Our professional staff is committed to the educational and athletic success of your child. We work with our students to provide them with the training they need to achieve their goals!
Academics & Administration
Charles (Chuck) and Tami Lucius, Founders
Chuck and Tami founded Gentry Academy based on the passion they share for the sport of athletics, elite academics and leadership. In addition to their desire to see youth succeed, they are the founders and owners of Gradient Financial Group, LLC which has grown into a leading financial organization. They are inspired by family and guided by responsibility, innovation, leadership, discipline, and relationships. This ideology is evident in their desire to teach and inspire youth to achieve their fullest potential.
Jennifer Kurth, M.Ed, Education Director and Teacher
Jennifer has her Master Degree in Education Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and boasts her K-12 administrative license as well as her special education director license. Jennifer has been an educator for 14 years and has been designated as highly qualified to teach K-12 reading and math in the State of Minnesota. She worked for the Anoka Hennepin School District, Mounds View School District and the Minneapolis Public Schools. Jennifer creates a safe and positive learning environment for her students and implements quality teaching methods that help her students excel.
Megan Stone, M.Ed, Leadership Director and Director of College Counseling
Megan is the founder and president of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc. and has been working with students and faculty members across the country for over 17 years. With a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and a Master’s degree in Life Science Education from the University of Minnesota as well as her hands-on classroom experience, Megan is designated as highly qualified in the field of education. Early in her career, she taught science in the highly ranked Edina Public Schools before launching Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc. Megan walks alongside students and provides the tools they need to achieve success inside and outside the classroom.
Shaun Goodsell, The Mental Edge
Shaun Goodsell provides both an online and live training on mind strength to make our students exceptional. Shaun has had a passion for working with and helping kids and adolescents for the better part of his life. He grew up playing hockey and running cross-country for his local high school and has also run an amazing six marathons! With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and his undying love for athletics and young people, Shaun has worked with LPGA Golfers, National Championship Hockey Players, Professional Triathletes, State Champion Football and Hockey Players, as well as those athletes who simply want to make “the team.”
Every athlete deals with certain mental interferences and life impairments no matter what level they may be at competitively. With Shaun’s ability to teach and to inspire, along with his ability to communicate abstract ideas clearly, he is able to help each person he works with identify and look at ways they might be engaging in self-defeating patterns of thinking and/or acting, which results in an overall empowering experience for the individual, raising their level of mental toughness and overall self-esteem.
Paul Ostby, Director of Development
Paul Ostby, Certified NHLPA Agent and a native of Elk River and inductee into its Hall of Fame, serves as the Director of Development for Gentry Academy. An accomplished player, scout and coach, Ostby has a keen eye for talent and has built the relationships critical to building pathways for players.
A walk-on as a freshman, Paul rose to become the University of Minnesota MVP in his senior year, earning him a trip to the National Sports Festival. He went on to tend goal for the U.S. National team.
His understanding of the game led him to coaching for the St. Paul Vulcans, University of Minnesota, Shattuck St. Marys, Apple Valley, Benilde St. Margaret, and state-wide goalie camps and clinics and to scouting for the Washington Capitals. Paul focuses on scouting and marketing endorsements and supports overall player representation.
Ellise Wolter, Assistant Director of Dance and Teacher
Ellie has her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has 2 years of experience working with kindergarten through fifth grade students. She previously taught in the South Washington County School District. Ellie has a passion not only for education but for sports as well. She grew up participating in many sports including hockey and continued to play into her first year of college. Another passion of her’s is teaching dance. She has been teaching dance for four years, working with groups of children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Ellie works to build a safe and fun learning environment for her students so that they can succeed in many ways!
Rachel Scanlan, Teacher
Rachel graduated from the University of Minnesota (U of M) where she majored in Biology and Italian. She then went on to complete her Post-Baccalaureate in Science Education and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the U of M. She has over ten years of teaching science in the classroom in addition to other subject areas. Rachel enjoys fostering her students’ excitement in learning through tailored and engaging teaching techniques and encourages involvement in activities such as Lego League Robotics. Rachel’s passion for education is seen in her dedication to help her students succeed!
Jackie McClees, Teacher
Jackie McClees has over 40 years experience in math education and math curriculum development with the Minneapolis School System. She also directed a math project, Equals Minnesota, at the University of Minnesota. She has a math education degree from the University of Minnesota and has a current Minnesota teaching license. Jackie has consulted with and given math services to a variety of school districts in the Midwest.
