Broadband Strategy Board

The role of Blandin Foundation’s Broadband Strategy Board is to provide strategic guidance, counsel and quality control to the Blandin Community Broadband Program.

Specifically, through their participation on the Strategy Board, members:

  • Establish specific, measurable goals and objectives for the initiative that are aligned with the Foundation’s mission and the initiative’s overall purpose, as approved by Blandin Foundation Trustees
  • Provide advice on the identification and prioritization of projects for potential funding by Blandin Foundation
  • Contribute to the design and development of projects, providing guidance on how to optimize and leverage resources and maximize results
  • Provide expert oversight and counsel on the implementation of projects
  • Raise strategic “industry” issues that should be considered and taken into account by the initiatives
  • Contribute to strengthening relations between the initiatives and key political, sectoral, and organizational leaders
Broadband Strategy Board Members
Jacki Anderson*, Economic Dev. Officer
Office of Representative Collin Peterson
Scott Marquardt, Vice President
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Joe Buttweiler, Patnership Dev. Manager
CTC – Consolidated Telecommunications Company
Betsy Olivanti, Business Consultant
UMD Center for Economic Development
Stacy Cluff, Supervisor, IT & Network Security
Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative
Dan Pecarina, President and CEO
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Mark Erickson, RS Fiber Cooperative Board of Directors
Retired Administrator & EDA Director, City of Winthrop
Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, Dir. of Education & Training, Community Technology Empowerment Project, St. Paul Neighborhood Network
Nancy Hoffman, Executive Director
Chisago County HRA EDA
Erik Simonson
MN State Senate
Jon Linnell, Executive Director
North Region Health Alliance
Rich Sve, Commissioner
Lake County
Marc Johnson, Executive Director
ECMECC – East Central MN Educational Cable Cooperative
Jim Weikum, Mayor of Biwabik
Executive Director, Arrowhead Library System
Danna MacKenzie*, Executive Director
Office of Broadband, MN DEED
Madonna Yawakie, President
Turtle Island Communications
Bree Maki*, Broadband & Southern Field Rep.
Office of Senator Smith

* Non-voting, advisory member