The board members of the Miracle League of Blaine are listed below.
The board has a lot of experience collectively in administration, finance, fundraising, and league management.
Brandy Eckman – President
Brandy Eckman is President of the Miracle League of Blaine. Brandy has a background in finance and human resources. She currently is the Business Operations Manager and Social Media Manager of a web design and digital marketing agency. In 2008, she and her family moved from Ocala, Florida to Lexington, Kentucky and they began their history with the Miracle League on the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League. Her son, Jamie, played 6 years there and then the family moved to Lino Lakes, Minnesota. In August 2016, Brandy traveled to Atlanta to train with the National Miracle League leaders.
Brandy’s favorite part of the week is Saturday mornings at the Miracle League of Blaine field!
Lori Gehrke – Vice President
Lori Gehrke is Vice President of the Miracle League of Blaine. Lori is very excited about the changes that are happening for all of the kids playing with the Miracle League of Blaine. Lori owns More Than Kitchens, a custom cabinetry company and has been in the custom cabinetry field for over 15 years. She has been involved in sports from a very young age and now is enjoying watching and coaching her two children. She has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics and the Miracle League since 2011.
Lori lives in Stacy with her husband Shadd and twins Braedon and Izabella (Miracle Leaguer).
Stacy Alcox – Sponsorship Chairperson
Stacy Alcox is the Sponsorship Chairperson for the Miracle League and is responsible for developing relationships with groups, companies, and individuals that are interested in providing sponsorship funding to the Miracle League. Stacy previously worked with the Blaine Jr. Chamber of Commerce. Stacy’s degree is in Organizational Management & Leadership and is currently the Supply Chain Manager at Sportech Inc. in Elk River. Stacy and her twins (John and Mikey) have been playing baseball with the Miracle League since 2012.
Rich Delaney – League Director
Rich has worked in technology in the banking industry for last 21 years. He has been involved in sports his whole life. He grew up in the northern suburbs and currently lives just a couple miles from our field with his wife and kids. His youngest daughter, Olivia) is one of our players and after coaching her team last fall and noticing the positive direction our league is going, Rich jumped at the chance to become the league director.
Andy Stromgren – Treasurer
Andy Stromgren sf the League Director of the Miracle League of Blaine and is responsible for community engagement and operations management. Andy holds an MBA and currently works for UnitedHealth Group as an Information Security Manager where he enjoys organizing team-building volunteer activities. Andy has a strong sporting background (he hit his first home run at the Blaine Baseball Complex) and has formerly worked for the Minnesota Sports Federation. He is currently fundraising to support the Salvation Army and participating in the 2016 Most Amazing Race – Twin Cities.
Andy is a Blaine resident with his wife Michele and twins Sawyer (Miracle Leaguer) and Sochi.
Joyce Golaski – Fundraising Chairperson
Joyce has been with the Miracle League as a parent for many years. She has a background in finance and executive assisting. Joyce lives in the north metro and has two sons, Derrick (Miracle Leaguer) and Dylan. She is very excited about helping the league raise funds for a new field and playground.
Elizabeth Marsh – Fundraising Chairperson
Elizabeth has background in fundraising including volunteering and coordinating events for the Ronald McDonald house and other local events for children with special needs Elizabeth has a family of 4 from Zimmerman; her daughter Allison has been playing with the Miracle League of Blaine since 2017. Elizabeth is passionate about bringing a positive attitude and helping facilitate activities for youth with disabilities.
Advisory Board – Elected by Board in an Advisory Capacity
Joel Eckman – Publicity and Marketing Director