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Advisory Board Membership & Function

From 2014 to 2017, our advisory board membership remained substantially unchanged. In 2017, we made strategic changes to reach new stakeholders and ensure appropriate turnover.

  • Expertise: Our advisory board includes leaders from local, state, and federal government; industry and businesses; tribal resource management; nonprofit organizations; academic research; journalism; and tourism.
  • Function: Our goal was and is to ensure we are best positioned to receive timely and relevant guidance while retaining a slate of members with institutional memory.
  • Recommendations: Advisory board members identify water issues in Minnesota and make recommendations on what our program should address in ongoing activities and biennial requests for proposals.
  • Meeting Schedule: The majority of advisory board business is conducted via email with two to three face-to-face meetings per year in the spring and autumn. The spring meeting is typically an update on extension and outreach work and a report on a funded research project. The fall meeting alternates between reviewing proposals that have been received and passed the Technical Review Panel scientific cutoff and brainstorming ideas to be incorporated into the next request for proposals.
Jeff Anderson*
Duluth Field and Constituent Services Representative
U.S. Representative Rick Nolan
Duluth, Minnesota
Julie Johnson Atkinson*
Senior Sales Manager
Visit Duluth
Duluth, Minnesota
Patty Gould St Aubin*
President, Itasca Coalition of Lake Associations
President, Itasca County Board of Realtors
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Steve Dahl
Commercial fisherman
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Suzanne Hanson
Regional Manager
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Duluth, Minnesota
Stephanie Hemphill*
Retired Environmental Reporter
Duluth, Minnesota
Dale Hoff*
U.S. EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division
Duluth, Minnesota
Andy Hubley*
Director of Regional Planning
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
Duluth, Minnesota
Jane Kingston*
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
St. Paul, Minnesota
Emily Larson*
Duluth Mayor
Duluth, Minnesota

*2017 new member

John Lenczewski*
Executive Director
Minnesota Trout Unlimited
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Joe Mayasich
Director of Environmental Services
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Duluth, Minnesota
Don Pereira*
Retired Chief of Fisheries
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Erika Rivers*
Director, Minnesota State Parks and Trails
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
St. Paul, Minnesota
Nancy Schuldt
Water Projects Coordinator
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Cloquet, Minnesota
Jim Sharrow
Retired Director of Port Planning and Resiliency
Duluth Seaway Port Authority
Duluth, Minnesota
Heather Stirratt*
Great Lakes Regional Lead
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nelson Thomas
Retired Ecologist
U.S. EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division
Duluth, Minnesota
Erika Washburn
Reserve Manager
NOAA Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
Superior, Wisconsin

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