We are proud to have a great Board of Directors at NACF
Front row: Mark Buley and Intern Josh Stirrat. Back row: Patti Hurd, Tracey Nooner, Renee’ Nanez, Cherrise Miller and Chris Byerly.
Mark Buley, Rural Frederic Area; Treasurer
Mark has lived north of Frederic since 1978, with his wife, Nancy, living on the Polk County side of the line while working on the Burnett County side. Retired from Johnson Lumber Company, he is pursuing a second avocation as a furniture maker. Mark is also a board member of Frederic Arts.
Chris Byerly, Rural Frederic/Clam Falls Area; Secretary
Books and reading have always been part of Chris Byerly’s life and she first began working in libraries as a shelf monitor in fourth grade. She has been able to finesse a lifelong passion into a career with many types of libraries, most recently as director of the Frederic Public Library, from which she retired in April. Chris has served on the boards of several nonprofits including Northern Waters Learning, a countywide program matching tutors with people of all ages to improve reading skills; the Frederic Area Scholarship Foundation, managing and providing scholarships to high school graduates; Frederic Arts, a volunteer-based arts education group; and Northwest Passage, Ltd. Chris is pleased to be a member of NACF and looks forward to helping build the collaborative partnerships with other organizations that foster vibrant communities.
Colleen Draxler, Rural Frederic Area; Director
Colleen, a retired Unity School Librarian, is active in the Frederic community volunteering for church programs and projects, the Lioness Club, the Frederic-Luck American Cancer Society Walk, and the Frederic Clinic. She and her husband, Ray, have two grown sons. Colleen enjoys traveling, taking art and cooking classes, playing Scrabble, and reading. Promoting and developing resources to assist our local communities in meeting the needs of our residents motivated Colleen to join the NACF Board of Directors.
Patti Hurd, Rural Siren Area; Director
Patti became semi-retired in 2009 and moved to Siren, Wisconsin with her husband, Dean Montour. For over 30 years, Patti has worked with nonprofit social service organizations and government agencies, both domestically and internationally. Currently, Patti is self-employed as an Independent Consultant and provides Management Support Services and grant writing for several nonprofit organizations. In addition, she is a Volunteer Coordinator at Ruby’s Food Shelf. Patti and her husband are food vendors at the Siren Farmer’s Market and she is active in the Burnett County Nutrition Coalition and Citizens Against Poverty. Throughout her work experience, Patti has enjoyed developing services that improved the lives of families. When she moved to Burnett County, Patti looked for opportunities to become involved with her new community. Patti decided to become a board member of NACF because she believes that this foundation can make a difference to people living in Polk and Burnett Counties.
Renee’ Nanez, Rural Frederic Area; Chair
Renee’ is a student at the University of Wisconsin and the business manager for Nanez Family Lofts, a business that she and her husband Rick started on their farm outside of Frederic. Renee’ has served in several capacities in the nonprofit world in the U.S. and in Ecuador and has advocated for those who have experienced family violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. She greatly enjoys community involvement, gourmet cooking, gardening, reading and interior design. Renee’ was raised in Frederic and is the mother of two grown sons as well as many four-legged, cuddly creatures and other assorted critters.
Tracey Nooner, Rural Frederic Area; Director
Tracey and her husband Terry moved from Eagan, Minnesota to Frederic about six years ago. They have two grown daughters attending college in the Twin Cities. Tracey has been a mortgage loan officer for the past 25 years. For the last six years, she has originated mortgage loans for Bremer Bank in the Frederic, Siren and Danbury locations. Through her work at Bremer, Tracey has been able to assist people with obtaining grants for Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Tracey and her husband own St. Croix Scuba in downtown Hudson. They enjoy dive travel, walking their dog and snowmobiling.
Rebekah Stavne, Rural Siren Area; Director
Rebekah was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and moved to the Grantsburg/Siren area in June 2014 with her husband Jeremiah Stavne of Grantsburg, WI . She currently works at the Grantsburg School District as the Community Education Director, a teachers’ aide in the high school and is a school representative on the Grantsburg Chamber of Commerce. Outside of school, she assists her husband with their creative arts company called Jackpine Studios which specializes in personal and corporate photography and videography, in addition to serving alongside him as an Associate Pastor at Adventure Church. She has obtained an associate’s degree in Pastoral Leadership in Sydney, Australia and an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership with a minor in International Development. Rebekah has worked with non-profits on a local and global scale over the past 10 years. Her career interests are focused in strategic planning, community development, leadership development and volunteer coordinating. In all of these endeavors, her greatest joy is found in her daughter, Annalee, and enjoying beautiful sunny days on the lake with her husband.
Josh Stirrat, Village of Luck; NACF Intern
Josh Stirrat is a senior in high school and he also attends the University of Wisconsin, Barron County. Josh is investing this school year as an intern with the NACF Board of Directors learning about the function and mission of a community foundation as he serves the community as a volunteer. Josh just loves people–this guy has so much potential!
Jennifer Turrentine, Siren and Richfield, Minnesota; Director
Jennifer is slowly emptying her house in the Twin Cities so that she can enjoy the Siren area full-time. Jennifer is an independent, information professional and her research centers on the field of healthcare and health insurance. Her volunteer activities have included: chair of the Richfield Advisory Board of Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Program for Bloomington, Edina and Richfield. Jennifer is currently a literacy tutor with the Burnett County Family Literacy and she enjoys being involved with the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation.
Carole Wondra, Rural Luck Area; Director
Special Advisors to the Board:
Jane Hetland Stevenson
Jane Hetland Stevenson is president of the St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF), a regional community foundation spanning the St. Croix River, serving six counties, four in Wisconsin (Pierce, St. Croix, Polk and Burnett) and two counties in Minnesota (Washington and Chisago). She’s worked in the community foundation field since 1992, including serving as a consultant to community foundations nationally with her own consulting company. Jane lives in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Margi Miller joined the St. Croix Valley Foundation in March 2008 and currently serves as the Affiliate Development Officer. Margi has spent her career working in a variety of financial and administration positions, for the St. Paul YMCA, with a local entrepreneur and in running a family business. Margi is proud to serve as a volunteer for Bridge for Youth with disabilities where she was a founding board member in 2004. Her volunteer efforts continue at the Bridge today in the areas of competitive employment and housing for those who have disabilities. Margi also serves on the Board of Directors for North East Residence, an adult family home and respite care provider in Little Canada. Margi lives in Hudson and has two children: Allie and her husband Will live in Houston, Texas, and Shea lives in the beautiful St. Croix Valley.