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Board Members

Keith Kamrath, Chairperson
717 Shady Ridge Road NW
Hutchinson, MN  55350

Keith Kamrath has served on the school board since January 2000. He attended Hutchinson Public Schools, the U of M - Minneapolis, and Northwestern Health Sciences University earning a B.S. in biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has maintained a chiropractic practice in Hutchinson since 1985. Keith is also active in the Boy Scouts of America, currently serving as the committee chair for Troop 246, and on the board of directors for the Northern Star Council. Keith and his wife Lisa have five sons: Michael, Jonathan, Matthew, Joshua and Luke.



Jim Waldron, Clerk
530 School Road SW
Hutchinson, MN  55350

Jim Waldron began serving on the board in January of 2009.  He attended the DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago, in addition to the U of M and St. Thomas.  He moved to Hutchinson in 1966. He and his wife Sandy, have 2 sons, Dan and Eric (both graduates of HHS) and 2  grandchildren, Maddie and Tanner.  After 21 years working for The Hartford Insurance Company, Jim is retired and is a part time sales executive with  KDUZ / KARP  Radio.  Jim is a member of the American Legion Post #96, member of the Knights of Columbus and the St Anastasia Catholic Church.  He is also very active with the Hutchinson Hockey Association and also provides color commentary for KDUZ / KARP sports events.




Josh Gehlen, Treasurer
1195 Oakwood Ct.
Hutchinson, MN  55350

Josh Gehlen has served on the school board since 2011. He is a graduate of Hutchinson High School and St. Cloud State University. Josh is the vice president/commercial lender with Home State Bank in Hutchinson. Josh and his wife Tamarah have two children, Elizabeth and Isaiah. He is a member of the Hutchinson Jaycees and Water Carnival, Hutchinson EDA Finance Team, Hutchinson Ambassadors, and a youth baseball coach.




Byron Bettenhausen, Director
705 Graham St
Hutchinson, MN  55350

Byron Bettenhausen has served on the school board since April of 2011. He attended high school in Wishek, ND and graduated from Bismarck State College with an Associate Degree in Power Plant Technology.  Byron and his family moved to Hutchinson in 1999 when he was employed as a jet engine mechanic with Alliance Pipeline in Bird Island, MN. Byron and his wife, Katie, are parents to two boys: Trenton and Brandon. He is a member of Christ the King church, he is President of the Renville County Fair Board, serves on the Hutchinson Park Board and is a youth baseball, basketball, and football coach throughout the year.



Deb Penwell, Director
1235 Sherwood St SE
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Deborah (Deb) Penwell graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a major in English Secondary Education and a minor in Speech and Theatre.  She grew up in Nashville, TN and has also lived in Colorado, Florida and Wisconsin. Deb has been married to Lanny for 37 years. They have three grown children named Cameron, Carly and Connor, one granddaughter, Claire and twin grandsons, William and Lawrence. She most recently taught high school in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Deb is a member of Hutchinson Evangelical Free Church and has experience volunteering in children's ministries, mentor relationships, parent/teacher groups, and advocating with elderly.


Lori Hornick-Lindell, Director
546 Grove St
Hutchinson, MN 55350