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.
Email John. Or call: 651-313-5811
Brian Bohman, Research and Policy Intern
Brian joined Freshwater in March 2016 as a research and policy intern. He graduated from Saint John’s University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in natural science and is currently a master’s candidate in the Water Resources Science graduate program at the University of Minnesota where he is researching strategies to reduce nitrate leaching to groundwater. He grew up in the Twin Cities, and from a young age has been in love with all things related to water. Brian enjoys swimming, canoeing, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with his family and friends.
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.
Email Don. Or call: 651-313-5810
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.
Email Carrie. Or call: 651-313-5812
Jen Kader, Senior Program Manager
Jen has nearly 10 years of experience engaging public and private stakeholders in environmental resources work, and has a Masters 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.
Email Jen. Or call: 651-313-5807
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.
Kris Meyer, Program 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.
Email Kris. Or call: 651-313-5815
Mary Salisbury, Development Officer
Mary joined Freshwater in November 2017. With a Bachelor’s in political science and Spanish, and many years in the public sector, she’s made her professional niche in nonprofits: raising heart and financial resources for vital societal causes. With the addition of Mary’s position at Freshwater, the organization has a special chance to deepen relationships with valued donors, funders, and supporters — the committed individuals investing in Minnesota’s lakes and streams. Mary feels privileged to serve in this role. It allows her to live out one of her passions: celebrating the community support that makes freshwater possible!
Email Mary. Or call: 651-313-5817
Tera Scovill, Administrative Assistant
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, and customer service in a variety of other industries. Tera has now circled back to her passion around environmental stewardship; she is a Minnesota Master Naturalist and enjoys volunteering to help in the effort to preserve and educate around our precious natural resources. You may also find her bird watching, gardening, or dancing.
Email Tera. Or call: 651-313-5805
Alex Van Loh, Program Coordinator
Alex joined Freshwater in September 2015 as a Minnesota GreenCorps member focused on the Master Water Stewards Program. In fall 2016, he was hired as staff and expanded his work to include supporting all programs. He has a degree in biology from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Before coming to Freshwater, he spent a year living abroad in Germany, teaching English through the Fulbright Program. Outside the office Alex enjoys making music, running, sampling craft brews, and all things comedy.
Email Alex. Or call: 651-313-5814