Staff

 

MCEA is supported by an experienced and seasoned staff knowledgeable on the issues that impact Minnesota's environment.

      

Scott Strand, Executive Director

Scott was appointed Executive Director in 2009, following years of assisting MCEA pro bono with several legal issues.  Scott was a 17-year veteran at the Minnesota Attorney General’s office where he worked on a broad range of constitutional, natural resources, agriculture, labor and Indian Law issues.  He left in 1999 to join the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where he was a general litigation partner before setting up his own litigation and government relations practice in 2006. He was born in Ada, Minnesota and grew up on a farm where his family raised sugar beets, feed grains, and some cattle and hogs. He earned an A.B. degree from Harvard University and his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Email Scott (sstrand@mncenter.org), or call him at (651) 287-4865.

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Kiley Bastian, Development and Communications Associate

Kiley joined MCEA in 2013 as Development and Communications Associate. She coordinates MCEA’s social media efforts, serves as the agency’s webmaster, and supports special events and fundraising activities.   Kiley is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, emphasizing in Policy, Planning, Law and Society. She also has experience with Institute on the Environment, Great River Greening, Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Alaska Wilderness League. 

Email Kiley (kbastian@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4870.

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    Jill Bathke, Natural Resource Scientist

Jill joined MCEA in 2013 as the Natural Resource Scientist. Jill works on a variety of Natural Resource topics such as wetland protection, agricultural drainage, mining, and invasive species. Prior to her employment at MCEA, Jill worked as a biologist at the St. Paul District Army Corps of Engineers. During her time at the Corps, she managed the environmental review of several iron ore mine expansions and large scale wetland and stream mitigation projects under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Jill has a graduate certificate in Stream Restoration, Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her B.S. in Environmental Science.

Email Jill (jbathke@mncenter.org) or call her at (651)287-4872.
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    Leigh Currie, Staff Attorney

Leigh joined MCEA in 2014 as Staff Attorney working primarily in the area of energy law. Leigh regularly appears at the Public Utilities Commission to advocate for economic solutions to fight climate change. After graduating with honors from William Mitchell College of Law in 2006, Leigh practiced environmental law at Stinson Leonard Street, clerked for the honorable Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and taught legal writing at William Mitchell. In addition to her law degree, Leigh has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from Tufts University and an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her legal career, Leigh led wilderness trips to the Boundary Waters, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and the Canadian Arctic and continues to enjoy the outdoors with her family.

Email Leigh (lcurrie@mncenter.org) or call her at (651)287-4873.
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    Alex David, Legislative Associate

Alex joined MCEA in 2015 as the Legislative Associate for the Legislative Session. She is a recent graduate of Hamline University School of Law. Alexandra brings experience to the legislative team at MCEA as she has worked in a variety of capacities advocating at the Minnesota Legislature, including working with Grasstops, Inc., Winthrop & Weinstine, and the Builders Association of Minnesota.

Email Alex (adavid@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4872.
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Jim Erkel, Land Use and Transportation Director

Jim joined MCEA in 1998 and helped establish and now directs the Land Use and Transportation Program.  Before coming to MCEA, he served as the Director of Land Protection for the Minnesota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  Prior to that, he was a senior attorney practicing energy and environmental law for a natural-resource-based corporation in Los Angeles, California.  Jim's professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the American Planning Association.  He also helped to establish and served on the Boards of Directors of the Minnesota Land Trust and Envision Minnesota and served on the Board of Directors of the Land Stewardship Project.  Jim earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and his B.A. from UCLA.

Email Jim (jerkel@mncenter.org) or call him at (651) 287-4862.

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Kathryn Hoffman, Staff Attorney

Kathryn joined MCEA in 2010 as Staff Attorney and works to support energy and mining issues. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Kathryn comes to MCEA with a background in complex litigation with the law firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP. In addition to her J.D., Kathryn holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in science, technology and the environment from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Kathryn also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Email Kathryn (khoffman@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4863.

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Joan Johnson, Finance Director

Joan joined MCEA in 2011 as Finance Director. She brings a diverse set of business and nonprofit financial leadership skills to the organizations with experience in public accounting, banking, insurance, information technology services and community health services.  Joan is a CPA (license inactive) and has a B.A. degree in Accounting from Southwest Minnesota State University. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Email Joan (jjohnson@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4867.

