We are proud to have a great Board of Directors at NACF
L to R front row: Patti Hurd, Colleen Draxler and Carole Wondra; L to R back row: Tracey Nooner, Renee’ Nanez, Mark Buley, Rebekah Stavne, Jennifer Turrentine, and Chris Byerly
Mark Buley, Rural Frederic Area; Treasurer
Mark has lived north of Frederic since 1978, with his wife, Nancy, living on the Polk County side of the line while working on the Burnett County side. Retired from Johnson Lumber Company, he is pursuing a second avocation as a furniture maker. Mark is also a board member of Frederic Arts.
Chris Byerly, Rural Frederic/Clam Falls Area; Secretary
Books and reading have always been part of Chris Byerly’s life and she first began working in libraries as a shelf monitor in fourth grade. She has been able to finesse a lifelong passion into a career with many types of libraries, most recently as director of the Frederic Public Library, from which she is now retired. Chris has served on the boards of several nonprofits including Northern Waters Learning, a countywide program matching tutors with people of all ages to improve reading skills; the Frederic Area Scholarship Foundation, managing and providing scholarships to high school graduates; Frederic Arts, a volunteer-based arts education group; and Northwest Passage, Ltd. Chris is pleased to be a member of NACF and looks forward to helping build the collaborative partnerships with other organizations that foster vibrant communities.
Gary Gerds, Stillwater, Minnesota and North Sand Lake, Wisconsin;
Director (photo coming soon)
Together with his wife Nancy and his family, Gary is a 36+ year vacation home resident of Burnett County. Gary retired from a long-time career as a corporate consultant and trainer working in the private sector with Global 1000 companies. His specialty is helping small and large organizations implement individual and organizational performance change. In his career Gary owned and operated two businesses focused on training, consulting and customer research.
Gary’s current volunteer activities include mentoring high school students at the Stillwater, Minnesota High School and mentoring college students at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gary is also active in the St. Croix Valley Foundation Consultants in Service program working with such organizations as the Willow River State Park Board of Directors.
Gary has a deep love and admiration for the woods, water and people of Northwest Wisconsin. He looks forward to helping the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation achieve its objectives.
Patti Hurd, Rural Siren Area; Director
Patti became semi-retired in 2009 and moved to Siren, Wisconsin with her husband, Dean Montour. For over 30 years, Patti has worked with nonprofit social service organizations and government agencies, both domestically and internationally. Currently, Patti is self-employed as an Independent Consultant and provides Management Support Services and grant writing for several nonprofit organizations. In addition, she is a Volunteer Coordinator at Ruby’s Food Shelf. Patti and her husband are food vendors at the Siren Farmer’s Market and she is active in the Burnett County Nutrition Coalition and Citizens Against Poverty. Throughout her work experience, Patti has enjoyed developing services that improved the lives of families. When she moved to Burnett County, Patti looked for opportunities to become involved with her new community. Patti decided to become a board member of NACF because she believes that this foundation can make a difference to people living in Polk and Burnett Counties.
Nancy Martin, Stillwater, Minnesota and North Sand Lake, Wisconsin; Director (photo coming soon)
Nancy holds fine art degrees in design and painting and worked in agency and corporate settings as a designer, creative director and communications director in the Twin City area. Her past work experience includes development of corporate marketing campaigns, brand identities, implementation of large employee communication initiatives and management of work teams. Now semi-retired, she looks forward to investing time in the Northwest Wisconsin area that has been an important part of raising a family to enjoy nature and the beauty of the woods and water.
Lisa Murphy, Balsam Lake; Director (bio and photo coming soon)
Reneé Nañez, Rural Frederic Area; Board Chair
Reneé is a student at the University of Wisconsin and the business manager for Nañez Family Lofts, a business that she and her husband Rick started on their farm outside of Frederic. Reneé has served in several capacities in the nonprofit world in the U.S. and in Ecuador and has advocated for those who have experienced family violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. She greatly enjoys community involvement, gourmet cooking, gardening, reading and interior design. Reneé was raised in Frederic and is the mother of two grown sons as well as many four-legged, cuddly creatures and other assorted critters.
Tracey Nooner, Rural Frederic Area; Director
Tracey and her husband Terry moved from Eagan, Minnesota to Frederic about six years ago. They have two grown daughters attending college in the Twin Cities. Tracey has been a mortgage loan officer for the past 25 years. For the last six years, she has originated mortgage loans for Bremer Bank in the Frederic, Siren and Danbury locations. Through her work at Bremer, Tracey has been able to assist people with obtaining grants for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Tracey and her husband own St. Croix Scuba in downtown Hudson. They enjoy dive travel, walking their dog and snowmobiling.
Jennifer Turrentine, Rural Webster Area; Director
Jennifer is an independent, information professional and her research centers on the field of healthcare and health insurance. Her volunteer activities have included: chair of the Richfield Advisory Board of Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Program for Bloomington, Edina and Richfield. Jennifer is currently a literacy tutor with the Burnett County Family Literacy and she enjoys being involved with the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation.
Special Advisor to the Board:
Margi Miller joined the St. Croix Valley Foundation in March 2008 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Margi has spent her career working in a variety of financial and administration positions, for the St. Paul YMCA, with a local entrepreneur and in running a family business. Margi is proud to serve as a volunteer for Bridge for Youth with disabilities where she was a founding board member in 2004. Her volunteer efforts continue at the Bridge today in the areas of competitive employment and housing for those who have disabilities. Margi also serves on the Board of Directors for North East Residence, an adult family home and respite care provider in Little Canada. Margi lives in Hudson and has two children: Allie and her husband Will live in Houston, Texas, and Shea lives in the beautiful St. Croix Valley.