Northeast Board of Directors
John Bathke of Two Harbors Term 2016 - 2021
PO Box 86
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Diane Booth of Grand Marais Term 2014 - 2019
UM Extension Cook County Community Cntr Bldg
317 W 5th Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
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.
Jim DeVries of Britt Term 2015-2020
Laurentian Environment Cntr Youth Energy Summit
8950 Peppard Road
Britt, MN 55710
Jim has worked for 25 years as a naturalist / instructor for the Laurentian Environmental Center in Britt MN. In this role he has had the privilege of sharing his passion for the outdoors with over 125,000 students from around Minnesota. He is also an active member of the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability board, where his passion for youth has led him to start initiatives such as the Green Inventors Contest, the Community Sustainability Initiative and most recently take on the role of the NE MN Coordinator for the Youth Energy Summit. In 2014 Jim was recognized as the Teacher/Citizen of the year from the Mounds View Teachers Association, one of the greatest honors of his career.
Wayne Dupuis of Fond du Lac Term 2014 - 2019
Fond du Lac Resource Mgmt
1720 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
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, brownfields, 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.
Dan Erkkila of Grand Rapids Term 2015-2020
University of Minnesota
NC Research & Outreach Cntr
1861 E US Highway 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-327-4490 Ext 2003
Dan Erkkila is a native of St. Paul, MN and has been at the University of Minnesota since 1991. Hired as a tourism specialist with the University's North Central Research & Outreach Center (NCROC) in Grand Rapids, he served as a staff member of the Tourism Center and served as both associate director and director. He received his degrees from the University of Minnesota, including a Ph.D. in 1991 in natural resource economics. Dan worked in private business in Wisconsin as a natural resource consultant, as well as in the public sector, including United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service positions as an operations research analyst at the forest level and policy analyst in Washington, DC. In 2004 he was appointed to serve as head of the North Central Research and Outreach Center overseeing research programs in beef cow/calf, forestry, horticulture, commercial wild rice, agronomy and tourism. In 2013 he stepped down from that post to return to his tourism research and Extension work where he also continues to serve as the regional director of the Grand Rapids Extension Regional Office.
Felicia Forder of Aitkin Term 2017 - 2022
32368 408th Place
Aitkin, MN 56431
Felicia Forder graduated from the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul. She continued her studies at the University of Minnesota in the areas of Horticulture and Education. She began her career as a Media Specialist, Librarian for the Minneapolis Public Schools. She then worked for B. Dalton Bookseller as a national buyer. Her next venture was Feliciatations LLC, a freeze dried flower business, which she owned and operated. Her final occupation was as a national accounts manager for the McGraw-Hill Book Company, where she sold to national accounts in the seven state area.
Felicia has had a lifelong interest in Horticulture. She is a Master Judge with national and international certifications. She has served on the board of 2 international clubs of specialty plants. She was president of the 7th District Horticultural Society (greater St. Paul area). She has been a founder of two flower clubs one local and one international. In each of these instances she served in a number of roles, before she took on the leadership roles.
Education has been a hallmark of Felicia’s life. She can often be found teaching or learning in the area of Horticulture. She was a Master Gardener in Hennepin County and served briefly as their volunteer coordinator. When she moved to Aitkin County she recertified as a Master Gardener and served for several years. She is now a Master Gardener Emeritus. In recent years she has been certified as a Master Naturalist serving Aitkin and Crow Wing County, next year she will be president of that group. Also she has finished a week long course in Aquaponics.
She was one of the initiators and organizers of the Healing Garden at Riverwood Hospital. She continues to supervise all the annual plantings on that site. Lately,
She has become involved with local food groups, Farm to Institution initiatives, Farmers Market, and Minnesota Grown events, as well as the newly formed Greater Mille Lacs Association for Sustainable Farming.
She recently returned for a mission in Uganda where she was assisting a medical team at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary and Day Care serving approximately 1300 children. 400 of the children are AIDS orphans and live on site. This complex is sponsored by Sylvia Allen an Aitkin native. Also on this trip she visited farms, nurseries, gardens and livestock operations to observe local methods.
Felicia’s favorite leisure activities are gardening, reading and traveling.
Doug Franchot of International Falls (Vice Chair) Term 2015-2020
Voyageurs National Park Assoc & Heart of the Continent Partnership
210 Tenth Avenue
International Falls, MN 56649
Doug has recently retired after a 30 year career in executive search and management consulting during which he founded two separate successful firms. Prior to that, he had a successful corporate career in marketing, sales, and general management starting with General Mills in product management and followed by nearly five years as Executive Vice President and President of Shedd-Brown, Inc., a privately-held marketing specialties firm.
