Brian Alton (Chair)
St. Paul, MN
Brian D. Alton is a member with McClay • Alton, P.L.L.P. law firm and is a member of both the Minnesota and Wisconsin State Bar Associations. Brian served as a member of the St. Paul Board of Zoning Appeals, and on the City of St. Paul Planning Commission for 11 years, 4 of those years serving as Chairman. Brian is currently a member of the City of St. Paul Charter Commission. Brian and his wife, Bonnie, live in St. Paul, and enjoy a retreat home on the Trade River in Wisconsin. Brian said, “I have lived within 20 miles of the St. Croix all my life. The river has always important to me: as a child growing up nearby and now as an owner of property in the watershed. I have a strong interest in the preservation and management of the river”.
Ron Anderson is a retired Financial Services Executive. He is the past board chair for River Alliance of WI, is the treasurer for the Cable Natural History Museum, and has served on several other boards. In addition to extensive non-profit board and finance experience, he is a seasoned paddler and has volunteered to assist on SCRA river trips. Ron is an active and engaged part of the Cable/Hayward area silent sports community, and is well connected with the Cable community as a whole. He and his wife Patty live on Lake Owen, near Cable Wisconsin.
Sally Arneson retired from teaching six years ago. During my 25 years at Stonebridge Elementary School in Stillwater she was involved in a number of environmental education Initiatives. She was instrumental in the creation of an outdoor learning center and wrote grants to develop and design a landscape that represented four Minnesota, and designed rain gardens, a school orchard and a playground for the senses. Sally has an interest in local botany and recently participated in the design and implementation of restorations on the Middle St. Croix River, primarily restorations of native bluff plant communities on private land and for the city of Lakeland. She and her husband enjoy time at their cabin near Lakeland, on the St. Croix.
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.
George Boody recently retired as Executive Director of the Land Stewardship Project after 27 years, but continues work in a part-time capacity with his work on the Chippewa 10% Project estimating changes to watershed-level ecosystem services from diversifying farms, soil health, the Root River and other special projects. He has deep professional and volunteer experience with water quality, government relations, sustainable agriculture and watershed organizing. George and his wife, Ann live in south Minneapolis and spend their free time gardening, cross country skiing, canoeing and enjoying being grandparents.
Katie Clapp owns and operates with her husband a horseback riding lesson stable, Windy Ridge Ranch, in Woodbury, MN. She is a former video and multimedia writer/producer and had numerous nonprofit environmental organizations as clients. After living on the east coast for 11 years she returned to Minnesota partly because she missed the St. Croix River. With the privilege of a family cabin north of Marine-On-St. Croix, she spent formative time on the river and its shores — paddling, pontooning, swimming, floating, camping, hiking and skiing. Caring for the river is a family value and she wants to see it protected forever so that young persons to come can have the experience of floating down a wild & scenic river and idly picnicking on an exposed spit of river sand. She and her husband live in Grant, MN, in the Brown’s Creek sub watershed.
Jim is Of Counsel at Frederickson & Byron law firm in Minneapolis where he specialized in closely-held business litigation and real estate condemnation. He is a graduate of Yale and University of Virginia School of Law. He has served on numerous boards, including Cantus, Advocates for Human Rights, Call for Justice, Citizens League and People for Parks. Jim has been hiking along, paddling and camping on and near the St. Croix, Namekagon, Snake & Kettle rivers since the 1960’s. Jim lives in Grant, Minnesota with his wife, Dee.
Lisa Erickson’s career spans over 28 years in health & wellness, and food. She is finishing her first book, writes for several newspapers and specialty magazines, hosted a segment on the program, “Minnesota Bound,” and weekly radio public affairs shows on Wisconsin Public Radio. She has served as a Regent for the UW System Board of Regents and was a board member of the Wisconsin Technical College Board. Lisa teaches cooking lessons and takes travel groups on culinary tours across the world. She is actively involved in her local community’s health and wellness initiatives, conservation/park/trail efforts. Lisa and her husband Mark have four children and live in Osceola.
