Anime Twin Cities Board

Officers:

Andy Tso

Andy Tso

President

Andy has been involved with Anime Twin Cities since 2007, when he volunteered at his first Anime Detour. A fixture on Detour staff ever since, he is now in his fifth year as one of the convention vice chairs. He also served as Secretary in his first stint on the ATC board, prior to being elected President. He loves working with his fellow staff in putting forth the best Detour possible, and he looks forward to carrying that effort and teamwork over to raising ATC's stature in the geek community and in the non-profit space.
His favorite non-anime pursuits include bicycling, cooking, attending concerts, and (being a New York transplant) rooting unabashedly for the Yankees.

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 from Rasmussen College and have been working as a Third-Party Administrator since October 1997 – marking 20 years in the business. I am currently employed with a firm based in St. Cloud, 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 weekends at various amusement parks. Winter months are spent enjoying my most favorite pastime – hockey!

Megan Stob

Megan Stob

Secretary (Non-voting)

My name is Megan; I am the secretary for Anime Twin Cities, Inc. I started out working as a Guest Relations staff member and have since moved to be the secretary for Anime Detour as well. Outside of volunteering I work as a client service representative for a veterinary clinic in Edina. I have a passion for volunteering and animals. I’m recently married to the current Anime Detour chairman, and live in Eden Prairie with 3 cats; Yuki, Nikko, and Anders. A ball python named Yuko, a cockatiel named April, and a betta named Luigi complete our family.
The reason I love this community so much is how influential it has been in my life. I have grown up going to conventions and I consider them a part of who I am. I love the community focus that ATC has, the importance of taking care of that community and lifting up those a part of it.

Kevin Ehrler

Kevin Ehrler

Member-At-Large

Kevin Ehrler has been involved with Anime Detour since year one as volunteer and officially joined staff in year three. He started working in the Art Department before eventually heading the department for several years. Recently he has stepped down from the Art Department to work in the Charity Auction department. He has also served as a Board Member on the Anime Twin Cities board three times.

Stephen Gifford

Stephen Gifford

Member-At-Large

Stephen Gifford, Jr. has been a member of Anime Detour for 13 years and this is his second term as a Board Member for Anime Twin Cities. He fell in love with anime at an early age and fell in love with the ATC and Anime Detour its first year. He’ll never forget his first experience walking into the first dealers’ room and being able to buy anime gear. Truly it was a special moment. After becoming a staffer in Ad’s 3 rd year he was hooked. Since then he has worked hard as a Board Member for ATC, numerous Department Head Roles, and even Chairman all so that others have the opportunity to fall in love with ATC and Anime Detour. To quote him, “I didn’t have a lot of friends that were as into Anime and Manga as I was as a kid. Coming to Detour made me feel like I had found a place where people got me. Now I look around and see a place where others like me have a place too. They can come here and meet like minded fans and talk about their passion, openly and freely. That’s why I do this.”

Troy MacDonald

Troy MacDonald

Member-At-Large

I have enjoyed anime and manga for many years. I have been an active volunteer in the community, serving in various capacities over the years.
I have had the pleasure of serving on the ATC Board of Directors since 2014. I am very passionate about the work that we do, including our charitable works and community outreach.
I look forward to continuing to ensure that we are bringing our very best efforts to our community as we continue to explore new growth and collaborative opportunities.

Joseph Opsahl

Joseph Opsahl

Member-At-Large

Joe is a brilliant scientist specializing in robotics. He is driven by the memory of his wife Yui and her tragic death. This drive has led him to the highest ranks of the NERV operation where he is currently in charge of both the Human Instrumentality Project and the Evangelion projects. We at ATC have several theories on what instrumentality actually is but have never really been able to reach consensus on our interpretation of it. Anyway once Joe is finally able to tell us what really happened at the end of his Anime I’m sure he’ll buckle down and write a real profile for this site.

