Board of Directors

Apply for our Board of Directors Online | Board Member Application

Apply to Join a Volunteer Committee | Committee Application

Our Board of Directors

As a nonprofit organization, Great River Rescue depends on our volunteer Board of Directors for guidance and governance. Our Board of Directors creates and reviews policy, provides fiscal oversight, helps raise needed funds, and makes important organizational decisions. The Board is made up of people just like you: community members who believe in our mission of saving and re-homing lost, abandoned, and unwanted companion animals. We are looking for people from all different backgrounds and a variety of skill sets – you don’t have to be directly involved in animal welfare or even have pets of your own!

As a Board Member, you will need to be available for monthly board meetings and you will be encouraged to help with special projects, and fundraising tasks. However, if you are not ready to become a Board Member, you can always join a committee. We have several committees such as the executive committee, fundraising committee, and animal welfare committee. Please thoughtfully consider becoming a Board Member or a committee member of Great River Rescue. You will be making a big difference for the animals, and for the community!


Current Board Members:

Ann Mork – Co-Chair

Jaimee Towers – Co-Chair

Ara Gallo – Vice Chair

Jeanne Edevold Larson – Treasurer

Kevin Johnson – Secretary

Jacob Pearlson – Member

Eric Sundem – Member

Rory Haaland – Member

Caroline Larson – Member

Heather Labat – Member

Dr. Barb Lester – Member

Why Become a Board Member with Great River Rescue?

  • You will be serving the premiere companion animal adoption center for Bemidji and the surrounding area
  • You will be part of a successful and growing nonprofit agency
  • You will be making a positive impact on the community
  • Your experience on our board will enrich your resume
  • You will meet lots of interesting people who also care about companion animal welfare
  • You will learn lots of skills such as how to read financial statements, and how to be diplomatic!
  • Serving as a Board Member is a great way to give back

If you would like to serve as a volunteer member of Great River Rescue’s Board of Directors, please call us at 218-751-7910 or email us at Thank you!

See our Board Member Position Description | Board Position Description

See our current By-Laws | Current By-Laws

See our Committee Descriptions | Committee Descriptions

See our Meeting Minutes | Board Meeting Minutes

General Membership Meeting Agendas & Minutes | Agendas & Minutes

All other Board Minutes are available upon request at the shelter.

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