Staff & Board of Directors

2014 Board Members

Doug Franchot, Chair
Kurt Lysne, Vice-Chair
Ken Kadash, Treasurer
F. Dallas Fogg, Secretary

Jeffrey D. Brown
Kimberly Byrd
Burgess Eberhardt
Jack Fistler
Forrest Flint
Lindsey Hemly
Eric R. Johnson
Tom Lehman
John Roth
Bobbie Sandgren
Harry Sweatt
Peter Swenson

Honorary Board

Lee Barthel
Martin N. Kellogg

Voyageurs National Park Liaison to the Board

Tawnya Schoewe


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 seven 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 government relations, and a minor in journalism from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  On her time 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.

Kathlene Audette-LuebkeKat Audette-Luebke
Director of Membership & Development 

Kat Audette-Luebke is excited to join the staff of Voyageurs National Park Association. For the past four years, she was the membership coordinator at Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in Salt Lake City, working to protect the remaining wilderness-quality public lands in Utah. Prior to that time, she served in AmeriCorps VISTA, leading the outreach and fundraising efforts of Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kat received her bachelor of science in horticulture with a minor in landscape design from the University of Connecticut, and studied nonprofit management through the University of Utah’s Nonprofit Academy of Excellence. She loves exploring and photographing Minnesota’s beautiful wild places with her husband, volunteering, and working in her
garden. Growing up, she was lucky to spend many summer nights watching fireflies, eating marshmallows by the fire, and trying to evade mosquitoes. It is her hope that future generations of kids can continue to enjoy those same experiences in America’s great outdoors.

Nikolai KlevenPolicy Coordinator

Nikolai Kleven is excited to put his education in government and the environment to good use as the policy coordinator for Voyageurs National Park Association. He monitors legislation, projects and issues of concern to the park in order to better help Voyageurs National Park Association anticipate its needs. He has a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in environmental science, policy and management from the University of Minnesota. He is currently pursuing both a law degree and a masters in public policy from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Growing up in rural Minnesota, Nikolai spent as much time as he could camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors. He continues to pursue these interests and is excited to help preserve those opportunities for others with the Voyageurs National Park Association.