Staff & Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jeffrey D. Brown, Chair
Jim Bizal
F. Dallas Fogg
Doug Franchot
Burgess Eberhardt
Jack Fistler
Tom Lehman
Sharon Oswald
Lindsey Remakel
Roberta Sandgren
Spencer Smith

Honorary Board Members

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

Park Liaison to the Board

Tawnya Schoewe, Voyageurs National Park

Founders

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
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 eight 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.

Ella Rausch
Youth and Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA)
Ella studied english and environmental studies at the Wisconsin – Madison in Madison, WI. She will be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with VNPA focusing on development and capacity building, community outreach, and the National Park Teen Ambassador program. On her days off she enjoys exploring MN State Parks, working on the plans for her Tiny Home, hanging out with her dog, and tending to her beloved plants.

acvista_0AmeriCorps 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.