(l to r) Chad Kjorlien, Barry Hill, Toni Smith, Emily Durand, Carol Scott, Dave Kostik, Suzanne Blue, James Reidy, Don Jacoby, John Wodele, Randy Eggenberger Not Pictured: Mark Nichols, Victoria Moore, Jon Lineweaver, Tim Schlagenhaft
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Meet Our Board of Directors
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 MooreWabasha, MN
Victoria Moore, originally from Rochester, MN, spent much of her 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 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 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 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.
Toni SmithWabasha, MN
Toni Smith has lived in Wabasha for 40 years, while working for the University of Minnesota Extension and Association of Minnesota Counties. Her work focused on tourism education and community development educational programs. She joined the board in the summer of 2017.
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.
Emily DurandWabasha, MN
Emily is a resident of Wabasha and is a Senior Project Manager for HealthPartners Institute in Bloomington, MN. She is committed to the health and vibrancy of Wabasha and also serves as Vice-Chair of the Wabasha Heritage Preservation Commission.
October 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Wabasha approves development agreement to expand National Eagle Center
Post Bulletin, Brian Todd October 4, 2017 WABASHA — The Wabasha City Council took a step forward Tuesday toward a major expansion of the National Eagle Center. The council voted 6-1. with Jeff Sulla being [...]
September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Eagle Center, MMAM make USA Today list of MN attractions
Post Bulletin, Brian Todd September 11, 2017 Some of the best Minnesota has to offer is right here in the southeastern corner of the state. According to a month-long poll of online readers of USA [...]
September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on ‘We want to be a destination for families’
Post Bulletin, Brian Todd September 5, 2017 ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Members of the House Capital Investment Committee took a tour of towns on the Mississippi River Tuesday to hear pitches for projects for [...]
June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on San Francisco real estage mogul lands in Wabasha with colossal eagle art collection
Star Tribune, Tony Brown June 19, 2017 Preston Cook has valiantly tried to step quietly into his new life among the 2,500 souls of Wabasha, Minn. He’s been only partially successful. “If anyone recently made a [...]
March 27th, 2017|Comments Off on SE MN is the place for eagles
Star Tribune, Tony Kennedy March 16, 2017 As American bald eagles congregate in peak numbers this month around Lake City, Wabasha and other southeastern Minnesota river towns, there’s more happening than meets the eye. In spacious [...]
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