2017 – 1st term
Bob Bickford owns and operates St. Croix Valley Adventures Guided Fishing, where he is a guide and takes clients to fish on the St. Croix River. He lives in Hugo, MN, and is also a Registered Nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Emergency Department. Bob has been volunteering with the SCRA and its Communication, Education and Outreach committee. He has strong leadership skills, and is active within the climbing, outfitter & guide communities.
Melanie Kleiss Boerger (Chair)
2016 – 2nd term
St. Croix Falls, WI
Melanie lives in St. Croix Falls and currently co-owns and manages Kleiss Gears, a mechanical engineering business in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. From the University of Minnesota she has a BA degree degree in biology, a MS degree in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, and a law degree. Her practical experience includes dealing with land protection and water quality issues involved with numerous river protection projects in the Washington, D.C. area. She has also worked as a bird bander, water tester for the Chippewa River Watershed Project, and educator at the Minnesota Science Museum and Bell Museum of Natural History. In the past, she volunteered for EarthJustice, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among numerous other organizations. Melanie looks forward to volunteer work that will expand public awareness of the “whole watershed” concept as well as helping to develop more ways to involve watershed communities in protecting the St. Croix.
2017 – 1st term
Katie Clapp lives in Grant, MN with her husband, Mark Ward, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a blind horse. They own and run Windy Ridge Ranch in Woodbury, a horseback riding lesson stable. With a herd of 49 horses Katie stays busy with chores, horse care, lessons, riding, mowing and competing during the milder months. Previous to this career she was, among other things, a freelance multimedia writer/producer/designer with many wonderful environmental and other non-profit groups as clients. She has served on the board of Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy and the Environment Council of Rhode Island. Katie holds a BS in Mass Communication with a minor in science. Her family’s cabin is north of Marine-on-St. Croix where, as a young girl, the river seeped into her bones.
2017 – 1st term
Patrick Collins lives in Lindstrom, MN and is a teacher with the Chisago Lakes Schools, and actively promotes conservation ethic with his students and community. Pat has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and General Science with minors in Chemistry and Earth Science. He has worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service. Pat is an active volunteer in his community, including service on a number of Boards of non-profit organizations. Pat and the Chisago Lakes School District were recently awarded a grant of $722,000 to install 110 KwH of solar electric panels at no out of pocket expense to the district. The panels will save the district an estimated $1.3 million dollars and prevent 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted into our atmosphere over the panels’ life span. Pat wrote the grant and in his words “the panels can be used to teach kids about: Sustainability, Solar power, Climate Change, Electricity and the fact that it is possible to change the world.”
Peter Gove (Secretary)
2016 – 3rd term
Peter L. Gove held executive position in communications and public policy with St. Jude Medical, Inc. and Control Data Corp. before retiring in 2005. Peter was Minnesota Governor Wendell R. Anderson’s environmental assistant, Executive Director of the Pollution Control Agency and a founding member of the Environmental Quality Board before joining Anderson’s U.S. Senate staff as Legislative Director. He was then Chief, Office of Legislation for the U.S. National Park Service and an Honorary Park Ranger. Peter was the first chairman of the commission that developed the general management plan for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). He founded Friends of the Mississippi River in 1993 and is a long-time FMR board member. Peter chairs The Trust for Public Land’s Minnesota Advisory Board, is a Trustee of Northland College and a member of the Great Lakes Protection Fund board of directors. The National Parks Conservation Association awarded Peter its Marjorie Stoneham Douglas award in 2014. He has served on the SCRA board since 2006 and is a past chair.
Don Hansen (Vice-Chair)
2017 – 1st term
Taylors Falls, MN
Don recently retired after 35 years of service with the US Geological Survey. He was the Director of the Investigation Section, coordinated technically diverse, water resource assessments and data collection activities and was responsible for initial planning and completion of these projects. Don served on many State and Federal committees, including the State Interagency Water Resources Committee, the Southwest Metropolitan Groundwater Work Group, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Interagency Work Group, St Croix River Basin Team and St Croix Basin Interagency Implementation Team. He has a broad knowledge in all aspects of hydrology, authored many reports, papers, and abstracts.
