Northland Foundation board elects new trustees, officers

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Michelle Ufford

Michelle Ufford

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA — The Northland Foundation Board of Trustees has elected two new members along with the 2021-2022 board officers. Visit about-us/staff-board-contact. php to see all current trustees. The newly elected trustees may serve up to three terms lasting three years each.

Jamie Adams is an economic development planner with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She also serves on the boards of Northspan and the Solon Springs Educational Foundation and is a past participant in the Minnesota Rural Community Developers Network. Adams is a volunteer adult mentor with the Northland Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy Board and has served as a coordinator for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa AGE to age site. She earned bachelor’s degrees in both environmental studies and urban and regional studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.


Michelle Ufford is the director of program development/ school-business coordinator working with Rock Ridge Public Schools, the recently consolidated Iron Range school districts of Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert. Previous positions within the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training include 12 years as the executive director and director of the Northeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board. She also currently serves on the Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Board, Iron Range Tourism Board, Northern St. Louis County Family Collaborative Services Board, and East Range Tech Prep/School to Work Board. Ufford holds a degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Board officers for 2021- 2022 are: Angie Miller, chair—executive director (retired), Community Action Duluth; Shaye Moris, vice chair—executive director, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank; Peter McDermott, treasurer— president/CEO (retired), Minnesota Diversified Industries; and Cindy Anderson Bina, secretary—counselor (retired), Vermilion Community College.

The immediate past chair, Jason Hollinday of Duluth, will spend one more year on the board. Trent Janezich of Hibbing has rotated off the board after a decade of service, including two years as chair.

The Northland Foundation is a publicly supported foundation serving the northeastern Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis and all or parts of five Tribal Nations in the region: the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Through grantmaking, small business assistance, KIDS PLUS Program, Maada’ookiing, and special initiatives, the foundation invests in people and communities for a thriving northeastern Minnesota.

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