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Board Spotlights

Bill Martinetto

Bill Martinetto was born and raised in Grand Rapids and graduated from Grand Rapids High School. After earning a degree in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Bill returned to the Grand Rapids area. He and his wife Tashanna have two young daughters, Keira and Kinsley. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, and taking advantage of the area’s resources by being outdoors as much as possible. Continue reading

 

 


Marsha Green

Marsha came to the Grand Rapids area with her husband in 2001 from Duluth, MN. They currently live in Cohasset where they enjoy fishing, enjoying many outdoor activities, and spending time with their son. Marsha’s passions include teamwork, leadership, and bringing quality, safety, and value to rural healthcare. Continue reading


Leanna McBride

Leanna is a native to the Grand Rapids Area and works as a dentist at Grand Dental Center. She and her husband, Tom, are happy to be living once again in their hometown, after spending several years in Minneapolis and Charlotte, North Carolina. In her free time, Leanna enjoys being active outdoors, celebrating the natural beauty the area has to offer and spending time together with her friends and family. Continue reading


Alie McInerney

Alie has called the Itasca-area home to her family for more than 100 years. With deep roots and a tremendous love for the place she calls home, she always knew she would make it back.  After moving away for school and a short stint in Duluth, she had the opportunity to move back five years ago to work at the Blandin Foundation. She enjoys being surrounded by family and friends that all care deeply about the community. With two, soon to be three, young children, you can often find her and her family hanging out at the library, the Children’s Discovery Museum, or enjoying the beautiful summer days at a park or beach. Continue reading


Luke Francisco, Board Ex-offico  

I grew up in Grand Rapids and after spending 6+ years in the Duluth area, had the opportunity to return to my hometown. Growing up here, I was fortunate to benefit from so many of the opportunities the Northwoods’ is known for. I spent a lot of time playing hockey and baseball, hunting and fishing. It was through some of those things that I recognized what a close community this is. I married my high school sweetheart Anna Johnson in 2012. We have a two-year old son (Otto), a new baby (Milo), and a friendly yellow lab named Nyko. We feel very fortunate to call Itasca County our home. Continue reading


Amanda Kluge, Board President 

For the past 13 years, I’ve worked for Minnesota Power as Support Services Manager at the Boswell Energy Center.  My husband Eric is an electrician and my son Glen is 9 years old and goes to St. Joseph’s School, where I serve on the school board.  During the summer, we spend all of our spare time on Pokegama Lake, enjoying boating, camping, and time with family and friends.  During the winter, we just count the days until summer arrives! Continue reading


Christina Monson, Board Secretary 

I grew up in a small town in the northeast corner of Iowa with wonderful parents who instilled in me a great sense of determination and a top-notch work ethic. Both employed in the education system, I grew up watching their community involvement and was always inspired by their drive to help others. My family and I moved to Itasca County in 2015 and have never looked back. What appeals to us here is good natured people, a growing entrepreneur base, and compassionate people who are dedicated to making their community better. Continue reading


Peter Birkey, Board Ex-offico 

Before moving to Grand Rapids, Peter lived in Boston, serving as an Executive Vice President of Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. and was responsible for all Strategy, Public Markets, Risk Management, Real Estate and Special Situations. Peter is also currently on the Vancouver-based Pretium (NYSE ticker - PVG) Board of Directors, Coe College Board of Trustees, and the ICC Foundation Board.

Some of Peter’s favorite activities include travelling with his 15 and twin 11 year old daughters, and spending time outdoors. Continue reading


Patrick Goggin, Board Treasure

Patrick Goggin moved to Grand Rapids in July of 2015 when he accepted his current position as Chief Financial Officer of the Grand Rapids School District. He has four grown children and seven wonderfully spoiled grandchildren. Goggin loves the Itasca area with the many activities and events held here in the community, and he especially loves fishing, taking walks, and reading. Continue reading

 


John Stemper, Board Vice President

I work for MDI as the Director of Product Development and New Ventures and am married with two adult children. We have enjoyed all aspects of Itasca County and Northern Minnesota including the rich natural resources, friendly people, and the great variety of community activities, restaurants and arts. Continue reading


Jamie Nielsen

A native to the Itasca County area, Jamie Nielsen is lucky enough to call this place 'home'. Her and her husband Joe, along with her four children (Morgan, Brayden, Bryce & Lainey), reside in the Trout Lake area and works for ASV Holdings, Inc in Human Resources. During her off time, you can usually find Jamie at one of her kids sporting events, or spending time with family and friends. Continue reading

 


Madeline Cook

Madeline lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Jeff, and 3 dogs.  A shy Sheltie, Ricky, and a loving chocolate lab mix, Boogaard, and a sweet border collie mix, Burt. Madeline and Jeff both grew up in Eagan, MN, but both wanted to live in Northern Minnesota.  In 2014, Jeff was offered a job in Grand Rapids and have loved living here ever since. In July of 2016, Madeline and Jeff became the new owners of North In Bloom, previously Flowers By Jeannie. When she is not designing at the flower shop, she enjoys spending time with friends outside at the bonfire or at her family’s cabin in Ely, MN. Continue reading

 


Diane Meyer

Diane Meyer is one of our newest board members to join the United Way of 1000 lakes, but was originally introduced as a Campaign Coordinator for MDI 5 years ago. Her position at MDI is an Employment Supports Supervisor for both the Cohasset and Grand Rapids locations, and continues to support our annual campaign in the fall with her work place. Diane enjoys exploring many countries and cultures of the world, but loves especially traveling with her husband around the northern part of Minnesota whether on bicycle, motorcycle, boat, snowmobile or motor home. Diane also was just blessed with her first granddaughter 15 months ago! Continue reading

Brad Zumbaum

I came to the Grand Rapids area in January of 2013 from South Dakota, and opened Itasca Tax & Consulting. He joined the United Way of 1000 Lakes board in March of 2014 and currently serves as the Treasurer. In his spare time, Brad officiates football and lacrosse games for local high schools and community colleges, and enjoys spending time outdoors exploring the north woods with his wife, April. Continue reading



Suli Furman

Suli Furman, past United Way Agency recipient and 2017 Board Member, was born and raised in Arizona. She is married to Travis Furman and is a mom to five spunky kids. Although she spent most of her life out west, she has lived in Minnesota since 2007 when her and her husband moved here to continue their work with troubled teens. She loves the change of seasons and the pace that this area provides. Continue reading






Alie McInerney

Alie has called the Itasca-area home to her family for more than 100 years. With deep roots and a tremendous love for the place she calls home, she always knew she would make it back.  After moving away for school and a short stint in Duluth, she had the opportunity to move back five years ago to work at the Blandin Foundation. She enjoys being surrounded by family and friends that all care deeply about the community. With two, soon to be three, young children, you can often find her and her family hanging out at the library, the Children’s Discovery Museum, or enjoying the beautiful summer days at a park or beach. Continue reading