Voyageurs National Park Association Announces New Elections to Board of Directors

Voyageurs National Park Association announced the election of three new members to the 2017 VNPA Board of Directors: Sharon Oswald Jim Bizal Megan Bond, JD

VNPA couldn’t be more excited about their experience, ideas, wisdom, and passion for Voyageurs National Park.

Sharon Oswald has worked in Minnesota’s nonprofit sector and government relations for over 20 years, primarily dedicated to public health. She currently works with Delta Dental of Minnesota as a foundation program manager, and enjoys nature and helping protect Minnesota's outdoor heritage. 

Jim Bizal has extensive experience serving on several boards within his community and has spent the past 25 years exploring Voyageurs’ Sand Point and Namakan Lakes with his family. When Jim isn’t spending time with his family or giving back, he runs a home remodeling business in Edina, Minnesota.

Megan Bond has been active with VNPA since 2012 in a variety of roles including committee member, volunteer, and policy coordinator. Megan earned her Juris Doctor degree and masters in public policy at the University of St. Thomas. She lives in International Falls enjoying all seasons on Rainy Lake and working as a judicial law clerk.

Sharon Oswald commented, “Voyageurs National Park Association has the mission, values, vision, and team of people that I would like to contribute my time and efforts towards. VNPA has served as the primary support to our only national park in Minnesota, and its importance is ever more apparent as we continue addressing the pressures, ideas, and varied interests for the parks usage.”

If you’re attending the fall member breakfast, be sure to introduce yourself to our new board members.

Full list of 2017 Board of Directors.

If you are interested in exploring committee or board service, please contact our board chair, Jeffrey Brown via


About Voyageurs National Park Association

Voyageurs National Park Association’s mission is to connect people to Voyageurs National Park, enhance the visitor experience, and protect the park for present and future generations. VNPA is the park’s nonprofit partner, serving as the leading voice for protection and outreach, providing financial and volunteer support for recreation and conservation projects, and working together with the National Park Service to preserve the visitor experience and wild nature of Voyageurs for future generations.