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. He is active with The Festival Theatre, is currently First Lutheran Church council president, coordinates the Maple Syrup Youth program, and enjoys woodworking, carving and maple syrup production. Don lives in Taylors Falls with his wife Sydney Paredes.
Doug was a partner of the Wolff, Oppenheimer & Donnelly law firm in St. Paul, specializing in corporate transactions, including business and organizational law. He was also head of finance and a member of the board at Aetrium, Inc., a small public manufacturing company. He is a graduate of Dartmouth and Harvard Law. He has served as past Chair of The Partnership Plan in Stillwater school district and Treasurer of Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Doug is very interested in invasive species work, phosphorous mitigation activities and protecting the St Croix and watershed. Doug lives in Stillwater with his wife, Paula.
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. He served on the Legislative Citizen’s Commission on Minnesota Resources 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.
Dianne Hickok is retiring as a CPA, having worked exclusively with not-for-profit organizations. She understands the unique issues facing non-profits with limited resources, dependent upon donations and grants. Dianne is a champion of the outdoors where she and her husband, Cline enjoy downhill and cross country skiing, fly fishing, bicycling, and hiking. She appreciates that the National Parks and Public lands are so accessible to all, and looks forward to educating the next generation so they will want to treasure and protect the resources we use today. Dianne and Cline live in Hudson, Wisconsin.
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.
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.
Stu Neville has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Hayward, WI for six years. He spends over 100 days a year sharing the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway with clients and friends. This hands-on, immersive experience gives him a unique and important perspective on what's actually happening on the Riverway. He graduated from St. Olaf College, majoring in environmental studies with emphasis on environmental policy. He volunteers for the Namekagon River Cleanup every spring, and has lived on the Namekagon in Hayward since 2016.
Pamela Jo Rasmussen
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 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. 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. .
Amy Short is Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Specialist at 3M where she supports product environmental and safety stewardship and ensuring manufacturing regulatory compliance. She also serves on the Green Chemistry team. Previously, she worked at the University of Minnesota as a Sustainability Director. Amy has deep experience in systems thinking, environmental education, storm water permits, waste and wastewater treatment and regulatory affairs. The beauty and diversity of the St Croix never fails to astonish Amy, and she looks forward to contributing toward protecting and celebrating it. Amy lives in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Tom Swain (Vice-Chair)
Mendota Heights, MN
Tom Swain currently works as Distributor Development Managing Director at Toro Company where he has worked in various roles for 30 years, including as President of MTI Distributing. Tom served on the board of Camp Widjiwagan for 13 years and ran the annual fund 2 of those years. He served on the board of Blue Plus (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) for 5 years. Tom holds an MBA from the Carlson School. He and his wife Laura, 3 grown children and 1 grandchild enjoy spending time at their family cabin on the St Croix in Scandia. Tom enjoys staying informed and engaged in current events and in his work and looks forward to being able to contribute his time, energy and business perspective to the efforts of SCRA.
Bonnie Swanson (Treasurer)
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. Outside of work, she likes to spend her spare time in the outdoors and training in Soo Bahk Do. Her favorite activities are canoeing, camping, backpacking, snowshoeing, and traveling to different State and National Parks.
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.
Mary Uppgren (Secretary)
Mary Uppgren is a Marketing Services Global Content Development Lead at Accenture where she utilizes her skills in communications, strategy, management, technology and consulting. She has deep international business and living experience. Mary’s ability to work with all levels in an organization, collaborative style, ability to see the big picture and also deliver results will serve SCRA well. Mary is a lifelong St. Croix River supporter and enthusiast, having spent much of her life living along its banks. With her husband, David Drysdale, she is an avid kayaker and boater. She is an active sportswoman. Mary lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.
Being on our Board of Directors is a great way to get involved with the mission of the St. Croix River Association. The Nominating Committee of the St. Croix River Association welcomes you to consider filling out our board application, whether for yourself, or as as a referral.