Eagle Bluff is what brought Colleen to Minnesota almost 10 years ago after growing up in Ohio. Being outside with her two dogs and husband, Tony, is just about her favorite thing to do! She enjoys cooking and eating (especially the wild game they hunt), playing yard games, and spending time on the Root and Mississippi Rivers.
Fun Fact: Colleen once spent 26 nights during the winter sleeping outside in a quinzee.
Deputy Director/Director of Operations
Doc came to Eagle Bluff back in the days when it was called the Forest Resource Center! After growing up in northern IL and spending a few years in WI (UWSP, WI-DNR, and Fort McCoy) he arrived here, working with his future wife Maggie and about 6 other staff. Doc enjoys hunting, fishing, sports of all kinds, and coaches baseball for Fillmore Central. Maggie and Doc have 3 children, 3 dogs and 3 horses…. not a lot of time for many other adventures!
Fun Fact: Doc was part of the staff that got to shovel snow out of the dorm when it was being constructed.
Outdoor School Manager
Erinn trekked across the vast state of Wisconsin to join the Eagle Bluff staff. Most recently, she has worked for the WI DNR and a couple non-profits in Oregon. Off the bluff, she can be spotted exploring the driftless region via kayak, hiking boot, or binocular with her two dogs.
Fun Fact: Her favorite camping spot lies within Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in Lakeview, Oregon.
Fellowship & Adult Education Manager
After graduating from Macalester College, Henry first came to Eagle Bluff in 2017 as a member of the E.E. Fellowship program, before transitioning to E.E. Mentor and now Adult Education Manager. Hailing from Wisconsin, Henry enjoys canoeing, bird watching, watching sports (including his beloved Packers), and socializing with friends.
Fun Fact: Henry has seen the hit NBC show The Office more than any human on Earth.
Whether it was visiting Eagle Bluff as a 5th grader, being an E.E. Fellow in 2011, or working in her current role as a permanent education staff member, Jenna has always enjoyed every facet of Eagle Bluff! Outside of work, Jenna can often be found reading, relaxing, snacking, and drinking her beloved Diet Pepsi. She also greatly enjoys Minnesota’s summer lake culture to the fullest and is an avid slalom water skier.
Fun fact: Jenna’s outfits are ALWAYS colorfully coordinated.
Jeremiah went to school in Preston Minnesota and is planning to get trained in wood carving and carpentry. He also plans to learn some blacksmithing it the future.
Fun Fact: He loves to read, cook and play most types of board and video games.
Joe is a crotchety old fart whose best times are spent out in the woods and restored prairies at The Point. His other favorite activities are plowing snow and mowing lawn. In his spare time his favorite activities are brushing his German Shepard named Sunny who constantly sheds and reading about Teslas on Reddit Tesla related communities.
Fun Fact: Joe has been employed at Eagle Bluff longer than anyone else.
Joe has worked in nonprofits for almost a decade, most recently in sales/marketing/development for housing and animal rescue organizations. Joe and his wife love animals and have two dogs, three cats, three chickens, and as of November 2019 a human baby. The whole gang moved to Lanesboro from St. Paul in the fall of 2018 and they love living in Bluff Country!
Fun fact: Joe is the tallest staff member at Eagle Bluff.
Marty was born and raised in the area. He started at Eagle Bluff in 2016. For fun he likes spending time on dirt paths, either in a pair of hiking boots or on a mountain bike. Fly fishing, the mountains, fly fishing in the mountains. Also riding and working on motorcycles, especially vintage Hondas.
Fun Fact: 149, the combined age of his three vintage motorcycles.
Wildlife and Outreach Coordinator
Molly was part of the E.E. Fellowship program at Eagle Bluff from 2014-2016 and returned in 2018. In her free time, she can be found exploring the Driftless region with her friends and her pup. When she isn’t outdoors, she enjoys crocheting, baking bread and listening to true crime podcasts.
Fun Fact: Her favorite “co-workers” are the turkey vulture and the skunk.
Assistant Head Cook
Nate grew up on a farm in SE MN where he spent a lot of his youth bunting and fishing. He has a wife and three kids. He has an AS in Law Enforcement.
After graduating from Winona State University, Sheila started at Eagle Bluff as part of a position through the Americorps program in the Fall of 1995. In her spare time she enjoys biking, reading, and yard work.
Fun fact: One day when Sheila was in kindergarten she got off the school bus and her stocking cap blew from MN into IA.
