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Vision Keepers

Board Members

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Matthew Unzeitig,
Harvest Keeper Helper

Matthew spends his time raising sons Ziggy and Arthur (5 and 4 years old), maintaining quality rental housing in Lake and St. Louis Counties, and remodeling abandoned houses to return them into service. Matthew holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at UMN-Twin Cities with minors in Ecological Restoration, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, and Integrative Therapies and Healing. Matthew is a two-tour army veteran with incurred disabilities. His life passions include family, healing, Permaculture, ecologically sustainable and affordable housing, cooperative business models, and decommodification of land.

Shannon Walz,
Path Keeper (Chair)

Shannon is an organizational leadership and education consultant. She is interested in building a more socially and environmentally just future and believes that our relationship with the land and community engagement is core to achieving this future.

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Meghan Mitchell,
Board Member
 Lise Abazs,
Harvest Keeper (Treasurer)

Lise is the Executive Director of North Shore Area Partners and the Treasurer for the Town of Crystal Bay. She is also a family farmer growing fruit, vegetables, seeds and livestock. She embraces re-imagining sustainability and our relationship with the land.


Alliance Director


Rumbidzai Masawi

Rumbidzai is an international Sustainable Development Professional who values the wisdom and simplicity of indigenous natural capital stewards. She finds inspiration in grassroot innovation and initiatives. Personally, she loves growing food and sharing different cultural tastes.  

Advisory Council

Teresa Kittridge

Teresa is the Founder and President of 100 Rural Women with a cross sector professional career and service in elected office.  She lives in the Chippewa National Forest  and is passionate about rural people, places, culture, justice and community.

Honor Schauland

Honor is the the Program Lead with Friends of the Finland Community. Her work with Friends of Finland attempts to bridge divides and expand access to essential community needs from access to local foods to youth mentorship and local business incubation. She is interested in how rural issues and land access issues intersect with race and class.

Kelsey Gantzer

Kelsey is the Executive Director at the Duluth Community School Collaborative. She is interested in removing barriers to food sovereignty faced by individuals and communities.

David Abazs

David is the Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and is the Supervisor for Lake County SWCD. He is also a family farmer growing vegetables, seeds, and climate-forward tree seedlings. He's working to bring equity, justice and sustainability to our region through collaborative partnerships and "on the ground" projects that make the change needed.

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