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Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW)*
P.O. Box 625
Ely, MN 55731
218-365-7808
*NMW is the fiscal sponsor for Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and Sustainable Ely

General inquiries: info@savetheboundarywaters.org

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NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTANS FOR WILDERNESS BOARD

Dodd Cosgrove, Secretary
Matt Entenza
Adam Fetcher, Co-chair
Lawson Gerdes
Hunt Greene
Ellen Hawkins
Diane Hofstede
Bill Hohengarten
Ann McNally
Heather Meier
David Miller, Treasurer
Jon Nelson, Co-chair
Steve Piragis
Becky Rom, Vice-chair
Paul Schurke
Stephen Snyder
Jeff Soderstrom
Kris Wegerson
Jason Zabokrtsky
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CAMPAIGN STAFF

Tom Landwehr
Executive Director
As a preschooler, Tom spent hours in a wood and canvas canoe as "bow ballast" for his canoe-racing father who trained on the St. Croix River. He became a lifelong user and champion for the Boundary Waters Wilderness after working near the Gunflint Trail in the early 1970s. In his professional conservation career he most recently served as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for 8 years during Governor Mark Dayton's administration. Prior to that, he worked for 30-years conserving wild places for the Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited and DNR. Tom is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota where he taught wetland ecology and conservation. He served on the Shoreview City Council and numerous civic and watershed boards. He has Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Wildlife Management and an MBA from the Carlson School of Business. He spends as much time as possible in the wilderness with his family and friends!

Alex Falconer
Director of Government Relations
A born and raised (and will never leave for any reason) Minnesotan, Alex has been in the outdoors, Northwoods, Northshore, Boundary Waters and beyond since before he could walk. He has the extreme pleasure of now introducing his children to the Boundary Waters and watching them dip their paddles, drink from a lake, and listen to the loons and wolves. Alex has worked on electoral, grassroots and issue advocacy campaigns for the past decade and looks forward to dedicating all his time and attention outside of his family to preserving the Boundary Waters for generations to come. Alex studied biology at St. Olaf College.

Samantha Chadwick
Deputy Campaign Manager
Sam inherited her love of the Boundary Waters from her family -- her grandpa took multiple canoe trips for many summers and passed on that tradition. Prior to joining the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters in 2014, Sam worked on grassroots efforts to advance environmental conservation and social justice in Minnesota for many years, including leading the nonprofit organization Environment Minnesota. She studied biology and botany at Gustavus Adolphus College. Sam loves spending time outdoors with her young kids!

Matt Norton
Policy Director
Before joining the Campaign, Matt worked as campaign director with Minnesota Environmental Partnership, and as forestry and wildlife advocate and staff attorney for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Matt is an avid wilderness hiker, paddler, hunter and angler, and enjoys few things more than introducing people to the BWCA.

Sydney Jordan
Political Director
Sydney is experienced in political campaigns and is excited to do everything possible to save the Boundary Waters. She has worked with campaigns on every level from school board to the president but most recently helped lead the successful Jacob Frey for Mayor campaign. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she got her start as an organizer for MPIRG. She lives in Northeast Minneapolis and when not trying to save the world she likes to explore from the seat of a bike or in the chapters of a good book.

Lauren Eggert
Marketing Director
Being in love with words and wilderness her whole life, Lauren joined the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters after a decade-long creative career in advertising. Wanting to match her storytelling professionalism with her passion for wild things, Lauren is excited to pair her creative skill set with political activism to save the most rad place on Earth.

Jeremy Drucker
Senior Advisor
Jeremy is a born and raised Minnesotan, who first experienced the power of the natural world canoeing Canada’s Bloodvein River before falling in love with the Boundary Waters. Jeremy has worked in strategic communications in New York City and Minnesota. Prior to joining the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters he served in Governor Mark Dayton’s administration in multiple capacities.

Ingrid Lyons
Development Manager
Before re-joining the Campaign to lead the expanding fundraising program, Ingrid attended the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and previously worked for the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters as the Arrowhead Regional Organizer from 2015 to 2017. The Boundary Waters has played an integral role in fostering her love of wild places. Ingrid is also an enthusiastic hiker, bird watcher, and dog mom.

