Makenna Tysdal is a junior at Battle Lake High School and is entering her third year in BPA. She is an avid nature lover, spending most of her time during the summer out on the lake skiing, wakeboarding, or enjoying the Minnesota sun. Makenna is involved in the First National Bank Youth Ambassador Program, Minnesota Honors Society, Volleyball, and many other activities within her school. She loves helping others and actively volunteers in her community, either by coordinating blood drives or by helping at the local nursing home. Besides her many activities, Makenna loves to spend her time with friends and family making memories and going on adventures. BPA has allowed Makenna to grow in many ways through leadership, service, and professionalism. She is excited to take on this year and help the Minnesota BPA organization grow. After her senior year, Makenna plans on attending Grand Canyon University in Arizona and majoring in Marketing/Management with a minor in Spanish.
John Zheng is a senior at Champlin Park High School and a full-time PSEO student at Anoka Ramsey Community College. At his high school, he is involved in many extra-curriculars, including being president of his school’s Leo Club, Jefferson Awards, and BPA. He is also currently serving as the MN BPA Region 4 secretary and District 5M5 LEO president of Lions Clubs International, organizing service projects around Minnesota. When he’s not occupied with obligations, his favorite activities are reading, traveling, rock climbing, exploring nature, and spending time with friends. He loves volunteering at nonprofit organizations and was only one of two people recognized at NLC for the BPA Service Learning Individual Award for his charitable work. He loves networking with members and helping them burgeon their potential in what they want to achieve in BPA. After high school, he plans to pursue an undergraduate major in Organizational Management and an MBA in Strategy to start his venture in corporate consulting.
Tim Mafe is the 2018-2019 BPA Executive Vice President of Membership Outreach. He is a varsity football captain, local chapter President, and CEMS student at Blaine High School. As a three year member of BPA, Tim made it a goal to become active in the program, which has allowed him to serve in four executive office teams and finalize at two national leadership conferences. Tim’s Hobbies include playing the drums, cars, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.
Mike is a four year member of BPA, who is thankful for the opportunity to serve as Minnesota BPA’s first VP of Communications. After spending nearly a quarter of his life in BPA, Mike is taking this opportunity as a chance to help shape the lives and futures of its members. Just like his life and future were once molded by the people who once stood in his position. Wherever you go, go with all your heart. (Confucius) These are the words that Mike uses to employ his commitment and dedication to everything he does; whether that’s being a member of BPA, serving the community, or setting the stage as a Stage Manager, Mike doesn’t know the meaning of half-hearted and throws his mind, spirit and body into everything he does; making sure to never mark any task or role he’s committed himself to, as complete until he can proudly and honestly say that he gave it his all. When Mike isn’t devoting everything to the people around him he enjoys laying down to watch a good movie and is always willing to go on a trek for free food wherever it may be, with or without his friends.
This is Ignacio Nacho Larios, your 2018-2019 MNBPA Vice President of Development. He also serves as Executive Vice President for his chapter and his region. Nacho is a senior at Marshall High School and plans to major in Biology or Biochemistry in the future. Nacho has attended the Spring Leadership Conference three times and the National Leadership Conference twice (Florida and Dallas). Nacho’s favorite activity is BPA, for it has offered him the opportunity to travel to other states, meet lots of people, and make life-long memories. Nacho is involved in a wide variety of activities besides BPA. Marching Band, Speech, Link Crew, and Soccer are just a few of the other activities he enjoys. Other hobbies that he enjoys are: spending time at the lake with his friends, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and volunteering at nursing and retirement homes. Nacho is passionate about helping others and hopes to use this passion in Minnesota BPA!
Maycee is a senior at Ortonville High School. She is a cheerleader for both football and basketball and is also on the fast-pitch softball team. She loves anything to do with the arts and is involved in many art-related activities including choir, band and theatre. She was also elected to be the student representative for the school board. Maycee works as a lifeguard and teaches swimming lessons over the summer and works as a waitress during the school year. She loves coffee, and her family has an espresso machine, so she knows how to make a mean iced mocha. She also loves animals and has two dogs. For any Harry Potter fans out there, she is definitely a Hufflepuff :). She has four younger siblings, three younger sisters at her mom's, and one younger brother at her dad's. Her younger brother is adopted and is arguably one of the cutest babies of all time. If asked, she'll probably have at least five pictures of him ready. She also loves Netflix and has seen the Office way too many times.