External Advisory Boards


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NRRI has two Advisory Boards that represent a blend of stakeholders and community leaders. Their purpose is to inform, guide and advise NRRI leadership in pursuing mission-focused initiatives. 

Strategy & Development Advisory Board

  • Mike Mlinar, Retired Vice President, Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.
  • Mark Phillips, Commissioner, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
  • Yvonne Prettner Solon, Consultant on energy policy, Former MN Lt. Governor, MN Senator
  • Susan M. Galatowitsch, UM Co-Director, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
  • Al Rudeck, President, Allete Clean Energy
  • Andrea Schokker, Professor and Head of Civil Engineering, UMD
  • Jay Schrankler, Director UM Office for Technology Commercialization
  • Tony Sertich, President, Northland Foundation
  • Deb Swackhamer, Retired Professor and Director for UM Water Resources Center

Community Impact Advisory Board

  • Julie Marinucci,  Senior Project Engineer, Short Elliott Hendrickson
  • John Downing, Director, Minnesota Sea Grant
  • Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute
  • Kate FergusonDirector of Business Development, Duluth Seaway Port Authority 
  • Randy Kolka, Team Leader and Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service 
  • Jack LaVoy, Executive Director, Great Lakes Aquarium
  • Vince Magnuson, Retired UMD Vice Chancellor, Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Joe Mayasich Director of Environmental Services, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
  • Frank Ongaro, Executive Director, Mining Minnesota
  • Brian PalikTeam Leader and Research Soil Scientist, USDA Forest Service
  • Ida Rukavina, Northern Minnesota Citizen
  • Peter Sellwood, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

To contact any of NRRI's Advisory Board members, please email Trish Sodahl at tsodahl@d.umn.edu.