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.

2019 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

Mark Britton
Compliance Director, United Health Group


Barb Russ
Duluth City Councilor

Zack Filipovich
Duluth City Councilor

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Duluth