Get to Know the Staff




David Kek - Site Supervisor, Heritage Middle School AM & Noreen Center PM


I'm thrilled to work for SAC in the school district I grew up in. I received my B.S. in Sports Management at Minnesota State University-Mankato. My previous professional experience included behavior intervention at the high school setting as well as SAC at the elementary level. In my free time I enjoy exercising, online shopping, watching TED Talks, reading, and anything related to basketball and football.    




Lauren Kress - Site Supervisor


My name is Lauren and I have been a part of the SAC program since 2016.  I'm very excited to be at Encore as I taught middle school for 5 years and enjoy middle school youth.  I graduated from the University of Minnesota, where I earned a B.A. in Elementary and Secondary Education as well as French. In my free time, I enjoy going on walks with my dog Armani, cooking, antiquing, and spending time with family and friends.  I am looking forward to getting to know your family this coming year! 





Paige John - Site Supervisor, Friendly Hills AM

I have been working in the School-Age Care program since January 2011. I have a Bachelor's degree in art and theater from the University of Minnesota and my daughter is also a recent graduate of the U of M, after attending schools in ISD 197. I really enjoy interacting with children - helping them learn and explore.




Sue Wied - Special Education Para, Friendly Hills AM


I began working for SAC in November of 2013. My previous employment includes 10 years as a paraprofessional with MPLS Public Schools & three years in Edina as an Early Childhood Associate. I have an Associate of Arts degree from Inver Hills Community College and a Graphic Arts certification from HTC.




PJ McGinty
Special Education Para, Friendly Hills AM

Bio Coming Soon

Tyler Martinson-Packer - Special Ed. Para, Heritage Middle School

Bio Coming Soon!




Mary Beth Moline - Special Ed Para, The Noreen Center


I have worked at both Mendota and Somerset Elementary as a Special Education para for the past 14 years. I have 5 children and live in Mendota Heights. I love to read, bake, watch hockey, volunteer at Landmark Center, and like to attend many different local fine arts events.

Emma ShepherdSpecial Ed Para, The Noreen Center

Bio Coming Soon!




Chris Bolchen - Inclusion Specialist

Hi, My name is Chris Bolchen and I am the Inclusion Manager for District 197’s School Age Care Program.  I have worked in the district since 2014 and have served in the roles of SAC Instructional Assistant site supervisor at Mendota Elementary and also as a school year and summer special education paraprofessional.  Before that time, I was a language arts teacher for nine years in St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

As an educator and parent I am passionate about meeting the needs of children of all abilities and helping to provide a safe, equitable and engaging environment for them to be part of during our before school, after school and summer programs. 

In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, going outdoors, biking, hiking and canoeing.  I love music, campfires, good food and the many fish, turtles, dog and lizard that are my pets.