Staff & Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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 Members

Lee Barthel
Martin N. Kellogg

Park Liaison to the Board

Tawnya Schoewe, Voyageurs National Park

Staff Members

Christina Hausman
Executive DirectorChristinaHausman

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 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.

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

Kat Audette-Luebke has been the director of membership and development for Voyageurs National Park Association since March 2014. Prior to that time, she had been the membership coordinator at Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance in Salt Lake City, an organization which works to protect the remaining wilderness-quality public lands in Utah. She is also an AmeriCorps VISTA alum, having completed a term of service as the development and outreach coordinator for Wasatch Community Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her bachelor of science in horticulture with a minor in landscape design from the University of Connecticut, and studied nonprofit management at the University of Utah’s Nonprofit Academy of Excellence. Kat loves exploring and photographing Minnesota’s beautiful wild places with her husband, playing the guitar, and spending time in her garden. Growing up, she was lucky to spend many summer nights camping with her family, 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 Kleven
Policy Coordinator NikolaiKleven

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 these opportunities for others with the Voyageurs National Park Association.

Adam Rautio
Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA)Adam Rautio

Adam Rautio is serving as the outreach coordinator for Voyageurs National Park Association through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. His year of service is dedicated to building the capacity of the organization through volunteer recruitment, grant writing, and strengthening partnerships, with a specific focus on youth programs, including the National Park Teen Ambassador Program. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from Augsburg College. Adam is also very involved in the community, serving on the advisory board of Destination Imagination and as the president of a homeowner’s association. His previous experience includes customer service and project management positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Ameriprise, the Hartford and Target. He is a native Minnesotan, and his passion for Voyageurs National Park comes from camping, hiking, and skiing with family. Adam also enjoys traveling, and is proud to have visited 46 of the 50 states – and looks forward to going abroad after his year of service is complete.

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.