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Jeffrey D. Brown
Jim Bizal
Megan Bond
Rose Carr
F. Dallas Fogg
Jack Fistler
David C. Hansen
Tom Lehman
Matt Mueller
Carl Numrich
Sharon Oswald

Honorary Board Members

Lee Barthel
Doug Franchot
Michael Frome (1920-2016)
Martin N. Kellogg (1930-2019)
John Roth
Harry Sweatt

Park Liaison to the Board

Tawnya Schoewe, Voyageurs National Park


The founders and early directors of Voyageurs National Park Association included former Minnesota Governor Elmer L. Andersen, Judge Edwin Chapman, Wayne Judy, Lawrence Vaubel, Martin Kellogg, Sigurd F. Olson, Wallace Dayton, and Wheelock Whitney.


Staff Members

Christina Hausman Rhode
Executive Director

Christina Hausman has been the executive director of Voyageurs National Park Association since July 2013. She engages advocates, philanthropists, volunteers and the next generation of stewards on behalf of Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park. Christina has over ten years experience working in development and communications in the nonprofit industry and has previously worked for The Nature Conservancy and the Hennepin Health Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and political science, and a minor in journalism from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  On her days off you can find her taking photos, attempting new recipes, enjoying live music, or traveling to North Carolina to visit family.  A nature enthusiast, she grew up taking family trips to America’s national parks and is thrilled to be supporting Voyageurs.

Sarah Henry Suemnig
Development Manager

Sarah joined the VNPA team in June of 2018. Previously, she has helped build successful comprehensive development programs for several arts, education and social services institutions. Sarah earned her Master of Science in Arts Administration (focusing on fund development and e-commerce) from Boston University, and her Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University. She lives in Plymouth, MN with her other sources of pride: her husband, two young daughters, an elderly cat, and a rather large dog.

Connor Ward
Policy Coordinator

Connor Ward is currently a student at the University of Minnesota studying environmental policy, planning, law and society, and parks and protected area tourism. He is from International Falls, Minnesota and is excited to work to help protect the beautiful National Park he grew up enjoying.

Lindsay Brandt
Community Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA)
Lindsay Brandt is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with VNPA focused on community outreach and engagement. She spent the past two summers working as a seasonal park ranger at Voyageurs National Park and is excited to use her knowledge and passion for the park to reach out and inspire new audiences. When she’s not at work, Lindsay enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and exploring outside. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) taps the skills, talents, and passion of more than 8,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. The program’s nationwide corps of VISTAs serve full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations.


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