Staff & Board Members

Project GO has limited paid staff. A large portion of our work is done by volunteer Board Members and Committee
Members. Below is a list of current staff and Board Members.

Volunteers help direct the work of three committees; fundraising, marketing & programming.

If you are interested in volunteering with one of these committees, contact


Program Coordinator - Bucky Flores
Bucky holds undergraduate degrees in Wilderness Management, and Therapeutic Recreation, and a graduate degree in
Education Leadership. He is a lifelong learner with a passion for healthy child development, experiential learning through
play, and the health benefits of time in nature. His professional work history includes farming, food service industry, logging and forest management, eleven plus years in outdoor education, fifteen years in child and adolescent behavioral health programming, and public education. He is currently a program coordinator with Rochester Public Schools and adjunct instructor in the Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation Department at Winona State University. He is a thankful husband and proud father of two young children. He resides on a small hobby farm and private event venue near
Zumbrota, MN.

Board Members
Founder & Board Chair – Sara Holger (Wabasha)
Sara holds a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota. She has
worked since 1994 as an environmental educator at such locations as the Chippewa National Forest - Resort Naturalist
Program, MN DNR Fisheries - MinnAqua Program, Bell Museum of Natural History, Eagle Bluff Environmental
Learning Center, Olmsted County Parks (Chesterwoods and Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo) and Minnesota State Parks.
Sara is the mother of two daughters, Sage and Rose, and a son, Jack. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her
family kayaking, collecting agates, and exploring state forestlands in SE Minnesota.


Treasurer - Bette Jean Bernier (Winona)
Bette Jean is a retired teacher and active substitute teacher. She is also a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, attending fairs, camping, and traveling to see her grandchildren. 


Secretary - Gina Cherny (Winona)

Gina is a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer and a site steward for the King and Queen's Bluff SNA at Great River Bluffs State Park.  She enjoys being outdoors and exploring the natural world with her teenage daughter.

Member at Large – Kate Connor-Utterback (Rochester)

Kate is a mother of two and the Education Director for St. Mary’s University - Cascade Meadows Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester.


Member at Large – Barb Nagel (Winona)

Barb is a retired pre-school teacher and a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer.  She is involved with the Project GO early childhood initiative.  Barb enjoys spending time outdoors with her grandchildren, introducing them to the beauty and wonders of nature.

Liaison for the Jeffer’s Foundation – Fergus Woolley (Plymouth)

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