare for ten years before getting into medical Aesthetics industry. I continue to enjoy public speaking at events and organizations and sharing my knowledge with Aesthetic students throughout Minnesota.

    What one word would friends say best describes you?  

    Compassionate

  • February 01, 2019 9:28 AM | Deleted user

    Rebecca Hoffman

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    Gratitude Counseling LLC

    FEW Member since August 2018


    Hometown: Melrose

    Family: I am a mother of one son, age 20

    What do you actually do at work?

    Provide therapy for individuals, couples and families

    How do you help others succeed? 

    I focus on the positives, listen, and help define goals. I am often described as a very genuine and encouraging person.

    Is your desk/office messy or organized?  

    Organized, but there are days...

    Last book read? 

    Educated by Tara Westover.  I was fascinated to see how she overcame so much and went on to thrive.

    Last vacation spot?

    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, just got back the second week of January! The turquoise water was amazing.

    What is your personal or business philosophy?

    My favorite quote is “She believed she could, so she did.”  My philosophy is to envision where I want to be while believing I can get there.

    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you?

    I received the scholarship from FEW in 2005. I always appreciated this honor from this group of professional women, and so when I had the opportunity to join, I jumped at it.

    What one word would friends say best describes you?  

    Compassionate

  • January 15, 2019 3:23 PM | Deleted user

    Name: Tracy Jacobs 

    Tax Manager

    BerganKDV

    FEW Member since August 2017


    Hometown:

    Annandale, MN


    Family:

    Husband - Allan, 12 year-old son - Lucas, 5 year-old daughter - Zeeva, Great Dane - Sika


    What do you actually do at work?

    To keep it short, I help clients and staff with questions and help solve problems, review tax returns, compiled and reviewed financial statements, and payroll filings that have been prepared by staff.


    What was your first job (ever)?

    Aid for the physics department at Mankato State


    Is your desk/office messy or organized?

    Usually organized (depending on how far into tax season it is)


    Are you a task-oriented person or a people-oriented person?

    More of a task oriented person.


    Who was your favorite teacher, and what did they teach you?

    Mr. Altman - 8th grade shop class.  He was also my basketball coach who taught the importance of being there for your team (we had 6 players on the team).


    Last book read?

    Working on The 36-Hour Da


    Last vacation spot?

    Alaska - loved it


    Do you work in the field you were educated in?

    Yes


    What do you do for fun?  

    Going to the movies with my kids, running, triathlons, making quilts.


    When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A chiropractor


    What is your favorite (clean) joke?

    What’s a penguins favorite food? Ice-burgers

  • November 08, 2018 12:00 AM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Lori Braegelmann

    Regional Coordinator, Central Minnesota (12 years)

    Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

    Member since 2016


    How do you help others succeed?

    I help others succeed by being curious about them, supporting them with enthusiasm and inspiration, and conveying that I want them to be successful.


    Is your desk/office messy or organized?
    My work space is um, a-hem ... full, with piles. But the piles are all organized and I know where to find things.


    What is the last book you read? 
    A Legacy Unrivaled, The Story of John Gagliardi by Boz Bostrom


    Where was your last vacation spot?
    At my best friend's cabin on Little Birch Lake.


    What is your biggest indulgence?
    Strong coffee, but that's tied with chips and fresh salsa.


    What do you do for fun? 
    I love to walk, read, do puzzles, and spend time with my grandkids.


    What would other FEW members be surprised to learn about you?
    I love public speaking. It gives me energy to speak in front of a group, from 20 to 200 people.


  • October 07, 2018 12:00 AM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Nina Lasceski, OSB

    Associate and Planned Gift Specialist,
    Office of Mission Advancement,
    Saint Benedict's Monastery

    Member since 2016


    What was your first job (ever)?

    As a teenager, I did babysit for various families in the town where I grew up. My first retail job was in a very small book store in the city next to the town I lived in. The owner usually ran the store herself and needed someone to work for her so that she would not have to be present day in and day out. After being trained, there were certain afternoons when I indeed did work in the store alone as cashier. Since the store was so small, I learned many tasks concerning books like how to order them from the publishers (before the Internet!), how to stock shelves, and how to do inventory. 
    I got to create and set up fun window displays as well.


    How do you help others succeed?

    As much as I can, I try to look life and situations with a glass half full instead of empty attitude. I do my best to help others see how this can help them too. Another area I emphasize is the importance of having patience, both in yourself and in others.


    Who was your favorite teacher and what did they teach you?

    Oh, this one is a hard one, because I had so many. In elementary school, I enjoyed Mrs. McConnell, as she read each of the Little House on the Prairie books to her classes every year, including mine. I grew up in Michigan, and who would have guessed many years later, I would live in the state highlighted in those books. In high school, my favorite was my speech teacher, Mrs. Strachan. She always encouraged me and enriched my love of public speaking.


    Do you work in the field in which you were educated?

    Well, sort of. I have a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. One of the duties for my job is writing radio advertisements for our monastery. When we need a video produced, I help with that too. I had two minors in college, one being Business Law and Regulation. This knowledge is helpful in my planned giving role. Before coming to the monastery, I worked ten years in the broadcasting field and then ten years in the call center customer service profession.


    Biggest indulgence?

    Pizza.


    What do you do for fun?

    Sing. I first began to sing in my church choir in the sixth grade and I have been singing ever since.  Currently, I sing in the monastery schola and in the Great River Chorale in Saint Cloud.


    What one word would friends say best describes you?

    Well, can I say two? Detail oriented.


  • August 10, 2018 12:00 AM | FEW Admin (Administrator)

    Name: Crystal Brink

    Account Executive, Innovative Office Solutions


    What was your first job (ever)?

    Nurse's Aide, Country Manor, Sartell


    How do you help others succeed?

    I encourage and give honest advice on how to improve.


    Are you a task-oriented person or a people-centered person?

    I am task-centered as a sales person. I need to make sure everything for my customer is done in a timely manner. I have lists!


    Who was your favorite teacher and what did they teach you?

    Mr. Kroll, my 5th grade teacher. He taught me learning can be fun. He gave me the fire to keep on learning and always strive to make myself better. He actually received Teacher of the Year the year after I had him.


    Do you have a mentor?

    Two. My mom and my sister.


    What do you do for fun?

    Golf and hang out with friends and family.


    What is your personal or business philosophy?

    Always treat others as you would like to be treated. You don’t know what is going on in their lives.


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