BETH WOOD - President & Chair of Board of Development
Beth Wood has been a member of the SPLPT since its beginning. She has lived on Cedar Lake for 28 years and considers herself fortunate to watch the sun rise over the McMurtrie Preserve each morning. The protection of natural resources has been a lifelong passion and she encourages you to join the SPLPT!
RITA LAWSON - Vice President
As a girl, Rita Lawson enjoyed summer sessions at St. Paul Camp Fire’s Camp Ojiketa near Chisago City, MN and camping/canoe trips on the St. Croix River. After teaching English and German in Somerset for 10 years she worked with her husband building Laser Machining, now Preco, in Somerset. Rita has served on the Somerset Library, St. Croix Valley Foundation, and St. Croix Scenic Coalition boards.
ALAINA FEDIE - Treasurer
Alaina Fedie is Operations Manager at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, a field station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Alaina grew up on a hobby farm in central Minnesota where a deep affinity for nature and land conservation was cultivated. She continues to foster her love a nature through photography, stained glass art, and camping in the great outdoors.
MIKE REITER - Secretary & Chair of Education
Mike Reiter retired from 3M in 2004 after spending 35 years as a Pharmacology Research Biologist. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust since 2005 and as its secretary since 2007. He is currently the Chair of the Education Committee. Mike enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related activities.
MIKE KELLY- Chair of Property Acquisition & Management
Michael Kelly is a retired Electrical Engineer who serves on the boards of Star Prairie Fish & Game, Upper Willow River Rehabilitation District, and Erin Prairie Plan Commission. He is a 35-year resident of Erin Prairie.
TRISH MOBERG - Board Member
Trish Moberg is a high school mathematics teacher for the school district of New Richmond. She enjoys spending time with her family fishing, hiking, and participating in other outdoor activities. She works closely with the Trust’s Education Committee, connecting students with its activities and programs.
SHAWN SCHOTTLER - Board Member
Shawn Schottler, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS), a field station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Shawn conducts research on land management practices to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion. He also maintains and studies several hundred acres of prairie restoration experiments at the SCWRS. Shawn is a lifelong resident of the St. Croix Valley and continues to grow Christmas Trees and native prairie seeds on his farm north of Somerset.
DON DEMULLING - Board Member
Don Demulling is a 44 year retired Andersen Corporation Machine Tooling Designer. He is also on the Cedar Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Board of Directors and is a member of the Star Prairie Fish & Game.
JACKIE ELKIN - Board Member
Jackie Elkin lives in Star Prairie and is a Cedar Lake resident. She has a keen interest in environmental protection and has always had a passion for the outdoors and nature in just about any capacity, i.e., sports, hunting, fishing, working, camping, hiking or just relaxing. Professionally, she has enjoyed more than 30 years in the medical device industry and is employed by Medtronic in Global Regulatory Affairs, Advocacy and Public Policy.
JILL GORRES - Board Member
Jill Gorres is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in General Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Sales and is a Benefits Consultant with JA Counter. Having served on Turningpoint for Victims of Sexual & Domestic Violence, the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation, and St. Croix Valley Employers Association, Jill believes that engagement in the valley at all levels brings success to all. She prides herself on being an active member of the communities she lives and works in.