Who We Are

Getting involved with Mel’s Charities can be a personally fulfilling way to impact lives in our community. Whether you’re a Doer who volunteers, a Donor who supports our mission with events on our behalf, a Door Opener who introduces others to our team, a Dreamer with big ideas… or all four of them…you’re making a difference you can see every day. 

Our Team


Executive Director
Tom “Mel” Stanton

Ed Trygstad

Past President
Tim Hilgart

Vice President
Tom Meaux

Mary Kay Baumann

Greg Wilterdink



Tom Altstiel
Mike LaRosa
John Lerand
Dick Phalen
Ross Rintelman
Sara Walker


Founders Board

Blaine Bergmann
Ed Bublitz
Don Hahn
Tim Horrigan
Gene Peterson

Administrative Volunteers

Chris Christon
Shirley Krenzke

Event Manager

Amy Sterkenburg

Volunteer Coordinator

Susie Hoppe

Pigments for a Cause

Susan Grosskoph
Jeanne Peterson

Mel’s Ambassadors

Too many to mention, and we’re adding more all the time!

Ross, Aaron, Katie, Andy, Quinn