our team members
Scott Anderson – MBA
Scott serves as a volunteer Board Chair for the Center. He is a grandson of the late Harold Anderson, the founder of Anderson Center. Beginning his career by washing trucks at Anderson Trucking Service when he was 17 years old, Scott is proud he has been given the opportunity to work in the family business. After graduating from college, Scott worked at St. Cloud Truck Sales, a freightliner dealership, as a leasing manager for 120 trucks. Over the years, Scott worked in various positions within ATS and St. Cloud Truck Sales, including serving as the Director of Safety for ATS where he managed Safety, Risk Management, Claims, Recruiting, and Leasing.
Today, Scott is the Vice President of Risk Management and Driver Services for ATS. While retaining his previous responsibilities, Scott now assists in planning, directing, monitoring, and controlling strategic efforts to ensure the future and continued success and profitability of the company. As an active member of the community, Scott serves on the board of directors for Westwood Community Church, where he and his family are members.
Scott graduated with a degree in finance from St. Cloud State University, where he also earned his Master of Business Administration degree.
Scott lives with his wife Myndee and three children in St. Augusta, Minnesota. He enjoys fishing, hunting, playing golf with Myndee, going to Twins games, and spending time with his kids.
Aleisha Gaalswyk Stephens – M.Ed
Aleisha serves as the President for Anderson Center. She is passionate about leadership development and management education and wants to see the Center empower future leaders to bring economic growth to her home state of Minnesota. Aleisha spent nine years living in the Czech Republic serving as a non-profit leader for an international organization, Josiah Venture. Her focus areas included fundraising, recruiting, operations management, curriculum development, and training of adult learners. In her last role, as Director of Human Resources, Aleisha designed and implemented the first ever staff development initiative. She led the charge in increasing organizational capability by creating a leadership development forum for 350 leaders from 14 different countries.
Aleisha holds a Masters in Education from Queens University in Charlotte where she gained expertise in applying researched-based practices to education. She received her undergraduate teaching degree from the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Aleisha conducted qualitative research in best teaching practices, has an emphasis in Communications/Language Arts, and K-12 Literacy.
For seven years, she served on the school board of Beskydy Mountain Academy, a high school in Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Czech Republic. She volunteered as English camp leader and mentored young leaders in the Cirkev Bratrska Frydlant Church in the Czech Republic. Aleisha started going on short-term mission trips with her high school youth group the summer after her senior year. She continued to serve on short-term trips teaching English at camps in Poland during the summer throughout college and when she was first a classroom teacher.
Aleisha lives in Sartell, Minnesota, with her husband and their four children. She enjoys running, kayaking, and her favorite Minnesota lake is Dade Lake.
Rebecca joined Anderson Center in 2013 as Forum Coordinator and began working as the Business Development Manager in 2017. Originally from Cottage Grove, Minn., Rebecca settled in St. Cloud after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a major in communication and a minor in psychology from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in 2012. Her work for the Center includes coaching and leadership development planning for clients, researching businesses to identify client needs, and strengthening ties and coordination with the Center’s partners.
Throughout her college career at St. Ben’s, Rebecca participated in two communication-related internships, through the Central MN Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. She also volunteered and studied abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for a semester in 2011.
Today, Rebecca is an active volunteer in the Central Minnesota community. She joined the College of Saint Benedict Board of Alumnae in 2015, serving as co-chair for the Resource Development Committee and currently as Chair-Elect for the Chapters Committee. She has also volunteered numerous times for fundraising events including the Paramount Center for the Arts’ Autumn Moon and CentraCare Health’s Holly Ball.
Rebecca and her husband enjoy traveling, hiking, trying out new restaurants and spending time at their cabin in Cross Lake. In her spare time, she stays active by teaching dance and is a certified Jazzercise Instructor.
Kayt joined Anderson Center in March 2021 as the Forum Coordinator. Her work for the Center includes planning and coordinating logistics for each of our Forums as well as hosting Forums, both virtually and onsite, creating an atmosphere where participants can engage most effectively in management and leadership development. Kayt graduated from The University of North Dakota in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing.
Prior to her time with Anderson Center, Kayt spent several years as a meeting and incentive coordinator, which developed her love for planning events!
Kayt is originally from Andover, Minnesota. In her personal time she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.
Alyssa joined Anderson Center in November 2019 as the Client Coordinator. Alyssa is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from St. Cloud State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. During her time at St. Cloud State, she worked for the Department of Campus Involvement as the Civic Engagement intern where she developed promotional content and supported the coordination of philanthropic events.
Since she was young, Alyssa has had a love for music. While in school, she participated in musical theater, was an ambassador for Minnesota Sings, and spent a semester singing with the Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minnesota. Since graduating, Alyssa has kept her enthusiasm for music alive by participating in the Miss Minnesota program where she received a preliminary talent award for her vocal performance in 2019.
Alyssa is originally from Owatonna, Minnesota. In her personal time, she loves spending time with her dog, volunteering with local organizations, attending trivia night with her friends, and making trips home to visit her family.
our board of directors
Scott Anderson, Board Chair
Executive, Anderson Trucking Service
Shelly Bauerly Kopel, Governance Committee
Partner, Granite Partners
Rollie Anderson, Governance Committee Chair
CEO, Anderson Trucking Service
Lee Hanson, Investment Committee Chair
Hanson Law Office
Managing Partner/CEO, Granite Partners
President/CEO, Southwest Initiative Foundation
Executive Vice President, Preferred Credit, Inc.