Nick Stovall, CPA/PFSSM, CGMA, MBA, Director of Finance
Nick is at the forefront in accounting; strategic retirement planning; business, IRA and technical taxation; tax law and policy; and investing. In January 2010, after two decades of public accounting and C-level private industry experience, he founded what is now Stovall and Associates, Ltd., an independent certified public accounting firm located in Minnesota. As owner, president, and chief tax strategist for the company, Stovall provides an invaluable perspective on the intricate relationships between tax and business issues to clients across the United States and Europe.
With his extensive knowledge and background, Stovall also wrote “The Future of Taxation: And How to Prepare.” Stovall had been featured on national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, Investment News, Financial Planning Magazine, Bloomberg and numerous radio broadcasts.
Joe Jensen, Co-Director of Boys' Hockey
Joe grew up in Plymouth, MN playing youth hockey for the Osseo-Maple Grove Hockey Association. His team was the MN state champion during his Pewee A (94-95). His Bantam A team (96-97) also won state and finished runner-up at nationals in Boston, MA to Compuware. He played for the 83 Minnesota Blades AAA team in the summers. He played junior hockey for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. He was Co-Captain with Thomas Vanek and made the All-Star Game and Viking Cup Team. He was a 3 time All-Academic Team winner for the Saint Cloud State Huskies in the WCHA. He earned a degree in Marketing before before turning pro. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and signed a two year deal. During his first year pro he was named to the All-Star Game in the ECHL and won the "Fastest Skater Award". He was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes half way through his second year where he played 6 games with the Hurricanes scoring a game winning goal in his third game. Later he moved across seas and played for the Brunico Wolves in the Italian Serie A and led the league in goals before ending his career in England. He was a coach for the Eden Prairie Bantam AA team during the 2013-2014 season and the 2003 MN Blades. He has a passion for coaching, training, and mentoring hockey players in the area.
Billy Hengen, Co-Director of Boys' Hockey
Billy grew up in Circle Pines, MN playing his youth hockey for Centennial. His Bantam team was the first Centennial team at any level to earn a berth to a state tournament in 1996. He attended Holy Angels High School from 1997-2000 where he remains the all time leading goal scorer with 106 career goals. His 1999 Holy Angels team was the first from the school to play in the AA State tournament. He went on to play two years for the back-to-back USHL Anderson Cup Champion, Lincoln Stars, teams of 2000-2002. Collegiately, Hengen played with Joe Jensen 2002-2006 and they formed a formidable line that led SCSU to 22 wins in 2006 and a Final Five championship appearance. After college, Hengen joined the Holy Angels HS Boys Varsity staff as an assistant from 2006-2011. He has Head Coached both the Holy Angels Boys hockey team, Eden Prairie Bantam AA and currently the 2003 Minnesota Blades. He has a passion for teaching scoring concepts, using video as a tool for young players and being on the ice with the boys.
Martin Sertich, Director of Girls Hockey
Minnesota native Marty Sertich serves as the Director of Girls Hockey at Gentry Academy and brings his lifelong passion for the sport with him. His love for the game is not only evident in his individual skills, but has also earned him national recognition through numerous prestigious awards.
Marty brings an array of valuable coaching skills to the program including superb puck handling, impressive speed and great on-ice vision. Through his determination, leadership ability, and tireless work ethic, Marty’s incredible prowess as a player is easily translated through his coaching and inspires his players both on and off the ice.
Jeff Burton, Girls Galaxy Head Coach and Skills Instructor
Coach Jeff Burton was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He began his hockey career growing up in Minneapolis playing for Minneapolis Roosevelt's youth association. He played varsity hockey for 3 years and lead the conference as the highest scoring defenseman his junior and senior year. Also during his high school career he played hockey with the Minnesota Jr North Stars, he appeared once in the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament, and was a 3 year captain on the varsity soccer team and captain on the baseball team. After high school Coach Burton continued his athletic career attending The College of St. Scholastica where he played 4 years of baseball breaking 7 school records and playing hockey in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) earning All American Honors.
Since college, Coach Burton has coached for 2 of the best hockey programs in Minnesota. He has most recently been coaching the top female players and top female teams in North America with the OS/WhiteCap program and with the Minnesota Elite League. When he is not coaching on the ice, he spends his time as a hockey skills instructor working on stickhandling, shooting, and developing proper skating fundamentals. We are extremely excited to have Coach Burton working with our athletes!
