Curling Club of Rochester

  Curling Club of Rochester, MN

Board Members


Kelsey Schuder, President

Kelsey Schuder has been curling since 2010. She has been a member at Kettle Curling Club, Nutmeg Curling Club, Owatonna Curling Club, and Centerville Curling Club. While in Connecticut she started the Graduate Student Curling Club at Yale which continues to thrive and attend national level competitions. She loves the competitive nature of the game in equal measure with the Spirit of Curling. Kelsey moved to Rochester in 2016 to work as a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic. She looks forward to teaching many new curlers at the Curling Club of Rochester, as she is a USCA Level II Curling Instructor. You can see her participate in bonspiels anywhere from the east coast to the twin cities.

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Stephen Russell, Facilities

Stephen Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick Canada, and has resided in Rochester, MN since November of 1997. He is a Lead IT System Engineer at Mayo Clinic. Stephen was introduced to Curling during University during late 1980s, curled with the Beaver Curling Club in Moncton New Brunswick from1993-1997, the Rochester MN Parks & Recreation Curling Club from1997-2001, and has been a member of the Owatonna Curling Club since 2012.

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Steve Makela, Volunteer Coordinator

Steve Makela started curling in 2014. A transplant from Detroit, he works as a Nurse at St. Marys. The last Olympics inspired him to attend a "Learn to Curl" event and he was instantly hooked. "The game always intrigued me, but it turns out it's much more fun and more complex than I imagined." He has curled in leagues at the Owatonna, Dakota, and Centerville clubs and a few tournaments, or bonspiels, driving up to two hours each way to play. Steve is excited to have curling come to Rochester, and looks forward to seeing a dedicated curling facility here soon. 


Matt Raveling, Secretary

Matt Raveling was interested in curling for many years but had never curled until a fun learn to curl activity with friends in 2015. He started league participation at the formation of the Curling Club of Rochester in 2017. Matt has been fortunate enough to ride the coattails of his teammates to three curling championships. He has previously participated on other boards and managed amateur sports teams, often handling communication, logistics, web, and social media activities. When not curling, Matt is an IT manager for Mayo Clinic, a Minnesota sports fan, and likes to travel with his wife, Melissa. 


Joel Krueger, Website Management

Joel is a computer programmer at Mayo Clinic. He was raised in small towns where the only known connotation of the word "curling" had to do with hair. But knowing that both his father and grandfather had curled, he knew that someday he wanted to give the sport a try. Joel and his family have been in Rochester now for over thirty years and so when the opportunity to curl here in Rochester came up in 2017, he grabbed it. He has been passionate about the sport ever since. He shares that passion by being an ice tech, participating in league play, becoming a certified USCA Level 1 Trainer, and as of 2018 by also being a Curling Club of Rochester board member. 

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Katie Zupancic Wymer 

Katie started curling in the spring of 2018 after discovering the sport during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. After completing a Learn to Curl clinic hosted by the Curling Club of Rochester, Katie convinced fellow new Minnesotans to sign up for the first CCR Instructional League. Katie moved to Rochester in 2016, and when not exploring the Bold North, manages event marketing strategy and sponsorship for national nonprofits.

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Jordan Krull, Treasurer

Jordan joined the board in 2018. 

Catherine Hebert

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Catherine has been curling since a Curl for the Cure event in Rice Lake Wisconsin during her Sophomore year of undergrad, helping earn her an A in her elective Curling class for the physical education requirement! She curled on a women's league with the Rice Lake Curling Club for 2 years and curled in bonspiels with her family for a number of years after that. Catherine has been curling with the Curling Club of Rochester for 2 years and joined the board in 2019. She introduced her husband, Isaac, to curling and has gotten her children into curling from an early age. When she is not curling, Catherine is a Special Education Teacher and hosts a Zero Waste Meet-up group here in Rochester.


Marty Walsh

Marty Walsh has been Curling since 2018 and joined the Curling Club of Rochester Board in 2019. Marty is an active participant in League as well as Social Curling events and enjoys the way the Curling Club has helped to expand his family's social network since moving to Southeast Minnesota in 2017. He looks forward to working to grow the club and their membership reach, and developing dedicated ice for the club. Marty's leadership experience includes Captain and President for the National Championship Qualifying St. John's University Water Polo Club, Executive Director of the Mason City, IA Main Street Program, President of the Mason City Jaycees, Vice President of the Iowa Jaycees, and Vice President of Visit Mason City Board of Directors. Currently, Marty works as a Community and Business Development Specialist serving as the Director of multiple Economic Development Authorities in Rural Southeast Minnesota, as well as serving on the E1 Entrepreneurship Taskforce and the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission District Advisory Board. Marty and his wife Sophia, also a curler, and their daughter live in Rochester.

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