staff contact page
Andrew brings 25 years of conservation education, policy, and management experience in northeastern Minnesota to his position as District Manager. He has a BA in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Andrew welcomes people to stop by the SWCD office to meet the staff and learn more about our work.
| Karen Tucker
Karen is the Lake County SWCD administrative
specialist. She is a senior member of the staff, handling
invoicing, payments, grant reporting, and board meeting planning/scheduling.
|| Derrick Passe
Derrick holds a Professional Engineering license
| Emily Nelson
Conservation Outreach Coordinator
Specializing in public relations, Emily is
the host of our radio show, Conservation Corner.
She works heavily with the public organizing events,
making local connections, and managing our Facebook
page. Emily focuses on outreach and education activities
that support the Lake SWCD mission, and works closely
with other District staff on Terrestrial Invasive Species
As Lake SWCD District Forester, Tim specializes
in sustainable forestry management and planning.
He works with landowners to sustainably plan for
future activities on their forested land, connects
landowners with state and federal cost-share resources,
and provides consultation on forest health by appointment.
Darren graduated from the U of M in Crookston
Geographic Information System Specialist
Courtney graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental
Studies and Geography from Macalaster College. She
specializes in GIS, stormwater inventory, and mapping.
Her tasks with the District include map-making,
collection, and management of spatial data.
Sonja is the Lake County SWCD Aquatic Invasive Species