Brennan Poderzay, Goalie Director
Brennan Poderzay hails from the small town of Tower, Minnesota but his hockey ability has allowed him to travel the world. Brennan was a standout player at Hibing High School and went on to play Junior Hockey after graduating. He played one year in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and two years in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). From there, he played for the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, where his performance allowed him to take the ice at the professional level. He played professional hockey for six years, five of which were in Europe with stops in Finland, France, The Netherlands and Slovenia. Brennan also serves as the Minnesota Regional Goalie Scout and mentor for the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) as well as the goalie coach for The University of Minnesota State Mankato Men’s Hockey Team.
Andrew Lecker, Director of Lacrosse
Andrew is the founder and director of the STX Minnesota Shootout Lacrosse Tournament and founder of the Lacrosse Monkey Club. Andrew began coaching girls' lacrosse in 2006 as the inaugural varsity head coach for Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) high school in Saint Paul, MN. Prior to working at CDH, he taught physical education in Dallas, TX to elementary and middle school students. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Andrew works alongside the athletes to teach them teamwork, respect for others, and the importance of using their talents every day.
Jon Reigstad, Director of Golf
Jon Reigstad is Director of Golf for Gentry Academy and boasts an impressive golf background. He is a PGA Teaching Professional who received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a specialization in Professional Golf Management (PGM) from New Mexico State University. He was the Assistant Golf Professional at Troy Burne Golf Club from 2006 to 2008 and has experience playing on multiple mini-tours across the United States.
Jon believes there is no one swing or playing strategy that is identical between students (think Tiger Woods swing compared to Jim Furyk’s swing). Certain golf swing fundamentals may present differently based on body type, physical capabilities and age. Additionally, he believes that playing strategies differ between players based on individual personality. He will assess the individual and find characteristics both physically and mentally that will make him or her the best possible player.
Carol Anderson, Director of Dance
Carol is the Director of Dance for Gentry Academy. She is also the owner and master instructor of 4th Street Dance Centre. As an instructor for over 30 years she brings her years of experience to the classroom. Carol's choreography in all areas of dance has been recognized at state and national levels.
Her talented students have competed on the regional and national stages winning top honors. Many of her students have continued their dance experience in the professional fields of film, professional team dancers, dance educators, and stage productions. She is honored to have welcomed many alumni back to 4SDC as members of her staff over the past 30 years.
Her expertise is called upon for judging at national competitions. She is licensed with Dance Educators of America and Professional Dance Teachers of America.
Sean Molin, Hockey Instructor
Sean Molin serves as a lead instructor at Gentry Academy. Sean played for Roseville High School’s hockey team, serving as team captain in his senior year, and went on to play for Bethel University for four years. Sean’s passion for hockey fundamentals led him to become a sought-after hockey instructor for all ages. Sean’s commitment to excellence inspired him to become both Power Edge Pro certified and an NSC adult skills coach. As a certified life coach, Sean creates more than just elite hockey players, he creates elite individuals.
Cole Bassett, Hockey Instructor
Cole joins Gentry Academy bringing along with him a vast amount of experience in both on-ice skill development and coaching. Cole's coaching career started when he volunteered with the 2008 MN State Champions Hill-Murray. Cole went on to become an assistant coach with the US National Under-18 Team Development Program for 2 years, working mainly with the 1992 birth year. The team won the 2010 IIHF Under-18 World Championships Gold Medal. Cole has since returned to Minnesota where he was the Minnesota Regional Scouting Manager and Head Bantam scout for the NTDP from 2012-2015. Responsibilities included identifying the top talent in MN at the 14 and 15 year old age range as potential prospects for the NTDP. Cole has worked multiple camps and clinics and is very passionate about teaching hockey and giving back to today's youth.
Meaghan Pezon, Hockey Instructor
When Meaghan Pezon was growing up, the only way she could have spent more time on the ice is if she had lived on it. As it was, her backyard was already a rink. By high school, Meaghan’s prowess on the ice was solidified – as a senior at Eden Prairie, she led her team to an undefeated season, and its first state championship. She played with the St. Cloud State Huskies for four years, where her decisive skating and dominant delivery as forward helped the fledgling program develop into a serious division contender. During her senior year, the Huskies were third in the WCHA, which was the first time a team other than the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin or University of Minnesota-Duluth finished that high in the standings. Additionally, Meaghan was named the “Offensive Player of the Week” by US College Hockey Online in both 2007 and 2006. Meaghan was a member of the 2011 Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL championship team and continues to play professional hockey with them.
