Meet the Staff

Brandon Mustful

Great River Rescue Executive Directorbrandonphoto

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.

Contact the director at director@greatriverrescue.com

Kylie Hudzik

Kennel Coordinator

Meet Kylie Hudzik. Kylie is a former native of Pittsburgh PA. She has been laying down her roots in the upper Midwest for the past 22 Years.

Her background includes, working with both large and small animals. She has done everything from sheep shearing, to lambing, halter breaking and showing horses. She spent two years in the animal science program at UMC. Due to finances, she was unable to finish. However, she did not let that hold her back. In 2013, she accepted a position with the Circle of Friends Humane Society. Through those four years, she has either held, or assisted with, every position available. This includes, overseeing the Kennel staff, adoptions, rescues and foster program. She has also been active in the med staff as well, assisting with restraining, medical evaluations, blood draws and exams. She is also a certified dog trainer through Karen Pryor Academy, in dog basics.

As far as family goes, she has two dogs and a teenage son. Life is hectic but she loves every minute of it and would not trade it for all the money in the world.

Kylie is very much looking forward to her new career with Great River Rescue in 2018

Jules

Jules Richardson

Maintenance and 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 loved animals my whole life; according to my mom my first word was puppy. I grew up with dogs and we currently have two cats, one of which came from GRR. Working with animals at GRR and watching them find their perfect home is one of the best things I’ve done. My hobbies include reading and writing, I love coming up with stories and someday I hope to be a published author.

Kevin Barsch

Desk Worker

I am originally from St. Louis, but have been in Minnesota since I was 14 years old. My educational background includes psychology and accounting while I have had a vast array of work experiences which include owning a bakery. I have always loved animals and have been a pet owner the majority of my life. My hobbies include mountain biking, fishing, golfing, reading, and writing my book. I also am an avid sports fan with my loyalties divided among the Vikings, Timberwolves, Blues and of course, my beloved Cardinals!

Theresa Tobon

Kennel Attendant

Hi I’m Theresa Tobon, originally from Washington State. I am a mother, wife, dog and horse lover. I love living in Minnesota having all the seasons and being able to work with horses and most recently dogs.

Erica Mclsaac

Kennel Attendant

I graduated from Concordia College and taught middle school and high school English for seven years. I moved to Bemidji to enjoy the woods and the lakes but have come to really appreciate the community around me, particularly the community I have found with GRR; the staff, the volunteers, and the animals make coming to work a joy. Besides being in the outdoors and around dogs, I enjoy reading, fishing, and traveling.

Mary Wolkerstorfer

Desk Worker

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 cat Thumper. I have always had a passion for animals and to help those less fortunate. I am hoping great river will give me valuable experience in the animal care field and open up many new doors and opportunities for me.