Don lives in Taylors Falls with his wife Sydney Paredes. Together, they support Festival Theatre by providing guest artists and intern’s summer housing. Don is currently First Lutheran Church council president, coordinates the Youth Maple Syrup Youth program, and enjoys woodworking, carving and maple syrup production.
2018 – 1st term
John is of counsel in the real estate, product liability and environmental groups of Faegre Baker Daniels of Minneapolis. He has been involved in environmental causes since the 1970s, working for the enactment of many of Minnesota’s major environmental laws for Project Environment (the predecessor of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy) and for open space protection and funding, including creation of the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space program, Tettegouche State Park, the Root River Bike Trail and the Cedar Lake Bike Trail. In his private practice, John has represented developers of numerous large scale projects involving housing, industrial, commercial, cultural, historic and mixed uses. He served on the Legislative Citizen’s Commission on Minnesota Resources, which allocates the environmental trust fund from the Minnesota state lottery from 2004 to 2012. He is a member of the Minnesota Advisory Board for The Trust for Public Land. John graduated cum laude from Yale University (New Haven, CT) and earned his J.D. from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). He lives in Scandia, MN on the St. Croix River and is a part-time hop farmer.
2017 – 1st term
Richard is an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum. He has been involved over the years with a variety of environmental issues, including power plant siting, low-level radioactive waste disposal, and ground water protection. He is currently volunteering his time and legal services with The Nature Conservancy and the Bone Lake Management District in Polk County, Wisconsin. From 2008 through 2011 Richard provided pro bono legal services to a community group opposed to building a basalt quarry on Iver’s Mountain near the Trade River. He has been a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Advocates for Human Rights, the Minneapolis Legal Aid Society, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance. Richard and his wife, Dr. Colleen Cooper, divide their time between their homes in Minneapolis and on Bone Lake east of Luck, Wisconsin.
2017 – 1st term
Dana Jackson retired in December 2011 from the Land Stewardship Project (LSP), as Senior Program Associate working in LSP’s Food Systems Program as coordinator of the St. Croix River Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter. She was the Associate Director of LSP for twelve years before she worked in food systems. Ms. Jackson was a co-founder and is now an advisory board member of the nonprofit organization Wild Farm Alliance and served on the boards of seven other sustainable agriculture and environmental organizations before joining the St. Croix River Association Board. She is the co-editor with her daughter Laura Jackson of The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems (Island Press, 2002) and author of several book chapters. Ms. Jackson’s undergraduate degree is in Language Arts Education from the University of Kansas and her master’s degree is in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Dana lives in Stillwater and has volunteered for the National Park Service at Arcola Mills and as a St. Croix River scenic easement monitor.
2016 – 1st term
John has been a resident of Afton for almost a quarter of a century. He is the owner of Capital Gains, a lobby firm which focuses primarily on state issues in Minnesota. Prior to establishing his own business he was the chief lobbyist for MnSCU for a dozen years. He has been involved in public policy development at the Capital for 42 years.
John is a graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato where he majored in political science and history. He often describes himself as “an artist locked up in the body of a lobbyist” for his greatest passions are photography and filmmaking. He formed Lightshed Productions eight years ago with Stillwater resident, Emily Haddad. They have made several documentary films including, most recently, “Girl from Birch Creek,” which is a film about the life and legacy of Rosalie Wahl. When the session ends, John is most often found plying the waters of the St. Croix River in a kayak with his camera in hand.
