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,

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 2018 she became Executive Director and she looks forward to “making clean water happen” through innovative new and long-term CRWP projects and partnerships.

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.


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.

Board of Directors (as of May 2018)

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership is governed by a 11-17 member Board of Directors who are elected each year at our annual meeting in May.

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


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


    • Brad Anderson
    • Amber Brossard
    • Paul Carlson-Donohoe
    • Paula Corsi
    • Curt Coudron
    • Lee Dilley
  • Richard Elsen
    • Dan Hofrenning
    • Melissa King
    • Richard Lorang
    • Andrew Nusbaum
    • Brad Rademaker
    • Roger Stoick
  • Jill Trescott

Join the Board!

If you want to do your part for clean water in the Cannon River Watershed, call or e-mail Kristi [see above] to learn about opportunities and openings on our board of directors. 

*Board members are expected to attend all meetings, actively participate on a committee and be a member in good standing of CRWP.