Meet the Team
Austin Hansen - General Manager
Austin began his telecommunications career in high school working for Beresford Municipal Telephone as part of a School-to-Work program. After high school he attended Mitchell Technical College and earned a degree in Telecommunications. Austin spent the first 12 years of his career working for a telecom company based in northwest Iowa, and in 2015 he returned to BeresfordTel when he was hired on as the Central Office Technician. Austin was promoted to General Manager in March of 2021. In his spare time, Austin enjoys spending time with his wife Tracia and children Brecken and Brynley, attending his children’s sporting events, golfing and hunting.
Beth Rasmussen - General Manager Assistant
Beth has been working for the City of Beresford for 22 years, with the past 12 years in Beresford Telephone’s administrative office. She handles all the administrative duties that come with a telephone, Internet & cable TV company, such as completing & submitting government reports, service pricing, monthly customer billing, marketing, Channel 8 updates, and general customer service. She spends her free time with her family & dogs, reading, and considers mowing the lawn her #1 hobby.
Kathy Stuessi - Utility Clerk
Kathy been working with the City of Beresford at City Hall since 2018. In addition to utility billing for the City, Kathy serves as Beth’s back-up when needed. Kathy and her husband David farm near Beresford and have five adult children and four grandchildren. In addition to attending their grandchildren’s activities, they enjoy bowling during the winter months and boating in the summer months.
Rob Van Ballegooyen - Internet Technician
Rob has been with Beresford Telephone since 1997, when he started out as a part-time employee in high school. He started out mopping the floors and over the years has worked his way up the company and is now a key player in all Internet services. Rob has lived in the Beresford Community most of his life. In his spare time, you can find him hunting, spending time at his cabin, and tinkering with his cars.
Aaron Mayer - Cable TV Technician
Aaron has been working with BeresfordTel as a Cable Headend Technician since April of 2016. He is originally from Mitchell where he got his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Satellite Communications. He has 3 children ages 11, 6 & 4, and in his free time he enjoys spending time with them, being outdoors and watching baseball.
Tony Laurvick - Central Office Technician
Tony has been with BeresfordTel since 2018 but has been with the City of Beresford since 2008. Transferring within the City of Beresford, Tony comes to us from the Bridges at Beresford Golf Course and Event Center where he was key in the technology improvements, website design, and social media.
Tony is active in the community serving on the Beresford Ambulance, Beresford Fire and Rescue, and numerous other events with his wife Jenifer and children Matt, Jayden, Caitlyn, and Rylie.
John Ganschow - Telephone Technician
John has been with BeresfordTel since May 2021. He has lived in Beresford since 2020 with his wife Alisha and two kids, Macey and Tucker. John is an active member on Beresford Fire & Rescue and also volunteers his time coaching his kids’ various activities. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, hunting and spending time with his family.