Meet the Staff

Brandon Mustful – Executive Director

“I have been the director at Great River Rescue since June of 2012. Before that, I worked at the Salvation Army in the Twin Cities, and before that, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Paraguay. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Salem International University in West Virginia. I also have a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. I really enjoy leading this organization and doing everything I can to help make it a strong and vibrant community resource. I am grateful to everyone who supports our mission of saving and finding homes for our companion animal friends.”


Jules Richardson – Maintenance & Kennel Attendant


“I’m originally from England with a background in IT, but I made a permanent move to the Bemidji area at the end of 2007, and now live in an old farmhouse north of town with my wife, three children, three dogs and two cats. With my maintenance hat on at GRR, I greatly enjoy the diversity that the job brings – it always seems like there’s some new and interesting project to tackle! Outside of the shelter, my main hobbies involve saving and repairing vintage vehicles, mechanical gadgets, and electronics (ancient computers in particular).”

Sheridan Ellis – Kennel Attendant

“I’ve been working at Great River Rescue since December of 2016. I’ve loved working with the animals, helping them with their training, helping them to trust people more, and ultimately, helping them find new homes. I’ve also enjoyed helping potential adopters get to know the cats and dogs and helping them figure out which pet is right for them. I enjoy learning about pet behavior and nutrition, and I hope to continue learning and working in the shelter for a long time.”

Mary Wolkerstorfer – Office Administrator

“Hello my name is Mary and I just moved to Bemidji from the Twin Cities to attend BSU and pursue my dreams of being a veterinarian. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time with our dog Scarlett and our two cats Thumper and Lobelia. I have always had a passion for animals and to help those less fortunate. I am hoping GRR will give me valuable experience in the animal care field and open up many new doors and opportunities for me.”

Marissa Pribyl – Kennel Attendant

“Hello, my name is Marissa and I first acquired an internship at Great River Rescue and got a job at the shelter from there. I’ve always wanted to do more and help in some way especially for animals and that’s why I applied to volunteer at Great River Rescue. I just graduated high school in Bemidji and plan to attend Bemidji State in the fall of 2019. I plan to get my bachelors there in aquatic biology and then move onto marine biology somewhere by the ocean. My hobbies are doing anything outside, spending time with animals, being with friends and family and traveling. I grew up in the country with horses, cows and my two dogs Munich and Gunner. Great River Rescue has taught me so much and I can’t wait to see where the future takes me!”


Savannah Marsh – Kennel Attendant

“Hi, my name is Savannah and I’ve lived in the area my whole life. I started working at GRR to gain experience in the animal field. My future goal is to become an exotic Veterinarian. I love animals, and have wanted to be a Vet since I was little. I currently have 3 dogs, and I used to foster ferrets. I’m hoping to gain valuable experience at GRR to help with my future endeavors.”

Tess Skiles – Kennel Attendant

“I grew up in Illinois and moved to northern Minnesota a few years ago with my family because my parents bought a restaurant up here. We had two cats and a dog growing up, and I now have two cats of my own. My hobbies include painting, reading, and spending time with my loved ones and all of our pets. I really love animals and I have a passion for caring for others so I’m happy to be at GRR as it provides me with valuable experience and education towards my goal of becoming a veterinary technician.”

Selena Bueno – Kennel Attendant

Hi, my name is Selena and I started working here at GRR in April of 2021. I mainly grew up in the Onigum/Walker Area but I am super familiar with Cass Lake and some of the Bemidji Area. I am a really big animal lover, and always have been, so I feel pretty lucky to have a job like this. I’m not allowed pets where I live so my plants will have to do. I try to think of it as a good thing because I would most likely have too many pets if I were allowed. I see myself as a respectful, gentle, caring person for both animals and people. In my spare time I love to draw, take photos of nature and play video games. I look forward to learning more about the behaviors and proper care of the animals we have here. I also want to help people out here the best I can with their adoption experience. I’m excited to see what opportunities I may get from working here and to have fun while doing it. 



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