Renee Vandervelde

Renee Vandervelde

Member-At-Large

Renee‘s dream is to become as great a figure skater as his idol Victor Nikiforov. Renee’s poor performance at last year’s Grand Prix finals caused her to lose much of her self confidence. She has returned to her home town to seek solace in his friends, family and of course her favorite food the pork cutlet bowls. Fortunately she was not able to mope for long as his idol has unexpectedly arrived at the hot spring belonging to Renee’s family and has offered to be her new coach. We at the ATC board wish them both the best of luck as they compete for Grand Prix gold and hope that they return victorious and ready to write a real ATC board bio.

Directors:

Jayson Stob

Jayson Stob

Anime Detour

My name is Jayson and I am the current Anime Detour Chairman. I’ve had a passion for Anime since I was young and the beginning of the internet became the fuel for the fire to drive this passion into conventions. You know the rules and so do I, the vast network of people on the internet told me about Anime Detour where I attended for the first time in 2004. Fifteen years of experience in conventions has taught me to never give you up, never let you down, never turn around, or desert you. This has given me what I cherish most, love, laughter, and a family.

Troy MacDonald

Troy MacDonald

Anime Detour

I have enjoyed anime and manga for many years. I have been an active volunteer in the community, serving in various capacities over the years.
I have had the pleasure of serving on the ATC Board of Directors since 2014. I am very passionate about the work that we do, including our charitable works and community outreach.
I look forward to continuing to ensure that we are bringing our very best efforts to our community as we continue to explore new growth and collaborative opportunities.

Kale Ganann

Kale Ganann

Charities

Kale’s soul is currently attached to a suit of armor due to a childhood alchemical experiment gone horribly awry. While the suit makes him virtually invulnerable he is unable to feel anything. Currently Kale is questing across the country of Amestris with his brother Edward in search of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. It is believed that once he finds the stone he will be able to restore his natural form but at what price? It is the hope of the ATC board that Kale will return from his quest soon to write a more accurate board member profile for the ATC website.

Erick Hofer

Erick Hofer

Clubs

Erick Hofer has been working with Anime Twin Cities, Inc. for over 10 years with the Anime Detour convention as a Stage Hand. Soon after joining Anime Detour Staff, he started hosting the Anime Detour Room Party at other conventions. Eventually changing it to the Anime Twin Cities room party.
Now Not only does Erick run the Stage Lighting program under the Head of Tech at Anime Detour. He still is the Lead Host for the Anime Twin Cities Room Party and now he is also the Club’s Coordinator.
As Club’s Coordinator, Erick is the one who approves new clubs under the Anime Twin Cities name and help facilitate resources for Club Masters and Members to be able to do what they do. Erick is also the liaison between School Anime Clubs and Anime Twin Cities.

Morgan Niemeyer

Morgan Niemeyer

Media Relations

Morgan has been offered a chance to become a Magical Girl by the familiar Kyubey. She is currently observing her mentor Mami in her attempts to hunt down witches to power her soul gem. Should Morgan decide to become a Magical Girl she will have to sign a contract with Kyubey. She will then be granted one wish to do whatever she desires most. The ATC board hopes that Morgan will make up her mind soon so that she can write her own more accurate board member profile for the ATC website.

Heather Bufkin

Heather Bufkin

Social Outreach Services

After attending several conventions around the country with online friends, Heather joined the staff of Anime Detour to give back to the community. Since 2007, she has served as a staff member in Operations, IT, Registration, Tech, Programming, and Consuite, as well as filling a division head role from 2011 to 2013 and later becoming head of Publications. In 2010 she was offered the opportunity to lead what would ultimately become the Social Outreach Services branch of ATC, a post she accepted nervously but with lots of big ideas.
Organizing events turned out to be Heather’s main joy in life. As head of the Social Outreach Services team, her emphasis is on variety and inclusion, providing a wide range of events to appeal and be accessible to as many anime fans as possible. She knows firsthand how it is to feel like you don’t belong, and SOS gives her a chance to offer many opportunities for fans in the Twin Cities to meet up and make new friends.
Heather also serves on staff and as a board member at another local convention, Anime Fusion. Outside of her volunteer work, she enjoys reading and writing, but not arithmetic.


Contact Us

Anime Twin Cities
P.O. Box 48309
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
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.