Gift Shop Manager
Sue has lived in Southeastern Minnesota her entire life. Sue graduated from Winona State University and after 30 years in Human Resources at a local medical facility, retired and found a great home here. She loves all sorts of nature-y things and feels right at home. When she’s not working, Sue loves hunting morel mushrooms, raising Australian Shepherd puppies, kayaking, working in her flower beds, crafting, cooking/baking and laughing with her kiddos.
Fun fact: Sue completed the ropes course (once) ten years ago….with much needed encouragement along the way:)
Virginia started at Eagle Bluff in 2014. Prior to Eagle Bluff, she started her career at Chosen Valley Skilled Nursing Facility in Chatfield where she worked for eight-and-a-half years in various positions. In 1985 she farmed with her husband, doing so through 2005. She started working outside the farming scene in 2002 in various kitchens as cook and manager. From 2005 thru 2008 she had her own restaurant in Chatfield. From 2009 through 2014 she worked for Kwik Trip as Assistant Kitchen Manager.
Fun fact: Virginia enjoys spending time with her family and going to her grandkids sporting events
Interim Curriculum Coordinator
Mason spent his childhood living around the globe and in various states in the US but now considers Minnesota his home. Following his graduation from Lafayette College in Easton, PA in 2018, his acceptance into the Fellowship Program at Eagle Bluff is what ultimately led him to the beautiful Driftless Region. A summer spent working for the Conservation Corps in the Northwoods also contributed to his desire to return to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. You’ll most likely find Mason playing pickle ball in Lanesboro on warmer days or scaling EB’s climbing wall on colder ones.
Fun fact: at 6’5″ tall, Mason is the 2nd tallest staff member at Eagle Bluff.
After graduating from St. Olaf College in 2020, Jill wanted to combine her love for the environment and education to become an Environmental Education Fellow, and now a Curriculum Assistant for Eagle Bluff! Her favorite things to do are baking banana bread and beer bread at any time of day, and constantly checking that her 20+ houseplants are still alive.
Fun Fact: Jill’s favorite species of bird is the pigeon (and will talk your ear off about why, if given the chance).
Zoe grew up in the Twin Cities and after graduating from Coe College in the spring of 2020, she came to Eagle Bluff as an environmental education fellow and is now a curriculum assistant. Some things Zoe enjoys when she is not working are board games, playing DnD, reading, writing, crafting, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Fun Fact: Zoe was voted prom queen senior year of high school (somehow).
After growing up in the Twin Cities, Luke spent over a decade working as an environmental educator in six other states around the country before relocating to southeast Minnesota. Off the bluff, Luke may be found gravel biking, cross-country skiing, eating baked goods, or hanging out with his dog Gettah.
Fun fact: Luke learned how to whistle at age 26 while trying to imitate the song of a northern cardinal.
Summer Camps & Fellowship Manager
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brent went to Wolf Ridge ELC in 2015 as a member of the Naturalist Training Program. After spending the last three years in Seattle, WA he joins Eagle Bluff as a Fellowship & Camp Manager. Hailing from Wisconsin, Brent enjoys reading, running, playing board games, yard games, gardening, curling, practicing the mini accordion, watching sports (including his beloved Packers), and socializing with friends.
Fun Fact: Brent has never broken 200 in bowling.
Environmental Education Fellows & Mentors
Genevieve Giarrusso (GG)
Environmental Education Mentor
GG grew up in Central New York and went to college on Keuka Lake. One of her favorite outdoor activities is running. She is also very crafty and enjoys painting different types of birds. GG’s favorite bird is the green heron because of its unique call.
Interesting Fact: GG can lick her elbow.
Environmental Education Mentor
Louisa grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College in 2020 with a degree in Geology and American Studies. That fall, Louisa came to Eagle Bluff for the Environmental Education Fellowship program. This is Louisa’s second year at the Bluff now as the Fellowship Mentor. She enjoys bike rides, kitchen dance parties, and games (especially if they involve ultimate frisbee). One of her favorite places to be is the Boundary Waters in northern MN where she spent a lot of time growing up with her family and through YMCA Camp Menogyn as both a camper and a canoe guide.
Fun Fact: Louisa has perfected the art of the breakfast burrito.
Board of Directors
Red Wing, MN
Bay City, WI
Bay City, WI
Red Wing, MN
Inver Grove Heights, MN