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.
Ryan Brunt, Vice President
Ryan started curling in Portage, WI in the junior program when he was 6 or 7 and grew up about two blocks from the Portage Curling Club. Watching his sister and cousin curl competitively grew his interest and he started curling in the junior state championships when he was 13. Ryan continued to curl out of Eau Claire when he went off to college. After college Ryan started curling in Men's which took him to Bemidji, MN for the next few years to be closer to the rest of the team and try and qualify for the Olympics in 2014. Throughout those 4 years curling dominated Ryan's life and though they came up one game short, they had a lot of success along the way. After the Olympic run was over Ryan continued to curl competitively for a couple years with new teammates but now based out of the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, MN. While living in Minneapolis Ryan met his now wife Leah, a Rochester native. Ryan stopped curling competitively in 2016 but continues to curl for fun. Since then Leah and Ryan moved to Rochester and hope to help bring curling here.
Scott Hoss, Treasurer
Scott Hoss is a curling enthusiast. He started curling in 2004 at the St. Paul Curling Club. After moving back to his hometown of Rochester in 2006, he continued weekly league curling in St. Paul. In addition, Scott has curled in the Wausau Men’s invitational every year, since 2004, with a group of curlers from The Twin Cities and Duluth. Since moving back to Rochester, Scott has envisioned bringing curling back to town. His vision includes a largely volunteer curling community to showcase and spread the sport until dedicated ice can be a reality for curing in Rochester.
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.
Leah (Fanning) Brunt, secretary
Leah was born and raised in Rochester, MN and just recently moved back with her newly wed husband Ryan in August of 2017. With Rochester being a rather large hockey town she grew up playing boot hockey and skating in the winter months, and only knew curling from brief viewings of the Olympics, as many do.
It wasn’t until she met her husband that she became very familiar with the sport. She watched Ryan play for the high-performance curling team, and was thrilled to have such a great curler for a lifelong partner and coach. She is very new to curling, but enjoys the pace of the game and is looking forward to playing in more bonspiels.
Aside from curling Leah likes to golf, go to her cabin on Lake Zumbro, and spend time with her family and the newest addition to the Brunt household, Frank their English Bulldog.
It was one of Leah and Ryan's dreams to help start a curling club in Rochester, and are thrilled to have joined up and share the same dream with such a passionate group of members.
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.
Chelsea Scruggs grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She attended Winona State University, which then brought her to Mayo Clinic, where she now works as a nurse. Chelsea started curling in 2017 at Centerville Curling Club. She attended a Learn to Curl event, and quickly after joined a beginner league. She plans to curl there again this year. She is looking forward to learning more about the sport with each season she plays and is even excited about the possibility of joining some bonspiels this season. She also has enthusiasm for bringing the sport of curling to Rochester so that everyone can have an opportunity to experience the sport and the community that curling offers.