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   Staff & Board Members

The work of Project GO is done by volunteer Board Members and Committee Members.

Below is a list of current 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


Board Members


Member at Large - Sharon Colombus (Rochester) 

Sharon is retired from Clinical Laboratory Medicine. She has  Masters Degree in Education and has always enjoyed teaching, instructing and helping others reach their potential. She is a volunteer Minnesota Master Naturalist and she and her husband enjoys most any activity involving that involves getting them outdoors. Walking/hiking, cycling, and kayaking are some of her favorite pastimes.


Vice President - Bucky Flores (Zumbrota)
Bucky holds undergraduate degrees in Wilderness Management and Therapeutic Recreation, and a graduate degree in
Education Leadership. He is currently a adjunct instructor in the Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation Department at Winona State University and the LEAP Program Coordinator with Rochester Public Schools. He is a thankful husband and proud father of two children. He resides on a small hobby farm and private event venue near
Zumbrota, MN.

Member at Large - MaryKate Franklin (Winona)

MaryKate is a math teacher at Riverway Learning Community, a small charter school in Winona that has an emphasis on Environmental Education. This is where she shares her passion for the outdoors with students. MaryKate enjoys taking her students out in the Winona community to complete service projects and to foster an appreciation of nature in her students. When she is not working with students she enjoys taking her dog for hikes, kayaking, traveling, and cooking.






Member at Large - Jasmyne Johnson (Minneapolis)

Jasmyne has a degree in social work and was previously a social worker with Hennepin County Social Services.  She is currently the director of Thrive Youth Services LLC, an organization working to provide compassionate foster care services to young boys and teens in Mounds View, MN. 



Secretary - Kate Connor-Utterback (Byron)

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



Liaison for the Jeffers Foundation – Fergus Woolley (Plymouth)

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Founder - Board Chair - Sara Holger (Wabasha)

Sara holds a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota and has been an environmental educator since 1994. She's worked for various organizations including the US Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries, Bell Museum of Natural History, Eagle Bluff ELC, Olmsted County Parks and Minnesota State Parks. Sara enjoys rock hunting, kayaking and exploring public lands with her three kids!

Member at Large - Nicole Pokorney (Spring Valley) 

Nicole is the State Coordinator for the 4-H Outdoor Adventures program . She has three grown sons and lives in SE Minnesota with her husband and dog, Belle. She enjoys hiking, boating, and exploring new outdoor spaces.

Member at Large - Denine Voegeli (Winona, MN)

Denine is currently in her 24th year of teaching 8th-grade Earth Science in the Plainview-Elgin-Millville school district. She lives in Winona, and has two grown children, Tristan and Danneka, who are the most important people in her life! She has an obsessive love for the Earth and enjoys rock collecting, looking to the stars, and teaching others about the Earth and its important systems. She currently also serves on the MESTA (Minnesota Earth Science Teachers Association) board and was chosen for NAGT (National Association of Geoscience Teachers) Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award in 2017. She is committed to teaching Earth Science for future generations to appreciate and care for this incredible planet of ours! Go team Lorax!

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