Anime Twin Cities Board

Officers:

Christina Kramer

Christina Kramer

President

From the era of Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon on Toonami, my passion for anime ignited like a fierce battle cry. Since 2010, I've been wielding my devotion within Anime Detour's merchandise ranks, and in 2022, I seized the mantle of department head.
In the heart of my dwelling, a vibrant orchestra of warriors assembles—a resolute cohort of five humans, accompanied by three loyal dogs and three steadfast cats. Each participant infuses the familial tapestry with their distinct warrior spirit, creating a home where the spirit of battle mingles with the fervor of animated realms.
Term Ends Summer 2025

Kim Hofer

Kim Hofer

Vice-President/Treasurer

I have been with Anime Detour since 2007. First as a volunteer; then as a staffer in the Registration department and finally as the Treasurer for Anime Twin Cities, Inc. beginning in 2009. I hold an Accounting/Business Management degree and have been working in the 401(k)/Retirement field since October 1997 – marking 22 years in the business. I am currently employed with a firm based in Edina, MN and enjoy the many benefits of working from my home.
I am married to Erick and we have one very energetic cat – name Leon. We are both avid fans of rollercoasters and love to spend our summer travelling to various amusement parks. In the winder – it is all about hockey for me.
One day I hope to retire to my “happy place” – a condo on Mission Beach in sunny San Diego!
Term Ends Summer 2024

Nick Nelson

Nick Nelson

Secretary (Non-voting)

I first watched One Punch Man in late 2015 and I've been hooked on anime since. I've been to Anime Detour a few times, and I really enjoy the passion and community that it fosters in people with similar interests. I've volunteered with Achieving Dreams for years and I've volunteered multiple times at Feed my Starving Children as well as the Ronald McDonald House. I thought that working with the Anime Twin Cities board would allow me to volunteer in a field I am very committed to. I would love to help grow the anime community in the Twin Cities and make more connections with those who love anime. I have been working in the financial services industry since graduating from college in 2018, where I double majored in Business Intelligence & Analytics along with Marketing. I hope that my college and work experience will help me to provide the best minutes possible and will allow me to provide value to the Board anywhere else that I can!
Term Ends Summer 2025

Chelsea "Buttons" Lieser

Chelsea "Buttons" Lieser

Member-At-Large

Detour has been my first and home convention con many years. I have excited to now be a part of Anime Twin Cities to help the organization grow. In my spare time i love watching anime and spoiling my dog
Term Ends Summer 2024

Kristen Loth

Kristen Loth

Member-At-Large

Kristen Loth has been staffing Anime Conventions since 2012 and has been in Convention management since 2018. She entered Director status in 2019 and has happily served her fandom communities in the midwest since then. She is currently a Vice Chair for Anime Detour. Kristen attended College at the University of Minnesota Duluth and has been attending ATC events since 2012. Currently she is a Cosmetologist, Artist and Graphic Designer by trade. She currently works as a Master Stylist at a leading Salon and Beauty School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she helps facilitate the growth and learning of future generations of hairstylists. When not working for multiple conventions she enjoys Tabletop Gaming, video games and fantasy literature. She also loves to spend time with her husband, Shiba Inu and Husky, and their two black cats.
Term Ends Summer 2024

Alli Cassel

Alli Cassel

Member-At-Large

I attended my first anime convention with the first Anime Detour in 2004, falling in love with conventions in general and Detour in particular. Over years of attending, I became progressively more and more involved with Detour, eventually joining staff and becoming involved in the other branches of ATC as a result. I've loved seeing and being involved in all ATC does, and am looking forward to helping us continue to serve and entertain the local community. During my off time from ATC/AD, I work as a software engineer in the medical field and volunteer with a traveling arts outreach program, or entertaining my three cats, Artemis, Havoc, and Beatrice.
Term Ends Summer 2025

Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson

Member-At-Large

Anime Detour was my first convention and has been in my heart since 2009 when I came with my college anime club. Throughout the years I have Helped out and then held several different positions. I volunteered in TableTop Games from 2010 through 2017, before joining Table Top staff in 2018 & 2019. In 2020 I was to join Artist Alley as the sub-head but that did not happen until 2021 & 2022. 2023 saw me become the sub head of Exhibit Hall, and now in 2024 I have taken on the roll as the head of Exhibit Hall.
Term Ends Summer 2025

Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine

Member-At-Large

Bruce Levine, a lifelong fan of Japanese and East Asian culture, began attending conventions in 2017! He focused on this passion during his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri. In 2019, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and started staffing at Anime NebrasKon. Since December 2019, he has held a senior leadership role in the organization's technology department. In 2023, Bruce participated in a staff exchange with Anime NebrasKon, staffing his first Anime Detour and later becoming the department head. Professionally, he is an IT Infrastructure Engineer with over a decade of experience supporting large enterprise server environments. In his free time, Bruce enjoys building scale models, staying updated on technology trends, and participating in various forms of gaming.
Term Ends Summer 2024