2018 – 1st term
Tonia is currently working with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to protect the Boundary Waters by working on AIS, road salt, and mine drainage policies and projects. Tonia spent 5 years leading wilderness expeditions for Voyageurs Outward Bound School and 6 years developing a collegiate outdoor leadership program in Maine. Tonia integrated self-reliance, teamwork, and appreciation of the natural world into the experiential and environmental education programs she directed. Tonia has actively worked on land and water conservation efforts for the last 17 years. She loved growing up on her family’s farm and appreciates the interface of wild places, farms, rural communities, and recreation. Tonia incorporates her Natural Resource Management knowledge (B.S.) into her Community Building and Leadership (M.Phil.) work to promote land-planning strategies that implement wise use with a conservation focus. While volunteering with The Nature Conservancy, she gained experience with conservation easements and land acquisitions. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
2018 – 1st term
Bridget Levin lives in Minneapolis and is Co-Founder and Principal of Nametag International, Inc., a brand strategy and naming firm based in the Twin Cities. She is currently a Trustee of the Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Advisory Board member of Climate Generation (formerly the Will Steger Foundation), Trustee of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Advisory Council member of Ensia at the Institute on the Environment. She has served on numerous committees and boards in the non-profit sector, and currently focuses her energy on environmental issues. Bridget has a degree in International Journalism & Rhetoric from the University of Minnesota. She is a Master Naturalist, Skywarn Weather Spotter, and First Responder, as well as avid photographer. She can be found somewhere in the woods or on the waters when not trapped in meetings.
Gary Noren (Past Chair)
2017 – 2nd term
Chisago City, MN
Gary and his wife, Marty Harding, recently moved to rural Chisago City on land that was originally farmed by Gary’s great grandfather in 1870. They live on Green Lake and are in the Sunrise River subwatershed of the St. Croix River watershed. Gary has twice canoed the entire St. Croix River, he’s cross country skied throughout the St. Croix watershed (he co-authored “Ski Minnesota, A Cross Country Skier’s Guide to MN and Western WI”), he’s a Friend of Wild River State Park, the Sunrise River, and Interstate Park, and he enjoys adding to his collection of all-season photographs of the riverway. Gary has taught mathematics, established community recycling and waste reduction programs, and is a lifelong environmental educator, having served 9 years on the MN Environmental Education Advisory Board. He has three children and two grandchildren – all living in the Twin Cities. Gary is a volunteer with Northern Waters Literacy and serves as a mentor, along with Marty, for two great kids through Kinship of Polk County.
2017 – 1st term
Mark is the Executive Director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College. He has degrees in Secondary Education – Earth Sciences (B.S.), Environmental Journalism (M.S.) and a Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources with an emphasis on wildland management. Mark combines this academic foundation with 30 years experience in the conservation nonprofit sector, including executive positions with the National Audubon Society, the National Parks Conservation Association and the State of the Parks. Mark has served on the MN DNR’s Advisory Council for Scientific and Natural Areas, is a board member of the Listening Point Foundation, a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and an advisory board member of the Audubon Center of the Northwoods. Mark enjoys birding, sailing, kayaking, skiing, backpacking, and bicycling.
2018 – 2st term
Tom is retired from the MN DNR. While he was there, he was a State Park Planner, a Forest Resources Planner and a Resource Manager. He worked with restoration management, both with the DNR and privately. He continues to volunteer his time with others, advising on restoration management. Tom volunteers as a member of the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District Board of Managers. He also volunteers with Take a Friend Fishing, American Red Cross, Ramsey County Family Homeless Shelter, and numerous other organizations. He has knowledge and experience with environmental education, government relations, land protection, recreation, forestry, hunting and fishing, water quality, natural resources management and policy.
Tom is passionate about the St. Croix River and the outdoors and enjoys outdoor activities year round. He and his wife Dianne live north of Stillwater, where they work on their Christmas tree farm They also have a cabin on the St. Croix River south of Marine on St Croix that has been in the family for over 75 years. They are long- time members of the SCRA.
