Albert Nuness – Chairman of the Board
Al Nuness, former Vice President of Jostens, is a former collegiate basketball star at the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns. He served as Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of Minnesota and as Head Varsity Coach at Minneapolis Central High School. He was also Director of Sales and Community Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Al has twice been named to the NCAA Executive Committee for the Final Four Tournament. He also worked for 12 years in sales management positions with the Pillsbury Company. Al has served on many community task forces and boards, including: Park Avenue Foundation, Urban Ventures, North Side YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, the University of St. Thomas Center for Academics and Sports, the Minnesota Student-Athlete Selection Committee and the Urban League.
Daniel Klinkhammer - Executive Director
Dan has spent 20+ years building the MYAS into the largest multi-sport, statewide youth sports organization in the nation. Dan's previous work experience includes: Youth Director for the Winona YMCA; Community Services Director for the City of Pipestone, MN; City Recreation Director for Winona, MN and Program Director for the MN Sports Federation. He also has 25+ years of valuable experience as a football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and softball official at the recreation, high school and collegiate levels. He credits much of his insight to the fact that besides being a youth sports professional for over 30 years, he has also been an athlete, coach, official, administrator and parent. That combination allows him to personally identify with everyone who participates or volunteers in youth sports. Besides serving in youth sports trenches, Dan is also a Vietnam veteran. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Winona State University and currently lectures every semester to Sports Management undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. Dan currently serves on the Executive Committee of the USSSA National Basketball Committee. He regularly speaks at national, state and local conventions, conferences and workshops. Dan writes a column for the MYAS Update, our email newsletter, and his insightful articles about current issues in youth sports are distributed to tens of thousands of coaches and parents of our youth participants.
Michael L. DeWane – President
Mike has served as President of the MYAS since 1994 and was a volunteer youth coach and youth sports administrator for almost two decades. He primarily focuses on the “Child Development through Youth Sports” education and risk management services including training programs for coaches, parents, players and youth sports administrators. In addition, Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sports Alliance of Minnesota. His other professional experience includes serving as CEO of the Rx2000 Institute, which helps healthcare providers, payers and government agencies collaboratively work together to improve the business of healthcare, and as senior executive for two biomedical firms and a healthcare education company. Mike did his undergraduate work at Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and graduate work at the University of Minnesota.
Alexander Rowell Jr. - Treasurer
Alex worked as a medical sales executive for the last 30 years of his professional career. Prior to that, he was a teacher and coach at Minneapolis North High School, Gustavus Adolphus and at Luther College. Alex also was a first round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins and played professional baseball for two years in their organization. He played basketball and baseball in college and was all-conference all four years in both sports as well as All-American in baseball and All-American district in basketball. He has a B.A. from Luther College and an M.S. from Minnesota State, Mankato. Alex has served on a number of local boards, including the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission for over 20 years. He is currently Chairman of the Commission. He has been married to Saundra for 45 years and have 2 sons.
Kathryn Hipp Carlson – Secretary
Kathryn Hipp Carlson is repeatedly selected as a SuperLawyer by her peers and Minnesota Law & Politics. In fact, she has been named as a top 40 workers’ compensation attorney. Kathy is also a frequent author and lecturer at workers’ compensation Continuing Legal Education seminars. Her memberships include: Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Hennepin County Bar Association (Speaker and/or Chair of Continuing Legal Education Seminars). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and then became an honors graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. Kathryn and her attorney husband, Jeff Carlson, (lawyers in love) have a child that participates in MYAS events.
Tom Kuykendall – Board Member
Kuykendall graduated from the University of Minnesota and has worked in the financial services industry for 18 years. He currently serves as Vice President, Product Management & Wealth Strategies for RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis. Kuykendall has been extremely active in Minnesota youth sports for 25 years, volunteering as both a youth coach and youth sports administrator. He served as the president of St. Anthony Youth Basketball Association for nearly a decade and also as the president of the St. Anthony Sports Boosters. Kuykendall resides in St. Anthony with his wife and three children, Mason, Makaela and Tommy.
Dara Northfield – Board Member
Dara began her professional career as a Realtor. Soon after she went into partnership in private industry and returned to school to acquire her accounting degree. Dara was hired as the MYAS accountant in 1998. Dara officially joined the MYAS Board of Directors as the Chief Financial Officer in 2014.Dara has participated in all aspects of the MYAS daily operations including working at seeding meetings and being a tournament director. Understanding the inner workings of entire organization allows Dara to have a detailed understanding of the MYAS mission and function. Dara has raised 3 children in athletics and her husband is a High School Basketball Official. Athletics are a large contributor to her children’s personal success, so Dara is excited to pay it forward by sitting on the MYAS board of directors.