Coordinators:

Anime Detour Coordinator

Position Open

The Anime Detour Coordinator serves as the Convention Chair for Anime Detour and is responsible for organizing, managing, and overseeing all aspects of the Anime Detour convention. The Coordinator reports to the ATC Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Convention Planning and Management:
    • Run all convention planning meetings
    • Ensure all planning meetings have scheduled dates, times, and locations
    • Ensure planning meetings attendance is tracked and reported
  • Team Coordination:
    • Defines hierarchical structure of the convention, including positions that will fill responsibilities of the chairman when they are unavailable
    • Coordinate the activity of other leadership staff
    • Ensure "on point" shifts are staffed during con operating hours
  • Communication and Collaboration:
    • Primary point of contact for the Convention venue
    • Oversee all communication to Anime Detour staff and attendees
    • Attend monthly ATC Board meetings to report planning progress
  • Financial Oversight:
    • Develop and manage the convention budget with Board approval
    • Work with the Treasurer to ensure all financial transactions are tracked appropriately
  • Attendee Experience:
    • Speak during opening and closing ceremonies
    • Ensure a welcoming and engaging experience for all attendees.
    • Address attendee concerns and resolve issues promptly.
    • Implement feedback from previous conventions to improve future events.
Please email atcboard@animetwincities.org if you are interested in this position.

Charities

Position Open

The Charities Coordinator is responsible for organizing, managing, and presenting ATC's charitable giving efforts and opportunities. This position reports to the ATC Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Point of Contact:
    • Serve as the primary contact for organizations and individuals requesting funds.
    • Respond promptly to charitable giving requests.
    • Interact with official third parties and attend related events.
  • Request Review:
    • Review requests to ensure they are legitimate, needful, and align with the ATC mission.
    • Evaluate and approve requests for the different ATC funds
  • Financial Coordination:
    • Work with the Treasurer to ensure grants and donations are processed timely.
    • Organize and promote fundraisers to support future charitable giving.
Please email atcboard@animetwincities.org if you are interested in this position.

Special Events Coordinator

Position Open

The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for organizing, managing, and maintaining ATC's community presence and special events. This position reports to the ATC Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Point of Contact:
    • Serve as the main contact for ATC Partners and Sponsors. Seek new event partners.
  • Event Management:
    • Organize ATC ambassador tables, booths, and room parties at events.
    • Maintain a list of partner events and ATC resources.
    • Example Events: Midwest Conventions, Twin Cities Pride Festival, Como Park Obon Festival
    • Plan other ATC Events, past ex: Cosplay on Ice, Akihabara Anime Market
    Team Coordination:
    • Ensure all planning meetings have scheduled dates, times, and locations
    • Ensure planning meetings attendance is tracked and reported
    • Ensure sufficient staff for events by engaging team members and recruiting volunteers.
    • Collaborate with AD ConRel and AD Staffing for Staff Exchanges
  • Communication and Promotion:
    • Collaborate with the Communications Coordinator to promote events.
    • Create and distribute event marketing materials.
  • Administrative Duties:
    • Attend monthly ATC Board meetings to report planning progress
    • Submit the annual event budget and goals.
    • Manage petty cash and event income.
    • Record event attendance and statistics.
    • Maintain event documents on Google Drive.
Please email atcboard@animetwincities.org if you are interested in this position.

Communications Coordinator

Position Open

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for organizing, managing, and maintaining ATC's public media relations and digital footprint. This position reports to the ATC Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Social Media Management:
  • Organize, manage, and maintain ATC's social media platforms.
  • Expand to additional platforms as beneficial for ATC's public presence.
  • Coordination and Collaboration:
    • Work with local, state, and national news media as required.
    • Assist peer coordinators without separate social media platforms with public digital media.
  • Public Relations:
    • Handle ATC's public media relations and enhance its digital footprint.
    • Support the ATC Secretary and other coordinators in managing public communications.
    • Maintain and distribute an ATC newsletter.
    Please email atcboard@animetwincities.org if you are interested in this position.


    Contact Us

    Anime Twin Cities
    5021 Vernon Ave S Box 119
    Edina, MN 55436
    atcboard@animetwincities.org (No Solicitations)

    Mission Statement

    Anime Twin Cities is a non-profit corporation organized under Chapter 317A of the Minnesota Statutes and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its purpose is to conduct educational,charitable and social activities related to the promotion and study of Japanese culture, specifically animated movies and television programs ("anime") and graphic novels ("manga") as well as the study of the Japanese language as it is used in anime and manga. Anime Twin Cities shall be authorized to make distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.