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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

Family Programs Manager


Hi! I’m Marcie Larson the Family Programs Manager. I coordinate the Fit Kids Program, Senior Events, and Special Events here at the Lake Crystal Recreation Center. I grew up in Minnesota Lake, MN. I attended Maple River High School where after graduating I continued my education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies in 2013. I now live in the Mankato area with my Husband Paul, my Daughter Braelyn, and our dog Briggs. We are a very active family. We enjoy the outdoors, sports, and traveling. My passion is to work with families and children. I am excited to have all of those opportunities here
at the Rec.

If you have any questions please contact me at

Renee Dahm

Marketing Manager


Hi Everyone, My name is Renee Dahm. You will see me helping at the front desk, teaching land and water classes and in my office working on marketing materials. 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 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 In my free time I enjoy yoga, running, swimming, group fitness, cooking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Katie Murphy

Manager of Aquatics and Rentals


Hi, I'm Katie Murphy. I'm the Aquatics, Rentals, and Health & Fitness manager here at the rec center. I grew up in New Prague, MN and went to college at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Leisure Planning Management. I've worked in Aquatics for 6 years and have experience as a lifeguard and a manager. I love to stay active by working out and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. As a student at MSU I have had a few opportunities to work with the Lake Crystal Area Rec Center and I absolutely loved it. I'm very excited to be a part of this community, and to help people achieve their recreational and fitness goals.

Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Christine Hodges

Membership, Front Desk and Health and Fitness Manager


Hi! I’m Christine Hodges, You will find me most often behind the Front Desk greeting our members or working on memberships. If I am not there, you will find me upstairs in the Weight Room or teaching a Group Fitness class! I grew up in Blue Earth, MN and attended Blue Earth Area High School. After graduating I continued my education and received my Bachelor's degree & Master's degree in Computer Science. I worked in the Twin Cities for over a decade & in 2018 moved to Mankato. I live in the Mankato area with my significant other, Ben, our son, Cam who is 11 years old, and our three kitties. We are a true Minnesotan family that loves all the seasons -- hunting, hiking, boating, and fishing -- we love fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter! I started at the Rec in October 2020 as a Group Fitness Instructor teaching Bar Pump! It is my mission to empower people to strength train, educate them on proper nutrition and help them live an active lifestyle! The community at the Rec and the members are truly special and I look forward to continuing sharing my passion for healthy living with all the members at the Rec! 

Please feel free to contact me at , I'd love to hear from you!

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