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Board of Directors

Mark Askegaard, Moorhead Term 2012-2014

Mark Askegaard is the organic farmer. He is currently living in Moorhead, MN. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics in North Dakota State University. He hopes that NW RSDP can effectively change the attitudes and actions of the people in NW Minnesota and its regions in a positive way on how we can live more sustainably. He hopes NW RSDP show how sustainable development can be done by being a conduit for the information, sharing it with others, and providing real-life hands on models of sustainability-in-actions in our communities.

David DeMuth, Moorhead Term 2012-2014

Associate Professor David DeMuth, Jr. has taught physics, math, and software engineering courses at the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus since 1997, all the while recognizing the unique high-impact learning opportunities that research offers undergraduates, and the influence interdisciplinary teams has on progress. Presently his undergraduate team is focused on developing quality control software to track the installation of the NOvA detector at Ash River, MN, and continues to support software systems associated with the River Watch, Local Foods, CERTs, and RSDP programs. David earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Physics from University of Louisville, KY. His Ph.D. work was in High Energy Particle Physics at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.

Kristine Eggerling, Hallock Term 2011-2013

Kristin works as a freelance writer from her home in Hallock. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Augsburg College and a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba. Kristin serves on the Conservation Minnesota board and writes a bi-weekly blog for its website. She has worked in the public health field and has been involved with watershed education work in the Red River Valley. She formerly worked at the Minnesota Senate as the administrator of the Environment and Natural Resources and Agriculture Budget Committee. She has also served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee of the LCMR (Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources) and is the current chair of the Hallock Library Board and the Kittson County DFL.

Ruth Anne Franke, Thief River Falls Term 2012-2014

Ruth Anne Franke has worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 2001. She is the Natural Resources Technician for the Crookston wildlife area office. Together with the area wildlife manager and assistant manager, they are responsible for State Wildlife Management Areas in Polk and Red Lake Counties. She has seen first-hand the "on the ground" accomplishments that occur through partnerships between a public agency and private individuals, nonprofits, and other public agencies. She is enthusiastic about being a part of the NW RSDP and its local partners to promote healthy, sustainable communities in the Northwest. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Auburn University and a M.S. in Wildlife Science in South Dakota State University.

Abby Gold, Moorhead Term 2010-2012

Abby Gold is currently the Nutrition and Wellness Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota Extension and the North Dakota State University Extension Service. She has a B.S. in Human Nutrition from University of Massachusetts, a M.P.H in Nutrition from University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Communication from North Dakota State University.Abby thinks NWRSDP makes a difference because it pursues issues and topics of sustainability that cover all aspects of our civil society from water to air to land to food to health. NWRSDP is indeed a learning and outreach organization that engages the community in action by infusing resources, knowledge, and ideas in the pursuit of building a more sustainable society.

Barbara Muesing, Fosston Term 2010-2012

Barbara Muesing brings 45 years of experience at the University of Minnesota, the past 6 years as first lady of the Crookston Campus.She and her husband, Chancellor Chuck Casey, are enthusiastic advocates for the University, especially itsland grant mission for service. Previous career experience at the University includes positions with Extension, Continuing Education, and the Board of Regents.Barbara was on the task force in 1984 to establish the NW MN Initiative Fund, now NW MN Foundation, and she served as a Charter Board member. She also served on the committee to develop and launch the Emerging Leadership Program in NW Minnesota.Volunteer service in Fosston, Barbara's hometown, and Crookston is an important part of Barbara's life.In addition to serving on the NW Regional Sustainable Partnership Board, she serves on the Boards of Essentia Health - Fosston, the Hospital Foundation, Polk County SHIP committee and the United Way of Crookston.She serves as President of the Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM) in 2011-2012. Local Foods is a particular interest for Barbara in part as a strategy to improve the health and nutrition of people in the region. Internationalprograms have been expanded at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, making it possiblefor Barbarato travel with Chancellor Casey to China on four occasions. These trips have provided her with a global perspective of issues that are importantlocally.

Joanne Kellner, Baudette Term 2011-2013

Joanne Kellner is a Non-Profit Resource Specialist and a grant writer. Joanne has a B.S. in Marketing from University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Management from College of St. Scholastica. Joanne hopes that the NW RSDP can facilitate a partnership in the region, bringing together the local resources and talents in collaboration with the resources and talents of the Univ. of Minnesota. Taking the "big picture" perspective as opposed to local parochialism can create community based solutions which can be disseminated on a broader scale.

Joe LeGarde, Waubun Term 2011-2013

Mike Moore, Mentor Term 2012-2014

Mike grew up in Grafton North Dakota graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1974 with a B.S. in Education, and currently lives in Maple Lake, near Mentor, MN. He taught school in Fertile-Beltrami High School, worked for the City of Fertile, the Northwest Regional Development Commission, the Office of Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine, owned and operated the Fertile Journal, and created a firm called MASCOM MARKETING. He earned his M.S. from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in 2002. Following that he served as the EDA Director for the City of Ada and City Administrator for the City of Fisher and was Executive Director of Polk County Central Cities - holding those positions simultaneously. He joined the staff at the City of Thief River Falls in the spring of 2003. For fun he serves as the Secretary Manager of the Polk County Fair, own the Kittson County Enterprise and serves on several regional boards, including the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and the Clean Energy Resource Team.

Michele Schermann, St Paul Term 2010-2012

Michele Schermann, a public health nurse researcher and educator, works at the intersection of human health, agricultural safety and natural resource management, with a special focus on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and preparing growers for food safety audits. Skilled in qualitative research methods, Michele translates her research findings into innovative, targeted health communication for a variety of audiences.Michele's research interests include the agricultural practices of new American immigrants; disease prevention and control; and the creation of multilingual health education media. She has been described as "an excellent connector of people, communities, ideas, and resources" and has extensive project management experience over a 15-year career at the University of Minnesota.

Linda Kingery, Executive Director

Linda Kingery is the Executive Director for the Northwest Regional Partnership.She enjoys the dialog and collaboration that lead to projects aimed at creating new capacity and resilience in the region.She has been involved in natural resource management and community development in the Red River Basin since 1992. Prior to her current position, she developed and managed public infrastructure and watershed restoration projects for the Red River Regional Council. Linda received Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Bemidji State University in 1998, and her Bachelors Degree in 1984. Linda, her husband Brad, and their four grown children enjoy the prairies, forests, lakes and rivers of northwest Minnesota.

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