There are many roles within the board but our overall goal is to oversee the operation and management of the organization. We set and execute strategic visions and goals, manage finances, plan events, handle membership and registrations, communicate with members and represent the interests of the membership.
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Kirk Mona, President / Lowry Nature Center
Lisa Gilliland, Vice President / Wargo Nature Center
Victoria Thompson , Secretary / Lowry Nature Center
Julie Grecian, Treasurer / Warner Nature Center
Meagan Keefe, Communications Coordinator / Dakota County Parks
Eric Vehe, Professional Development Workshop Coordinator / Wargo Nature Center
I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor's in Recreation/Outdoor Education and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a master's in Recreation Management. Before entering the naturalist world I worked in the recreation field as a climbing instructor, sea kayak guide, trip leader, and program coordinator. As a naturalist I have worked for Three Rivers Park District, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and Wargo Nature Center. This is my first term on the board. I am excited to continue sharing the great wealth of knowledge found in the naturalist community through professional development and training programs. In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors in just about any capacity, but especially while canoeing, backpacking, and birding. I hope to meet as many people as possible at workshops during the next two years!
Ashley Smith, Conference Coordinator / Kroening Interpretive Center
Alisha Paplow, Member-at-Large 1 / Prairie Ecology Bus
Sharon Stiteler, Member at Large 2 / Birdchick
Mary Burch, Member at Large 3 / Dodge Nature Center
Cody Rossetti, Member-at-Large 4/ Wargo Nature Center