North Country Region Volleyball (NCR) is under the umbrella of USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body of Volleyball in the USA and part of the Olympic Movement. As one of 40 regions in the United States our mission is to Grow the Game. As one of the largest regions in the country both geographically and membership, we serve Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
If you have any questions regarding how to become involved with volleyball activities within our North Country Region Volleyball (Junior Girls/Boys, Adults, Officials, Sitting) please visit our staff page and find the appropriate staff member to assist.
We are dedicated to assist in every facet of growing the game with you!
Laura Bush was named Executive Director for North Country Region Volleyball in March of 2018. As Executive Director, she oversees all day to day operations of a six person staff that services a region that boasts over 20,000 registered members. Reaching across the entire region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) to grow the game of volleyball is the focus of North Country Region Volleyball.
Prior to the position at North Country Region, Bush had a successful 21 year career as a Division I College Volleyball Coach with her last seven years of college coaching being at the University of Minnesota. Bush earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she was a four year volleyball letter winner. She earned her M.Ed. from Michigan State University after awarded an NCAA post graduate scholarship. Bush resides in Saint Paul.
Phone: 952-831-9150 ext.1
Beth has been a part of North Country Region since 2006. She worked with several clubs, most recently Monti Club, within the Region.
Modaff started playing volleyball in 7th grade and went onto play throughout her years at Northland International University, in Dunbar, Wisconsin where she graduated with a major in English education and a minor in coaching.
Modaff has been coaching at Monticello High School for 15 years, most recently leading the Magic to three consecutive Mississippi 8 Conference Championships and to the MSHSL State Tournament for the past two seasons. In 2019, she was selected as North Country Region's 14U Coach of the Year and has been named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as National Coach of the Year for 14U.
NTDP Programs, Officials, Events & Tournament Director
Phone: 952-831-9150 ext.6
Mariah Twedt was named North Country Region's Membership Specialist in August of 2021. The Membership Specialist is here to assist all members with membership registration, membership benefits, membership types, eligibility questions, rostering in USAV/SportsEngine Governing Seasons, and outdoor programs. She has been a member of North Country Region - USA Volleyball for four years as a club coach at DIGS Volleyball Club.
Prior to jumping on with North Country Region, Mariah has been active with volleyball since the 7th grade and has played in many leagues from sand volleyball to indoor volleyball. Currently, she has been coaching at Legacy Christian Academy for 5 years as the middle school and high school volleyball coach. She graduated from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul with a Kinesiology Health Marketing and Management degree in 2018, and recently graduated from the University of Ohio with a Masters in Interscholastic Athletic Administration in 2021.
Along with being involved with sports at a club and interscholastic level, Mariah has had a career working in customer service with her previous job as the Outreach Specialist at Anoka Technical College. Mariah has been guiding students and athletes navigate their way through the process of joining education and athletics.
Outdoor Programs and Membership Manager
Phone: 952-831-9150 ext.2
Talana Rudzitis was named North Country Region's Membership Specialist in September of 2022. The Membership Specialist is here to assist all members with membership registration, membership benefits, membership types, eligibility questions, and rostering in USAV/SportsEngine Governing Seasons.
Prior to her opportunities with North Country Region, Talana participated in competitive volleyball from fifth grade through five seasons of collegiate play. Currently, she is completing her last season of collegiate volleyball and coaching individual volleyball skills occasionally. She graduated from the Crown College in 2021 with a degree in Criminal and Social Justice and Christian Studies. Talana is working towards a master's degree in Strategic Leadership and Business.
Phone: 952-475-4275 ext.4
Trae was named the Administrative Assistant for Events, Officials and Programs in November of 2022. This Administrative Assistant will assist the Events, Officials and Programs Director in creating high quality experiences for North Country Region members.
Currently Trae is finishing up her Sports Management Degree with a minor in Coaching at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. She recently wrapped up her own successful collegiate soccer career and will continue her soccer coaching career with United FC Rush this season. Along with playing club and recreational volleyball since the age of 9, Trae has also helped coach volleyball at summer clinics and camps for ages 5 up through the high school level.
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Events, Officials and Programs Assistant
Phone: 952-831-9150 ext.5
Deb Ahrens came to North Country Region Volleyball in February 2018. She returned to her original role with the organization as the bookkeeper after resigning her position of Chief Executive Finance Officer. She provides financial management and human resources for the organization.
Prior to joining North Country Region, Deb operated a successful bookkeeping business for the past 29 years. She, her husband Roger and dog Penny reside in South Dakota.
Finance - Bookkeeper