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.

2018 GLA Board of Directors


Tina Koecher, Chair
Manager – Customer Solutions, Minnesota Power

Doug Britton, Vice-Chair
St. Louis County Social Services (ret.)

Patty Mester, Secretary
General Manager – WDSE

Todd Fedora, Treasurer
President, US Bank Northeastern Minnesota

Kristina Amys
Owner, Sugar on Top Bakery

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

Anne Cotter
Chemist, US Environmental Protection Agency

Heather Muster
Physician – St. Luke’s Hospital

Jeff Borling

Economic Development Lead, Great River Energy

Doug Jensen

Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant

Rosie Loeffler-Kemp

Duluth School Board Member – ISD 709


Barb Russ
Duluth City Councilor

Zach Flipovich
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 Learning and Engagement

Allison Iacone

Director of Communications