Anita M. Olson
Moved from Cedar Rapids,Iowa, November 2011. Serving as a Americorps/VISTA member with Northern Pines Mental Health Center in Brainerd area. Project is Veterans Mental Health Issues.
I am currently a volunteer and consultant for libraries and archives as well as other non-profits. I am a beekeeper, a gardener, a grandmother, and like to boat, walk, and travel.
John M. Bowden
Christine M Wilson
A native of Brainerd, Minnesota, Elissa Hartwig settled on the Rice Lake family property purchased more than 50 years ago. The wooded, pristine setting has been instrumental in forming her fascination and love of nature which is exhibited by many years in the horticulture industry. Elissa currently holds certifications as a Minnesota Master Naturalist and DNR Minn-Aqua Educator. The seasonal employment of the horticulture industry led Elissa to pursue additional financial resources to supplement living expenses. In 2000, she obtained her Minnesota Real Estate license and continues to be an active Realtor with Brainerd area based, Aspen Real Estate Services, LLC. In August of 2012, Elissa graduated with a BS degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University. In combination with her earlier AA degree in Business Management from Central Lakes College, she intends on pursuing a career focused on counseling clients with mental health needs in a holistic setting. She believes nature is a vital component in the healing process and hopes to incorporate the natural world into the therapeutic practice.
Emily Strand Justman
Fun Fun Cheng
Jan Marie Lundgren
My career was in public health education/planning. As a retiree, I enjoy going to YW in St Paul, walking, community events and socializing.
Mark Skeie is the Executive Director of the Vital Aging Network. He retired in 2003 after 34 years with the 3M Company. He is an 2004 graduate of the Evolve program.
Mary Jo Bibby
Sister Mary St. Martin
Mary Jo Schifsky
I am a retired professor from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of MN, a member of VAN's Leadership Group, and former chair of VAN. I graduated from Evolve in 2011. My project was my work leading VAN. I have expertise in aging policy, long-term care and program evaluation. I am glad to be a resource to Evolve members.
Mary (Teena) Bacigalupi
I work for the City of Eagle Bend and involved in many community projects. The most important things in my life are family and friends. I was asked to do a six word biography and this is what I came up with "Make difference for family and friends."
William (Bill) Read