Nate Velander, Director
Nate Velander has been Director of the Belle Fourche Rec Center since January 2020. Prior to his current position at the Rec Center, Velander previously worked as Community Center Leader for Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation and as the Recreation Director for the City of Hartford South Dakota. Nate Velander is a 2018 Augustana University graduate. At Augustana, he double majored in Sports Management and Business Administration.
During his time at Augustana, Velander interned with the Augustana University Athletic Department as a Communications Assistant his senior year and as a game-day operations assistant his junior year. In the summer of 2018, Nate interned with Sioux Empire Baseball as a Site Director of Pasley Park where he oversaw gameday operations and scheduled umpires. In his three and a half years at Augustana Velander worked for Augustana Recreational Services as an Intramural Supervisor where he trained and officials and supervised flag football, basketball, and softball.
In his role, Velander oversees operations of the Belle Fourche Rec Center a facility consisting of a pool, gymnasium, auditorium, exercise spaces, and meeting facilities serving the citizens of the Northern Hills.
Renee Collins, Customer Service Supervisor
Renee Collins is the Customer Service Supervisor at the Belle Fourche Rec Center. Collins began working here in 2017 for the second time after working at the Rec Center previously in the early 2000s.
Renee oversees the Customer Service desk which serves as the headquarters for all information at the Rec Center. Renee answers phones, questions, greet customers, sells concessions, and keeps track of customer information.
Collins graduated from Belle Fourche High School. Collins previously worked at Bright Beginnings Day Care for 6 years, and also hosted an in-home daycare and preschool for 7 years.
Collins volunteers her time with the Butte County 4-H Rodeo as the Ambassador Coordinator. She has worked with this group for 12 years.
Tessa Anderson-Voyles, Program Coordinator
Tessa has been part of the Rec Center team for over 20 years leading sports, fitness, and wellness programs. She earned her BS in Wellness Management from Black Hills State University, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine and is also a 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Trainer) with the Yoga Alliance.
You can find Tessa all over the Rec Center from teaching a SilverSneakers® fitness class, coaching Kindergarten basketball, to setting up volleyball nets to name a few. Tessa views rec sports as a great way to stay active, enjoy healthy competition and be social. Sports build character, discipline, and teach many life skills that go far beyond the court/field. Sports and physical activity have always been a part of Tessa’s life. Tessa is a Belle Fourche High School alumnus and a Hall of Fame member with the 1995 State Champion Girls Basketball Team. Tessa brings this team mentality to the youth programs she coaches as well as to the co-workers she interacts with daily.
In regard to wellness, Tessa seeks to promote well-being within the whole person. Tessa believes health is the foundation to a great quality of life and she refers to the Rec Center as the heart of the community. She is grateful to the founders and supporters of the Rec Center for having a vision for the well-being of the community. Tessa invites you to explore the Rec Center, stop by her office for a smile, and see what the Rec Center can offer to help make your life better!
Kathryn Bogner, Pool Manager
Kathryn Bogner has been Aquatics Manager of the Belle Fourche Rec Center since January of 2006. Prior to becoming the Aquatics Manager Kathryn worked as a lifeguard and WSI for eight years. Kathryn then attended the Hawaiian Healing Arts School for massage therapy and has continued doing it as a hobby for 39 years. Kathryn missed the lifeguarding way and came back as a lifeguard in 2003, then started her journey as the Aquatics Manager.
Kathryn is certified as an Aquatics Facility Operator, Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Community C.P.R Instructor, Professional Rescuer C.P.R, and Safety Swim Coach Instructor. Kathryn is part of the City Safety Committee and Banner Settlement Fund in the community. Kathryn has a passion for kids to learn to swim so she partnered with the Belle Fourche South Park Elementary school and started teaching 3rd and 4th grade P.E Program in the fall for swim lessons. This Program has been going on for 17 years now.
Kathryn Manages oversees the aquatics area, the operation, and daily maintenance of the pools. Her passion is being a mentor and touching the lives of kids in our community.
Nyssa Wallace, Assistant Pool Manager
Nyssa Wallace is the Head Lifeguard at the Belle Fourche Rec Center since February 2015. Prior to becoming the Head Lifeguard Nyssa worked as a lifeguard and WSI her high school years, then moving to Fort Worth Texas graduating from Remington College in 2012, with her Medical Assisting and X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and worked at the Texas Walk-In Urgent Care for 2 years. Nyssa missed her hometown and community of Belle Fourche and came back in 2014. Nyssa came back to work at the Belle Fourche Community Center in 2014 as a lifeguard.
Nyssa has her CPR-First Aid Certification and Water Safety Instructor. Nyssa assists with the supervision and evaluation of the lifeguards. She helps with creating and teaching aquatics programs that the pool offers. Nyssa assumes the responsibilities of the pool manager when she is absent. She assists with the mechanical and chemical operations of the aquatics pump room. She helps with trainings and in-services and being a positive mentor of the lifeguards and the youth of our community.
Samantha Gill, Assistant Program Coordinator
Samantha is from Northern Colorado and has been involved with sports and recreation her whole life. Growing up she was involved in all types of activities including volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer just to name a few.
After high school, Samantha went to a junior college in Nebraska where she received her Associate of Science and played on the college softball team as well. After her two years in North Platte, she transferred to Black Hills State and continued her education and athletic career. She quickly fell in love with the area, as it reminded her of home. During the summers while she was in college, she would work at a Recreation Department in Colorado organizing the T-Ball program, helping with multiple adult sports, as well as making teams for youth basketball, and calling parents for volunteer coaching.
After getting her Exercise Science degree from BHSU, she continued her education at Dakota Wesleyan University. At DWU she was the Graduate Assistant Softball coach and got her Master’s in Educational Policy and Administration. Following graduation from DWU, she moved to Spearfish works in the Programming department at the Rec Center!
Melissa Wamsher, Assistant Customer Service Supervisor
Melissa graduated from Newell High school in 2000. Since then, Melissa has enjoyed raising my two boys and watching them grow and play every sport that they could. Melissa most recently worked for Newell School as a Special Education Para before beginning her position at the Rec Center. In August, Melissa moved to Fruitdale to be closer to Belle Fourche for work and my younger son’s school. Her hobbies include camping, fishing, painting, and hanging out with friends and family.
Melissa is very excited about my new position at Belle Fourche Rec Center and very pleased to see the kids and adults that I see every day. She is a very outgoing person who loves to visit and know more about the people I work with and see every day.