Our Board Members are among the most talented in their field. Please contact one of our staff members for questions or information.
Melony Butler, Chair/Director
Melony Butler is a proud military wife to MSG Blaine Butler. They reside in Staples, Minnesota with their 9 year old son Preston. Her three adult sons all serve in the Minnesota National Guard. Her family has gone through four deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. They have five grandchildren. Melony has been on a mission for many years advocating and helping veterans. She has been a Family Readiness Leader for 14 years, volunteers every year at the Great Falls, MT Vets 4 Vets Stand Down. She also speaks on supporting soldiers and families throughout the communities.
Melony has experience in the private sector in sales and marketing, management, retail, and health and fitness. Melony is on a mission that began four years ago when the VA Hospital said they had no room for her son while he was suffering from PTSD. She subsequently enrolled in school to achieve a Degree in Psychology with the intention of opening a facility to help heal soldiers, veterans, and families. The need was too great to wait until fall when she achieves her degree, so she began creating the Nest. She states,
“We will build the Nest one branch at a time until it is complete! A place to call home and a place to Heal with Honor!”
Dianne Gates, Vice-Chair
Dianne is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor through Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. She has 19 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in the chemical dependency field. Dianne’s philosophy is for residents to see the value in themselves and to set goals that would help them succeed and to live a clean and sober lifestyle without chemical use.
Tom Anderson, Board Member/Administrator
Tom has been involved with business management for the last 22 years in both the corporate and private sectors. His early years as an engineer, gained him recognition with a communication company being awarded “ best in engineering in 1989” for the company’s 8¬-state North-Central Division. Advancing to business management in the 1990’s, he gained national recognition for Public Affairs in 1993 (CATA and NCTA) for developing excellent rapport, and relationships with media and government.
Tom also increased his company’s cash flow from 9-22% every year while bringing on new revenue streams with his management team. In 1997, Tom went into the private sector creating his own communication company of service providers and was recognized for outstanding customer service in two states with (JD Powers) several years in a row. As a result of corporate communication downsizing, in the 2001, Tom created a commercial restoration business. During this time, he has received training in natural health to achieve his Certified Natural Health Professional certification with his goal towards achieving his Naturopathic Doctor certification. Tom and his wife Sherry have raised four wonderful children with the youngest one going off to college last year. Their oldest son, Riley, served his tour in Iraq in 2006-2007 and is currently a Sergeant with his National Guard unit.
Cathy Pounds, CFO
Cathy is married to Justin Pounds and they reside outside Becker, MN. She is the proud mother of Samantha and Wyatt. Her and her husband own and operate JC performance and Repair. Cathy is also employed by the City of Becker and also works for an Accounting and Tax business in Clearlake during tax season. She is also a Creative Memories Consultant. During her free time she enjoys watching the many activities her children participate in school and the community. She enjoys riding horses an motorcycles. Helping others create memory books and journey books is something she treasures. Cathy’s father and father-in-law both served our great nation.
Andrea Wiersgalla, Secretary
Andrea is a proud veterans wife. She and her husband Steve live in rural Browerville. She is the mother of adult children Steve and Stephanie (twins). She is employed by Lakewood Hospital. Andrea has spent years helping with family readiness group in the Minnesota National Guard always supporting veterans, military members and families. In her free time she enjoys exercise, mudding, camping and spending time with family and friends.