A message from Rick Peterson, Board Chair, Lakes Center for Youth and Families:

We would like to send a warm welcome to our newest Board Members!

Gretchen Mattson is the Principal at Linwood Elementary. She has worked as a teacher and instructional leader for the past 20 years, but says her most important job, is to ensure that children are always the center of her work. Gretchen was thrilled to join the Lakes Center Board. Since she became Principal at Linwood, she has been working with Lakes Center to help grow and develop a strong partnership to support Linwood students.

LeeAnn Weigt is the Co-Owner & Vice President of Olson’s Sewer Service, Inc & Olson’s Excavating Service. LeeAnn grew up in the Forest Lake Area and is looking forward to support the mission of Lakes Center. LeeAnn says she believes that providing resources early, and easily as possible, will provide the strongest opportunity for our community members to live their best healthy life.

Neil Bauer, Ed.D, is the Public Safety Director & Police Chief for Wyoming Public Safety. Neil holds a doctorate degree in Organization Development and Change. His doctoral research was a case study examining the impact of a Use of Self Development Intervention on police officers. Neil believes there is a natural partnership between police departments and youth diversion programs.

Jen Richert is the Dean of Community at Lakes International Language Academy (LILA) Upper School. Jen has been a Forest Lake resident for almost 20 years. She has worked with the LILA Community teaching and then moving to an administrative position. She previously was with Saint Paul Public Schools and was a family counselor. Being involved with the community, Jen has seen how the mission of Lakes Center has helped students and families. She is excited to be more involved with Lakes Center both personally and professionally.

Angelique Sloan is currently Lakes Center’s Gambling Specialist. She is joining the board as a part of a transition in becoming our Gambling Manager! Angelique has worked in the medical field of diagnostic and toxicology lab for almost 35 years. She has also been involved with charitable gaming for over 15 years. She has experience working in Bingo, Pull Tabs, and Meat Raffles. In 2014, Angelique joined the Lakes Center team and helped develop the partnership we have with Running Aces Casino, Hotel, and Racetrack.