Jesse M. Overton II
An entrepreneur, civic volunteer and businessman, Jesse Overton II has said, “There is a gap that, when unattended, results in a lifetime equity gap for students who fail to master the foundational skills of reading and math.” This thinking has been embedded in both his professional career, during which he founded SkyTech, Inc., a satellite communication company, and SkyLearn, LLC, a best-in-class educational K-12 application software business, and in his founding in 2004 of the Hurdles Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that every child has a chance at a healthy, safe, and nurtured start to life. In both cases, Mr. Overton is driven to help children overcome life’s hurdles, and reach their full potential as contributing members of the community. Mr. Overton earned his B. A. degree from the University of Minnesota. His career path includes stops at 3M, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Honeywell. He also has served as chairman of the Minnesota Racing Commission, chairman of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, and President of the St. Paul NAACP.
Al Hietala is retired Chairman and CEO of Colle & McVoy, Inc., a venerable Minneapolis marketing communications agency. A journalism graduate of the University of Minnesota, he began his career as a legislative reporter for the Associated Press before moving to positions at Northrup King and Morris and Associates before beginning his 33-year stint at Colle & McVoy. He is currently founder and senior partner of AH Consulting. Mr. Hietala’s other board memberships include: American Association of Advertising Agencies board of governors, National Agrimarketing Association, U.S. Census Bureau, James J. Hill Farm Historical Society, Dakota partners (Horse racing), Minnesota Arabian Horse Association and the White Bear Area YMCA. His areas of business expertise include: strategic planning, board governance, and mergers and acquisitions.
John M Broeker
John Broeker has been a fan of horses throughout his life. As an attorney, his specialties included equine and business law. He served as President of the Quarter Horse Racing Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association. He also has been a horse owner and breeder. After 50 years of practicing law, during which he received numerous professional honors and accolades and served in several organizations and boards, he retired in 2015. He has been a member of the Hurdles Foundation board since 2016.
Kelsey Dillon is currently Vice President of Consulting and Development at Avant Energy, Inc. where she works with utilities, communities, organizations, and tribes to develop innovative, yet practical solutions based on a simple, overarching belief that "better is possible." Ms. Dillon joined the Hurdles Foundation Board of Directors in 2015 and is deeply passionate about the organization’s mission to help youth overcome life’s many hurdles. Her two young daughters, Olivia and Jane, serve as an inspiration to her every day, motivating her to help ensure other children have a nurtured start to life. Ms. Dillon received her M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management where she was designated a Carlson Scholar. She also holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Minnesota.
Jesse M. Overton III
Jesse Overton III grew up in Bloomington, MN, attended The Blake School, and Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Business Management. Jesse is a Business Analyst at Nestlé, USA where he supports the Target/HyVee team. An avid Minnesota Vikings and Prince fan, Jesse lives with his wife Kristin and their 16-month-old son Jesse IV in Bloomington. He is passionate about supporting organizations that enhance the lives of young people, providing opportunities to tap into their individual potential, while facilitating personal growth. Jesse joined the Hurdles Foundation as a Board Member in 2015 and is proud of their focus and determination to live out their mission in all they do.
Rachel Overton is Senior Program Manager with Volt Workforce Solutions, overseeing the contingent staffing program at Activision in Southern California. She is a strategic partner responsible for developing and managing all HR functions and strategies for Volt’s onsite program. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Whitter College, majoring in Political Science, and obtained her Human Resource Management Certification with distinction from UCLA. She is a proud Blake Schools alumni, class of ‘94 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Darrell Thompson started 24 years ago as Program Manager of Bolder Options, a comprehensive youth mentoring program that works with referred youth, ages 10-14, that may be at-risk due to delinquent or unhealthy behaviors. Since becoming Executive Director in 1999, he has grown the program to over 4500 kids annually in the Twin Cities Metro program, recently expanded to his hometown of Rochester, MN, and leads 13 full-time employees and more than 25 volunteer Advisory Committee members in helping teach youth to succeed in all of life’s