Director Paul Arneberg
Director Paul Arneberg is in his 28th year of career youth work, 27th year of marriage, and 51st year of life. His degree from the U of MN—Speech-Communication (Radio) with Music (Vocal Performance) & Theatre (Acting)— opened the door to child care management right out of college, leading to his founding of JUGHEADS in 1994. He advises and/or leads clubs on site every day, with a supportive role in Ultimate Club (UC). Paul also leads the Student Leadership Team (SLT) and directs our annual Juggle Jam every spring. Down time priorities include nutrition & fitness (especially running), Bible study & reading, home theater time with Wendy, and Words With Friends.
Operations Manager Wendy Arneberg
Wendy Arneberg met Paul just before he learned to juggle, began dating him right after he learned to work with kids, and has been at his side since the start of his career and in every company adventure. She has a degree in English from the U of MN and left her graphic design career in 2004 for a more balanced life. Wendy runs our home office; produces Juggle Jam; manages the Arneberg home; wrangles their sometimes wild yet super three-year-old cat, Chip; and opens their home to seasonal foster kittens. In 2018, Wendy launched Kleynhuis, an Amazon-based business selling her invention of strainers to make homemade Greek yogurt.
Ultimate, Elite, and Advanced Club Coach
Coach Erica Liddle was a Jughead from 2009-2014 and is delighted to return to this special company as a coach. Erica challenges Advanced, Elite, and Ultimate Club jugglers to think collaboratively, juggle cleanly, and present their skills creatively. Fascinated by the magic that happens when kinetic, auditory, and visual mediums combine, she earned undergraduate degrees in English (Literature) and Theatre Arts (Acting and Directing) from Dordt University. In addition to coaching at Jugheads, Erica works at the bakery Patisserie Margo. She also stage manages periodically, dabbles in lighting design, and loves to bake, cook, craft, and sew.
Thursday Rec. Club Coach
Coach Christine (Johnson) Therens (JH Class of ‘09) invested eight years of her childhood in the company and graduated as the first senior to never have been in Ultimate Club or served on the SLT. However, Christine asserts that the company deeply affected her life, enjoying abiding friendships and a way to belong and to supplement her middle & high school years which focused on the theatre arts. Last year, Christine volunteered with fellow grad Erica Liddle to help choreograph and perform with the Lost is Found (LiF) ministry, and now she’s eagerly embracing her role as Thursday Rec. Coach. Christine has a Psychology degree from UMD and is Special Education Paraprofessional at Creek Valley Elementary in Edina. On 8/3/19, Christine married her fellow marching band “Bulldog” and college sweetheart, Scott Therens. They live in Edina with their cat, Totoro.
Friday Rec. Parent Specialist
Specialist Joyce Miller worked as a summer Rec. Leader for the Wise Guys program from 1994-1999 just as Paul was founding this company. Trained as a performer in music and mime (in addition to earning a B.S. in Nursing from Winona State), Joyce juggles her family (all three kids are Jugheads!), her 22-year marriage to Greg, part-time work with Health Partners, and volunteering at church and at our JBC the past two summers. This year, Joyce’s title was upgraded from “Volunteer” to “Specialist” due to Paul’s need for adult support and her wide skill set with children, parents, organization, choreography, and a heart for the company.
Friday Rec. Movement Specialist
Movement Specialist Betsy (Gaasedelen) Nelson has been a longtime JH “superfan” and audience member and will be entering her 6th season on staff. Betsy graduated from St. Olaf College where she earned her BA in Dance and Exercise Science and trained in various dance and performance styles. When not with the Jugheads, Betsy can be found teaching dance and managing the office at CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory, and performing with COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company and Jolene Konkel Dance Collective. She is so excited to begin another year of creativity and hard work with Friday Rec! Ephesians 3:20-21
Ultimate Club Specialist
Specialist Chris Lovdal (JH Class of ’11) is now in his 6th full- or partial year as a JUGHEADS staff member. Over the years, he’s coached Monday Rec., Thursday Rec., Advanced, Elite, and Ultimate (including the 2015 IJA silver medal team), and he returns this year as our 1st semester specialist in Ultimate Club. Before his post-high school coaching years, Chris spent half his childhood as a Jughead, admittedly blossoming late in his 9-year career but joining the SLT and taking home an IJA Teams Bronze medal during his senior year. Chris and his deca-Jughead sister, Natalie Lovdal (Class of ’13) are cousins with prominent Jughead senior Kayla M.—a fact Kayla loves to recount! Chris has a Math degree from the U of MN and lives and works as an Actuary in St. Paul.
2020–’21 Friday Rec. Coach
Coach Joshua Nelson (5-Year Jughead; Class of ‘18) parallels Coach Erica in that he didn’t join JUGHEADS until 8th grade but he had a highly impactful career. After attending our camps for three summers, Josh became a member of Friday Rec. Club and rose through the ranks to earn two letters in juggling, serve as Elite Club Co-Captain, and win the 2018 IJA Teams bronze medal (with current Jughead, Isaac Cantor) as The Lemonheads. Josh maintains that summer camps are a favorite aspect of our company, and he’s delighted to join our staff as the ‘20- ‘21 Friday Rec. Coach. Josh is a Pre-Med Biology junior at Northwestern with plans for P.A. School.