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 manager for the Duluth Stream Corps, an employment program focused on stream restoration and community environmental awareness. Before that Tim worked for 4 years in the Minnesota Conservation Corps. He is very grateful for the experiences, skills, and relationships gained from those 4 years, and is excited to be 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, son Kimball, and their cats Dakota and Manitou.
Jesse Schomberg, Vice-President
Jesse Schomberg is the Extension Program Leader and Coastal Communities Extension Educator for the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, with expertise in stream ecology, stormwater runoff, connections between the landscape and water quality, and hydrologic simulation modeling. Mr. Schomberg has conducted NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) programming for Sea Grant since 2002. Recently, he helped developed “The Watershed Game” to help local planners, officials, and other stakeholders and decision-makers understand watershed management and become familiar with various best-management practices for protecting water quality. He has a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an M.S. in biology from Idaho State University.
Doug Bowen-Bailey, Secretary
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.
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 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
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- 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
- Traveled in China, Turkey, Europe, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Alaska
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.