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Board & Staff

In the fall 2016, Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry (CESRM), began the process of becoming an independent nonprofit corporation. At that time, a Future Planning Committee, made up of members of the CESRM Advisory Committee and the School Sisters of Notre Dame Earth Committee, was set up to put this transition in motion. In early 2017, the first Board of Directors was established and bylaws formed, and an Executive Director was hired.

Living Earth Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of diverse members based in different locations around the state, coming from different cultural, ethnic, gender, and spiritual backgrounds who offer a wide range of knowledge and expertise. Together, they are committed to helping the organization form deep roots to grow and flourish long term. 

LEC's 2017 Inaugural Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Becky Bates - Board Chair
  • Briana Baker - Vice Chair
  • Kelly Karstad - Secretary
  • Melissa Martensen - Treasurer

Board Members

  • Ben Brzeski
  • Martin Jacaruso
  • Joyce Prahm
  • Sr. Anna Marie Reha, SSND
  • Mary Voight
  • Jim Vonderharr,  former Board Chair
  • Sr. Monica Wagner, SSND
  • Sr. Jeanne Wingenter, SSND


Past Board Members

  • George Boody
  • Michelle Bridges
  • Jolly Corley
  • Jeanne Groebner
  • Jason Mattick
  • Paul Prew
  • Lul Omar
  • Sandra Woods

Living Earth Center Staff