Megan Wind
Communications Specialist
Megan was born and raised in Minnesota and took many trips to the North throughout her life. This fueled her love for the outdoors and passion for paddling, hiking, camping, rock climbing and snowboarding. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications with a minor in Design. Megan is passionate about storytelling, protecting the environment and planning adventures in the Wilderness.

Levi Lexvold
Regional Organizer & Ely Office Manager
Levi was introduced to the Boundary Waters in 2009 when he moved to Ely, Minnesota to study Wilderness Management at Vermilion Community College. While attending Vermilion Levi lived on the shore of Fall Lake -- just a short paddle from the Wilderness boundary -- where he developed his passion for canoeing and the BWCAW. In the summer of 2013 Levi was part of a canoe expedition that began on Birch Lake (just downstream from proposed mining projects) and ended at Churchill, MB on Hudson Bay. The trip took 63 days and covered just over 1000 miles. Levi has also studied Natural Resource Conservation at the University of Idaho and worked as a wilderness ranger and wilderness guide. He runs the Campaign’s national headquarters at Sustainable Ely and outreach efforts in Northern Minnesota.

Courtney Otto
Regional Organizer
A Minnesota transplant by way of Buffalo, New York, Courtney grew up camping and exploring the beautiful woods, lakes and mountains of the Northeast. Initially wary about moving to the Midwest, all worries disappeared on her honeymoon into the Boundary Waters. Prior to joining the Campaign, Courtney graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology and a focus on Public Policy. She has since been a research assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School's Criminal Justice Policy & Management program, worked on various campaigns and canvassed for the labor unions. While Courtney has loved social policy advocacy, she couldn't be more excited to expand her horizons and join the realm of environmental advocacy!

Administrative Coordinator
Nicole saw her first moose (and a calf!) on her very first trip with her family to the BWCA, and has been fascinated with the Boundary Waters ever since. Before joining the campaign in 2018, she developed a love for grassroots movements within various feminist and social justice nonprofits, and decided to make the transition to a local environmental organization that works on an issue near and dear to her heart. She has a sociology degree from the University of Minnesota. She loves exploring America's breathtaking and diverse set of parks and wilderness areas with her family and friends. When she's not enjoying the great outdoors, you can find her reading, traveling, cooking, or enjoying music through concerts or a record player.

Lisa Pugh
Science and Policy Associate
A native Minnesotan, Lisa holds a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Foundational to her love of wilderness and the need to protect it with scientific and fact-based policy are her 600+ days of backcountry experience as the leader of unsupported and educational wilderness expeditions in and around the Boundary Waters. For Lisa, defense of wilderness with logic and reason lives alongside countless memories of minds and hearts opening to the incomparable beauty, serenity, and self-discovery inherent in the challenge and adventure of a canoe or dog sled trip through the remote north country.   

Fred Morgan
Director of Finance and Admininstration
Fred was born in Duluth, Minnesota and loves the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. Fred has built his own cedar-canvas canoe and has also hiked most of the major trails in the Wilderness. Fred has 40 years of accounting experience and worked most recently for 8 years with Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota.

Carter Sample
Development Officer
Carter is a Southerner by birth and a Minnesotan at heart. Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas he heard frequent stories from his grandfather and mom about their outdoor adventures to the Boundary Waters going back to the 1970s. Fate eventually brought Carter to Minnesota in 2011 and he joined the generations before him in his love for the BWCA. For the last decade Carter has worked in faith communities to develop engagement in local and international relief work. He is excited to bring his experience of community engagement and development to preserve a place that has been an important part of his family for three generations.

Business Outreach Specialist
Alyssa discovered her love for the Boundary Waters during her first trip there her Freshman year of college. Moved by the pure beauty and silence of the pristine wilderness, she decided to change her major with the intention of working to protect the wild places that she loves. She studied Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management along with Public Health at the University of Minnesota, which is where she discovered a passion for studying Environmental Health (how the status of an environment can effect people's health). When she's not in school, Alyssa can often be found leading canoe trips down the Mississippi River or roadtripping across the country.