Meet the people leading the fight to preserve and protect the most heavily visited and most popular wilderness in the national wilderness system.
Paul Danicic – Executive Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul came to the Friends after nearly 10 years as Director of YMCA Camp Menogyn, a wilderness canoe camp on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. At Menogyn, Danicic worked closely with the Friends on the Thomas Flint Canoe Trips program, organizing wilderness canoe trips for inner-city youth. Danicic brings tremendous experience and skills in leadership and capacity-building. He also has a great love for the BWCAW and a passion for introducing youth to the canoe country, which directly relates to a core value of the Friends’ mission: developing the next generation of wilderness stewards.
Betsy Daub – Policy Director - email@example.com
Betsy has extensive experience in conservation policy, including six years at Audubon Minnesota, where she served as Forest Program Director, Acting State Director, and Senior Director for Conservation Programs. Her work at Audubon included substantial efforts regarding management of the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Most recently, Daub taught science in St. Paul schools. As Policy Director, Betsy brings strong experience in science and stakeholder collaboration to the organization and will help fulfill the Friends mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the BWCAW and the entire Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.
Ian Kimmer – Northern Communities Program Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian graduated from the University of Minnesota Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy. He did his senior thesis on Environmental Policy and Issue Analysis. Ian has developed programs and presented for the Earth Museum; owned and managed an organic farm in Embarrass, MN; and worked as a U.S. senator’s staff assistant. He has also been elected to represent local interests in the 8th Congressional District and at State conventions. He also is a contributing writer for Hometown Focus. Ian‘s interests include year-round wilderness recreation (his children do not suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder!), music, paleontology, fishing and advocating for family and community development. He lives in Duluth, MN with his two children, aged six and three.
Aaron Klemz – Communications and Engagement Director – email@example.com
Aaron draws on his passions for engaged citizenship and connecting people with the natural environment in his role as Communications and Engagement Director. He holds a Master in Advocacy and Political Leadership degree from University of Minnesota Duluth, a Master of Science in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Aaron taught Public Speaking, Media, and Argumentation and Debate courses for ten years at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota before joining the Friends. An avid backpacker and wilderness traveler, Aaron loves the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters. He also likes Walt Whitman, Bob Dylan, and maps.
Cori Mattke – Membership and Administrative Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cori earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Community Organizing/Outreach from Northland College in Ashland, WI. Her professional interests lie in the intersection between ecology, communities, and conservation initiatives. While at Northland Cori developed and self-published a book-length community writing project focused on sense of place and individuals’ relationships to landscapes across the country. At home she is an avid vegetable gardener, printmaker, and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys paddling, backpacking, and snowshoeing throughout Minnesota.
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