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Jean Vincent - President

Jean Vincent (2)A life-long Duluth resident, Jean became involved with the Beargrease in 2004. Since that time she has been road crossing coordinator, merchandise coordinator, Trail Mail coordinator and volunteer coordinator.

Mike Keyport - Vice President

Mike Keyport (1)I am a Band member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and also the very proud Great Grandson of John Beargrease. I live in Grand Portage and am employed as the Emergency Management/Safety Director for the Reservation. I could never fill the shoes of John Beargrease, I can however give this opportunity my all, so that we can carry on this tribute to such a great man.

Kristine Hansen - Treasurer

Kristine Hansen- Head ShotKristine is employed by Moline Machinery as an accountant. She has volunteered with Bentlyville in the past and assisted the DAHA with their fund raising campaigns for four years. Kristine has aided with the timing program for the Beargrease for the past two years and hopes to continue to fine tune that. Additionally, she brings with her accounting and finance skills and experience that will be of value as well as a willingness to help in area needed.

Carmen Schempp - Secretary

Carmen is currently employed as a Library Technician at the Duluth Public Library. Carmen lists strong supervisory, communication, and organizational skills as some of the talents she would bring to the board in addition to experience with special events and community service. She has volunteered with the Beargrease in a few different areas and is ready to deepen her commitment to the organization and to lend her skills and talents to the board of directors.

Colleen Wallin - Director and Marathon Musher Representative

Colleen Wallin (1)My husband, Ward, our 2 sons, Ian and Ero, manage Silver Creek Sled Dogs kennel. Our family is usually outdoors hunting, fishing, camping or sitting out back around the fire. I love this race and am very excited to help carry on the tradition.

Jason Rice - Director

Jason Rice (1)A fan of this event since my childhood, I "caught the bug" for deeper involvement in the Beargrease back in 1996 as a local news anchor and reporter covering the race. That led to running the Beargrease mid-distance race 3 times using "leased" dog teams. My love of dogs, competition and adventure keep bringing me back for more! I'm proud of the volunteers, the vet team, mushers, sponsors and the fans that have helped keep this race alive for 30+ years!

Jessica Shold - Director

Jessica Shold (1)My dad was a dog musher in the Grand Marais area in the 1970's. I loved his dog sledding photos which lead me to become involved with the race in 2000. I was in photojournalism school and drove up from North Carolina for a new photography adventure. Soon after moving back to Minnesota in 2001 I also did some handling and kennel sitting for Pat and Diana Faherty. More recently I began blogging for the race and coordinating the photo contest. I am excited for another new adventure and look forward to the added responsibilities and a chance to get more involved in the inner workings of the Beargrease.

Mike Levig - Director

Mike is a 30 plus year volunteer of the Beargrease. Most often found in the starting chute, Mike is the man seen in many pictures with all the Beargrease patches on his jacket! Most recently, Mike has assisted in the pre-race marking of the trail and as part of the trail boss team during the race. A retired letter carrier, Mike has passion for the outdoors, and helping people and groups. Mike is heavily involved with the local and regional ATV Clubs, and feels that experience and the connections make will be an asset to him on the board of directors. He would like to help maintain and build on relationships with the volunteers, sponsors and many communities on which the Beargrease relies.

Suzanne Avello - Director

Suzanne Avello (1)I have always been a fan of dogsled races so after moving to Duluth from Florida I became involved with the Beargrease serving as Treasurer and Merchandise Chair. The 2016 Race will be my 11th.

Terry Hukriede - Director

Terry Hukriede (1)I am interested in all pursuits which promote and preserve the amazing region I call home. My wife and I live in rural Two Harbors and are involved in numerous community activities. I have a background in training, safety, community coordination, and fundraising.

Ward Wallin - Director

Ward Wallin (2)I have been involved with the Beargrease for over 20 years as a musher, handler, and past board member. I am excited to be part of this organization as we move forward and continue the tradition of John Beargrease.



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