Meet the Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Did you know that Great River Rescue is governed and preserved by an awesome group of volunteer directors?  This page gives you a chance to learn more about them.  If you are interested in joining our awesome team, go to our Board of Directors page, where you can learn about the requirements of Board membership and apply.

Board Chairperson
Terri Ball

When did you join the Board of Directors?

March of 2015

What do you do when you are not volunteering at Great River Rescue?

When not working or being a parent and grandparent, I do a variety of crafts and read fiction novels.

What is the best part of being a Board Member?

I belong to a group that actively works to improve conditions for companion animals.

Why do you serve?

It feels like I am contributing something good and progressive for our animals in our community.

What pets do you have at home?

We have a dog named Bandit. He was surrendered in October of 2015 when his owner became ill. Bandit’s life long companion was also surrendered, but was quickly adopted. I feel very lucky to have such a loving pet in our home and in our lives! We would be so lost without him!

What advice do you have to someone considering applying for our Board of Directors?

You have talents that can make a difference! Really consider your strengths and weaknesses – be realistic. (I thought I’d be great with dogs…but have found I am better behind the scenes). P.S. We would love to have new people get involved!

 

Board Vice-Chairperson
Dennis Grace

When did you join the Board of Directors?

2012

What do you do when you are not volunteering at Great River Rescue?

Since I retired from teaching seven years ago, I also volunteered at the Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen for three years and Great River Rescue before joining the Board. I have grandchildren here in Bemidji that I enjoy spending time with, and I always have a book that I’m reading. During the baseball season I’m an avid Cubs and Twins fan and anything baseball.  I’m also interested in photography.

What is the best part of being a Board Member?

To be a small part of Great River Rescue’s rich history in finding homes for deserving cats and dogs and building on its accomplishments of forty years.

Why do you serve?

Volunteering is important and finding a way to give back to the community I live in is important. Besides my love for animals, it gives me a sense of purpose and a feeling of accomplishment.

What pets do you have at home?

We have three dogs; Ginger and Sarge came from Great River Rescue, and Abby who was rescued by my oldest son after her mother died.

What advice do you have to someone considering applying for our Board of Directors?

Great River Rescue is committed to serving the best interest of the animals we strive to protect. If you believe in our Mission Statement and want to help homeless animals find a loving home, then you will find a way to contribute as a Board member.

Board Treasurer
Geri Hickerson

When did you join the Board of Directors?

I’m not sure! I think 2002, 03 or 04!

What do you do when you are not volunteering at Great River Rescue?

I am the director of Habitat for Humanity in Bemidji.  I love spending time with my family, 3 doxies, my 12 grandchildren, camping, reading, fishing, baking and volunteering in our community.

What is the best part of being a Board Member?

I enjoy the challenge of providing the best care to the animals that are lost or abandoned in our community.  I have a passion for animals and the best part of this volunteer experience is hearing the “happy tails” when a family finds their companion animal.

Why do you serve?

Giving back is part of my nature.  Giving a little results in getting tenfold plus back.

What pets do you have at home?

3 dachshunds

What advice do you have to someone considering applying for our Board of Directors?

This is a strong, growing organization.  The culture of this board is such that opinions matter, decisions are made for the best interest of the animals and not personal agendas.  I love that!

Board Secretary
Sue Feeney

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Board Member
Laura Nord

When did you join the Board of Directors?

2014

What do you do when you are not volunteering at Great River Rescue?

Working full time at Security Bank as Administrative Director / Marketing / HR.

Full-time momma of a beautiful little boy.

What is the best part of being a Board Member?

The best part of being a GRR Board Member is feeling that we are truly make a difference in the lives of the animals.

Why do you serve?

THE ANIMALS! They deserve the best care possible, and GRR strives to provide that. My goal is to spread the good word about our organization to as many community members as possible. GRR can’t function without our community’s support.

What pets do you have at home?

Yes. Lulu is my beloved dog, adopted from GRR in 2008. Domino is my very large cat, adopted from a friend in 2012.

What advice do you have to someone considering applying for our Board of Directors?

Being a board member is a big responsibility. It’s a time and heart commitment, but the benefits are worth it! Seeing animals thriving in the shelter, and then being adopted into loving homes is awesome and rewarding.

Board Member
Angie Fournier

When did you join the Board of Directors?

March of 2016

What do you do when you are not volunteering at Great River Rescue?

I work at BSU as a professor of psychology.  I also spend time with my family, and do plenty of reading and writing.

What is the best part of being a Board Member?

Helping to make decisions and changes to help the animals, and helping educate the community about animal welfare issues.

Why do you serve?

I love animals.  As a psychologist, I see many of our animal problems are due to human behavior.  We work to prevent and improve those issues.

What pets do you have at home?

We have a dog – Ruby, a snake – Ginger, and a cat – Simon who was adopted from GRR.

What advice do you have to someone considering applying for our Board of Directors?

Please join because you want to take an active role in helping GRR care for the animals.  Think about which strengths and talents you can bring to the team.

Board Member
Andrew Giusti

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Board Member
Jennifer Janiksela

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Board Member
Jackie Ryder

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