Northern Bedrock Staff

Tim Beaster, President
Tim Beaster works as a Conservation Specialist for the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District. He has spent many years in conservation corps programs and owes much of his professional development to those experiences. he was the program manger for the Duluth Stream Corps, an employment program focused on stream restoration and community environmental awareness. Before that Beaster worked for four years in the Minnesota Conservation Corps. He is very grateful for the experiences, skills, and relationships gained from those four years, and is excited to be a part of this effort to provide the same to Northland youth. In his free time, Tim enjoys skiing, basketball, hiking the Superior Hiking Trail, camping, and cribbage. He lives in Duluth with his wife Kelly, and son Kimball, and their cats Dakota and Manitou.
Doug Bowen-Bailey, Secretary
Doug Bowen-Bailey is a sign language interpreter, educator, and resource developer who was introduced to sign language and the Deaf community through working for four years with the summer program of the Minnesota Conservation Corps. His business, Digiterp Communications, creates innovative video and online resources for interpreter education, in addition to providing interpreting and mentoring services. Bowen-Bailey is also involved with many efforts to build a more just and equitable community, including serving on the board of the Cross-Cultural Alliance of Duluth and the Duluth Citizen Review Board. he also participates in the Peace Church Dismantling Racism team, the NAACP-Duluth Branch, and the Twin Ports Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday planning committee. His past board experience includes: the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, and the Arrowhead Interfaith Council. Doug is an avid biker who lives in Duluth with his partner Holly, their two children, Sylvie and Frost, and six chickens.
Bob Grytdahl
Bob Grytdahl is a life long Duluth resident, educated in the Duluth Public Schools and UMD. He and Dawn, his spouse, have three children. Bob is the Human Rights Officer for the City of Duluth. The Mission of the Human Rights Office is to work with others to create a collectively defined vision of a community free of discrimination. Bob supports the Commissions on Human Rights and Disabilities. He was one of the community members that established the Human Rights Commission, one of the founders of the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial Inc, Member Arrowhead Regional Corrections Advisory Board, Voyagers Area Boy Scout Council, and the Southern St. Louis County Family Services Collaborative. Bob is a past board chair of the First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center, was president of the Duluth Police Union and served as Deputy Chief of the Duluth Police Department.
Cynthia Lapp

Cynthia Lapp – I grew up in the midwest with two older brothers, moving often with my father’s career transfers in railway transportation analyst. The highlight of each year was living with my grandparents in the summer on a lake near Hackensack, MN and working with them in the small 4-cabin resort they ran. Enjoying travel from an early age, I spent time in Japan and Nepal and lived in Peru and Berlin, Germany by my early 20s. My parents volunteered with an NGO in community development and were active in the communities we lived in, as well as working on projects in Egypt, Chile and the Marshall Islands.

My first jobs in High School were with the Student Conservation Association, building trails in remote locations in the Boundary Waters and  River of No Return (Idaho) Wilderness areas. The third summer I took a SCA internship position on a timber sale crew on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon, and worked five summers on timber sale and fire crews in Oregon and Montana.

Returning from Germany, I earned a BA degree in History and Human Ecology from World College West in Petaluma, CA (the college closed in 1992). Moving around the West, I had additional mini-careers in outdoor retail and professional cooking. Expanding my creativity, I moved to Minnesota and earned a BFA in photography from UMD in 2001. I worked as a photographer for five years. A highlight from this time was a documentary photography project with Carrie Kohlmeier entailing cycling around Lake Superior and interviewing people on their connection with the Lake. The Tweed Museum sponsored a successful show of this project in 2002. While photographing, I relocated to the Twin Cities. An interest in regional landscape planning led to earning a Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the U of MN. Pursuing ecological connectivity research, my thesis project was a design for a 10 km-long wildlife corridor crossing surface and water infrastructure in the Netherlands.

After earning the MLA degree, I taught undergraduate and graduate classes for five years at the UMN as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. One highlight was teaching a semester-option program that started in the Netherlands, then expanded to Istanbul as well. I moved to Duluth (again) in 2011 and joined Randy Larson working at Meteek & Co. as a project manager and marketing director. In 2012 I founded Transluminous Press, which publishes books and mandalas that I produce. Currently I live just north of Duluth in Gnesen Township with Randy and a border collie named Mako. We share a corner of Northern ecosystem with hay fields, a stream, a spring-fed floating bog and lots of tamarack trees.

Paul Ormseth

Paul Ormseth is a registered architect with 20 years of experience and has his own office in downtown St. Paul. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle for architecture school and before that got an English degree from Yale. Paul was also a student at the Oslo School of Architecture. He is a native Minnesotan, was born in Breckenridge on the North Dakota border, worked in northern Minnesota after college and now calls the Twin Cities home. He lives in Mendota Heights with his wife Katie and their two young daughters. He enjoys canoeing and fishing in the Boundary Waters, sailing, cross-country skiing, hiking and travel, and exploring the state and its rich history. Paul’s firm works on a variety of project types, including preservation, restoration and adaptation of older and historic buildings, as well as single family and multifamily residential and specialized commercial. He is a sole practitioner and he teams with other architects and consultants as the need arises. He has a construction background and he works as a construction manager on many of his projects in a design/build role. During his college years, his summer employment was as a crew chief for the youth jobs corps program that was then in existence in the Twin Cities. The organization he worked for was the Center for Community Action, based on the West Bank. He was responsible for a crew of inner city kids, teaching them job skills as they built erosion control projects on St. Paul’s East Side and West Side. He found the work rewarding: as he built relationships with the kids, he witnessed them learn and develop.

Joan Peters

Joan Peters has been a long-term supporter of conservation corps programs; sensible and sustainable park management and historic preservation. Her lifetime of experience working on boards and commissions brings clear vision and wisdom to organizations she works with. The combination of historic preservation and youth/ young adult conservation corps brings together two interests that are a great fit for Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps. Joan’s private business acumen and political experience will guide her decisions as Northern Bedrock continues to grow.

  • Three Rivers Park District – Commissioner for 14 years
    • Commissioner appointed by Hennepin Co. Board of Commissioners, 1997-2009
    • Elected as the Three Rivers Commissioner, 2011 -2012
  • Founding board member of the Friends of Minnesota Conservation Corps nonprofit 1998
  • Friends of MCC legislative liaison 2002-2003
  • Governor appointed member to DNR Youth Corps Advisory Committee, Vice Chair – Legislative liaison for DNR on youth programs 1996
  • Real estate broker/agent in the 1980s
  • Historic Preservation courses at UM School of Architecture 1980’s
  • President of MN Council for Gifted and Talented 1979-80
  • Precinct chair – convention state delegate – Republican party
  • Attended Mankato State University and Graduate of University of Minnesota, degree in Business Administration 1951-54
  • Nominee for Ann Bancroft Award
  • Long term member of the Minnesota Historical Society and Minneapolis Institute of the Arts
Harley Hanson

Harley Hanson’s career in natural resource management began in 1979 as a crew leader for the Young Adult Conservation Corps in northern Minnesota. That experience directly led to employment with several management agencies and to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), from which he retired in 2015. While employed by the DNR’s Division of Forestry, Harley’s work experience included wilderness portage crew details in the BWCAW, fire and aviation details both in Minnesota and out of state, and positions from technician to district forester. In 1998 he transferred to the Division of Parks and Trails in the Resource Management Program, overseeing the management of cultural and natural resources in the state parks on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Harley and his wife Patricia live in Duluth, MN.

Building a Pathway to the Preservation Trades

Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps' mission is to develop lifelong workforce skills by connecting young people to the earth, cultures, and traditions through historic preservation work and outdoor service.