Lynn Hunt HeadshotLynn Hunt (Board Chair) is a 15-year entrepreneurial veteran managing high tech companies. Wearing hats that cover most managerial issues, and also technology issues Lynn helped grow a start-up company to almost 200 employees. The company gathered many awards in both technology and fast growth. Ernst and Young honored Lynn as a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition for 2004.

Having finished her MBA at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota she is preparing to grow companies to help the world. Some areas that Hunt Utilities Group, LLC (HUG) is focusing on are alternative energy, ecological housing and sustainable living and micro-farming. With her husband Paul's creative abilities and downright stubbornness to get materials to do what he wants them to, it might be possible to create a house out of local/indigenous materials that create a large footprint in comfort, but a small environmental footprint.

There are more ideas for companies floating around in Lynn’s head than can ever be handled by one Woman, but she is going to try and build a few more companies before her great-grandchildren arrive and she is too busy to build anymore.


Paul Hunt HeadshotPaul Hunt (Vice-Chair) During the day, this mild-mannered techno-nerd with white hair and a slight stammer barely attends his regular job as a HUG engineering guru. When the phones stop ringing and the moon comes out, Paul then gets a chance to retreat into the secret lair of his own mind and becomes…Ta-Da... SUPER INVENTOR!!!

Faster than a train of thought!  Able to leap tall buildings from the simple ground! While occupying his special world, he can bend reality to fit his super plans. He can make electrons dance at his bidding. His X-ray vision can peer deeply under the laws of physics, allowing him to see things as they could be instead of how they are.

Several hours after the daylight returns, our superhero sluggishly dons the clothing of his alter ego, Paul. He slowly gets pulled back into the consciousness of the popular world (the one that most of us call reality). On very special occasions he manages to bring a new gadget into this reality that helps make the world a better place.


Ryan Hunt HeadshotRyan Hunt (Secretary/Treasurer) was born and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota. After skipping through junior high and taking advantage of the post-secondary enrollment option, he graduated from Brainerd Community College at age 16, one day after receiving his high school diploma. He then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he earned a double degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the age of 20. After school, Ryan moved up to Pequot Lakes to help his parents with their rapidly growing company Hunt Technologies, Inc. At Hunt Technologies, he learned a great deal about the electric power industry and how we all use it in our homes. From there, he followed his folks when and their interests turned to energy conservation and efficient buildings and they founded Hunt Utilities Group LLC (HUG). At HUG, he has explored technologies to help us all live in a more sustainable manner on our planet. Some of those include natural building materials, solar heating, solar and wind power, and renewable fuels.


Quinn Swanson

Quinn Swanson (Execuitve Director)

With a BA in Environment Studies and minor in art, Quinn fit right in with the HUG/HDT crew when she joined in May 2004. In her current role, she works with the community and like-minded organizations to further leverage and represent the HUG Resilient Living Campus throughout the region and state. In her spare time, Quinn enjoys making art of all kinds in virtually every sort of media.




John Poston HeadshotJohn Poston 
Poston was born in Minneapolis and raised there and in Aitkin. He first worked for Payless Cashways, where he started working while in college. He became assistant manager and then manager. He was a retail executive for Sall Beauty Holdings for the last 20 years of his career. He looked after the international business and lived in England for 10 years. 

After retiring in 2008, Poston and his wife Sue settle in their home on Lake Margaret. Poston opened Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area in 2012, a nonprofit where nutritious meals are packed and sent to countries in need. He's been volunteering with MN Teen Challenge. Poston is also an owner of the Three Cheers Hospitality restaurant business, which owns Prairie Bay Restaurant, Prairie Bay Catering, Sherwood Forest, and also runs the cafeteria at Central Lakes College. 

When he has free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and golfing.


Molly Zins HDT Board HeadshotMolly Zins serves as the executive director of the University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (CRSDP).  In this role, Molly works with the community University Board, businesses, organizations, and agencies to convene and identify issues and opportunities to improve the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of the region. Prior to joining the CRSDP, Molly worked in the field of water resources protection for several years.

Molly earned her Master's from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a research focus on Sustainable Communities: Understanding Access and Support which investigated local food systems and the foundations of a sustainable community. Her experience in community outreach and conservation stems from working with the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe, teaching in Belize, and leading wilderness education courses. Molly lives in Pequot Lakes with her husband, two young sons, and their Golden Retriever.  They spend all of their free time enjoying the woods, waters, and wildlife in our region.


Erika Bailey Johnson HDT Board HeadshotErika Bailey-Johnson is finishing up her seventh year as the first Sustainability Director at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. She works in the Ganawendakamigaawigamig (Office of Earth-Caretaking or Sustainability Office). She completed her BA in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1998 and her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from BSU in 2006. Her background is in science teaching, and Erika and her husband taught for two years in Mexico and three years in Kuwait before returning home to Northern Minnesota. In 2014, Erika was named one of the top 40 under 40 business professionals in the region. Erika is currently on the board for Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River and is a core member of the City of Bemidji Sustainability Committee. Erika maintains an active schedule with two young boys and a passion for making the Bemidji community a healthier and more sustainable place.



Superintendent Chris Lindholm started in July 2013 after serving as Assistant Superintendent of the Burnsville-Eagan Savage district, Principal and Assistant Principal at Shakopee Junior High School, Dean of Students at Edina High School, and Social Studies Teacher and Head Girls Soccer Coach at Northfield High School.  His two children, Sam and Anne, attend Pequot Lakes Middle School and High School, and his wife Kristin teaches Language Arts in the Pine River-Backus School District.  The Lindholms live in Breezy Point and are grateful to have a large garden, raise chickens and Cormo sheep, and be part of a community that puts the word "community" into real action.  




In September of 2012, Jennifer Smith moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area after spending 7 years in Bethesda, Maryland. She started Nisswa Yoga in October of 2012. Having grown up in Minnesota, Jennifer has lived and traveled around the world. She is delighted to be back in Minnesota, having her family nearby and being surrounded by the pristine natural beauty of Northern Minnesota. 





Julie Anderholm began independent financial consulting through the Small Business Development Center in Rochester, MN and for the past eighteen years with the SBDC in Brainerd, MN. She consults with small business concentrating on financial analysis and forecasting as well as general business information. 






Donald Hickman 

Don Hickman is continually awed by the creativity and dedication of the citizens he works with in Central Minnesota. As vice president for community and workforce development at the Initiative Foundation, Don helps connect community leaders with helpful resources to create opportunities and improve the quality of life in Central Minnesota.

Hickman stays busy with his wife and two children. His family enjoys participating in service projects in Vietnam, including helping to build or restore schools or homesand fostering sustainable employment opportunities.

State-side, Hickman has set personal a goal to climb all 54 of the peaks in Colorado that are taller than 14,000 feet. At last count, he only has four to go! Hickman also enjoys biking--he is an active member of the Paul Bunyan Cycle Club in Brainerd--and he loves taking in a baseball game on a warm summer evening.

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