Board of Directors

(l to r) Tim Schlagenhaft, John Wodele, Dave Kostik, Carol Scott, Barry Hill, Randy Eggenberger, Mark Nichols, Don Jacoby, Suzanne Blue, Chad Kjorlien, Victoria Moore, James Reidy, not pictured Jon Lineweaver

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

Strategic Plan

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Randy Eggenberger
Randy EggenbergerChair - Lake City, MN
Board Chair Randy Eggenberger is the owner of Wild Wings, LLC, a leading publisher and distributer of wildlife art and home decor products. Randy has served multiple terms on the National Eagle Center’s Board, most recently since 2013.
Dave Kostik
Dave KostikVice Chair - Minneapolis, MN
David Kostik is President of Kostik Associates Inc., a Richfield, Minnesota firm that provides public relations, fundraising, and strategic planning counsel. Prior to launching the firm, he worked as a senior public relations professional in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He joined the National Eagle Center Board as a Director in 2012 and currently chairs the Development Committee.
Don Jacoby
Don JacobyTreasurer - Wabasha, MN
Don was born and raised in Wabasha, MN and spent his career in business in the agriculture sector. Since retiring in Wabasha, Don is an active member of the community. Don was co-chair of the NEC’s 2005-2102 Capital Campaign and has served two separate terms on the NEC’s Board, most recently since 2013.
Carol Scott
Carol ScottSecretary - Wabasha, MN
Carol Scott is a Wabasha native and active member of the community. Now retired from a career as a Licensed Social Worker with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Wabasha, MN), Carol also serves on the Board of Directors for Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce, Wabasha-Kellogg Community Foundation. She has served on the National Eagle Center’s Board since it’s earliest days.
Suzanne Blue
Suzanne BlueRed Wing, MN
Suzanne Blue, owner of Sturdiwheat Foods, Inc., serves numerous civic and nonprofit organizations across the state. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Historical Society and Audubon Minnesota. She is serving a second term on the National Eagle Center’s Board of Directors.
John FriedmeyerWabasha, MN
John Friedmeyer is a long-time Wabasha resident who works in Emergency Medical Services and commercial real estate. He currently serves on Wabasha City Council, Ambulance Commission, and Wabasha Port Authority. John joined the National Eagle Center Board in 2016.
Barry Hill
Barry HillWabasha, MN
Barry Hill is an active member of the Wabasha community. He manages HIll’s Hardware Hank, currently owned by his parents, with the intention of transitioning to ownership of this downtown anchor. He lives in Wabasha with his wife and five children. He has served on the National Eagle Center Board since 2015.
Chad Kjorlien
Chad KjorlienWinona, MN
Chad Kjorlien is the Faculty Development Coordinator within the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services unit at Winona State University (Winona, MN). Chad joined the National Eagle Center’s Board of Directors in 2014.
Jon Lineweaver
Jon LineweaverWabasha, MN
Jon Lineweaver has been involved with the National Eagle Center from our earliest days, and served on Wabasha’s Port Authority when the National Eagle Center was built. Jon re-joined the Board in 2010 and serves on the Finance Committee.
Victoria Moore
Victoria MooreWabasha, MN
Victoria Moore, originally from Rochester, MN, spent much of here career with Mayo Clinic. Since moving to Wabasha in 2009, she has served on the Wabasha Historic Preservation Commission and the Wabasha Port Authority and Development Agency. Moore has served on the National Eagle Center’s Board since 2014.
Mark Nichols
Mark NicholsLake City, MN
Mark Nichols joined the National Eagle Center’s Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves on our Finance Committee. Mark is a Senior Vice President of UBS Financial Services, Inc. and is involved as a board number on a number of for-profit corporations. He is a current Trustee on the Winona State University Foundation and a member Planning Commission in Lake City, MN.
James Reidy
James ReidyWinona, MN
Former National Eagle Center Board Chair (2010 – 2015), James Reidy is a professor in Recreation, Tourism, and Therapeutic Recreation at Winona State University where his specialties include outdoor experiential education, leadership, design of green facilities, and open space for nature based tourism. Dr. Reidy has served on the Board since 2008.
Tim Schlagenhaft
Tim SchlagenhaftLake City, MN
Tim Schlagenhaft lives in Lake City, MN and is the Red Wing Community Conservation Coordinator with Audubon Minnesota. Tim joined the National Eagle Center’s Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Science Advisory Committee.
John Wodele
John WodeleMinneapolis, MN and Wabasha, MN
A native and former Mayor of Wabasha, John Wodele retired in 2016 as Vice President of Marketing for Twin City-based Doran Companies. John’s public service experience includes two terms as a Minneapolis Planning Commissioner; a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Des Moines; Key Advisor and Director of Communications for Governor Jesse Ventura. John also currently serves on the board of directors of Hiawatha Academies in Minneapolis and is a Governor appointed member of the Commission of Deaf, Blind Deaf, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans. John joined the Board of Directors in 2014.

National Eagle Center in the news

  • Harriet

National Eagle Center’s most prominent feathered friend dies

May 27th, 2016|Comments Off on National Eagle Center’s most prominent feathered friend dies

Star Tribune, Paul Walsh
MAY 27, 2016
She visited veterans hospitals, Jay Leno and schoolchildren around the state. She survived being hit by a car in Wisconsin that left part of a wing amputated and unable to fly.
Still […]

  • Harriet on TODAY show

Remembering Harriet

May 27th, 2016|Comments Off on Remembering Harriet

Washington Post
May 26, 2016
Harriet’s life’s work began after she lost use of her wings. …  he injury that almost killed Harriet is also what made her special: She became an ambassador at the National Eagle […]

  • Expansion Concepts - Main St view - web

Eagle center has big plans in downtown Wabasha

May 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Eagle center has big plans in downtown Wabasha

Rochester Post Bulletin
John Weiss
The National Eagle Center, a centerpiece of tourism in Wabasha since it opened nine years ago, has seen visitation steadily grow and now has plans for a two-phase expansion for more programs […]

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Wabasha’s National Eagle Center draws thousands for March programming

March 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Wabasha’s National Eagle Center draws thousands for March programming

WABASHA, Minn. — Blind in one eye, the bald eagle Was’aka showed off his impressive wingspan Saturday at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.

His talons, which have more gripping strength than a crocodile’s jaws, clutched […]

  • Drayna eyedrops Wasaka?JohnWeiss RPB

How to train your eagle

January 16th, 2016|Comments Off on How to train your eagle

WABASHA — On Dec. 2, Jennifer Drayna sat down next to “Little Boy,” sipped her beloved coffee and read a novel. It was nothing dramatic.

It was, however, the National Eagle Centertrainer’s first step toward changing a […]

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