Board of Directors

 

Johnny Anderson - Board Member

 

Adam Barta - Executive Director
Adam Barta is a Lake Crystal, Minnesota native, and has been involved with baseball all of his life pitching in college and professionally along with coaching high school, college, and professional players. In 2003, Barta founded...
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Minnesota Baseball Academy - known now as Blizzard Baseball Academy - which has created some of Minnesota's most popular baseball offerings: the Minnesota Blizzard, the Advanced Fall Baseball League and ScoutStop. Since then, Barta and his program have graduated some of the most well-decorated prep athletes in Minnesota as well as helped develop youth players from the ages 6u-18u. In 2006, he signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox as an Associate Scout where his main duties are scouting players in the Twin Cities as well as running the Minnesota Area Code workouts. Some of Barta's players who have either been signed or drafted by the Sox include Mike Strong, Ryan Bollinger, Tom Windle and Jon Keller. In 2012, Barta was inducted in the St. Scholastica baseball Hall of Fame and was on the 1999 Saints baseball team that was inducted into the CSS Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 2013. Barta has given several coaching and pitching presentations including the Minnesota Baseball High School Convention, the Minnesota Twins Coaches Clinic, Minnesota Physical Therapy Conference, MYAS Coaches clinics, numerous youth association clinics as well as several Blizzard Baseball Academy coaches clinics and college seminars.  In the summer if 2016, Barta founded the Blizzard Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to help student athletes achieve their dreams on and off the field. The Blizzard Foundation has three main legs to the foundation: to provide financial aid to players in need, community service projects, and provide the "Johnny Price" College Scholarship. Currently, Barta lives in Roseville with his wife, Heidi, their son, Spencer, and daughter, Stella.

"My intentions are focused on the players in our program. I want to see them succeed and learn life lessons through the game of baseball. Surrounding them with great coaches and mentors has always been first priority and I feel I have the best staff around to accomplish those goals. I love what I do and see myself working on a baseball field for a long time to come."

Jeff Huth - Director/Secretary 

Jeff Huth, a Minnesota native, grew up in Brooklyn Park, and currently resides in Minneapolis. A 2008 graduate...

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from West Lutheran High School, Jeff moved on to graduate with a BA degree in Communication, Arts, and Literature from Metropolitan State University in 2012, followed by and a graduate certificate in Urban Education. During his college career, Jeff also obtained his AS in Law Enforcement (Riverland Community College). Jeff spent five years teaching behavior intervention in the Osseo Area School district before coming on as director for the Blizzard Foundation.

Jeff passions have come together in the forming of the Blizzard Foundation - baseball and helping others. “Over the last few years I have come to realize how fortunate I was growing up. I have always had a passion for helping others and for the game of baseball. The Blizzard Foundation is the perfect fit for me, because these two passions are melded together in the mission and vision of the foundation.”

Jeff is entering his second year as director of the Blizzard Foundation.

 

Maureen Juarie - Board Member

Maureen is a highly accomplished results-driven Senior Executive and Attorney with more than 20 years of success in the legal, marketing, and franchise industries. Her key areas of expertise include...Read More

analytical thinking, company management, business, marketing, and thrives in fast-paced companies. Maureen has strong operational intuition.

Maureen is presently working at her own law and consulting firm, Juaire Consulting Group, LLC. As a Licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota, and with sharp business acumen, Maureen consults with business regarding strategy, project management, financing, and marketing; advises businesses on development of their business via acquisition, expansion, and license; provides analysis on financials, product market, and other aspects of business. In addition, she works with high net worth clients to manage their professional services including investments, insurance, estate planning and financial strategy.

Maureen holds a Juris Doctorate from Hamline School of Law, with specialized course work in Copyright Law, Information Privacy Law, Corporations, Financial Markets, Negotiation, Arbitration, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution. She attained a Masters of Business Administration from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science, Business from Carlson School of Management.

 

Michael Kissell - Board Member/Treasurer

I have been a practicing certified public accountant working in public accounting for the last 36 years. Our main business focus is on tax preparation, payroll and accounting for smallRead More

business. In my spare time, I Iike to spend time with my family, travel and play golf.

I believe in the people that are involved within the organization and believe in the cause.

Lonnie Robinson - Board Member

Lonnie Robinson is a Minnesota native growing up in Brooklyn Park and attending Osseo High School.  As a standout student-athlete, he went on to earn the Father Dease ScholarshipRead More

to attend the University of St. Thomas (MN).  

During his time at St. Thomas, Lonnie excelled in both baseball and basketball earning many honors including All-Conference, All-American, MIAC Pitcher of the Year in 2007 and NCAA Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year in 2008. Robinson played on Tommie basketball and baseball teams that won all eight MIAC regular-season titles and 7-of-8 conference postseason crowns.

After graduating from St. Thomas with a degree in Business and Marketing Management, Robinson signed a contract to play professional baseball with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association.  He pitched for 2 years before a shoulder injury led to his retirement.

Robinson is now the Upper Midwest Territory Sales Representative for VibrAlign, an industrial maintenance company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  He is also in his 8th year as a coach and instructor for the Minnesota Baseball Academy, where he works with youth baseball players ranging from 10-18 years of age.

Lonnie lives in Woodbury, MN with his wife, Rebecca, and their two dogs.  They are expecting their first child in February of 2018.  In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, working out, playing town baseball during the summer, traveling and spending time with his family.

“The Blizzard Foundation is important to me because I think all children should have the ability to play baseball without finances being a barrier to entry.  The game of baseball teaches so many life lessons while at the same time building relationships that will last a lifetime.  Through the Blizzard Foundation’s efforts, we can help mold great baseball players as well as great young men.”

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Janelle Schulenberg- Board Member

Janelle is a strategic growth consultant who specializes in guiding global organizations through times of transition. She has been the managing partner of Tacet Consulting for more than 20 years, and is a CertifiedRead More

Change Practitioner, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and an avid alumnus of the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities. Janelle has served on more than a dozen corporate and non-profit boards, mentors students, volunteers in her community, and has served as a guest professor of Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Effectiveness.

Coming from a multi-generational baseball family, Janelle has a passion for the game. But her ultimate draw to the Blizzard Foundation was its mission of empowering athletes to be great citizens. “Our family has been blessed with so many talented athletes and avid sports fans,” said Schulenberg, “but being contributing members of society is in the fabric of who they are. Both my grandfather and uncle, for example, were inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, but they also volunteered as firefighters and in countless other ways, raised large families, and were each named Citizen of the Year, which left a powerful impression and sent a message of distinction to all who knew them.”