BOARD MEMBERS


All Board members are elected to a three year term. There is a limit of three consecutive three-year terms with a one-year required break. Officers are nominated and elected annually. Current members include:

 

Risikat Adesaogun
Communications Strategist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Risikat Adesaogun is a Communications Strategist working for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the state agency responsible for protecting the environment and human health. Risikat’s current work involves coaching private and public officials on how best to communicate complex issues to general audiences and promoting social and environmental justice through research and targeted outreach.  She liaises with representatives from local, state, and national media outlets and conducts demographic research of residents living in areas of concern for environmental justice initiatives. Risikat holds a Masters in Strategic Communication Management from Concordia University-St. Paul and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Hannah Frawley, Vice President
Volunteer, Wilderness Inquiry

Born in Minnesota, Hannah Frawley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area ‒ a playground for the outdoor enthusiast – and graduated from California State University in Chico. Hannah brings experience in event coordination, marketing, communications and fundraising with The Marine Mammal Center in the San Francisco Bay area and SynMedia Marketing Group. As Development and Volunteer Coordinator at Wilderness Inquiry, Hannah worked with over 400 volunteers to create meaningful experiences for participants in the outdoors, while also providing the WI donor community opportunities to see their mission in action.  She is passionate about her connection to the community and loves exploring the Twin Cities’ natural and urban environments. Hannah enjoys hiking, biking, running, reading long novels, baking pies, collecting vinyl records, and Lego (master building/ creation). She is thrilled to make a measurable difference by connecting people from all walks of life to nature.

 

Megan Kuhl-Stennes

At Eureka Recycling, Megan promotes zero-waste policies and helps people understand their social justice, environmental and economic benefits. To create a zero-waste system, we can reduce, reuse, compost, recycle, rethink and redesign. A graduate in environmental studies from the College of Saint Benedict, Megan worked in both social justice at Cretin-Derham Hall and environmental initiatives at Dakota County. She works with local governments, community leaders and businesses throughout Minnesota. She enjoys backyard and worm composting and is happy to teach others about it.

 

Kim Lawler
Minnesota Director of Philanthropy, Trust for Public Land

Kim became the Minnesota Director of Philanthropy at The Trust for Public Land in December 2018. Prior to TPL, Kim served for seven years as the Director of Development and Communications at Tree Trust, another MEF member organization. With over 25 years of experience in fundraising, communications and nonprofit management, Kim’s nonprofit experience ranges from health to arts to youth development to environment. She feels fortunate to express her passion for the outdoors by raising funds at TPL to create parks and protect land for people to ensure healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Prior to TPL and Tree Trust, Kim managed the “people” side of Dakota County Parks where she oversaw recreational programming, environmental education, event planning, and marketing. She has a degree in Speech Communications from Iowa State University and has called Minnesota home since 2000. Seldom idle, Kim can be found hiking in regional parks, paddling on local lakes, and attending her daughter’s college running meets. Kim has a passion for building relationships and thrives on making connections to educate others on the benefit of open space to make our world a better place!

 

Margaret Levin
State Director, Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Margaret is privileged to have served as State Director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter since 2008. She has over 10 years of experience as a grassroots community organizer, a degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Missouri and has studied nonprofit management and administration. Her passion is involving citizens to advance science-based environmental policies, and is inspired each day by the knowledge, leadership and vision of Sierra Club’s volunteer leaders. At home she enjoys time with family, music, and hiking.

 

Rylee Main, President
Volunteer, Minnesota Conservation Federation

Rylee Main serves as the Executive Director of the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance. Her primary goals for the organization include achieving a habitat and water quality restoration project in Lake Pepin that is supportive of both science-based objectives and community values, and enhancing the capacity of local communities upstream from Lake Pepin to reduce sediment and nutrient loads. Rylee graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a Master’s degree in Public Policy, focused on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, and has completed environmental policy and community engagement projects with the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District, the Freshwater Society, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.  For Minnesota Conservation Federation, Rylee serves as treasurer and primary representative to the Minnesota Environmental Fund.

 

Karen Solas
Volunteer, Friends of the Mississippi River

Karen most recently served as an Environmental Justice Analyst at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where she worked to address disparities in environmental protection and barriers to participation in decision-making processes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and has done graduate work in natural resources. Karen has extensive experience at both the nonprofit and government levels in program management, partnership development and community engagement. She has spent time as an ecological restoration field crew member and as a field research assistant studying the effects of a biological control on an invasive species in tall-grass prairies. Prior to the MPCA, Karen managed volunteer ecological restoration projects and coordinated educational and interpretive programming as the Stewardship Coordinator at Friends of the Mississippi River. She made the move to state government to direct the Minnesota GreenCorps program, a statewide environmentally focused AmeriCorps program which implements community-driven, needs-based sustainability initiatives.

 

Aurora Toth, Secretary

Aurora Toth is a branding and marketing executive who brings more than 30 years of  experience to the Board, encompassing several corporate leadership roles as well as consultant work on customer insight and brand marketing strategies for clients. Toth served as Senior Vice President Brand Services at Bluestem Brands, where she led brand marketing, digital marketing, market research, PR, partnerships and programs. Toth has also served as vice president Brand Marketing at Carlson Hotels, vice president of Marketing for Christopher & Banks Corp, vice president of Corporate Development/Innovation and Marketing at The Musicland Group/Best Buy.  She has worked in brand marketing roles at Supervalu, Inc., the Toro Company and began her career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. Toth holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

 

Maia Wahlberg
Grants Manager, Wilderness Inquiry

Maia is a native of Saint Paul who grew up camping on the North Shore of Lake Superior. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, she is passionate about preserving Minnesota’s unique outdoor spaces for generations to come. Maia brings a diverse array of experience in fundraising, government relations, and project management to MEF. In her roles as Grants Manager and Trip Director for Wilderness Inquiry, Maia manages a grants program that raises more than $1.3mill per year from corporate, foundation, and government donors, and connects more than 300 individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to multi-day adventures on the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers annually. Maia enjoys hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing in her spare time and loves sharing these activities with friends and family.

 

Greta Wallgren, Treasurer
Managing Consultant, IBM

Greta Wallgren has focused on product, financial and customer analytics in her corporate retail career, now at IBM.  She brings a strong background in data analytics and financial metrics and years of experience leading and directing teams.  Greta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Gustavus Adolphus College and has taken continuing executive education courses at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.  Greta enjoys cooking, golfing, traveling and spending time outdoors with her kids.  Passionate about clean water and waste reduction, she discovered the Minnesota Environmental Fund when researching environmental choices for workplace giving.

 

 

Interested in joining?

If you’re interested in joining the MEF Board of Directors or one of its committees, please read on for more information:

MEF Board Member Job Description 2017

MEF Board-Committee Application 2017

MEF Committee/Task Force Descriptions 2017 

MEF Board Nominations Announcement 2017