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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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Arlo

Arlo joined the SWP team in July of 2021 as an 8 week old puppy! Arlo is responsible for greeting friends, boosting office moral & providing stress relief around the office. Arlo’s hobbies include playing catch with a frisbee, taking long naps under Gina’s desk & watching squirrels play outside. Arlo’s favorite part about being the SWP office dog is getting belly rubs and treats from everyone!

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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) Program Manager

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 Climate Corps (GLCC), Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP), and GIS analysis. Jeff brings a diverse skillset to SWP obtained through 20 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) Program Manager and Climate Adaptation Task Force (CATF) Coordinator

Tyler uses his first-hand experience as a former Great Lakes Climate Corps (GLCC) Crew Member and Crew Leader to plan, train, and supervise GLCC projects while working closely with tribal, federal, state, and local partners to implement a variety of environmental and recreation projects in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and throughout the Upper Great Lakes Region. With climate change adaptation and mitigation at the core of his work, Tyler serves the Marquette County Climate Adaptation Task Force (CATF) as Coordinator and is working to expand SWP's low-income energy assistance program. Tyler holds a B.S. degree in Ecology and Public Relations from Northern Michigan University.

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Kathleen Henry Special Projects Coordinator and Education Specialist

Kathleen coordinates SWP’s community/preK-12 education and outreach programming and assists with grant writing, reporting, and management.  Kathleen is a  certified National Geographic Educator, returned Peace Corps Uganda Volunteer, National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teacher participant, and NCCC AmeriCorps alum, earning her a Congressional Service Award. She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University (M.S. in Education; Special Education and Early Elementary) and Northern Michigan University (B.S. in Environmental Studies; minors in Native American Studies and Political Science). With extensive experience in environmental education and leading formal classrooms, Kathleen strives to engage the Upper Peninsula community in hands-on, relevant, and impactful environmental experiences—singing along the way!

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Solomon Kronberg Special Projects Coordinator

Solomon uses his skills in social and ecological research methods, technical writing, and team management to coordinate projects with MEAP's Energy Technicians, monitor and manage SWP's Land Trust properties, and work with the Grant Writing Team to author funding proposals. He holds a B.A. in Comparative Cultures & Politics with minors in Political Economy and Natural Resource Management from Michigan State University's James Madison College. Solomon has contributed to UNESCO impact assessments, was an alternate finalist in the 2022 Fulbright Research Competition, and is currently publishing work considering the cultural implications of environmental change in Northern Thailand and the Upper Peninsula.

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SWP Energy/Climate Office Staff

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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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Kasey Grieco Assistant Energy & Climate Program Manager

Kasey started with the Superior Watershed Partnership in early 2021 as a Caseworker & was shortly promoted to Assistant Program Manager. Kasey provides day to day oversight of the MEAP program while coordinating with MEAP partners & energy providers to ensure client’s energy needs are met. Kasey is very passionate when it comes to helping those in need achieve energy security. Ms. Grieco possesses a B.A. in English & Women’s Studies from Guilford College as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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Marissa Martz Administrative Assistant

Marissa started with the Superior Watershed Partnership in late 2020, right after obtaining her B.S. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Northern Michigan University. Marissa coordinates all energy assistance payments for MEAP clients & is the main contact for all energy providers that partner with the SWP MEAP program. Marissa also occasionally assists with SWP related field work. Marissa has always been passionate about environmental conservation & helping those in need. She enjoys being a voice for more sustainable lifestyles and land uses throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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Andrew Jessen Energy Education Coordinator

Andrew joined the SWP MEAP team in early 2021. As the Energy Education Coordinator, Andrew creates workshops for MEAP clients to educate them on topics such as: energy efficiency, energy waste reduction, sustainability and more. Andrew collaborates the GLCC Energy Crew to provide education & conservation opportunities for all MEAP clients. Andrew is also responsible for creating and distributing energy efficiency kits for select households. Andrew possesses a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a concentration in Renewable Energy from Northern Michigan University.

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Kelly Jensen Intake Coordinator

Kelly started with the Superior Watershed Partnership in late 2019 as a caseworker. After her promotion in 2021, Kelly coordinates and prioritizes all incoming energy assistance requests from MEAP clients, ensuring their energy needs are met. Kelly enjoys assisting those in need.

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Michelle Converse Intake Coordinator

Michelle coordinates and prioritizes all incoming energy assistance requests from MEAP clients to ensure their energy needs are met. Michelle has over two years of experience working for MDHHS. Mrs. Converse possesses an Associate’s Degree in Psychology along with currently working towards a B.S. in Criminal Justice, both from Northern Michigan University.

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Betty Nelson Caseworker

Betty began working for the Superior Watershed Partnership in late 2018. Betty brings 32 years of experience from working as a Medicaid Specialist with Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. Betty assists clients over the phone and in-person ensuring the completion of MDHHS & MEAP program requirements. Betty brings outstanding customer service skills to the MEAP team.

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Nathan Zaremba Caseworker

Nate joined the SWP MEAP team in early 2021 and helps assist clients throughout their energy assistance request application process, ensuring all of their needs are met – even the ones beyond what MEAP can offer. Nate possesses an Associate’s Degree in General Science and is currently working towards a B.S. in Social Work, both from Northern Michigan University. Nate finds working for MEAP to be very fulfilling and enjoys being able to help those in need around the U.P.

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Anthony Sette Caseworker

AJ is responsible for guiding MEAP clients through their energy assistance request application process, ensuring all of the client’s needs have been appropriately met. AJ possesses an Associate’s Degree in General Science & is currently working towards another Associate’s Degree in Business, both from Northern Michigan University.

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Grant Rizzardi Lead Energy Efficiency Technician

Grant is the Lead Energy Efficiency Technician for the Great Lakes Climate Corps (GLCC) Energy Crew. Grant works closely with the Department of Energy to preform Home Energy Scores for MEAP clients, providing them with information on how energy efficient their home is & offering education and potential weatherization projects to improve their household’s overall energy efficiency. Grant also coordinates solar projects for select households. Grant possesses a B.S. in Sustainability & Outdoor Leadership from Northern Michigan University.