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Raven Lake at Wolf Ridge

Staff & Leadership

Leadership Team

Peter Smerud

Executive Director | Email

Kirk Geadelmann

Finance Director | Email

Jessica Vance

Marketing Director | Email

Nathan Engstrom

Operations Director | Email

Meredith St. Pierre

Development Director | Email



Program Naturalists


Rachel Giemza

Youth, Family, & Special Programs | Email

Emily Pavlisich

School & Group Programs | Email

Shelby Roback

Naturalist Training | Email

David Stieler

Curriculum & Sites | Email

Joe Walewski

Teaching & Learning Coordinator | Email

Charlie Pavlisich

Science and Research | Email

Noah Shea

Adventure Education | Email

Lori Walewski

Informal Education | Email

Courtney Wright

Live Animals | Email

Graduate Naturalists

Program Assistant Naturalists
Brie Wintz
Jonny Tostenson
Leah Kessler

Mentor Naturalists

Emmerson Kuhl
Haley McCauley
Logan Woods

Graduate Naturalists

Cait Flannery
Eric Parazak
Gabbi VandenBrink
Izabella Goland
Jannes Packet
Kayla Edmunds
Kelsy O’Morrow
Logan Stecker
Lauren Chamberlain
Madie Cloutier
Maleah Upton
Marcus Popovich
Mo Armstrong
Neko Nelson
Teagan Weiss

Each year through an intense 10-month graduate program, a cohort of naturalists live, train, and teach at Wolf Ridge while earning graduate credits. We’ve trained over 1,000 naturalists during our 50-year history as an organization.

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Facilities & Administration

Maintenance & Facilities Services

Carter Acker

Maintenance | Email

Barbara Doherty

Custodial Services | Email

Rose Evans

Custodial Services | Email

Bob Geatz

Maintenance | Email

Matt Lehtinen

Custodial Services | Email

Matthew Meadowcroft

Maintenance Technician | Email

Swae Rose

Facilities Services | Email

Bob Wolke

Maintenance | Email

Shawn Nowotczynski

Food Service | Email

Scott Miller

Facilities Services | Email

Robin Revier

Food Service | Email

Kiaryn Rose

Food Services | Email


Kathy Chumley

Office Administration | Email

Sarah Mayer

Organic Farm | Email

Raelynn Schuety

Sales & Marketing Coordinator |  Email

Cara Norris

Bookkeeper & Store Manager |  Email

Jo Hazelton

Administrative Assistant |  Email

Board of Trustees

Schele Smith (Chair)
Nancy Quattelbaum Burke (Vice Chair)
Doug Connell (Secretary)
John Priem (Treasurer)
Mark Carey
Sarah Edstrom
Monica Hamling
Gaylen Harms
Eric Klein

Jennifer Neimi
Raj Pillai
Tari Rayala
Anne Schneider
Lee Thao
John Thein
Sandy Timmerman
Bill Vanderwall
Roberto Zayas

Emeritus Members

Tom Berg
Russ Bierbaum
James E. Brandenberg
William M. Burns
Ron Kirk
Nancy Schultz
Rene Settergren


Thomas Atchison
Richard (Dick) Gray, Sr
Peter Heegaard
Robert Heller
Donn Larson
Myron Latimer
Sigurd Olson
Michael Plautz
Werner Tismer

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