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.”


Katlynn Fjeld – Assistant Director

I was raised on a farm in southern Minnesota, with family throughout northern Minnesota. I have always been incredibly interested in animal wellness and was raised around many kinds of animals. I began working at a humane society in Mankato, MN when I was in college. I received my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Geography focusing on conservation from Minnesota State University, Mankato. When I graduated in 2020, I moved to southern California and began working in emergency veterinary hospitals. I’ve been doing that for the last 5 years. I recently moved back to northern Minnesota to work as Assistant Director for Great River Rescue as well as pursue my master’s degree and PhD in Environmental Sciences focusing on sustainable living. When I’m not working, I love being outside and going hiking or camping. I also greatly enjoy reading and learning new things. I have my dog, Hagrid, who is a 115 lb Great Pyrenees/German Shepard, as well as my cat, Luna. I look forward to getting to know this community and helping in any way I can!


Jules Richardson – Maintenance & Kennel Attendant

Jules

“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).”


Sedona Lindstrom – Office Administrator

I am currently a student at BSU to graduate with a bachelors degree in environmental studies. I have a dog (Nyx) and two kittens (Mandolorian & Boba Fett) that run my life. It is their world and I’m just paying for it. My hobbies come and go depending on the season and my attention span. My favorite things to do are paint, photography, hammock, and visit different breweries. I usually spend my time either playing with my animals or going out with friends. A few fun facts about me: I took a trip to Spain by myself at 15, my favorite food is zucchini, I can bend my thumbs behind my knuckles, I am too scared of scary movies, I love to read, and my favorite color is green. I hope to graduate this fall and plan to stay in Bemidji for some time. I am originally from Minneapolis and although I miss the city life, Northern MN summers keep me coming back and the cold winters are what make me stay. I hope to explore more of what Bemidji has to offer year round. I am excited about my position working at Great River Rescue to be a part of the community and work in an environment that shares my passion for helping animals and the community. I am only 22 and still have many things to achieve and learn, but I am excited to be given the opportunity to do so working here.

 


 

Briana Propst – Kennel Attendant

Hi, I’m Briana and I joined the GRR team in July of 2021. At home I have four cats and one dog – two of the cats I adopted from Great River. I’m married with two kids. I moved to Bemidji, from Florida when I was 16. I absolutely love this job and spending time with the animals. I particularly enjoy helping the animals find the perfect home for them. When I’m not at work I like playing video games and doing art. 

 


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!”

Ginger Day – Team Member

 

I relocated to Bemidji in 2018 from Arkansas. I share my home with Meredith Grey, my cat I adopted from GRR. I have three smart, adventurous, kind, and compassionate grandchildren.  I enjoy hiking, riding my bike, snowshoeing, and hope to try curling. I’ve always wanted to help animals and GRR gives me the opportunity to work at my dream job!

 

 

 
 

 

 

Erin Gamst – Team Member

 My name is Erin and I am a recent graduate from Bemidji State University. I have a bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology with minors in GIS and Wetlands Ecology. In my free time I enjoy spending time outside with my cat and dog, doing photography, and lifting! I am so excited to be working here at Great River Rescue!:)”

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