CRWP Staff and Board

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors and has staff who carry out our work in the watershed. To contact our staff, visit our Contact Us page.




Kristi Pursell,

Interim Executive Director

Kristi Pursell has a BA in English/ Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College and has a background in small-scale farming, environmental education, and leadership. She joined CRWP in 2015 as the Community Engagement Coordinator. In 2017 she became Interim Executive Director where she looks forward to “making clean water happen” through innovative new and long-term CRWP projects.



Kevin Strauss,

Community Engagement Coordinator

Kevin Strauss has a B.A. in Environmental Biology and Creative Writing and an M.S. Ed. In Outdoor Education. Before working for CRWP, Kevin worked as Education Coordinator for the Zumbro Watershed Partnership,  in Rochester, MN. He presents clean water education and outreach programs as well as creative problem-solving activities for CRWP.


Hailey Gorman,

Community Wastewater Facilitator

Hailey Gorman has a B.S. in environmental science and a Minor in chemistry from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Before working with CRWP she interned with the City of Mankato Wastewater Treatment Plant as a chemical analyst. She looks forward to helping communities address their clean water problems.



Sheila Craig

    Sheila Craig,

Community Wastewater Facilitator

Sheila Craig has been working for the SE MN Wastewater Initiative since 2003. She has a degree in Home Economics Education from Iowa State University and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota. As the Community Sewage Treatment Facilitator she helps small communities understand that they may not be properly treating their sewage and she helps them find solutions and funding for wastewater improvements.                               


Alan Kraus.

Conservation Program Manager

Alan Kraus earned an M.S. in Agricultural Economics and a B.S. in Dairy Science and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has 25 years of experience dairy farming in Central Wisconsin where he implemented managed grazing, pasture improvement, and no-till planting of corn and soybeans. As Chair of the Marathon County  Environmental Resources Committee , Alan worked with numerous local, regional, and state organizations to advance community goals for environmental sustainability.





Lee Thompson,

Agriculture Program Consultant

Lee Thompson earned a BS in Agriculture Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  Before consulting for the CRWP, he taught agriculture education at Goodhue High School for 35 years.  Lee continues to teach in the Agriculture Food and Environmental Education department at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.




Gene Kuntz,

Agriculture Program Consultant

Gene Kuntz is a retired Agriculture Educator, with 10 years teaching Secondary Agriculture Education and 20 years of teaching Adult Farm Business Management in Southern Minnesota.  He also has 10 years of experience in the private sector focusing on Agronomy, Dairy Nutrition and International Development. He has performed consulting assignments in 14 countries over the past 25 years.




Board of Directors (as of January 2018)

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors. Twelve are elected officials – six county commissioners and six Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors from the six counties of the watershed. Thirteen are citizen members who are elected each year at our annual meeting in March.

The Board meets six times a year – January, March, May, July, September and November typically on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 PM.  Dates, times and locations are listed in the calendar of events.


Melissa King –  Chairperson                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Amber Brossard-Vice Chairperson
Roger Stoick – Treasurer                                                        Brad Rademacher – Secretary


• Brad Anderson – Goodhue Co Commissioner
• Richard Androli –Waseca Co Commissioner
• Jeff Beckman -Goodhue SWCD
• James Brady -Steele Co Commissioner
• Amber Brossard – citizen
• Richard Cook  – Rice SWCD                                   • Curt Coudron – citizen
• Lee Dilley – citizen
• Richard Elsen – citizen                                               • Dan Hofrenning – citizen
• Melissa King – citizen                                                 • Richard Lorang – citizen
• Galen Malecha-Rice Co Commissioner
• Tom Meagher – citizen

• Brad Rademaker – citizen                                                   • Lee Skaar – citizen
• Mike Slavik – Dakota Co Commissioner
• Roger Stoick – citizen
• Jill Trescott – citizen
• Jane Hager Dee -Dakota SWCD
• Lance Wetzel -Le Sueur Co Commissioner
• Monica Wallace – citizen
• Kyle Wolfe – Steele SWCD

• Vacant – Le Sueur SWCD
• Vacant – Waseca SWCD

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