Pamela Jo Rasmussen
2017 – 1st term
Eau Claire, WI
Pam has been with Xcel Energy for over 25 years. She manages the land rights and permitting efforts for the Company’s Northern States Power Minnesota and Northern States Power Wisconsin operating companies’ land holdings and facilities. She has managed complex and often-controversial facility siting projects, led public involvement efforts, environmental analysis and acquisition efforts. She has a deep commitment to environmental stewardship efforts at Xcel Energy by promoting active management of its land holdings, leading the development of the Company’s proactive avian protection activities and supporting several environmental initiatives. Pam has a worked cooperatively with the National Park Service and state DNR staffs on Riverway issues for the Company by serving on the Upper St. Croix Management Commission and closely coordinated with National Park Service Staff on several major transmission line projects that crossed the Riverway. She plans to continue to foster Xcel Energy’s relationship with Riverway Stewards as part of her efforts on the board.
Her non-profit background includes over 20 years as a volunteer at the Beaver Creek Reserve Nature Center where she has served as President of the Friends of Beaver Creek Board and currently is on the Beaver Creek foundation board. Pam lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her husband Scott and children, Erik and Kiersten. She is a proud UWEC graduate with a BBA in Business Administration & Biology. Her free time is devoted to family, friends, gardening, reading and pottery.
2016 – 1st term
Patricia’s professional career included both academic and non-profit work. She was Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Northland College from 1968-98 which she helped design and taught in the interdisciplinary environmental studies program. Then from 1998-2005, she served as Vice President for community and education programs at American Composers Forum, where she directed the community based music commissioning project, Continental Harmony, a model of arts-based community development. Most recently, she has worked as an independent consultant in research and evaluation to communities and arts groups. Publications include Between Grace and Fear: the Role of the Arts in a Time of Change with William Cleveland and “Converging Streams: The Community Arts and Sustainable Community Movements,” with Dorothy Lagerros.
Patricia lives in rural Washburn County on a small lake and serves on the board of Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association; the group’s most ambitious project to date was the purchase in 2012 of a significant land parcel along the Totogatic Wild River.
Bonnie Swanson (Treasurer)
2016 – 1st term
Bonnie started bookkeeping when she was fifteen and owned her own business for many years. She became a CPA in 2004, but has been advising businesses for over twenty years. Her goal is to help clients manage their business by providing practical advice, reliable numbers, and addressing their concerns.
Bonnie is a tax manager in the St Croix Valley Office of Wilkerson Guthmann. She currently serves as the treasurer for St. Croix River Association. She is also on the Budget Oversight Committee and the Fisheries Oversight Committee for the Department of Natural Resources. Outside of work, she likes to spend her spare time in the outdoors. Her favorite activities are canoeing, camping, backpacking, snowshoeing, and traveling to different State and National Parks.
2016 – 2nd term
Marine on St. Croix, MN
Tom is an attorney and consultant with substantial experience with nonprofit and government structure issues. For the past ten years, he has focused his consulting and legal work on helping nonprofits develop more diversified and sustainable revenue streams. He does this through group training and individual consulting.
Tom has served as CEO of four Minnesota nonprofits. Prior to that we was commissioner of three Minnesota state government agencies: Finance, Revenue and Planning. He was also an attorney with two of the state’s largest law firms and with the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. He is on the adjunct faculty of the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches courses relating to nonprofit management and finance. He is a commissioner of the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the founder of Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails, and is a board member of the national Social Enterprise Alliance.
He has a B.A. from Grinnell College and a J.D. from Duke University. He lives on six acres of trees near the St. Croix River in eastern Minnesota.
2018 – 1st term
Kristin lives in Scandia where she thrives by experiencing the gifts of the natural world. Since her retirement in 2009 from Washington County Community Corrections, she has pursued her passion for environmental advocacy. Kristin has been on the board of Take Action- Conserve our Scandia and has served as a board manager of the Carnelian Marine St. Croix Watershed District since 2010. She has been an avid canoeist for over 45 years and has participated in lengthy canoe expeditions in Canada to both Hudson Bay and Ungava Bay. Kristin loves traveling, birding, learning and the St. Croix River Valley.
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