Board of Directors


We are currently looking for people to help serve on our One Bright Star Board of Directors. If this is something you would be interested in, please review the form at the link below for responsibilities and commitment information. This is a great way to help families in our community and make a difference! If interested in applying to be on our board, please submit the form, your resume and a paragraph as to why you’d like to join our board to: director@onebrightstar.org or mail to: One Bright Star, P.O. Box 1084, Mankato, MN 56002.

Erica Fischer

Executive Director

Alicia More

Board Member

Linda Janavaras

Founding Mother and Treasurer

Suzie Hall

Secretary

Becca Roberson

President

Jonna Hruby

Vice President

Nicole Van Sickle

Board Member

Julianne Gruber

Board Member

Dena Iverson

Board Member

Paige Hawkins

Board Member

Tracy Davies

Board Member

Steve Anderson

Board Member

Honorary Board Members:

  • Tom Karels
  • Lisa May
  • Gayla Satre
  • Cassi Wanous
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Erica Fischer

Mankato, MN
Board Member since 2011

Why I Serve
I serve for every person affected by the loss of a child to death because no one should have to do this alone. I am blessed and honored to hold hands and space for those grieving their bright shining star.

Family
Husband, Terry; Children, Kassidy, Kaydra, Ellie, Rylan, Solon, Emily, Granddaughter, Lila…and Dog, June Carter Cash

Alicia More

St. Clair, MN
Board Member since 2013

Why I Serve
My passion is helping people and when I gained insight from grieving parents of not only how heart wrenching it is to navigate life without their child, but how alone they feel, how people avoid them because no one knows what to say, I wanted to show up, to remember their child, to say their child’s name. It seems such a small gesture, yet can be incredibly impactful.

Family
Husband, Marvin; adult sons, Matthew & Andrew; dog, Max

Linda Janavaras

Mankato, MN
I am a Founder of OBS and have continued to be on the board since the beginning, 1998.

Why I Serve
I serve in memory of my 15-year-old son John who died of Bacterial Meningitis in February 1995. Along with the three other founding mothers, we came together in 1998 to initially support each other in our losses. Soon we realized we needed a mission to help other grieving families who have lost children to death and One Bright Star was born. It has been a privilege to serve on the boards over the years with our active, hands-on board of directors. Their empathy, talents, and enthusiasm have made this group a joy to work with.

Family
Husband, Basil; Daughter and Son-In Law, Loukia and Jeremy Jessen; and 3 Grandchildren.

Suzie Hall

North Mankato, MN
Board Member since 2011

Why I Serve
I serve in memory of my nephews Hunter & Koleton who passed away as infants in 2001 and 2010. One Bright Star has been a way to help me keep their memory alive. I am passionate to help families find support in this type of journey.

Family
Husband Brent, 8 year old daughter Teigan and 4 year old son Jaxson. We live outside North Mankato with our dogs Lyla and Otis, our cat Mudflap. On our funny farm we also have 3 goats and 20 chickens, 3 tree frogs, an anole lizard, a snail named Steve and a Betta Fish Walter.

Becca Roberson

North Mankato, MN
Board Member since 2018

Why I Serve
I serve to help bring awareness and make a difference in our community by collaborating with the other passionate and motivated board members to support this great cause.

Family
Husband, JJ; Daughter, Izzy; Son, AJ

Jonna Hruby

Mankato, MN
Board Member since 2019

Why I Serve
I serve for all the families who have lost a child. I want to support and guide families through their grief journey, understanding that looks different for everyone. I am proud to serve on the One Bright Star board and want to help spread the word of our mission within our community.

Family
Husband, Carson; 2 children; Leila and Leo.

Nicole Van Sickle

Lake Crystal, MN
Board Member since 2021

Why I Serve
I serve in memory of my son Max, who was stillborn in 2019, and because I am a firm believer in One Bright Star’s mission. I have experienced first-hand the impact we have on families who have lost children. I enjoy providing support to others as they navigate their grief journey.

Family
Husband Jesse; 3 children; Jackson, Max and Landry

Dena Iverson

New Ulm, MN
Board Member since 2021

Why I Serve
My drive and passion for serving on the One Bright Star board is because of our daughter, Cassie Jean. Cassie was stillborn April 19, 2019. Since then, she has inspired me to look for ways to support families through their grief journeys. Since 2021, I have watched the many ways One Bright Star has helped families and I am grateful to be a part of it. 

Family
Husband Travis and 4 children, Clayton, Cassie, Charlie and Caylee 

Tracy Davies

New Ulm, MN
Board Member since 2017

Why I Serve
I serve in memory of my son Nick who passed away in 2017 at the age of 19. One Bright Star has been a continuous support system through my grief and growth. I knew that I wanted to help others like me and joining the Board was the perfect way to give back.

Family
Boyfriend Duncan, my son Nick in heaven and 12 year old daughter Keira. Bonus children, Taylor, Macy, Peyton and Maddox; dog, Fergie; cat, Lily; rabbit, Daisy.

Steve Anderson

Waseca, MN
Board Member since 2021

Why I Serve
I serve in memory of my brother, Mark. Carrying on the mission of the four founding mothers is always top of mind. Lending my talents and abilities to further the cause in service to our bereaved families will always be my primary focus.

Family
Wife, Jean; adult daughters, Michele, Lisa; dog, Hudson; cat, Elmer.