Mission and Leadership

Mission: Great Lakes Aquarium inspires people to explore their connection with Lake Superior and the waters of the world.

Vision: People feel connected to, value and protect the world’s waters.

Values: The Aquarium conducts all operations with these values in mind.

Lake Superior Center dba Great Lakes Aquarium is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors and managed by an  Executive Director and management team.

2017 GLA Board of Directors


Dennis Lamkin, Chair
Vice President and Senior Property Manager, U.S. Bank (ret.)

Tina Koecher, Vice Chair
Manager – Customer Solutions, Minnesota Power

Doug Britton, Treasurer
St. Louis County Social Services (ret.)

Patty Mester, Secretary
Regional Network Manager – Duluth, Minnesota Public Radio

Kristina Amys
Owner, Sugar on Top Bakery

Andy Goldfine
Manager of Design, Aero Design & Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Betty Ramsland
Treasurer and Appraisal Assistant, Ramsland & Vigen Inc.

Anne Cotter
Chemist, US Environmental Protection Agency

Todd Fedora
President, US Bank Northeastern Minnesota

Heather Muster
Physician – St. Luke’s Hospital


Barb Russ
Duluth City Councilor

Howie Hanson
Duluth City Councilor

David Montgomery
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Duluth

Executive Director

Joe Montisano

Department Directors

Jay Walker
Director of Operations

Annie Thors
Director of Finance

Sarah Erickson
Director of Education