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Northeast Board of Directors

Diane Booth of Grand Marais Term 2014 - 2019
Diane Booth has worked and lived in Cook County for the past 25 years. Cook County Community Center / Extension Director, she takes care of the Cook County Community Center where the Extension office is located. Previous positions held include owner of Lutsen Gardens, Cook County Community Education Director, Birch Grove pre-school teacher. Co-founder of the Northwoods Food project, she continues to be passionate about raising local food sustainably and teaching kids where their food 'comes from'. "A major emphasis is on  empowering people to have more control over their own lives by envisioning where they want to be and helping them develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their goals.

Cheryl Erickson of Duluth Term 2011 - 2016
Cheryl Erickson has worked over 20 years as a consultant providing professional and technical services including planning, project coordination, community outreach and public information for various NE MN projects including the DNR North Shore Harbors Program and the North Shore Forest Collaborative. Other current projects include interpretation planning for the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway and Board membership on the North Shore Scenic Drive Council. Past work includes other resource management, regional planning, tourism and community development projects. Erickson has a BA from Metropolitan State University in Communication.

Wayne Dupuis of Fond du Lac Term 2014 - 2019
Wayne Dupuis is a Fond du lac Band member and has been employed by the tribe for the past 25 years in a variety of positions. Beginning as a construction worker building homes for tribal members.  While attending college, as a non-traditional student, working in the initial gaming operations of the tribe. He is past commissioner on the Fond du Luth gaming operations. Former Housing Director for Fond du Lac, completing policies, procedures for operations and construction of 75 homes in four years, 23 of these homes were designed to meet energy star ratings and renovation of 225 rental units. He is past Director of Human Resource Division developing policies and procedures for the hiring, training, compensation for the Bands' 2000 employees. Currently working as the Environmental Program Manager managing programs involved with air quality, water quality, solid waste, wetlands, land records, brownsfield, energy development. Wayne is currently the chairperson of the Reservation's school board. He has worked with numerous teams to develop land acquisition strategy, strategic planning, economic development, constitutional reform.  Wayne has a M. A. in Management from the College of St. Scholastica.

Mindy Granley of Duluth Term 2010 - 2015
Mindy Granley is the Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Her responsibilities include, coordinating activities, communicating progress, and assess the changes UMD is making to be more sustainable. Mindy enjoys planning for future changes on campus that will reduce our carbon emissions, connecting UMD students with projects that help reduce waste and save energy on campus, learning about sustainable changes her UMD colleagues have made, and finding ways to tell their stories to the campus. She has a Masters degree from University of Minnesota.

Wayne Johnson of Palisade Term 2011 - 2016
Wayne Johnson is a graduate of the U of M St. Paul campus with a BS in Forest Resources Development. He is presently on the Board of Governors for Palisade Energy Park, a waste to bio-fuels company, and a member of the design engineering team. He is Treasurer for the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, member of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association and Life member in the Itasca Art Association. Areas of interest include sustainable resource management.

Robert (Bob) Lindahl of Grand Rapids Term 2009 - 2014
Bob is a native of Hibbing, MN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. He currently resides in Grand Rapids, MN and works for Minnesota Power as a Technical Group Leader for the chemistry department. His areas of interest are water resource management, education and energy.

Tony Mancuso of Duluth (Chair) Term 2009 - 2014
Tony was born and raised in the Cromwell area. He served four years in the United States Navy. He has 25+ years experience in building management, maintenance and operations with St Louis County, Hennepin County, Federal Reserve Bank, ISD 698, and Control Data Corporation. Tony received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University in St Paul. He is a member of the American Solar Energy Society, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. He serves on the board of the Duluth Steam Cooperative Association, Duluth Area UDAC, and Duluth Area Regional Care Centers. Tony is a long time advocate and activist in facilities related energy conservation, water conservation, and renewable energy programs. He has implemented several successful conservation and renewable energy projects in public sector facilities resulting in significant ongoing annual energy cost savings. Tony has held his position of Director of Property Management for St Louis County since 1997. Tony became Vice Chair of the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership in January 2010.

