Rylee Main, Executive Director
Rylee Main joined the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance as Project Manager in 2012, after completing her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In 2015 she became Executive Director and has been essential to implementing LPLA’s initiatives. Rylee has completed environmental policy and community engagement projects with the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District, the Freshwater Society, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Today, Rylee also serves on the board of the Minnesota Conservation Federation and the Minnesota Environmental Fund.
Scott Jones, Board President
Scott Jones’ family has lived and worked in the Red Wing community for three generations. His thoughtful approach to philanthropy has continued to help the community and its citizens meet their full potential. Scott’s career in commercial banking spanned thirty-five years, and during that time he served as president of the American Bankers Association and served on the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System. Since retiring, he has focused his energies in the area of philanthropy, serving as chair of the Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation from 2009-2010, and serving on the Jones Family Foundation board, in addition to his LPLA board service.
Suzanne Blue, Vice President
Suzanne Blue is a self-described “river rat,” growing up on the Mississippi River in Red Wing. From that interest in the river, she became involved in river conservation issues, eventually serving for 10 years as a Commissioner to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Waters Commission. Suzanne is vice president of the LPLA, and serves on the Boards of the National Eagle Center, the State Historical Board and the Red Wing Area Fund, and is an annual participant in Red Wing’s Christmas Bird Count. She is president and owner of Sturdiwheat, Inc.
Marilyn Albrecht, Secretary
Marilyn Albrecht has been committed to the organization from its beginning. She has played a crucial role in developing LPLA’s membership and spreading her passion for the cause. Marilyn is the founding member of The Friends of the Sheldon and Phoenix Theatre, and she’s spent many active years with Red Wing Publishing Co. which is now operated by a daughter and son-in-law. Under the leadership of Marilyn and Arlin the company grew at one point to 21 community newspapers and a group of printing plants in Minnesota and Wisconsin from Red Wing to International Falls. She continues to serve as secretary of the board.
Arlin Albrecht, Treasurer
Arlin Albrecht has a deep commitment to service and the environment. When the Mississippi River became dangerously polluted nearly 50 years ago, he helped form a citizen’s organization with the motto, “We can’t all live upstream.” The organization played a key role in securing federal legislation requiring cities to improve sewage treatment practices. Today, Arlin continues his commitment to water quality by serving as LPLA’s treasurer in its quest to help save the lake from sedimentation and phosphorus pollution. He is chairman of Red Wing Publishing Co., and in the past served as board chair of Fairview Red Wing Health Services, as president of the Red Wing United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. He continues to serve as director of the Red Wing Area Fund.
Anne Jones, Board Member
Anne Jones’ career spanned thirty years as CEO of Jones Consulting Group, Inc., an organizational and strategic planning consulting firm providing services for Fortune 500 companies since 1979. Her for-profit work includes serving on the board of Christopher & Banks, serving as Chair of the Compensation and Governance committees, and serving as a board member of Signal Bank Red Wing from 1992 – 2001. From 1986 – 2008, Anne served on several healthcare boards, including her chair role for Fairview Red Wing Health Services in 2002. Her work in the human services area includes chairing Opportunity Services, a service for disabled children and adults and serving on the Jones Family Foundation board since 1988. Anne has also been on the LPLA board since its beginning.
Abra Hovgaard, Board Member
Abra's love of the environment was instilled by her grandfather who was a lifelong naturalist and professor of genetics. During annual summer camping and canoe trips he would teach her about environmental conservation. She became involved with LPLA after learning about the sedimentation issues and watching new islands form at the head of Lake Pepin. She served as the President of both the Hastings Chamber of Commerce and Hastings Family Service Board of Directors, and recently joined the Board of the Carpenter Nature Center. She is a second generation financial planner with Edward Jones.