Image associated with BIOBY Board

BIOBY Board

Rachel Johnson headshot

Rachel Johnson

Board Chair

Precision Pipeline, LLC

Rachel Johnson is the public relations manager for Precision Pipeline, LLC (PPL), a next-generation pipeline contractor. In her role at PPL, Rachel engages with local communities and public stakeholders to identify economic development opportunities that will allow PPL to remain a fabric of the community long after a project is completed.

Rachel is an advocate of the natural gas industry and works to educate the public of the industry’s positive attributes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from the College of St. Scholastica.

Throughout her career, Rachel has held numerous leadership positions at a variety of organizations, with the common thread being public relations and the energy industry. Rachel volunteers on several other boards including the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and Duluth Area Family YMCA and resides in Duluth, MN.

Lisa Rudstrom headshot

Lisa Rudstrom

Treasurer

Virginia, MN High School

Lisa is an experienced science teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the primary, secondary, and college education industries. She is skilled in classroom management, lesson planning, science, educational technology, community outreach, and curriculum development.

Lisa is a vetted education professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Biology, Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Master’s of Science in secondary Science Education with an emphasis in Chemistry and Physics, Education from Bemidji State University.

Interested in helping kids become the best version of themselves, and connecting young adults to meaningful and relevant opportunities regionally in order to sustainably develop the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota.

Kurt Doran headshot

Kurt Doran

Past Chair

Northeast Technical Services

A native of Ely, Minnesota and BIOBY’s first Board Chair, Kurt Doran has over a decade of experience working in the field of environmental permit compliance.

He is a project manager responsible for overseeing NPDES/SDS-permit, water appropriations permit and U.S Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 wetland permit applications, permit compliance and agency reporting for industrial operations in northeast Minnesota.

Kurt also manages baseline environmental studies to support Environmental Impact Statements and major permit applications. Licensed as a wastewater operator, his work includes wastewater treatment and management. He has training and experience in stream assessments and morphology as well as designing and implementing biological studies to evaluate ecological responses in receiving systems.

Dan Manick headshot

Dan Manick

Board Member

IUOE Local 49

Dan is a 32-year member of IUOE Local 49 and is currently a public sector business representative covering northeast Minnesota and all of the Arrowhead region. Local 49 represents over 14,000 operating engineers in many fields of work from highways/bridges, oil and gas pipelines, housing/high rise development, sand and gravel as well as contract work in Iron Range mines. In addition to being strong advocates for a career with great pay and benefits, Local 49 is at the forefront of introducing our industry into the high school classroom through it’s Workforce Development Program.

Dan also serves as board chair on ISD 2142 School Board and is also the Vice Chair on St. Louis County Planning and Zoning Commission. Dan was a long-time high school baseball and softball coach in Cook and has spent many years coaching youth sports in his hometown of Cook, Minnesota. 

Kirk Ilenda headshot

Kirk Ilenda

Board Member

Lakehead Constructors

Kirk Ilenda is the Director of Business Development with Lakehead Constructors. His primary role is to oversee company-wide efforts for sales, marketing and client relationships. As one of Lakehead Constructors’ core executive level leaders, he also supports strategic planning, employee mentoring and company culture.

Kirk is a life-long resident of the Duluth/Superior area, and knows the history, industries and local economics of the entire region of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. He has been an advocate for area industry and workforce development; speaking at public hearings in support of the Nemadji Trail Energy Center and Husky Energy, submitting letters of support to public agencies and rolling up his sleeves to talk to high school students about careers in the trades.

Jeff Pederson headshot

Jeff Pederson

Board Member

ME Elecmetal

Jeff is a lifelong resident of the Iron Range. He was born and raised in Hibbing, MN, and is a graduate of Hibbing Community College with a degree in Electrical Maintenance. 

Jeff has worked in the mining industry for nearly 20 years, kickstarting his career at the Minorca Mine as a Shift Operations Supervisor and a Plant Maintenance Supervisor. For the past 10 years, he has focused on sales management. Jeff is currently the Regional Sales Manager-US East for ME Elecmetal, where he is responsible for sales and service of mining wear solutions in the Eastern United States.

Jeff is a passionate outdoors enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his family at their cabin in northern Minnesota. Jeff and his wife, Juli, have two daughters attending Hibbing High School. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and anything outdoor-related in his spare time.

Mark Bakk headshot

Mark Bakk

Board Member

Lake Country Power

Mark is the general manager of Lake Country Power (LCP), an electric distribution cooperative serving parts of 8 counties in northeastern Minnesota.  LCP provides electric service to more than 50,000 homes and business throughout the region.  Since joining LCP in 2008, and prior to being named general manager in January 2021, Mark has held various positions within the finance and administrative area of the cooperative, most recently CFO.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Mark is a life-long resident of northeastern Minnesota, having grown up in the Lake Vermilion area.  He is an advocate for our rural communities and our rural, resource-based, way of life.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Rural Electric Trust, a workers’ compensation insurance provider to many of Minnesota’s rural electric cooperatives and is a past Board member and past Board President of the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota.

Todd Lyden headshot

Todd Lyden

Board Member

Hunt Electric Corporation

Todd Lyden is Vice President of Industrial, North Division for Hunt Electric Corporation.  He has spent most of his career in industrial and electrical related positions. 

Lyden holds a BSEE degree and worked in design, estimating, project management, sales and marketing for several companies prior to joining APi Electric (now Hunt Electric Corporation) in 2000.

Focusing efforts on the industrial market since 1990, Lyden has worked with key customers in mining, petrochemical, pulp and paper, and power generation to achieve common goals.  He is overseeing numerous alternative energy projects and initiatives.

During Lyden’s 32 years in the industry, he has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and is a past or present member of the following organizations:  Instrument Society of America (ISA); Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME); Iron Mining Association (IMA); Mining Minnesota; Duluth Engineers’ Club (DEC); Engineers’ Club of Northern Minnesota (ECNM) and Twin Ports Construction Alliance (TPCA).

Lyden enjoys living in Northern Minnesota.  An outdoor enthusiast; he likes to golf, bike, travel and spend time off-roading.