Luke Meyer – President
Luke Meyer is an account executive in the sales department at KTTC Television in Rochester, where he started his career in 2013. Prior to that, he worked for a leading web marketing firm in the Twin Cities for four years, and has written and reported for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rochester Post-Bulletin and Red Wing Republican Eagle. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Luke has served on the Bear Creek Services board of directors since 2019. He resides in Goodhue with his wife, Courtney and children Madeline, Patrick and Grant. Luke is also a 2018 graduate of Leadership Greater Rochester — the Rochester Chamber of Commerce’s premier leadership development program.
Nate Cote is AVP, Commercial/ Ag Lender with MBT Bank in Rochester, MN. In his role, he oversees and manages a diversified portfolio of Agricultural and Commercial credits. After graduating from UW Stout with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and emphasis in finance; Nate started his banking career.
Nate has been engaged in work on behalf of individuals with disabilities throughout his life. He greatly enjoyed his time spent helping individuals succeed at their goals while volunteering for the Special Olympics in Wisconsin. He has close friends and family who have disabilities and has played an integral part in their lives.
In his free time Nate enjoys the great outdoors. He is an avid outdoorsmen and if Nate is not working for the day there is good chance you will find him out fishing on the Mississippi river or out in the woods.
Jeff Gross is the Vice President of Commercial Banking for U.S. Bank. Responsible for growing and managing banking relationships for companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations; delivering innovative financial solutions that help clients grow and sustain their competitive edge.
Jeff holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and has a wide variety of experience from running and managing businesses, real estate investing, and financial services. Jeff acquired the skills and experience of business ownership and an entrepreneurial spirit, growing up with parents running multiple businesses.
Jeff is married to his wife Katie and has two school aged children, Charles & Teagan. He enjoys most outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, powersports, etc. Spending time with family outside is the best way to build lifelong experiences/ memories.
Currently active on local boards and volunteer activities; including past Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Rotarian, board member of Bear Creek Services, and Mower County CEO.
Laura Martin is a long-time volunteer in the Rochester area. She has served on a number of boards and committees dedicated to health and education in our community. She currently tutors adults studying toward their GED diploma and fosters mobility assistance dogs in training. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Laura was a Special Education teacher in St. Louis, Missouri.
As a sibling guardian, Laura joined the Bear Creek Services’ volunteer board in 2015. She appreciates the professional, attentive, and compassionate care her brother received while living in a BCS home. She is grateful to the dedicated staff who empowered him to live his best life and is passionate to bring that same support to other individuals in our community.
Anderson DiFiore Law
Attorney Brenda Benitez grew up in Miami, Florida before attending law school in Connecticut. She then practiced in Connecticut for a few years before moving to Rochester, Minnesota. Her passion for legal work has always been client-centered as she values helping people through what is often the most difficult time in their lives. When she takes on a case, she is ready to advocate for her clients and provide them with her guidance and expertise. Her compassion helps her understand her clients’ need while her work in various areas helps her provide comprehensive support.
Retired – School Teacher
Chairman of the Board of Directors- Luther Haven Nursing Home- Montevideo- 7 years
Present President-Elect of Rochester Golden K Kiwanis
Present Board Member of Bear Creek Services
Tyler Kaczmarek is a Project Manager for Kraus-Anderson Construction a company based in Minnesota with a 125 year history of building ensuring relationships and strong communities. In his role, Tyler oversees a wide variety of construction projects from inception to end. He has been in the construction industry since 2012 after he graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management minoring in Natural Resource Management and Business Administration.
Tyler has been a board member at Bear Creek Services since 2022 and is a resident of Kasson where he lives with his wife Lindsey and son Benjamin.
M&M Productions USA
Laura Quest is the Vice President of Administration for M&M Productions USA, a full service Audio-Visual Company based in Tennessee. Prior to that, she worked as a professional Stage Manager for numerous theatre companies and also held roles in event coordination, non-profit arts management and fundraising. Laura holds Bachelor degrees in Education and Fine Arts and a Masters Degree in Theatre Management. Laura has served on the Bear Creek board since 2019 and lives in Oronoco with her husband Dan, and daughters, Lilly and Maggie, who also volunteer for Bear Creek Services.
Former Public Health Director of Olmsted County
Wellik is a retired public health professional, and was formerly the Public Health Director for Olmsted County. She specialized in public health policy, family health and community wellness. Mary has been a long time community volunteer, and has served on multiple local boards. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She currently volunteers with Native American and public health initiatives.
McKenna Misch is the Controller for Custom Alarm, a security-based company in the Rochester area focused on ensuring their customers’ safety since 1968. Prior to her role at Custom Alarm, McKenna worked as an auditor and tax accountant at RSM US LLP, where she obtained her CPA license. McKenna hopes to utilize her accounting expertise to help advocate for nonprofits in the Rochester community.
Century High School Student
Ella Davis is a student at Century High School. She enjoys volunteer work and engaging in the community. In her spare time, Ella plays volleyball, musical instruments, and spends time with her friends.