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.
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!
Nyssa Wallace, Pool Manager
Nyssa Wallace has been the Pool Manager since December of 2021. Prior to becoming Pool Manager, she served as Head Lifeguard from February 2015-Decmeber 2021. Prior to becoming the Head Lifeguard Nyssa worked as a lifeguard and WSI her high school years, then moved 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 certifications including Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO), CPR-First Aid Certification and Water Safety Instructor. Nyssa is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the lifeguards. Wallace leads in creating and teaching aquatics programs that the pool offers. Wallace also leads the mechanical and chemical operations of the aquatics pump room. She leads trainings and in-services and being a positive mentor of the lifeguards and the youth of our community.
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.
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!
Kayla Trudo, Assistant Pool Manager
Kayla was born and raised in Belle Fourche. She absolutely loved basketball and played from 2nd grade to my senior year. Kayla graduated high school in 2009 and moved shortly afterward to Oklahoma for nursing school. After graduating nursing school she landed an amazing opportunity to work for a hospital and also the assisted living that was attached to the hospital. Kayla has always been a caregiver to anyone who needs it. After about 5 years of this amazing and wonderful opportunity, she moved back to my hometown in 2016 and decided to be a stay-at-home mom for a while. In 2019, she took the lifeguarding class and started working at the BFRC. In 2020, Kayla decided to go back to school and further her education with something in business, after completion of the business program she came back to the BFRC and is now the Assistant Pool Manager.
DeAnna Alcanter, Assistant Customer Service Supervisor
DeAnna was born and raised on a farm outside of Huron South Dakota. She moved to Belle Fourche in 1980 and began raising a family.
DeAnna has worked in the Belle Fourche area since 1980. Her previous jobs included Assistant Manager at both Common Cents and Hardees.
DeAnna is looking forward to being more involved in the community by working at the Rec Center.