About

The Founding Board created the Lake Effect Conservancy in August 2016 specifically to advocate and raise private philanthropic funds for development, maintenance, and operating costs of the Lake Effect Project.

The Lake Effect Conservancy and City of Wayzata entered into a special public private partnership to jointly raise funds for the project. The Conservancy will raise private funds and the City will raise public funds. The City/Conservancy Partnership Agreement was approved by the City Council in August 2016 and outlines the roles and responsibilities of each institution related to fundraising and decision making.

Conservancy Board

  • JoAnn Birkholz
    Director, Medica Foundation
    952-334-0703 | Email
  • Rick Born
    CEO, RBA Consulting
    612-812-0045 | Email
  • Meredith Howell
    Coldwell Banker Burnet
    612-940-4566 | Email
  • Mick Johnson
    Past President of the Park Nicollet Foundation and Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota
    952-237-4410 | Email
  • Dan Koch, Treasurer
    Wayzata Council Member and Owner, OnIt
    612-499-3145 | Email
  • Sharon Lim
    Partner, BlueFire International
    Email
  • Andrew Mullin, Chair
    Director, Business Development Lifetouch, a Shutterfly Company | Former Wayzata City Council Member
    952-484-8159 | Email
  • Tyler Purdy
    Chief Revenue Officer, Captionmax
    612-978-8295 | Email
  • Blake Sandvold
    CIO, CFP, Sandvold Financial Group
    763-232-0373 | Email
  • Sarah Showalter, Secretary & Vice Chair
    Fazendin Realtors
    952-237-3169 | Email

Conservancy Staff

  • Jodene Marquis
    Director of Community Relations
    612-599-0877 | Email