John Linc Stine, Executive Director
John joined Freshwater in March 2019 as executive director. He has a long career in protecting the natural resources of Minnesota and the health of its citizens. Most recently he served as commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and also worked for many years for the state’s Department of Natural Resources.
Don Davies, Finance Director
Don joined Freshwater in February 2020 as finance director. He is a CPA, and started his career in public accounting followed by 38 years in executive financial positions in community banking organizations. He actively volunteered in a variety of nonprofit organizations over that time. Don lives on lake property in Isanti County, which his family has enjoyed for over 90 years. He is a founding board member of the lake’s Improvement District, which has been working for the past six years to protect, preserve, and improve the quality of the lake.
Chyann Erickson, Office Administrative Assistant
Chyann joined the Freshwater team in July 2021 to work part-time as the office administrative assistant. With a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and several years of experience in water quality, she was thrilled to continue her career at Freshwater. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in natural science and environmental education at Hamline University to become an effective educator on environmental issues. When she isn’t in the office, Chyann can be found adventuring in local natural areas, playing with her two cats, or reading a good book.
Lila Franklin, Program Associate
Lila joined Freshwater in December 2019 as a program intern. She graduated from St. Olaf College in May 2019 with a degree in environmental studies, and is currently attending graduate school at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in pursuit of a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She is primarily interested in environmental planning, and how our built environment can work to weave in elements of the natural. In her free time, Lila enjoys exploring Minnesota’s regional and state parks and sewing and knitting her own garments.
Carrie Jennings, Research and Policy Director
Carrie joined Freshwater in 2016. She has been a field geologist for 24 years, 22 of those with the Minnesota Geological Survey and two with the DNR, Division of Lands and Minerals. For the last two years she was the science reports lead for the County Geologic Atlas program at the DNR. She applies her understanding of glacial geology and landscape evolution to shape policy and technical approaches for managing surface water and groundwater, avoiding hazards, and using resources wisely. Carrie and her husband live on a 120-acre farm which is primarily in a permanent conservation easement through the Dakota County Farmland and Natural Areas Program. Livestock is limited to a dozen chickens, a dog and a couple of cats. She has twice been elected town board supervisor and served on the planning commission for Eureka Township.
Jen Kader, Senior Program Manager
Jen has nearly 10 years of experience engaging public and private stakeholders in environmental resources work, and has a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration in climate change planning. As a trained and practiced process facilitator, Jen’s work at Freshwater involves strategic and collaborative planning efforts with community groups and local government units, as well as development of surface water management, lake management, and climate resiliency plans. She has served on the city of Minneapolis’s Community Environmental Advisory Commission and several community and technical advisory committees, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Environmental Institute and the Whittier Alliance.
Eileen Kirby, Policy and Research Coordinator
A recent Humphrey School graduate, Eileen joined Freshwater in January of 2021 as a part-time contractor after working on the Banking Groundwater policy subgroup in her former position with the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center. Now as full-time staff, Eileen's work focuses on Freshwater's comparative study of groundwater governance in the Great Lakes. She also helps Freshwater continue considering policy approaches that address the climate-water nexus and looking for grant opportunities.
Connie Lanphear, Communications Consultant
Connie joined Freshwater in 2016 after 12 years working in communications, management, and development for several environmental nonprofits. She manages the annual Weatherguide almanac calendar and assists with communications.
Jocelyn Leung, Participatory Engagement Coordinator
Jocelyn joined the team in October 2020 as Freshwater’s participatory engagement coordinator. Her first step was spending two years supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) community leaders as they advocated for transit oriented development and health equity policies that truly address their communities’ needs and aspirations. These experiences inspired her to go back to school and gain a deeper understanding of grant writing, evaluation, and research processes that equitably involve community members at every step. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019 with a master of public health in community health promotion. She is thrilled to bring her public health knowledge and experiences to Freshwater and its mission of empowering people to value and preserve our freshwater resources. When not working, she enjoys taking long walks next to the Mississippi River and making her whole house smell like soup.
Kris Meyer, Community Engagement and Education Coordinator
Kris joined the team in January 2018, bringing a communications and education perspective to Freshwater’s work. A trained and practiced facilitator as well as a skilled science communicator, Kris enjoys distilling complex technical information into plain language. Educated as an environmental journalist, Kris has experience as a freelance writer, classroom teacher, and tutor. Her favorite fieldwork experience was flying around the state in a float plane, gathering lake water samples for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. A family cabin in Ottertail County, a sailboat on Lake Superior, and frequent canoe treks into the Boundary Waters keep her well immersed in Minnesota’s waters.
Mary Salisbury, Development Officer, she/her
Mary joined Freshwater in November 2017 to grow relationships and resources for healthy water and communities. Her appreciation for fresh water first began in Duluth where she grew up near Lake Superior. It continues daily as she interacts with the water that flows all around us. She is passionate about building communities for a just and vibrant world. In her free time, she enjoys bopping around town with her family and adventuring outdoors.
Tera Scovill, Office Manager
Tera joined Freshwater in April 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and worked as an interpretive naturalist. She has a background in project coordination, administrative support, sales, program development, and customer service in a variety of industries. Tera has now circled back to her passion around environmental stewardship. As a Minnesota Master Naturalist and a Minnesota Water Steward, she enjoys sharing experiences with others that inspire a sense of wonder, enthusiasm, and respect for nature, nurturing a desire to care for our earth and its inhabitants. You may also find her bird watching, gardening, or dancing
Alex Van Loh, Education and Program Coordinator
Alex joined Freshwater in September 2015 as a Minnesota GreenCorps member working with the Minnesota Water Stewards Program. In fall 2016 he became staff and expanded his work to include supporting all programs, with a specific focus on education and engagement. He has a degree in biology from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Before coming to Freshwater, he lived in Germany, teaching English through the Fulbright Program. Outside the office Alex enjoys making music, running, sampling craft brews, and all things comedy.
Gretchen Zampogna, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Gretchen joined Freshwater in April 2021. She previously worked in communications at the Bell Museum, blending her journalism background and passion for design to create all varieties of communications content. Environmental protection has always been important to her, and she’s thrilled to work with an organization advocating for water preservation. In her free time, Gretchen enjoys reading, gardening, baking, and exploring Minnesota with her family.