Advisory Council

Advisory Board


Anne Dybsetter

Executive Director, Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
Fun fact: My family (immediate and extended) includes 9 exchange students, who were hosted starting in 1998.


Dawn Hegland

Executive Director, Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission
Fun Fact:  I live on a farm in Lac qui Parle County where we have turned our barn’s second story into a recreation center where we have hosted concerts, parties, and lots of informal gatherings. 


Jill Amundson

Innovation Strategist, West Central Initiative
Fun Fact:  I am an award-winning washcloth knitter.  In the early 2000s, I brought home a cash prize and a third-place ribbon from the Grant County fair, having entered a competition of three.


Denise Odello

Associate Professor of Music
Fun Fact: I don’t like lemon bars, but I love making them for other people!

Miriam Gieske

Miriam Gieske

Assistant Prof. of Biology
Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I worked as a wildland firefighter in northern MN one spring after college.