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Anderson Center Leadership Team

Scott Anderson 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 the 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.

Shelly Bauerly Kopel – MBA, M.Ed, Ph.D.

Shelly serves as the Volunteer President for the Anderson Center. She is a certified Discussion Leader for the Center and a FranklinCovey-certified facilitator. She serves as a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum. When asked about the role of the Anderson Center, Shelly said, "I believe that people can make all the difference in an organization and I'm particularly interested in the role of leadership development and management education in shaping and growing organizations."

Shelly is a Partner with Granite Equity Partners and previously served as the Managing Partner for Venture Allies, LLC, and the Program Director in a leadership development program at the University of Minnesota.

Shelly holds a Masters in Education degree from Harvard, an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota. Shelly serves on the College of St. Benedict Board of Trustees and on the Event Committee of the Women's Fund, for which she is a founding member. She served on the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Board for nine years, including two years each in the roles of Vice Chair and Chair. In addition, Shelly volunteers at St. Patrick's Church, St. John's Area School. She is a Leader in Giving for the United Way.

Shelly lives in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, with her husband Scott and their two children. She enjoys biking, playing tennis, long walks in the woods, and anything that involves her children.

Rebecca Gross

Rebecca Gross

Rebecca joined the Anderson Center in March of 2013 as Forum Coordinator and began working as the Business Development Manager in June of 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, which were through the Central Minnesota 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 July of 2015, currently serving as co-chair of the Resource Development Committee. She has also served on the planning committee for the Paramount Center for the Arts' Annual Fundraiser, Autumn Moon, for two years. 

On the weeknights, she teaches both recreational and competitive dance to students in the St. Cloud area. Besides dance, Rebecca enjoys music, yoga, painting, fishing with her family, and traveling with friends.

Tammy Putra

Tammy Putra – M.A.

Tammy joined the Anderson Center in June of 2017 as Forum Coordinator. She brings experience from both the hospitality and higher education sectors. Tammy understands the importance of producing quality learning experiences and seeks to surpass her client’s expectations by delivering exceptional events. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Communications and University of Wisconsin-Madison with a M.A in Journalism. Her work for the Center includes coordinating and assisting in the processes related to forum planning and execution. She communicates daily with venue liaisons, Forum and Discussion Leaders and registered forum participants.

Her career began at Walt Disney World where she learned the art of relationship-building and how to create meaningful communication. Tammy continued to quench her thirst for travel by working at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, Heron Island in Australia and the Grand Hotel on Shetland Island, Scotland. Eventually Minnesota beckoned her home and she spent a few blissful years at Lutsen Resort on the North Shore. Most recently, Tammy comes to us from Argosy University where she developed an alumni conference series, managed accreditation processes and chaired the Engagement Committee.

Born on a farm in Clearwater, Tammy continues to love country life and has now settled in Cold Spring. Besides traveling (she has visited over 20 countries), Tammy is a voracious reader, enjoys spending hot summer days at the lake and is working on writing her first book.

Emily Heying

Emily Heying

Emily joined the Anderson Center in August of 2017 as the Client Coordinator. Emily recently graduated with her Bachelors Degree from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University with a major in psychology and minor in communication. She also worked for the college as an Office Assistant for Advancement Services from 2013 until 2016 when she was promoted to Student Supervisor.

During her time at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, Emily also volunteered in multiple capacities for the college, including being a Class Representative for Alumnae Relations, tutoring psychology students, and serving as an Orientation Leader for incoming first-years. She also served as President of the Psi Chi International Honor Society. During the fall of her junior year, Emily studied abroad in Rome, Italy and Athens, Greece. She spent the first seven weeks abroad in Rome followed by ten days traveling around Europe with her older sister, Rachel, before spending the last seven weeks in Athens.

Emily was born and raised in the St. Cloud area. Outside of work, Emily enjoys attending as many concerts as she can, spending time with her friends and family (including her dog, Maggie), reading, and traveling.

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