Ryan Yunkers
Executive Director
Hi, I'm Ryan Yunkers, the Executive Director at the facility. I think it's an amazing asset to have a center of this quality in this community. I am excited to be a part of this organization and community! I grew up in Mellen, Wisconsin, but have lived in the Mankato area for the past 13 years with my wife Molly and two sons, Ethan and Connor. I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at UW-Stevens Point. I recently went on to St. Cloud State for my doctorate. My goal is to help the Rec Center serve the people in this area by being the center for recreational and community events, and to help the staff and the members who walk through the door live happier, healthier lives.

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  Marcie Larson
Fit Kids Manager
Hi! My name is Marcie Larson, the Fit Kids Manager.
I graduated High School from the Maple River School District in 2009 and then continued my education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies in 2013. I have always kept active with playing and coaching sports. For two years I coached Middle School Girls volleyball, basketball, and softball.  I am married to Paul Larson, who also grew up in the Maple River School district. We love to stay active by going on walks with our dog Odie, biking, and playing any sport we can.  Not only will I be apart of the Rec Center, I will also be Lake Crystal’s Community Education Assistant. I am excited to be apart of the community!

If you have any questions please contact me at
  Jennifer Yost
Aquatics/Rentals Manager
Hi, I'm Jennifer Yost, the aquatics manager and facilty rental coordinator at the LCARC. I graduated from St. Peter High School in 2002 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College where I played one year of hockey. I graduated from Gustavus in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Fitness and a coaching minor. I previously worked at the St. Peter indoor and outdoor pool for eight years, where I assisted in management and taught a variety of courses. I also coached middle school soccer for two years and dabbled in many athletic activities. I currently reside on a farm between St. Peter and Nicollet. I married Jake Yost from the Nicollet area. We have two daughters, Kyla Ray (7), Jaylin Jo (5) and Hadley (just months old). We also have a dog, Roscoe, sheep and chickens. In addition we also tend to stay active with sports, demolition derbies and family.

Want to learn more about rentals or aquatics programs? Email me today at!
  Jessica Wallaker
Fitness/Membership Manager
Hi! My name is Jessica Wallaker and I’m the Health and Fitness Coordinator as well as personal trainer and aerobics instructor. I started teaching classes here in the fall of 2015 and have been given the opportunity to take on more responsibility with LCARC. I started school at University of Minnesota, Mankato in 2012, recently with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning and Marketing. I have decided to take a step back though and get more real life experience, doing what I’ve always wanted to and applying all that I’ve learned and gaining new knowledge as well.

If you ever have any questions please email me at
  Debbie Behnke
Corporate Manager
Hi everyone! My name is Debbie Behnke. I currently work as a water aerobics instructor, lifeguarding, corporate memberships, coordinating worksite wellness and bringing the news of fitness throughout our community. I graduated from the Mankato Vocational School in 1978. I am married to Rick, and together we are blessed with 2 children, Elisha and Joseph. Our daughter lives in California and our son and his wife, Katie live in Worthington, Minnesota. We are very proud of our family and enjoy spending time with them. We also have two crazy cats, Bear and Yogi and they often make us laugh. Rick and I enjoy traveling, spending time with our family and friends, doing 1-day trips and taking in all the great surroundings. We like to garden and canning, most sporting events, bicycling, going for walks, church and just being together is important to both of us.

I always want to hear from you. Email me today about corporate memberships, advertising and more! My email is!
  Renee Dahm
Assistant Membership & Front Desk Manager
Hi Everyone, My name is Renee. I am the Membership and Front Desk Manager at the Lake Crystal Rec Center, you will regularly see me at the front desk working on memberships! I was born in Mankato MN and lived there until I was 18 years old when I moved to Minneapolis for school. I soon met my husband, Kristian, and we had two beautiful children, Kaylie and Alex. We fell in love with Lake Crystal while spending time here visiting family and decided to make it our home in August 2015! Outside of the rec center I enjoy making pottery, cooking, swimming, biking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

If you have any questions please email me at