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Darrell Thompson is the President of Bolder OptionsSM, an innovative organization focused on healthy youth development. Uniting one-on-one mentoring with goal setting, physical activity, tutoring, and leadership opportunities the program builds confidence, maximizes potential, and encourages healthy life skills in 10-14 year-olds. Darrell Thompson is a respected leader in the youth development field having been with Bolder Options for 21 years. As President, Thompson has grown the organization which engaged over 2700 kids in the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rochester metropolitan areas in 2014. He leads a professional staff and volunteers as they work to achieve Bolder Options’ mission: Teaching youth to succeed in ALL of life’s races.
Rob is passionate about working with youth and sharing his love of the outdoors, sports, and fitness. “Bolder Options provides kids with awesome opportunities to discover things about themselves and develop new life skills. I’m blessed to be a part of the Bolder Options family.”
Phone: 612-379-2653 x1221
Laura Lewis, Development Director, is focused on increasing contributed revenue to help sustain and grow Bolder Options’ youth programs. She brings 20 years of fundraising experience that includes running a successful fundraising consulting business for 15 years.
Laura believes that everyone should experience the benefits of having a mentor – especially when they are young. She has worked with more than a dozen youth-focused nonprofits in the Twin Cities and is very excited to be part of the Bolder Options team.
Phone: 612-379-2653 x1207
Morgan Tuohy is a graduate of UW-LaCrosse and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in interpersonal communications. In school, she conducted research, studying the effects of brainwave entrainment on anxiety levels in college students. She enjoys traveling and anything related to music. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to bring this passion with her to Bolder Options as the Development Associate.
“I could have really used a program like Bolder Options when I was young. That is why I am here today!”
Phone: 612-379-2653 x1220
Sarah has a Masters of Special Education and previously taught high school Special Education and English inclusion in both South Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.. Shortly after leaving the formal classroom, she melded her sense of adventure with a love of education by creating a K-12 curriculum that was implemented in classrooms across the country and which followed her as she canoed down the Mississippi River. Sarah is extremely excited to be working with Bolder Options because she loves inspiring young people, being active, and fostering strong, lasting relationships.
Phone: 612-379-2653 x1209
Since obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree, Jennifer has worked in research, non-profit, and educational settings. After working in classrooms in Minnesota and Malaysia, Jennifer is excited to be the Academics Program Coordinator at Bolder Options where she will plan educational programming and support youth in reaching their academic goals. With her love of the outdoors, she can’t wait to join mentors and mentees on adventures through Bolder Options.
Lucy Bossert has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics with a focus on public health nutrition. She has spent the last five years exploring the broad realm of food and nutrition through a variety of experiences. From two years of AmeriCorps service teaching families how to cook healthy on a budget to traveling around the country interning on farms, there’s nothing she enjoys more than sharing her love of being active in the outdoors, eating healthy, cooking and gardening. As the Health and Wellness Program Coordinator at Bolder Options she’s very excited to make lasting lifestyle changes with the youth of the Twin Cities through facilitating a positive experience with physical activity, nutritious food, and healthy relationships
Phone: 612-379-2653 x1219
Xavier Vazquez has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus on pre-medicine. He studied mechanical engineering for 4 years at the University of Puerto Rico, but decided to pursue another career and moved to Minnesota in June 17 of 2017 after he obtained his biology degree at the Universidad del Turabo of Puerto Rico. He is always willing to try new things and definitely up for adventures and new challenges. He enjoys playing baseball/softball, running, biking, camping, fishing, drawing, spending time with his furry “daughter” (Marie the puppy) and everything else that piques his adventurous spirit. As the Alumni Program Coordinator he motivates pairs to stay engaged with Bolder Options after they graduate the one-year program and goes the extra mile to ensure the alumni get exposed to the most fun and adventurous activities his creative mind can dream up!
Scott was drawn to Bolder Options because of the unique program structure- “My background is as an educator so I appreciate that our curriculum not only focuses on encouraging a healthy lifestyle but also a commitment to learning. Bolder Options emphasizes that learning is a lifelong process that gives children the tools to be successful in the classroom and also provides opportunities for success in life.”
At Bolder Options, we value talented, dedicated professionals who want to be part of our team. We are committed to a diverse workforce and recognize that our organization is enhanced by uniting people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Please check back frequently to see staff and intern openings.