Wendy Kalass Thompson
Wendy has served as BASC’s executive director since 2013. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies/Political Science and Secondary Education from Hamline University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from University of North Dakota. Her roots are in Zumbrota, MN where she grew up as a farm girl. She and her husband Andy and their two children moved to Bemidji in 2001. She enjoys lake time, reading, running, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Figuring out how to better serve the needs of children and families in our area is her passion.
Office Manager & LCTS Coordinator
Belinda has lived in Bemidji for nearly 45 years and graduated from Northwest Technical College in 1988. She has been with BASC for more than 25 years. Through her coordination of the Local Collaborative Time Study program, she has helped bring millions of dollars in funding to our region.
Belinda enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and lake time. She's a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother of eight beautiful and lively grandchildren.
Intervention Program Specialist & Lead Case Manager
Brianna has lived in Bemidji, MN her whole life. She graduated from Bemidji High School and attended Bemidji State University where she obtained her B.A. in Political Science in 2005. Brianna began her professional career working for Bemidji Schools at J.W. Smith Elementary from 2003-2015. During that time she was actively involved in the 21st Century Learning Program afterschool and in the summers. She transitioned to Red Lake Secondary complex in 2015 where she worked with youth and families as a community/family/school/court liaison. In 2020 she became employed at BASC, first as a truancy tracker at Bemidji Middle School and now as the Intervention Program Specialist. Brianna lives at home with her dog Finn and three cats, loves to garden, cook, and laugh a lot.
Attendance Support Case Manager
Bemidji Middle School
218-333-3215 ext. 57203
Missy grew up in Cloquet, Minnesota and moved to Bemidji where she attended Oak Hills Christian College, graduating with a degree in Applied Psychology. Before transitioning to the Attendance Support Case Manager, Missy worked as a Strengths Educator in the Bemidji Middle and High Schools, helping youth discover what was right about them. At home, Missy is a Boy Mom; she loves to laugh, finds joy in the outdoors and will never give up on the Vikings!
Missy is grateful for (and has fun with!) her coworkers at BASC and the teachers, support staff and administrators at the Middle School. She believes every child needs a champion and she enjoys encouraging the students to grow and improve, while celebrating successes along the way.
MacKenzie Condon, LSW
Re-Engagement Case Manager
Bemidji High School
218-444-1600, ext. 63151
MacKenzie is a recent social work graduate from Bemidji State University and current grad student. She’s passionate about helping others reach their fullest potential by being an empathetic listener and advocate. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with my family and puppy, playing volleyball, traveling, and watching Grey's Anatomy.