Clean River Partners Board of Directors Candidates

The CRWP Board of Directors leads the organization by determining policies and priorities. Board Members serve a 3-year term. You can vote for up to 4 candidates in 2021. 

PAUL CARLSON-DONOHOE

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? At my first CRWP Board Meeting I said that I was there because I didn’t want my future grandchildren to curse me for not acting. I now have a 1-year-old grandson, so my desire to serve has expanded. I want y grandchildren to experience the beauty and wonder of a clean river or stream–to be able to swim in a clear lake. Also, I want them to know that those that love them care enough about the watershed to act to preserve and protect it. 

What experience or involvement have you had with CRWP? I have been a board member, a volunteer at clean-ups, a storm drain stencil team member, and a branding committee member. I have also been involved in a number of cover crop field trips. 

Please describe any professional or volunteer experiences or interests that would be useful to CRWP? I’ve developed and taught an 8-week environmental ed. class for 5th graders at teh Leverett Elementary School in Leverett, MA. I’m a past member of the Northfield Environmental Quality Commission. I was a teacher for 6 years at the Cannon River STEM School, Faribault. Interests: Environmental Education, Photography

PAULA K. CORSI

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? I would like to be able to have an impact on the water quality in the Cannon River Watershed, use the knowledge that was gained while going through the Master Water Steward program, and continue to work with the community to education on the issues that are faced and things that can be done to have an impact to improve water quality. 

What experience or involvement have you had with CRWP? I have been a  board member for 3 years, and volunteered with the organization for at least 4 years.   

Please describe any professional or volunteer experiences or interests that would be useful to CRWP? I completed the Master Water Steward program in 2018, presented at a couple of lake association meetings for Rice Lake, one was at the annual meeting, fund raising breakfast, speaking about benefits of Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and restoration of shorelines.  I have an interest in native grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees and feel that works well with improved water quality.  My career has been in insurance, I am currently a Director at a National Insurance Agency, and have responsibility in the following areas: budget, technology, operations, recruiting, training quality assurance and service. 

BILL JOKELA

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? I fully support the mission of CRWP to protect the water quality and natural systems of the Cannon River watershed. I would like to do more to contribute to that mission, and I think serving on the Board may be the best way to do that.

What experience or involvement have you had with CRWP? I have helped with CRWP Cannon River Clean-up events, and I’ve participated in the Kernza work group meetings as a potential grower. I provided input and review for a research grant Alan Kraus wrote to evaluate interseeding cover crops into corn with variable row spacing. I have attended CRWP-sponsored events, e.g. a fund-raising breakfast, open house, etc. I have also contributed financially beyond that required for membership.

Please describe any professional or volunteer experiences or interests that would be useful to CRWP? After growing up on a farm, I farmed full-time with my parents on our crop and livestock farm near Cannon Falls for two years before leaving to do graduate work in soil science and agronomy at the U of MN. I then worked as a soil scientist doing research, extension education, and/or classroom teaching at the University of Vermont and with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Wisconsin. My work included crop nutrient management and soil quality with a major focus on effects of agriculture on water quality and gaseous emissions. I retired and moved to Northfield about five years ago.

In Northfield I trained to become a Master Naturalist, and I volunteer regularly in the Carleton College Arboretum, helping with prescribed burns, native seed collection, etc

ERICA ZWEIFEL

Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors at CRWP? Protecting and sustaining our natural resources is my number one passion in life. I am a big fan of using a watershed approach as the structure for working collaboratively to protect our land and water. I have reviewed your strategic framework and am excited to bring my expertise to this framework. Water is life.

I am particularly interested in climate adaptation and mitigation work, honoring diverse forms of knowledge and  public education campaigns around protecting our watershed.

What experience or involvement have you had with CRWP? I am a member of CRWP and have participated in volunteer activities. As a city councilor I served on Northfield’s  Riverfront Enhancement Advisory Committee with Kristi Pursell and I learned a lot about CRWP through her work on that committee. As part of my work at Carleton, I have assisted in connecting CRWP to students and faculty.

Please describe any professional or volunteer experiences or interests that would be useful to CRWP? I bring a lifetime of environmental stewardship to the board. I grew up in Oregon during the 70’s when all kinds of environmental stewardship was happening and I think it now runs in my blood. I have a BS in Botany and a love for native plants. I started serving on local boards in 2005 when I joined the founding board for the Cannon River STEM School in Faribault. I have served on the Northfield EQC (2007-8), Northfield City Council (2009-20), and the Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (2011-20). I am a member of the Northfield Rotary club, the Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative and Northfield Area Community Solar. I regularly attend the Minnesota Climate Adaptation conferences at the UM.

I am employed by Carleton College where I work in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement as the assistant director for community impact. In addition to the community impact work with our community partners,  I work with our Food and Environmental Justice cohort of students