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Northeast Board of Directors

John Bathke

John Bathke of Two Harbors Term 2016 - 2021
PO Box 86
Two Harbors, MN 55616



Diane Booth

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

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

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.

Cheryl Erickson

Cheryl Erickson of Duluth Term 2011 - 2016
31 Mallard Lane
Duluth, MN 55811
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.

Dan Erkkila

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.


Doug Franchot

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
C: 612-801-6888
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

Alison Hoxie of Duluth Term 2016 - 2021
University of Minnesota-Duluth
105 VKH
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.

Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson of Palisade Term 2011 - 2016
49791 397th Place
Palisade, MN 56469
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.

Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg

Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg of Virginia (Chair) Term 2011 - 2016
1332 12th Street South
Virginia, MN 55792
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; former 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 former 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.

Lori Rothstein

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.

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