Board of Directors

Leading the Way!

judy web

Judy Peterson, Board Chair
Retired Science Educator, Superior Senior High School
Board term 2016 – 2019


bonnie web

Bonnie Keppers, Board Secretary
Independent Consultant
Board term  2018- 2021


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Peggy Moerke, Board Treasurer
Contractor, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Board term July 2018- 2021


Sheri web

Sheri Cooke
Independent Living Specialist, Access North
Board Term  2016 – 2019


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Nancy Swedlund
Psychologist Private practice
Board Term 2017 – 2020


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Meredith Kujala
Social Worker
Board Term 2017 – 2020


Matthew Vaillant
Banking Executive – North Shore Bank
Board Term 2016 – 2019


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AnnaMarie Gutsch
Executive Director
Board Term 2018 – 2021

The Board meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 11 times a year. Board Committee meetings and Special Meetings are scheduled as needed throughout the year. The Board adheres to the fundamental concept in the Policy Governance Model where the Board provides strategic direction for the organization and the staff acts on and executes the mission and vision.

Interested in becoming a board member?

Becoming a member of our board is an opportunity for parents, riders, volunteers, and community members to take a leadership role at North Country RIDE!

North Country RIDE is looking for Board Members with expertise and experience in the following areas:

North Country RIDE Client or Volunteer Experience
Accounting / Finance / Fundraising Experience
Non-profit organizational leadership skills
Community relationship / PR / event planning
Client / Volunteer Services experience
Health Care Professionals: OT, PT, behavioral health, chronic conditions
Education Professionals
Equine Studies Experience
Farm / Herd / Land Management
Construction / Facilities Management

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, you can call the Executive Director for more information or download and complete  a board application:  Board_Application

Mail completed application to:

North Country RIDE
PO Box 312
Esko, MN 55733-0312

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