Over the past several years, Doug has been most active with Voyageurs National Park Association, where he has served several terms as Chair and is the current Immediate Past Chair, and Heart of the Continent Partnership, of which he is a founding member and former Steering Committee Chair. This work has involved him with many communities and organizations throughout northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario and led directly to his relocating to the area in 2014.
Doug has served on several corporate and non-profit boards including the board of a publicly traded telemarketing firm as well as the boards of Voyageurs National Park Association, Voyageur Outward Bound School, Outward Bound USA, Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, Minnesota Environmental Fund, and Management Assistance Project (MAP) for Nonprofits. He served on the City Council of Orono, Minnesota and on the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission, which he chaired.
Doug has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He spent five years as a naval officer in the submarine service during the Vietnam era and is an avid sailor and outdoorsman.
Alison Hoxie of Duluth Term 2016 - 2021
University of Minnesota-Duluth
1305 Ordean Ct
Duluth, MN 55812
Dr. Alison Hoxie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her education includes a B.A. in Natural Science from the College of Saint Benedict, a B.S.M.E. (2000), and a Ph.D. (2007) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has held positions as a consulting engineering in power and energy sector, and as an Instructor at the University of Utah.
Her current research focuses on cost effective methods for efficient utilization of biomass-derived oils in combustion applications. In addition to lab-scale research she focuses on renewable energy technologies, resiliency and energy efficiency at the community level. She led the effort to install small wind at UMD, developed student project teams to evaluate renewable energy and efficiency measures for local Duluth businesses and is currently working on energy storage demonstration projects in collaboration with UMN Morris and the Energy Transition Lab at UMTC.
Ryan Hueffmeier of Duluth Term 2017 - 2022
University of Minnesota-Duluth
The Natural Resources Research Institute
5013 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811
Nathan Nelson of Hinckley Term 2017 - 2022
41300 Wilbur Way
Hinckley, MN 55037
Nathan is the third generation to own and operate his family's farm, Home Place Dairy LLC near Hinckley. Nathan's grandfather and great uncle started the farm more than 80 years ago, today the farm has both dairy and beef cattle and grows corn, soybeans, small grains and hay.
Nathan and his wife returned to the family farm in 2001 because they missed the rewarding work of farming and the quality life it provides. While their farm may have changed through the years, the values that drive the Nelson family are the same: Their passion and commitment to caring for the land, animals and the environment.
Nathan is an alum of Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL). He serves on the Clover Township Board and is president of the Pine County Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He is the president of Pine County Farm Bureau and a member of Minnesota Farm Bureau. He volunteers with 4-H and the Midwest Dairy Association and serves as a church youth leader.
Yusef Orest of Lutsen Term 2017 - 2022
Arrowhead Electric Cooperative
5401 West Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612
Yusef was born in California, but raised in West Central Minnesota. Yusef resides on the North Shore of Lake Superior but recently lived in West Central Minnesota after a decade long stint in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. Yusef has spent the past decade working in the energy industry. Yusef has worked in energy consulting, wind resource analysis, key accounts management, renewable energy project development, project management, and utility service.
Most recently Yusef has taken the role of Member Services Director at Arrowhead Electric Cooperative where he oversees load management activities and the cooperatives conservation and energy efficiency programs.
Lori Rothstein of Grand Marais Term 2016 - 2021
University of Minnesota Extension
UMD Center for Economic Development
11 E Superior Street
Technology Village Ste 210
Duluth, MN 55802-2019
Lori is a leadership and civic engagement educator with University of Minnesota Extension. She enjoys working with community leaders to foster resiliency and well-being in their communities and themselves. Lori brings a host of experiences in community and international development to our board. Before joining Extension in 2010, Lori was a training and facilitation specialist for Tetra Tech ARD in Burlington, VT. There, Lori facilitated strategic planning efforts and provided training on engaging all community members to USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development)-funded projects worldwide. Lori also has experience as a Crisis Corps Volunteer in Kenya, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Alaska, as well as an educator and consultant for projects worldwide. Lori has a M.A. in Sustainable Development from The School for International Training and lives in Grand Marais with her husband and two small children.
Jonna Stilling of Duluth Term 2017 - 2022
Duluth YMCA, Community Service Branch
5534 E Grandview Road
Duluth, MN 55810
Megan Thiele of Hoyt Lakes Term 2017 - 2022
311 Andover Road
Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
Megan and her husband are newcomers to northeast MN this fall. She grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin and attended school at Luther College in Decorah, IA where she attained a degree in environmental science in 2016. During her time at Luther Megan studied geology in Italy as well as environmental ethics at Holden Village in Washington. Megan currently works at Pace Analytical in Virginia, and is also involved with the food co-op. Her interests include everything from geology to local food systems. When not at work Megan is likely to be found canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, or lounging in a hammock with a good book.