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SWP Team

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Carl Lindquist Executive Director

Carl is the founder of the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and was the sole employee when the Great Lakes non-profit formed in 1999. Working together with a creative board they have been able to grow the organization to 18 full-time staff and over 30 seasonal employees in the Great Lakes Climate Corps (GLCC). A career highlight included having Dr. David Suzuki (in person) and Bill McKibben (via video) join the SWP 20th Anniversary Celebration! He has served on numerous boards and advisory bodies including two terms as the US Chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum (US and Canada). A strong supporter of the arts he created the Concert for Lake Superior and helped establish the Boreal Chamber Symphony. He studied Anthropology and Environmental Management and received his degree through the University of Wisconsin.

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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.

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Jeff Koch Partnering for Watershed Restoration (PWR) Coordinator and Great Lakes Climate 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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Tyler Penrod Great Lakes Climate Corps (GLCC) Coordinator

Tyler began his involvement with SWP by working several summers on the Great Lakes Climate 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.

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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.

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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.

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Noah Bauer Solar and Energy Efficiency Technician

Noah joined the SWP team in the Summer of 2017 while studying Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Northern Michigan University. He worked as a Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) crew worker for 3 summers before being promoted to a crew leader in the Summer of 2020. After the GLCC was done for the 2020 season he was hired as an Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) Energy Assessor in August 2020. Noah is now performing Home Energy Scores for low-income clients, installing basic weatherization materials, Solar installations, and providing energy education to improve households’ energy efficiency.