Board of DirectorsNational Eagle Center
(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, John Friedmeyer
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Meet Our Board of Directors
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.
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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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.
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 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.
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
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 big splash around here, […]
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 nests aloft, eaglets […]
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.
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 […]
Rochester Post Bulletin
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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