Sue Ellen Moore of Duluth Term 2009 - 2014
For over twenty years, Sue Ellen Moore has been involved in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Although she is originally from this area, she lived abroad for many years in Sweden and Italy, returning to Duluth with her family in 2001. Sue Ellen is the Director of Sales at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Because the DECC is such a massive facility handling conventions, community, entertainment and sporting events, it has the capacity to inflict great harm on the environment. By creating and upholding environmental initiatives and efforts, the staff and management have succeeded in significantly reducing the DECC's environmental impact. In October of 2008, the DECC held it's first zero-waste conference and now continues to expand on its efforts by building one of the first LEED certified arenas in the world. The DECC is always eager to work with clients who wish to plan a "greener" event. These practices are not only the responsible thing to do, but they are paving the way for new business opportunities in the area. Such environmental efforts are a source of pride for the DECC team and the city of Duluth. In 2008, the DECC became the proud recipient of the Governor's Minnesota Great Award, as well as the Lake Superior Bi-National Forum Award within the US Business category.

Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg, of Virginia (Vice Chair) Term 2011 - 2016
Ardy is a self employed organizational consultant and proud lifelong Iron Range resident of Virginia, MN. She is a former YMCA program director, and started her own successful consulting business in 2005. She is a 2009 Labo Award nominee for Micro-Entrepreneur of the Year from the Center for Economic Development at UMD. She has coordinated a variety of successful community projects and events including; the Range University Study, fund raising events for the Mesabi Family YMCA, Executive Director of Club Mesabi, Inc., and Tour Director of the Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour. Ardy is passionate about sustainability and the balance between the three elements of community, economy and environment. Related projects include; coordinating the creation of the Virginia Sustainability Task Force - a group dedicated to educating the residents, businesses and city government of Virginia, MN about energy efficiency and sustainability, Event Director of Iron Range Earth Fest - a one day celebration of local traditions and practical resources for sustainable living (held every April in Mountain Iron), and Executive Director of the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS) - a 501c3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to stimulate conversation and action for a sustainable future on the Iron Range of NE Minnesota.

Christopher Reed of Nickerson Term 2014 - 2019
Christopher Reed is currently the owner, consultant, janitor and secretary for Reed Energy Inc based in Nickerson, MN. During his tenure with Reed Energy he developed renewable energy programs for Minnesota Power and other regional utilities and worked

on various renewable and energy conservation programs for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Prior to forming Reed Energy Inc, Chris was the Director of Energy Services and Marketing for Moorhead Public Service the electric and water utility

in Moorhead, MN. During his 13 years at Moorhead, Reed designed and implemented numerous programs to increase the energy efficiency of Moorhead. Additionally Chris was the principal person involved in the Capture The Wind program that brought two

750 kW wind turbines to Moorhead, providing 100% renewable electricity to over 900 customers in the late 1990's.

Mr. Reed has received professional recognition in energy conservation, wind energy, and solar energy. He is the recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association, the Environmental Initiative Award from the Minnesota

Environmental Initiative Association, the Energy Savers Award of Excellence from the State of Minnesota Energy Division, and the Award for Energy Innovation from the U.S. Department of Energy. He has served on the Windustry Board of Directors and is a former President of the Minnesota Council of Local Energy Officials.

Reed and his wife, Barbara, live in the woods by Nickerson MN. Their farmstead is powered by solar and wind for electricity and wood for heating, domestic hot water and cooking maple syrup. At their farmstead the Reeds experiment with non-fossil fueled season extension which is part of their mission of growing food for themselves, their six children and 5 grandchildren.

David Wilsey of Cloquet Term 2010 - 2015
Dave is an Assistant Extension Professor with University of Minnesota Extension and is affiliated with the Forestry and Small Farms teams. Dave also works closely with Minnesota's Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) communities, most notably with Fond du Lac Band, developing Tribal College Extension programs. Dave's expertise lies in farm/forest livelihoods, market-based conservation, and community-based development. Once a business analyst with Target, for much of the past decade Dave worked in Latin America as a researcher, consultant, and, with his wife, as Peace Corps volunteers in Ecuador's sustainable agriculture and small business program. Dave earned his doctorate from the University of Florida for research in Mexico on livelihoods and value chains. He has a master's in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's in business from Wisconsin-Madison

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