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    Erin Mittag, Legal Secretary

Erin joined MCEA as a Legal Secretary in 2015. Prior to her employment with MCEA, she was a Laboratory Technician with the St. Croix Watershed Research Station in Marine on St. Croix, MN. In 2012, Erin earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she studied biology and environmental studies. She has a strong environmental research background, with interests in water quality and land use issues. Erin is passionate about linking her research interests with policy and advocacy to protect Minnesota's environment.

Email Erin (emittag@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4868.
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Karen Moss, Office Manager

Karen joined MCEA in 2011 with more than 16 years of experience providing office management and administrative support in nonprofit organizations. She is responsible for administrative support to the staff and the Board of Directors, accounting and bookkeeping, human resource functions, office operations and information technology. Karen brings to MCEA a high level of organization and energy. She graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Inver Hills Community College with a major in Human Resource Management. 

Email Karen (kmoss@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4860.

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Kevin Reuther, Legal Director

Kevin joined MCEA in 2005 and became legal director in 2008. Kevin has spent his legal career as a public interest advocate.  Before joining MCEA, he was an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis where he worked on housing discrimination, public benefits for low income and disabled people, and predatory lending litigation.  His work experience includes a year as a Hennepin County Public Defender and clerking for Judge Harriet Lansing on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Kevin received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School,  M.S.  in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.A.  degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.  He has served as adjunct faculty at William Mitchell College of Law and currently teaches an environmental law class at the University of Minnesota. 

Email Kevin (kreuther@mncenter.org) or call him at (651) 287-4861.

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Annie Sarver-Bodoh, Development Director

Annie joined MCEA in 2010 with more than 25 years of fundraising experience.  She has served nonprofit organizations national and local, and has raised more than $45M through the course of her career.  Her areas of expertise include donor cultivation, corporate and foundation giving, special event management, and building comprehensive development plans.  Additionally, Annie has a long background in marketing communications including the development of brand architecture, key messaging, print and electronic communications.  She earned her B. A. from the University of Notre Dame.  

Email Annie (asarver@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4871.

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Kris Sigford, Water Quality Program Director

Kris joined MCEA in 1980 and has over 30 years of experience working on natural resource issues. Kris directs a comprehensive program aimed at improving water quality through full implementation of federal and state water quality law, adequate funding of water quality improvements, and innovative approaches to control agricultural sources of sediment and nutrients to freshwater systems and the Gulf of Mexico.   Prior to joining MCEA, she was development manager for the Freedom From Hunger Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, and a lobbyist for the Sierra Club Northstar (Minnesota) Chapter. Kris earned her B.A. in English and Music, graduating magna cum laude from Boston University.

Email Kris (ksigford@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4864.
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Kody Thurnau, GIS Specialist

Kody joined MCEA in 2012 as its GIS specialist. Prior to joining MCEA, Kody was the Senior GIS Specialist with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission in Duluth, and a professional with the state superfund program at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. His work at MCEA spans the organizations program areas, but is primarily focused on utilizing GIS to advance MCEA's land-use, transportation and water programs. He holds an appointment as an advisor to the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, and has won awards for cartographic design. 

Email Kody (kthurnau@mncenter.org) or call him at (651) 287-4883.
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Allison Wolf, Legislative Director

Allison joined MCEA in 2005 as Legislative Director. On behalf of MCEA, Allison played a key role in passage of the constitutional Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.  Other legislative achievements include Environmental Health Tracking and Biomonitoring, legislation to address High Potential Greenhouse Gases, state ratification of the Great Lakes Compact, and the Clean Water Accountability Act.  She served as Minnesota Senate Counsel from 1983 to 1994, providing legal and drafting services on a wide variety of matters under the jurisdiction of the Committees on Judiciary, Crime Prevention, Transportation, Governmental Operations, and Energy and Housing.  Allison has also worked for The Nature Conservancy, where she secured the largest state investment in Wildlife Management Areas in state history.  As a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., she worked on transportation and clean air issues.  Allison is a native of Northfield, MN, and earned her B.A. in American Studies at Carleton College and her J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Email Allison (awolf@mncenter.org) or call her at (651) 287-4882.

 

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