Rylee received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with a focus on water resources in Minnesota. In 2017 Rylee was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to represent environmental organizations on Minnesota's Clean Water Council. Rylee currently serves as chair of the Minnesota Environmental Fund’s Board of Directors and formerly served as Treasurer for the Minnesota Conservation Federation.
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Mac has been attracted to water and driven to improve communities her entire career. She joins Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance (LPLA) after conducting three years of intensive research on rural-community resiliency to flood events at the University of Massachusetts. She has a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy with a minor in Water Resource Sciences from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she focused on public participation and environmental risk. For several years, she also assisted research teams with marine mammal and fishery fieldwork in far corners of the country. Regardless of her location, she always finds a way (sometimes creatively) to waterski in her downtime.
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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.
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 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 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.
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.
Alan is the co-owner of Abode Gallery, Abode Design and the Stockholm Pie Company in Stockholm WI. His passion of the area started on a quick day trip with friends. Descending into the broad valley with its soaring bluffs he was taken completely by surprise. It felt very much like home to the Colorado transplant. He was completely taken by Lake Pepin. Not long after, he and his spouse Steven started hunting for a weekend place, settling in Stockholm as the place they wanted to be. The couple camped for years, then built a small cabin. They couldn’t stand not being here. In 2004 Alan left his job as the lead interior designer at a prestigious firm in the Twin Cities. Alan was one of founders of the Stockholm Merchants Association, The Wide Spot Performing Art Center, The West Coast of Wisconsin marketing coalition and the Lake Pepin Partners in Preservation. He served on the state-wide board of ArtsWisconsin and was awarded the 2016 Arts in the Community award by The Wisconsin League of Municipalities. Happily ensconced in their home in a beautiful valley off the shores of Lake Pepin. He continues to innovate in his businesses and charitable work.
Mary Anne Wise considers Lake Pepin the backdrop to her life. Attracted by the lake to the region, she bought an old farmstead in rural Maiden Rock, planted roots and raised a family. In 2011, the Great River Road determined where she established her business, Cultural Cloth, a social enterprise that promotes artisan made home décor created primarily by women in over 20 countries. Mary Anne is co-founder of Multicolores, a non profit organization in Guatemala that delivers educational and economic opportunities to its membership. Applying skills learned in her international work, she helped organize and promote businesses along the West Coast of Wisconsin. She is an esteemed textile artist whose pieces are included in the Mayo Clinic and other corporate and private collections.
Three themes flow thru Paul’s life: water, philanthropy, and the outdoors. Paul grew up along the Mississippi River, dreaming about a life on the water and growing a strong appreciation for everything Lake Pepin has to offer. After college, Paul joined the Peace Corps in Venezuela and later received a graduate degree in Foundation Management from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his career working for the Hill Family and the Blandin Foundation.
When he's not mobilizing positive change, Paul stays active doing traditional Lake Pepin activities, like skiing, running, sailing, biking, and bird watching. He also goes on boat expeditions with his wife, Lori.