Happy Dancing Turtle Staff

Quinn SwansonQuinn Swanson - Executive Director -
Email: quinn @hugllc.com

Twitter: @swansonquinn

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.


Michelle Hoefs HDT Staff HeadshotMichelle Hoefs - Program Coordinator -
Email: mhoefs @hugllc.com

Michelle joined the team as the program assistant in May 2010.  In her role, Michelle provides support for all aspects of HDT's core focus areas. Michelle holds a teaching license in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University.  She has worked with children of all ages in one capacity or another for many years, most recently as a daycare provider in her home.  Before doing daycare, Michelle worked as an Educational Assistant at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd, and then at Pequot Lakes Middle School in their Alternative Education program. Raised in Breezy Point, Michelle now lives just out of Pine River with her husband, Dan, and their daughters, Kate and Beth.

Jim Chamberlin HDT Staff HeadshotJim Chamberlin - Program Manager -
Email: jchamberlin @hugllc.com

Jim was hired as the Food and Water Security Coordinator in February of 2011. This role includes working with the garden staff designing and managing the food production grounds on the HDT Campus and furthering local food education and awareness. Jim has an A.A.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from Central Lakes College and has completed other coursework including a Certificate Course in Ecosystem Silviculture from the University of MN, Permaculture design, agroforestry, horticulture, and landscaping. Jim served as a technician for the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District for ten years. Duties there included drafting Forest Stewardship Plans for private land owners, implementation of the MN Wetland Conservation Act and the National Pollutant Elimination Discharge System, and design and installation of water quality improvement projects. He is an active member of the Sustainable Farming Association of Central Minnesota and the Northwoods Forestry Cooperative.
Jim and his wife Audra own and operate Island Lake Farm, a 107-acre diversified farm and forestry operation near Deerwood, MN. Jim is living the dream by following his passion, caring for our natural resources to leave the earth better than he found it.

Colin McLain HDT Staff HeadshotColin McLain - Marketing Coordinator -
Email: cmclain @hugllc.com

Twitter: @ColinDMcLain

Colin was hired as the Research & Outreach Journalist in February of 2011. In this role, he manages the marketing initiatives for HDT. This includes HDT's online presence such as social networking and the numerous blogs. Colin has a BA in Political Science from Luther College and has completed some masters work at MSU-Mankato. He successfully ran a hobby shop into the ground from 2005 to 2010. His wife, Amy, and he can claim to be extremely busy with six children. However, Colin has been known to be seen time to time at local sporting events, biking on the trails, and in fact, says secretly that the MN Twins and Tampa Bay Rays are the left and right side of his heart. (But don't tell his wife and six kids that.)

Dave Wilson and Barb Wagner HDT Staff   Dave Wilson - Food Production Coordinator -
dwilson @hugllc.com


Driftless Region Staff

Nora Woodworth HDT Staff HeadshotNora Woodworth - Program Specialist -
Email: nwoodworth @hugllc.com

Nora joined the Stewardship & Sustainability team in June of 2014. In 2018, she relocated to the Winona area in southeastern Minnesota, but is still part of our team! She is helping us spread our mission through a second HDT location - the Driftless Region. Nora has a B.S. degree in Conservation and Resource Management and is working towards her M.S. in Education. She spent her childhood split between living in the suburbs of Minneapolis and living on the east coast in New Hampshire, returning to the Midwest for college. Nora is passionate about environmental education and sharing her love of nature with the community. She has worked with children of all ages in other organizations, including Camp Olson YMCA in Longville, MN and Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack, MN. Nora lives with her husband, Jake, in Trempealeau, WI. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, hiking, birding, canoeing (& the BWCA), and snowshoeing.


Administrative Support

Tammy Bargy - Manager of Administration - 
Email: tbargy @hugllc.com

Erika O'Brien - Senior Bookkeeper/Office Coordinator -
Email: eobrien @hugllc.com

Shirlee Anderson - Bookkeeper - 
Email: sanderson @hugllc.com

Chris Glassmann - Campus Chef - 
Email: cglassmann @hugllc.com



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