BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tony Lockhart

Director of Technology, Marshall School

 

Steve Safranski

Attorney, Robins Kaplan LLP

Nate Goltz

Target Corporation, Director of Real Estate

Jason Long

Cafe Imports, CEO

Bob Scott

Equity portfolio manager

Pete Fleming

Honorary Board Member 

Richard Flint

Honorary Board Member

 

Margo Brownell, Chair

Attorney, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, Llp

 

John Gappa, Vice Chair 

Former Executive Vice President & CFO, Ability Network, Inc., and former Senior Vice President & CFO, Post Consumer Brands

Richard Krueger, Treasurer

Retired Human Resources Executive, General Mills

 

Kim Young, Secretary

Dental Hygienist, Northern Lakes Dental

Dan Pauly

Attorney, Pauly Devries Smith & Deffner 

Paul Fate

Principal, Pfate & Associates

 

Holly Jenkins

Former Outdoor Expo Coordinator, Midwest Mountaineering

 

Krisann Kleibacker Lee

Senior Environmental & Land Management Lawyer, Cargill

 

 
 

 

STAFF

CHRIS KNOPF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

For more than 25 years Chris has worked to protect, preserve and restore our wild places. Prior to joining the Friends, he was a practicing environmental attorney, served as the Ohio Office Director for The Trust for Public Land and worked as a major gifts officer with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. He has deep love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, canoeing, biking, backpacking and photography.

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PETE MARSHALL, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Pete has canoed more than 8,000 miles through remote regions of Canada and put on plenty of miles in his “backyard” BWCAW. He has written for a number of publications and produced a documentary film for Twin Cites Public Television. Before coming to the Friends he worked at a marketing agency, and in another life flirted with a career in academia.

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MIKE LINNEMANN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Mike sees fundraising as the art of helping passionate supporters have the greatest possible impact on programs and ideas they hold dear. As an Eagle Scout from central Minnesota, his foundational experience took place in the Boundary Waters, which he considers to be the state’s greatest natural asset. More recently, he honed his fundraising skills at the University of Minnesota Foundation, and today is most happy doing what he can to help keep Minnesota beautiful.

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BREE MATTSON, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Bree fell in love with the BWCAW leading trips for a Girl Scout camp and still can't believe how lucky she is to live so close to this wilderness gem. She has worked in non-profit management and operations for over a decade, at YHA St. Briavels Castle in the UK, Glensheen Mansion in Duluth and, most recently, at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. Bree loves to be outdoors and enjoys running, cross country skiing, reading, cooking and camping. 

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LAUREN MITCHELL, DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Lauren is passionate about protecting wildlife, wild places and advocating for environmental justice. In addition to working with the Friends, she is pursuing her master’s degree through Oregon State University. Lauren loves to travel and camp with her two dogs, play golf and is a proud member of the St. Croix Valley Bird Club.

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