Justin Grant, Goalie Instructor
Justin was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. He played high school hockey in the Quad City's and he went on to play two seasons of junior hockey in the WJHL — winning championships both seasons. Justin played college hockey in the NCAA for Northland College and went on to play three seasons of class A and two seasons of AA professional hockey. He has also attended main training camps and played for teams in the CHL, IHL, SPHL, AAHA and AAHL. The last four seasons Justin has been a full time goalie coach. He currently works with Centennial High School (four seasons) and Centennial Youth Hockey Association (two seasons with the AA Bantam's) but has also spent time with Shakopee High School (two seasons). Justin has enjoyed two section championships and one VFW state championship (both Centennal).
Barry Karn, Dynamic Skating Instructor
Over the course of his 30-year career, Barry Karn has developed an innovative and dynamic approach that has made him one of the NHL’s most highly sought-after skating instructors. Currently, Barry is the skating coach for the Minnesota Wild. During the off-season, Barry works with a growing number of NHL skaters on an individual basis. Previously, Barry was the skating coach for the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Islanders.
In addition to his professional coaching career, Barry is also a co-owner of Karn Skating Dynamics, the largest skating school of its kind in North America. As a year-round school, Karn Skating Dynamics teaches up to 450 students per week, and works with hundreds of teams, coaches, hockey associations and clubs in both the United States and Canada. Karn Skating Dynamics has taught tens of thousands of students of all skill levels, ranging from mites to pros.
Joe Dziedzic, Hockey Instructor
In 1990, during his senior year at Edison High School, he was named Minnesota’s “Mr. Hockey.” Later that same year, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, making him the #61 overall draft pick in the NHL Amateur Draft. Joe went on to play for the University of Minnesota, and then played professionally for five years, skating alongside NHL legends such as Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. Due to an unfortunate eye injury, Joe retired in 1999 and began his coaching career. Joe’s reputation as a coach has been built through his success coaching in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League, as well as through the founding of Team Reebok AAA Hockey (now the TC Penguins) and the creation of his JD Hockey Skills Training programs. Joe has trained thousands of hockey players of all ages, including many current college and pro players.
Sean Skinner, Hockey Instructor
Sean Skinner is a world renowned professional ice hockey skills coach and coaching instructor. He has worked for Hockey Canada, The Swedish Hockey Federation, USA Hockey, Int’l Ice Hockey Federation, the top Russian ice hockey clubs, and NHL teams such as The Montreal Canadians. Sean has also worked with NHL athletes like Alexander Ovechkin.
Sean helps student-athletes who are preparing to play collegiate and professional hockey. In addition, he develops all attending players in hockey skills, tactics, systems, strengths, conditioning, dryland training, positioning, and hockey sense.
PJ Atherton, Hockey Instructor
PJ Atherton has been playing hockey for over 20 years. He began playing in the Edina Youth Hockey Association. PJ went on to play varsity hockey for the Edina Hornets where he participated in two state tournaments and was an all-conference selection. After a four-year career at the University of Minnesota, PJ turned pro with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League and enjoyed a five-year professional career playing both in North America as well as Europe.
PJ has been coaching hockey players for ten years. He brings the same passion and intensity that made him successful as a player to his coaching. He has learned under some of the best coaches in the world including Don Lucia, Mike Guentzel and Mike Babcock. With this passion,intensity and knowledge PJ’s goal is to develop hockey players that can achieve higher goals than he has.
Winny Brodt Brown, Hockey Instructor
Since Winny Brodt Brown laced up her first pair of skates, her life has been on the ice. A Minnesota native, she led Roseville High School to an undefeated season and state title during her senior year, finishing the season with 62 goals and 61 assists in 30 games. During that same year, Winny was named the first recipient of the Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award. She went on to play one season for the New Hampshire Wildcats before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where she played for the Golden Gophers for two years. In her three year college hockey career, Winny won two national championships, was recognized as the AWCHA tournament’s Most Valuable Player in 1998, named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, and was the University of Minnesota’s all-time, career-lead scoring defenseman.
Peter Emery, Goalie Instructor
Peter Emery has the experience, vision and capability needed to succeed at this challenging position. Peter hails from Santa Barbara, California, but his love for hockey brought him to the Midwest, where he played NCAA Division III hockey for the Lawrence University Vikings in Appleton, Wisconsin. Due to his exceptional play and formidable talent, Peter quickly gained a reputation as a fierce and intelligent competitor.
During his freshman year, he was named the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association’s player of the week. He set the season record with a .924 save percentage and his goals against average ranks second on the Vikings’ season list. Before attending Lawrence, Peter played junior hockey in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL). Most recently, he served as Goalie Coach for the Breezy Point North Stars (NA3HL) and the Topeka RoadRunners (NAHL). Peter is passionate about coaching and believes in giving each player the platform necessary to help them reach their full potential on and off the ice.