Our Board Members

Our Board of Directors is made up of members from our partner organizations, though it is not a requirement to be a part of a member organization to apply for board membership.

Rick Rietow

Founder & President

Rick Rietow is the founder of Costumers for a Cause. A lifetime volunteer and a member of several costuming groups, Rick was inspired to create CFAC when his daughter underwent heart surgery at Children's Hospital. He envisioned an organization where a variety of costuming groups could come together and a simple mission: making positive impacts in the lives of children. When not in costume, Rick is an Associate Partner at Project Consulting Group.

Matthew Lescenski

Vice President & Operations Chair

Bio coming soon!

Laura Gough


Laura is a Minnesota native with a long standing passion for volunteerism and costuming. Favorite events include Star Studio at Children's Hospital and the NAMI Walk.

Affiliations: Fairytale Friends of Minnesota, Minnesota Force

Amanda Fineran


Bio coming soon!

Lynn Sessions

Fundraising & Programming Chair

Bio coming soon!

Robert Becka

Marketing Chair

Rob is a lifelong geek and costumer. He joined the Marauders MN at their inception in 2017 and facilitated their joining CFAC in 2018. A professional writer and narrator, Rob currently serves on CFAC’s marketing committee.


Affiliations: Marauders MN, Minnesota Superheroes United, EctoMX5 (Ghostbusters)

Madeline Anderson

Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Nick Hickman

Board Member

Nick has loved all things geek for as long as he can remember but his fandom was Star Wars. His interests grew to include costuming and after moving to Minnesota from Iowa where he grew up, he discovered The Minnesota Force. He began actively trooping in 2017 and hasn't looked back. When not being a big kid and dressing up he works as a Civil CAD Technician.


Affiliations: Minnesota Force

Sara Huebschen

Board Member

Sara is a leader of Fairytale Friends of Minnesota and has been volunteering in costume since 2016. When not in costume for volunteer work or cosplay, she makes costumes professionally for theater.

Affiliations: Fairytale Friends of Minnesota

Christa Ludwig

Board Member

Christa has always loved dressing up as favorite characters and bringing joy to children of all ages. She is a co-leader of Fairytale Friends and a member of the CFAC fundraising committee and the programming and events committee. Some of her favorite events include Gracie’s Cupcake Trot, Kid’s Clubhouse with The Dude, and Stomp Out Suicide. 


Affiliations: Fairytale Friends of Minnesota

Jonathan Palmer

Board Member

Bio coming soon!

Jordan West

Board Member

Jordan has been building costumes for almost 20 years and is still learning new skills, burning herself with hot glue, and finding more ways to use safety pins. After growing up in Mississippi, Jordan moved to Minneapolis in 2011 and now lives in Bloomington with her wife, Madeline, a fat tabby cat named Shiloh, and a neurotic dog named Tasha.

Affiliations: Minnesota Force, Minnesota Superheroes United, Fairytale Friends of Minnesota

Costumers for a Cause is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area dedicated to supporting our local charitable community.

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