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.

Tristan Anderson

Tristan Anderson

Member-At-Large

I have been attending conventions since 2004 and have been in love with anime and the industry since I first saw dragon ball as a kid. I fell in love with conventions the moment I stepped through the door to the thunderbird in anime detours early years. I volunteered heavily from my 2nd convention and eventually was drafted into staff on anime detour. I have fallen into a habit of working constantly to better the events and have done whatever I can to make the events as amazing as they can be.

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.

Michelle Clark

Michelle Clark

Member-At-Large

I attended my first convention in 1989. By 1992 I was a convention chairperson. I found out about Anime Detour 3 weeks before the first one. I was asked if I could help advise the consuite team. I showed up at the first one and have never left. I accepted the Department Head of Consuite in 2009. Beyond Anime Detour, I have run multiple departments within conventions. For example: Hotels, Consuite, Guest of Honor Liaison, Publishing, Registration, and Programming (from a 500 person convention to a 3500 person convention with live music concerts in addition to traditional panels). I have been sub-head for the room party ran at WorldCon (a large international convention) by Science Fiction Writers of America. I have done community theater and renaissance festival costume design. Within the greater community I am known as a “Con Mom” because I look out for people.

Robert Thell

Robert Thell

Member-At-Large

Robert has been involved with ATC since 2016 where he has worked in the games department at Anime Detour. His main interests are acting, which he does with his production crew Rivet City Limited, Karaoke,and sleeping. It the rest of his time he works for Deluxe as a sysadmin. He has been on record as saying that Bulbasaur is objectively the best starter Pokemon, but he also thinks Snorlax and Gengar are pretty great too.

Jay Bottem

Jay Bottem

Member-At-Large

I began attending local conventions back in 2012, and that year at one particular convention began to help others with their work(s). The first known group I began volunteering for was Geek Partnership Society, at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival Information Booth. From there, I was introduced to people who had a background in Anime Detour. In 2014, I joined the Anime Detour staff filling the role of the ConSuite Sub-Head; and learned of Anime Twin Cities and their work. I branched out further and began to help a new local start-up convention back in 2015, Console Room. I was a part of their staff for three years. Along the way I have explored cosplay, main stage tech, and dealers room vendor. In 2016, I was asked to join the Anime Twin Cities Room Party Crew, and have been with that group until shortly after the start of 2018, also during that, we started the Anime Detour Gamers Group. I have just begun performance work with a localcommunity theatre group, and I look forward to continuing with them, or possibly others as well.
I am known for being extremely outgoing, friendly and charismatic. I try to always keep a smile on, an open ear, and an open mind.

Directors:

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.

Anton Petersen

Anton Petersen

Charities (Acting)

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.

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.

Lauren Ganann

Lauren Ganann

Community Coordinator

Since 2004 Lauren has been an active member of Anime Twin Cities. Starting as the head of the Anime Detour volunteer department until stepping down 2012, she continued to work with the organization as a board member and later President. Currently in addition to Community Coordinator she is the Anime Detour Merchandise department head and a member of the SOS and Charities teams.
Lauren is continually awed and inspired by the community that Anime Twin Cities has created. When the 6,000 plus members of Anime Twin Cities get together at Anime Detour each year magic truly happens. As the Community Coordinator Lauren Looks forward to working with the other four coordinators of ATC and our partner organizations, building relationships and events to make that magic feeling last all year long.

Äge Nelson

Äge Nelson

Media Relations Coordinator

Äge Nelson (They/Them) has been going to Anime Detour since they were 14 and never looked back. After Anime Detour gave them a wonderful family, Äge is back to give others the same thing they got over 10 years ago. Because no matter how many Anime conventions Äge has gone to, Anime Detour is still their favorite.


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.