Board of Directors

Staff

Jack Remick, President Ann Felton, Administrative Manager
Larry Tarnow, Vice President Stefan Theimer, Education Program Coordinator
Matt Remick, Secretary & Treasurer Bob Freund, RPU In-house Educator
Jim Bedtke Scott Peterson, Facilities Manager
Jeff Broberg  
Larry Koshire  

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THE BOARD

Jack Remick, Board President
Jack is president of the CM Board and one of the owners of the Rochester Athletic Club, a 250,000 square foot health & wellness facility that opened in 1993 and has won several industry awards. He had a 25-year career at IBM in Rochester and was an original investor in the Fastenal Company.

Larry Tarnow, Board Vice President
Larry graduated from Purdue University and after 30 years with IBM he retired in 2000 as Director of Network Stations. After retirement he became interested in the environment and horticulture and earned an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Horticulture Technology as well as certification by the University of Minnesota Extension as a Master Gardener.

Matt Remick, Board Secretary & Treasurer
Matt has a B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.  He is also president and one of the owners of the Rochester Athletic Club and has served on several other non-profit boards including the United States Tennis Association-Northern Section and the National Independent Health Club Association.

Jim Bedtke
Jim grew up on a dairy farm in southeast Minnesota and is currently a Vice President at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Since starting at Saint Mary's as a faculty member in the School of Business in 1983, Jim has held various positions during his thirty years at SMU. His hobbies and interests include organic farming, boating, and reading.

Jeff Broberg
Jeff is a Licensed Professional Geologist and Vice President of McGhie & Betts Environmental Services, Inc., a Rochester-based environmental consulting firm. With a background as a petroleum geologist, his professional consulting practice is focused on geological and environmental assessment, permitting and regulatory affairs including geologic hazards, wetlands, soil and groundwater contamination, asbestos and mold. He is active in natural resource and conservation efforts in the bluff lands and ag-lands of SE Minnesota.

Larry Koshire
Larry is a Registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Iowa and  the general manager of Rochester Public Utilities, a combined electric and water utility with revenues of $180 million.  He has been active in state and national boards, committees, and professional organizations including the Minnesota Consortium of Municipal Utilities (Bond Pool), the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and the Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc.

THE STAFF

Ann Felton, Administrative Manager ( )
Ann joined the Cascade Meadow staff in March of 2011.  Her career in Rochester began in 1978 working with people with disabilities. Over the ensuing years, she has worked with a number of nonprofits, serving as an executive director, director of development and communications, and on boards of directors.  Her professional interests center on advocating for people with disabilities, the education of children and adults, environmental appreciation, and stewardship.

Stefan Theimer, Education Program Coordinator ()
Stefan is working to develop education programming at Cascade Meadow for local schools, community groups, and the general public in the content areas of wetlands, water, energy, green buildings, and sustainable communities. He has previously worked with undergraduate students in environmental education, with elementary students as an energy education specialist, and as an interpretive naturalist in northern Minnesota.

Bob Freund, RPU In-House Educator
Bob is the energy and water educator for Rochester Public Utilities, a major partner with Cascade Meadow. He introduces the center’s exhibits to visitors, arranges energy-related events, and acts as an in-house resource on energy and water conservation. Bob worked as a journalist in Rochester for more than two decades before signing on with RPU and joining Cascade Meadow’s staff. He also continues writing for publications and businesses as a freelance writer.

Scott Peterson, Facilities Manager
Scott has been a carpenter and construction manager for more than twenty-five years. He maintains Cascade Meadow's building as well as the wetlands and prairies being developed on our 100-acre site.  Scott also owns and operates a 200-acre farm near LeRoy.