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SWP Team


Carl Lindquist Executive Director

Carl Lindquist is the Executive Director of the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) a Great Lakes non-profit organization that serves communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The SWP service area includes portions of the Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron watersheds. Lindquist’s 25 year career includes practical field experience supervising large scale environmental restoration projects (Wisconsin, Vermont, Michigan) and working with the National Park Service (Mt. Rainier, Isle Royale). Lindquist has served on numerous regional, state, and international advisory bodies including two terms as the US Chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum (US and Canada). Lindquist was instrumental in establishing the Great Lakes Conservation Corps and more recently the Climate Conservation Corps.


Gina Rotter Accountant and Grant Administrator

Gina joined the SWP in March 2020, bringing 2 years of public accounting experience providing assurance services to government and tribal industries. She graduated with honors from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Accounting. Gina is responsible for general accounting, financial analysis of projects, and grant management and financial reporting.

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Geraldine Grant Senior Planner

Geri is responsible for leading the organization’s watershed planning and habitat restoration programs. In addition to program coordination, Ms. Grant works closely with local, state, and federal partners to further the organization’s mission. Geri specializes in natural resources planning, aquatic ecosystem restoration, physical and biological field assessments, and special studies related to Great Lakes priority issues. Geri possesses a Master of Science in Biology (Aquatic Ecology/Fisheries) and over 28 years of experience in the field of natural resources including 13 years of federal service as a Fisheries Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Abbie Hanson Biologist and Project Planner; K-12 Education Program Manager

Abbie is involved in the planning and implementation of multiple conservation, restoration, and education projects at SWP. She works closely with local, state, and federal partners to coordinate and implement on-the-ground watershed protection and habitat improvement objectives throughout the Upper Peninsula. Abbie received a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Northern Michigan University and was previously employed as a biological technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in East Lansing, MI.


Jeff Koch Partnering for Watershed Restoration (PWR) Coordinator and Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) Coordinator

Jeff is responsible for coordinating watershed restoration efforts, grant opportunities, workshops, and newsletters for the Partnering for Watershed Restoration (PWR) group. He is also involved in many other projects at SWP, including the Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC), Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP), the Great Lakes Shore Viewer web application, and GIS analysis. Jeff brings a diverse skillset to SWP obtained through 15 years of professional natural resource experience, including 10 years with the Ottawa National Forest in wildfire suppression, fire ecology, and GIS analysis, and five years as an environmental scientist with a consulting company performing groundwater sampling, surface water sampling and wetland delineations. He holds a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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Tonya Swenor Energy Program Coordinator

Tonya started with the Superior Watershed Partnership as a Northern Michigan University Intern for the Better Buildings for Michigan Energy Program. In 2014, Tonya was offered a permanent position with the SWP. She is responsible for coordination with project partners and implementation of a variety of the SWP energy efficiency programs. In addition, Tonya manages the SWP's Tribal Youth Conservation Corps Program in cooperation with the Keweenaw Bay Natural Resources Department. Tonya received a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and a minor in Biology from Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan. She also received an Accounting Assistant Vocational diploma from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay Wisconsin.


Betty Nelson Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) Intake Assistant

Betty began working with the SWP in December 2018. Betty assists intake partners with the collection of applicant information and is responsible for application review and data entry. Betty also greets and reviews applications from clients who come into the office for energy assistance. Betty worked for 32 years as a Medicaid Specialist with the Department of Health and Human Services in Marquette and retired in 2010.


Tyler Penrod Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) Coordinator

Tyler began his involvement with SWP by working several summers on the Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC). He continued working with SWP as the Media & Community Outreach intern while studying Biology and Public Relations at Northern Michigan University. Tyler now coordinates GLCC crews and works closely with SWP partners to implement conservation, restoration, and environmental monitoring projects in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


Mindy Kantola Special Projects Coordinator

Mindy joined the team in March 2020 with over 8 years of experience in the environmental and conservation field. Her responsibilities include grant writing, fundraising, reporting, project planning, and project development. Mindy is part of the staff team coordinating and overseeing the Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC). She helps promote education and outreach, partnerships, and information sharing between federal, state, and local organizations. In the past, Mindy has coordinated seasonal field crews for the Marquette County Conservation District, served as executive director of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, and co-authored the Yellow Dog Watershed Management Plan. She has a B.S. in Geography and M.S. in Integrated Biosciences, with focus on ecology, from Northern Michigan University.