The CURE Board of Directors is made of 12 elected members. They may serve three two year terms or a total of six years, then must wait one year to serve for another six years unless appointed by the current board.
Watershed Specialist, Chippewa River Watershed Project, Montevideo
Jennifer Hoffman was born in Benson, Minnesota and has a degree in Environmental Biology and Chemistry from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. Jenn is a Watershed Specialist with the Chippewa River Watershed Project. She loves the Minnesota Twins and spending time with her son Jack. Jenn currently serves as the Chair of the Board.
Renville County Asst. Co. Attorney, Bird Island
Glen “Jake” Jacobsen was born in Albert Lea, where he became an Eagle Scout and later graduated from St. Olaf College in 1979, and law school at William Mitchell College of Law in 1987. He is currently the assistant County Attorney of Renville County. Jake is an avid canoeist and kayaker who has taken part in many of CURE’s outings, and he is a Minnesota Master Naturalist. Jake currently serves as the Vice-chair of the Board.
Electrical Engineer/Stock Trader, Montevideo
Jianhua Qian (Chen) was born in Shanghai, China and studied as an international student at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s Newfoundland where he received a Masters of Engineering degree in 1990. He worked for 10 years in Canada at Siemens Electric and came to Montevideo by way of Montevideo Technology Incorporated (MTI) to design electronics. He now trades stocks and derivatives full-time. Chen is the past recipient of the CURE Volunteer of the Year Award and serves the Board as Treasurer.
Water Quality Specialist, Upper Sioux Community, Granite Falls
Megan Ulrich is a mother of two beautiful girls, and currently resides in Renville, MN. She has held the position of Water Quality Specialist with the Upper Sioux Community since 2009, allowing her to conduct a range of environmental work. She is also the secretary for the Pezuta Zizi Cultural & Environmental Learning & Resource Center. Megan approaches environmental problems as well as their solutions from a holistic standpoint. She brings experience in non-profits, volunteering, and environmental education. Megan understands the need to work collaboratively and to focus on creative problem solving in order to improve human behavior and interaction within our environment. Megan serves as the Member-at-Large to the Board.
Semi-retired Organic Farmer, Maynard, MN
Marvin Boike is an organic farmer living near Maynard, MN. Currently, Marv farms with his son and son-in-law raising (among other crops) organic corn that is processed by the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Plant for medicinal use and for the making of Prairie Organic Vodka. Marv has resided in rural Chippewa County all his life and has served on both the Havelock Township Board and the Gluek Coop Elevator Board for several years.
Sustainability Director at the University of Minnesota, Morris
Minnesota native Troy Goodnough has been involved with CURE since 2007. In his role, Troy advocates for a clean energy and water future for Minnesota. Ultimately, Troy wants people to look to CURE as an organization that provides innovative ideas about how to organize, work with young people, and make changes. Considering he was raised on the Iron Range, Troy views the rivers as canaries that tell us what we need to know about how our human actions impact the ecosystems around us, as well as tell the story of our own survival as a species. Outside of CURE, Troy participates on the steering committee of the West Central Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Steering Committee. In his spare time, Troy practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art, and reads. Troy earned B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the U of M, Twin Cities. To contact Troy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engineering Manager at SpecSys in Montevideo
In his position Peter Kennedy supports the CURE staff and members and helps fundraise for the organization so that it can make changes in the environment and community. Peter hopes to encourage more active roles on issues that have a direct impact on the river. Specifically, he wants to make bold and local strides against climate change in rural Minnesota’s current farm drainage system. Peter also serves as treasurer for the Swift County DFL party and he and his wife both belong to the Minnesota Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. In his spare time, Peter enjoys gardening, landscaping, home improvement, camping, and hiking on his farm outside of Murdock. He also enjoys birding and hiking along the river. Peter holds a BA in physics from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. To contact Peter, email email@example.com.
Cheryl Landgren is the former Executive Director of 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Minneapolis, where she worked in nonprofit management for 17 years. Cheryl was elected in 2013 and hopes to see CURE transition from the founding directors into a more active and hands-on, participatory leadership. Cheryl believes in the power of collaboration and cooperation in regards to clean water initiatives. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys kayaking, hiking, gardening, and bee keeping. She also volunteers with the Greater Milan Initiative and devotes time to external committees for which she writes grants. Cheryl earned a MS in Education Psychology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. To contact Cheryl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educator/High School Science
Rachel Rigenhagen is a science teacher at Lac qui Parle Valley High School. Rachel coaches the LqPV YES team and has helped them grow produce for the school cafeteria, put on community workshops to educate about green alternatives, and secure solar panels for the high school. She also serves on the planning team for the Milan SEU (Sustainable Energy Utility). Rachel lives in Appleton with husband, Randy Risch, and four children. Her hobbies include gardening, camping, canoeing, X-country skiing, and mostly anything “outside”.
Director of International Student Support Services, Southwest Minnesota State University
Chris Thompson graduated from Montevideo Senior High with the class of 2013 after participating in the PSEO program at Ridgewater College in Willmar during his senior year. He will be attending Iowa Lakes Community College studying aviation starting in the fall of 2013. Chris loves all things outdoors– fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, camping and Boundary Water trips. He has been a member of CURE for a number of years, has participated in cleanup activities and enjoys using the kayak and canoe fleet maintained by CURE. Chris has explored every inch of the Chippewa and Minnesota Rivers from the Watson Sag to just north of Granite Falls.
Brian previously served on the CURE board from 1999 to 2006, part of that time as Board Chair. He is a trial attorney located in Appleton, MN specializing in personal injury cases. Brian is experienced in canoeing and kayaking our area rivers as well as biking the trails around this part of the state. Brian and his wife Janine have two adult children.