Northern Bedrock Staff

Rolf Hagberg, Executive Director

RolfHagbergCrRolf Hagberg has been involved in conservation corps for over 35 years starting as a Youth Conservation Corps camp director in 1976. Over the years, he has served in various positions within the realm of conservation corps including as a board member, development director and a member of a statewide Governor appointed citizens advisory group. In addition to his extensive experience in conservation corps, Rolf is also a professional photographer and owner of Rolf Hagberg Photography in Duluth, MN. He has been a professional photographer since the summer of 1975 when he canoed and photographed the entire 2,300 miles of the Mississippi River for the U.S. Bicentennial Commission. Rolf lives on the shores of Lake Superior with his wife, where they garden, nurture the land, and create.

218.343.9439 |

Rhea Harvey, Operations Director

Rhea Harvey is passionate about collaborative environments, connecting with the outdoors, and encouraging people to enter the technical trades. She graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in community and nonprofit leadership. Exploring her interest in the trades, building and design, she completed technical diplomas in cabinetry and millwork at Madison Area Technical College and welding at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Superior. Prior to working with Northern Bedrock Rhea lived and worked in cooperative housing, and worked as a builder, designer and technical drafter for a small residential cabinetry shop. As Operations Director, she works to identify and pursue potential projects across Minnesota and oversees the crew season and crew hiring. Rhea is an avid outdoor enthusiast; you can find her camping, playing soccer, cross country skiing and biking around town rain or shine.

218.409.6818 |

Laurel Eaton, Development Director

Laurel Eaton was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin and is passionate about preserving our region’s unique history and landscapes. She is a licensed social worker and received her Master of Social Work from Boston College with a focus in nonprofit administration and development. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in sociology and women’s studies. Laurel has worked in a variety of roles in the nonprofit sector including marketing, development and web management. Prior to joining Northern Bedrock, she worked as a program developer and grants manager for regional and national veterans services organizations. As the development director for Northern Bedrock, she oversees the agency’s funding and grant applications, fundraising campaigns, and marketing and communications. In her free time, Laurel enjoys being outdoors, hiking, figure skating, and spending time around the Lake.

218.461.0289 |

Trisha O'Keefe, Finance Director

Trisha O’Keefe has been involved with conservation corps since the late seventies when she was a crew leader for three years and a camp director for one. For most of her adult life, she has worked on issues of social justice, which has included work at nonprofit organizations that strive to end violence against women. During this time, she held many different positions, including: advocate, program coordinator, grant writer, financial coordinator, and administrative coordinator. She has also worked as an trainer, providing training and technical assistance to tribal and rural domestic violence programs around the country. Prior to joining Northern Bedrock, Trisha worked as the director of the International Students Services office at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She is grateful to live on 65 acres along the Little Knife River. In her free time, she likes to hike, kayak, canoe, and sing in the Echoes of Peace choir.

Emily Nygren, Pathways Program Manager

Emily Nygren has extensive community and political organizing experience and a strong background in nonprofit program management. Prior to joining Northern Bedrock she worked on various issue and political campaigns, from gun violence to healthcare. Emily holds a B.A. in political science and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. As the Pathways Program Manager, Emily works to develop relationships with youth organizations, technical specialists, and human services agencies across Minnesota. Emily spends her free time reading and traveling whenever she can.

612.508.1278 |

John Lindelof, Pathways Program Associate

John Lindelof is originally from Glenwood City, WI and moved north to attend the University of Wisconsin – Superior. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree John worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Barron County. Since then, John has had the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of roles, from manufacturing to higher education. The historical significance of buildings, landmarks, and landscapes has always interested him and he is excited to be involved with an organization that helps bring these important pieces of history back to life. As the Pathways Program Associate, John works to build relationships with youth organizations, educational institutions, and technical specialists across Minnesota. In John’s free time, you can find him taking advantage of the hiking, camping, or biking in the area, and toting an instrument whenever possible.

715.928.2434 |

Michael Maruska, Operations Coordinator

Michael Maruska grew up in Duluth, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, where he completed his Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Geography. He has spent the past decade working seasonally as a forestry technician with the US Forest Service in remote central Idaho and in the Boundary Waters. Most recently, he was a professional trail builder for a local bike club in Duluth. Michael has completed various building remodeling projects at YMCA Camp Miller, as well as a total renovation of his own home and fiberglass camper. As Operations Coordinator, Michael is the primary contact for corpsmember and ensures corpsmembers receive a valuable and rewarding experience while working to preserve Minnesota’s historical structures and landscapes. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, winter camping, sewing, mountain biking, running, skiing, and drinking coffee.

218.391.4606 |

Kate Ruble, Historic Preservation Specialist

Kate Ruble grew up in South Minneapolis and attended Saint Louis University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Upon completing her undergraduate education she spent a year living in Galway, Ireland working to complete her Master’s in Archaeology/Heritage Management. As Northern Bedrock’s Historic Preservation Specialist, she provides guidance on preserving historic resources and plans and manages the work at the Halfway Ranger Station Historic District. Kate is passionate about engaging people with their heritage and believes that the connections people can make with historic resources are invaluable to their quality of life and influence on future generations. In Kate’s free time, you can find her checking out new restaurants, playing soccer, and touring the area’s many parks and historic sites.

218.302.4786 |

Kara Helm, Office Coordinator

Kara Helm graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and photography. She has worked as a designer for multiple marketing firms throughout the Twin Cities and ran her own design freelance business. Kara has a passion for nonprofit work and mission driven organizations and recently received her master’s degree in human services from the University of Northwestern. As Northern Bedrock’s Office Coordinator, she provides a variety of administrative support and works as a designer for the agency. She is a recent transplant to Duluth and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and their ‘fur-children’, Winston and Mac.

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.