Headwaters RDC Staff

Naomi (edited)

Naomi Carlson

Naomi started as an intern at the HRDC in 2017 supporting the active living programs throughout the region. She stepped into her new role as Executive Director in 2022 and enjoys working to help change the narratives with her wonderful HRDC staff team and Commission. She enjoys learning about new and creative ways to Lead the Way within our region that improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

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McKayla Carter

Community Development Specialist

mcarter@hrdc.org
218-333-6538

McKayla joined the HRDC staff in November of 2022. She spends most of her time working in HRDC’s various owner-occupied housing rehabilitation programs as well as leadership and  support for our housing development activities.

Judy (edited)

Judy Grundy

Judy joined the HRDC staff in October 2022. She focuses on the financial portion for the HRDC and its subsidiaries.

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Levi Haar

Operations Manager

lhaar@hrdc.org
218-333-6530

Levi has been with the HRDC since 2017. He primarily focuses his time on the day to day operations of the HRDC along with helping administer a variety of housing programs.

Tammi

Tammi Hagen

Tammi joined the HRDC team in August 2023. She focuses her time as the mobility manager for the Regional Transportation Coordinating Council.  Her main priority is the coordination between transportation providers and service agencies to help fill transportation gaps for older adults, individuals with disabilities, low income and veterans.

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Sandy Hennum

Community Development Specialist

shennum@hrdc.org
218-333-6542

Sandy joined HRDC in October 2022. Prior to HRDC, Sandy was the Executive Director of Village of Hope, an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Working together to lay a strong foundation for individuals, families and communities is the reason Sandy comes to work.

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Vicki Ilstrup

Administrative Support Specialist

vilstrup@hrdc.org
218-444-4732

Vicki started working for the HRDC in April 2021 through MN CEP under the SWEP Program until June 2022, when she was hired to continue working part-time. She helps with administrative tasks and miscellaneous duties around the office.

Brooke

Brooke Jenkins

Revolving Loan Funds Administrative Specialist

bjenkins@hrdc.org
218-333-6548

Brooke joined the HRDC in June of 2023. She was born and raised in Bemidji, MN. Brooke received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015. Prior to coming to HRDC she was an Escrow Officer at Sathre Title Inc. Brook has a one-year son and welcomed baby number two at the end of August. She dreams of setting a good example to her children by making a difference in their community.

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Tony Klaers

Community Development Planner

tklaers@hrdc.org
218-333-6541

Tony joined the HRDC in April 2022. His primary focus is transportation and active transportation initiatives in the Headwaters Region.

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Sean Moran

Sean joined the HRDC in November 2022. He is a loan officer for the HRFC’s general revolving loan fund and also for city and county revolving loan funds that HRFC facilitates.

Jackie

Jackie Pierson

Administrative Specialist

jpierson@hrdc.org
218-444-4732

Jackie joined the staff team in July 2020. Her role is to support the various administrative activities of the HRDC.

Sami

Sami Trana

Community Development Support Specialist

strana@hrdc.org
218-333-6532

Sami joined the HRDC as an intern in May of 2023 and part-time staff in July of 2023. She is a recent Bemidji State University graduate and received a bachelor's degree in Community Health. In the fall of 2022, Sami completed 60 ours of field experience with HRDC as well, where she assisted in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant application process for Laporte Schools and Voyageurs Schools. Sami has a passion for overall health, wellness, and an active lifestyle and cannot wait to incorporate that drive into the many communities of our region.

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Sarah Wilcox

Community Development Planner

swilcox@hrdc.org
218-333-6533

Sarah joined the HRDC in August 2018. She primarily focuses on Community and Housing Development and provides lead staffing services for Headwaters Housing Development Corporation and the Hubbard HRA. Sarah also provides the staff services for the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Board.