Steve Woods – Executive Director
Steve Woods joined Freshwater in December 2013 as executive director. He is a civil engineer who previously was one of two assistant directors of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, a $60 million a year state conservation agency. From 1987 to 1999, he was a consulting engineer in the Minnesota office of MWH, a global environmental consulting company. He also worked two years as a research analyst in the former Division of Waters in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University. Learn a bit more about Steve by reading a Star Tribune interview published shortly after he was appointed.
Or read a short q-and-a in which he reveals he’s an extrovert, a cyclist, a sailor and an optimist
about the Freshwater Society’s ability to protect Minnesota’s water.
Joan Nephew — Operations Director
From 2007 until beginning a phased retirement in late 2013, Joan Nephew was the Society’s executive director. Prior to joining the Society, she was president of the Institute for Environmental Assessment, executive director of the Environmental Resource Council, and executive vice president of the Minnesota Institute of Public Health. In those roles, she managed environmental health programs, worked with industry and government, and oversaw environmental health and safety policy for schools and other institutions.
Scott Branch – Operations Assistant
Deirdre Coleman – Program Coordinator
Alex Gehrig — Program Manager
Peggy Knapp – Director of Programs
Diane Lynch — Development Director and Senior Manager
Christopher Prok – Operations Manager
Jeanne Prok – Program Manager
Patrick Sweeney – Research and Communications Director
Laura West — Administrative Assistant