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, a 501(c)3 non-profit is managed by a Board of Directors,  Executive Director and management team.

2013 GLA Board of Directors


John F. Scott, Chair

Partner, DSGW Architects, Inc.

Dennis Lamkin, Vice Chair

Vice President and Senior Property Manager, U.S. Bank

Elaine Hansen, Treasurer

Executive Director, UMD Center for Economic Development

Mary Morehouse, Secretary

Strategic Planning Consultant

Doug Britton

St. Louis County Social Services (ret.)

Andy Goldfine

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

Doug Jensen

Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant

Betty Ramsland

Treasurer and Appraisal Assistant, Ramsland & Vigen Inc.

Patty Mester

Regional Network Manager – Duluth, Minnesota Public Radio

Tina Koecher

Manager – Billing and Energy Efficiency, Minnesota Power


Emily Larson

Duluth City Councilor

Jennifer Julsrud

Duluth City Councilor

David Montgomery

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Duluth

Hon. Yvonne Prettner Solon

Lt. Governor, State of Minnesota


Jack LaVoy


Jay Walker

 Director of Operations

Bill Alworth

Director of Administrative Services

Sarah Erickson

Director of Education