Lynette Anderson: Interpretive Naturalist/Restoration Specialist
I am involved with both programming and land management at Belwin. I enjoy creating walks and talks that showcase the great work we are doing to restore native habitat for all the critters and plants. I also get to be involved with the work that creates the habitat, which I love! Each day holds something different for me. Some days I am working with my body on the land, some days I am doing reconnaissance for a program, some days I am working with volunteers, and some days, nights or evenings I get to lead a group to some amazing phenological event happening on Belwin property. I feel blessed to be able to work here.
Katie Bloome: Executive Director
I love connections — the human connections we form when we find something in common, and the ecological interconnectedness we see in nature. My role at Belwin spans both, and my favorite days are when I give tours, take donors on buggy rides, or walk our trails with supporters. I have a background in nonprofit leadership, environmental education, and fundraising, most recently coming from Minnesota Public Radio. My love for prairie and savanna started while studying biology at Grinnell College, in Iowa, and I am so happy to be once again surrounded by these rare and beautiful ecosystems. I find my greatest enjoyment exploring the outdoors and canoeing with my husband and two kids.
Paloma Cardoza: Land and Program Assistant
When I was a child, I believed I could connect with nature on a spiritual level. As an adult, I feel the need to take care of plants and animals so they survive long after I am gone. I am grateful to be able to fulfill this dream and put my degree in Conservation Biology to use at Belwin. Working on the land — whether hand pulling terrestrial invasives, being involved with controlled burns, harvesting seed from wild prairie flowers, or building bird habitat — I feel that my efforts will have positive impacts for generations to come. As a program assistant, I get to create content for our social media pages, connecting the work we do with the community, in hopes that others will see the beauty of Belwin and the importance of our work.
Cooper Crose: Land Assistant
I studied Environmental Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and then bounced around the country working various wildlife jobs for a few years. Since coming back to Minnesota, I have been working with savanna and prairie restorations and its related wildlife, which is where I really made the connection between healthy habitats and healthy wildlife. I am excited to be at Belwin as a Land Assistant where I can combine my two areas of knowledge.
Angie Eckel: Development and Communications Director
I love getting to know and learn from Belwin’s supporters. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, where I acquired a deep and lasting love for the land. Now that I’m at Belwin, one of my favorite things is learning more about Minnesota’s native plant communities. I came to Belwin most recently from Minnesota Public Radio, but also have years of experience managing arts organizations, and am a classical singer by trade. I find Belwin’s beauty endlessly inspiring and take particular joy in exploring it with my husband and our two little boys.
Alissa Gold: Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant
Having grown up with woods in my backyard and going camping, foraging, and hunting, I was instilled with love and respect for all things grown and growing. As I have gotten older, I have started to see that the access I enjoyed in my youth informs my passion for conserving these wild spaces for generations to come. With a background in fabrication, carpentry, and bookkeeping for theater, arts, and film, I come to Belwin most recently from the scene shop of the Guthrie Theater. I am so humbled to use my skillset in supporting Belwin’s mission and I hope that the personal experiences people have here will inspire them to share and care for the beautiful and necessary wilderness around us all.
Susan Haugh: Program Director
I am a creator and activist, composer and collaborator. Weaving these passions together, I’ve supported the LGBTQIA+ community through two performance-based organizations, Dreams of Hope and Renaissance City Choir, both in Pittsburgh. I moved to Minnesota for love and was blown away by Belwin Conservancy’s beauty and dedication to healthy ecologies. At Belwin, I bring my passion for arts and culture together with my love of nature to support the health of the planet for generations to come.
Haley Kutzler: Land Assistant
I was fortunate enough to grow up in the country playing in the woods, working on the family tree farm, and hunting and fishing in my free time. Living in that atmosphere inspired me to do what I can for the environment. I received a bachelor’s degree in Field Biology from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and worked multiple seasonal jobs, including out west for the USFWS on remote refuges, for the WI DNR with the wildlife and fisheries department, and, most recently, I did contract restoration work. Working at Belwin gives me new insight into everything I did before on a different level. I love being outside and never knowing what’s around the corner. Being able to continue what I enjoy doing and making a difference is why Belwin is the perfect next chapter for me.
Marggie Ogas: Development Assistant
As someone who grew up in an urban area, spending time with nature was a rare treat. After moving to the Twin Cities for college, I explored Minnesota’s beautiful natural spaces and developed a new appreciation for the outdoors. In my role, I help tell the story of why opportunities to access these spaces are so important to our many diverse communities. In addition to supporting fundraising, one of my favorite parts about working at Belwin is getting to meet all the species of plants and wildlife that find home here. Outside of my work at Belwin, I am a professional dancer, choreographer and teaching artist.
Eric Palmen: Facilities and Equipment Specialist
I love working at Belwin because of the variety of jobs I get to do, the beautiful landscape I am surrounded by each day, and our wonderful, creative staff. I feel like I am doing some good for the planet.
Laura Sherar: Event & Office Coordinator
I love spending time outdoors learning about how nature’s systems are interconnected. As event and office coordinator, I’m excited to welcome people to Belwin’s unique, beautiful places through events that help the community connect with each other and nature. My background is in operations and outreach, and I recently returned to school for a certificate in environmental sustainability. I’m incredibly grateful to be able to contribute to the creative work happening at Belwin.
Hannah Smith: Program Coordinator, Anishinabe Academy partnership
I am excited to be a part of Belwin’s newest program – a collaboration with Anishinabe Academy – and to begin weaving dreams and visions into concrete realities for youth, families and teachers to enjoy in all seasons! Growing up, I was lucky enough to share my backyard with a conservancy in south central Wisconsin, skip rocks along the North Shore, and hike among the tall pines, prairies and woodlands of the Midwest. My love of adventure, nature, languages, art, and lifelong learning has allowed me to call many parts of the world ‘home’, including my most recent experience living with and learning from an Indigenous community in the mountains of central Mexico. I am humbled to apply my background in community-based education, program development and youth programming to this unique and innovative project, and cannot wait to see what the seeds we plant today will bring forth for generations to come.
Justin Sykora: Operations Director
I enjoy the challenges of working with the complex ecosystems making up Belwin Conservancy. Belwin truly has it all, from soccer fields to hiking trails, wetlands to prairies, forests to savannas, there’s never a chance to get bored. I studied Conservation at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and have been lucky to spend the years since I graduated working with natural resources.
Board of Directors
Artist, Architect, Professor
Retired, Previously President
Global Application Engineering Manager
3M Food Safety Division
David Hartwell, President
Douglas Johnson, Vice President
Oliver Real Estate Services
Jill Koosmann, Treasurer
CEO and President
HRK Group Inc.
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Associate Laboratory Director for Simulation and Computation
Los Alamos National Laboratory
John Satorius, Secretary
Retired, Previously Counsel/President & Board Chair
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.