New Faces at the Clair Nelson Center!

We want to welcome two new staff members to the Friends of Finland Core Staff: Kyle Flack as the new Operations Lead, and Jenni Yandrasits as the new Finance Lead.

In Kyle’s own words:

My love of the North Shore goes back as far as I can remember. My father would bring us to the Shore from the Cities each summer for family camping trips. I moved to the Finland area in 2014 and couldn’t be happier. Living here allows me the opportunity to not just follow my passions of sustenance hunting/fishing and growing/preserving my own food, but live them. I am honored to be in such a unique position to help our community.

Kyle is taking over the position recently vacated by Nancy Anselment-Olson’s retiring. He’s already diving into the job with enthusiasm, scheduling rentals and figuring out maintenance issues. Welcome Kyle!

In Jenni’s own words:

My name is Jenni Yandrasits. I’m a transplant from the twin cities. I moved to the area in 2019 to join forces with the man and the community I fell in love with. We’ve spent the last few years learning about homesteading and life on the North Shore. I am excited to have an opportunity now to enjoy my interest in numbers while also developing myself as an individual and a community member.

Jenni is taking over from Lucy Carlson who is moving on to a new position with the Grand Marais Arts Colony (Lucy plans to continue working for the Finland Community Youth Program as well as writing grants for Friends of Finland on a contract basis.). We are sad to see Lucy leave the Finance position, but excited to welcome Jenni to the position.

We are really excited to welcome Jenni and Kyle to the Core Team of Friends of Finland. The Core Staff Team is charged with running the Friends of Finland organization together so that all of the other programs and services we provide to the community can thrive!Honor Schauland and Kaare Melby are the two other Core Staff. Honor is the Program Lead and the Director, and Kaare is the Communications Lead.

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