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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, 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 Parr-Baker - Vice Chair
  • Kelly Karstad - Secretary
  • Joyce Prahm - Treasurer

Board Members

  • Jim Ackil
  • Ben Brzeski
  • Yvonne Cariveau
  • Sabri Fair
  • Amanda Quam
  • Josh Reinitz
  • Laura Stastny
  • Sr. Kathleen Storms, SSND
  • Sr. Monica Wagner, SSND


Past Board Members

George Boody               Lul Omar
Michelle Bridges           Sr. Anna Marie Reha, SSND 
Jolly Corley                    Sr. Kathleen Storms, SSND
Jeanne Groebner           Mary Voight
Martin Jacaruso            Jim Vonderharr
Melissa Martensen       Sr. Jeanne Wingenter, SSND
Jason Mattick               Sandra Woods
Paul Prew


Living Earth Center Staff