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, Chair
    Director, Medica Foundation
  • Rick Born
    CEO, RBA Consulting
  • Meredith Howell
    Coldwell Banker Burnet
  • Mick Johnson
    Past President of the Park Nicollet Foundation and Senior Fellow, University of Minnesota
  • Dan Koch, Treasurer
    Wayzata Council Member and Owner, OnIt
  • Sharon Lim
    Partner, BlueFire International
  • Andrew Mullin
    Director of Business Development, LifeTouch
  • Tyler Purdy
    Managing Director, Bayview Capital Group
  • Sarah Showalter, Secretary & Vice Chair
    Fazendin Realtors

Conservancy Staff

  • Jodene Marquis
    Director of Community Relations