Lois Sinn Lindquist, Executive Director
Saint Cloud
P: 320-257-6630



Leadership:  One looks to Minnesota Waters for partnership, leadership, scholarship and stewardship for our water resources. Let us take our involvement to a new level.  In my first months, I will be exploring stakeholder engagement, passion, commitment and vision.  Key: A sustainable, relevant and effective organization with measurable results.



"If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade." Tom Peters 




Molly Zins, Senior Director
Pequot Lakes


Responsibilities: Directing organizational development trainings and Guidebook resources; managing summits and legislative forums; coordinating lake/river management plan trainings with the Initiative Foundation; providing policy advocacy guidance and tools for citizen groups; coordinating statewide AIS stakeholder meetings and open houses with the DNR.


"Living in a time and place filled with so many blessings, I’m reminded of the great responsibility that comes with these gifts."




Jennifer Schaefer, Member Relations and Communications Coordinator
Saint Cloud


Responsibilities: Maximizing membership recruitment and retention, improving participation in programs and increasing publicity for all organizational activities.  Keeping our membership program operating efficiently and accurately by connecting with members, expanding and managing the organization's contact database and electronic list serv.  Serving the needs of our members by responding to member and general public requests for information via phone, regular mail, and email, sending information when requested.  Developing, designing and maintaining various member communication tools, including: quarterly newsletter, press releases, social networking, targeted marketing campaigns, and event management.



“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. “ Albert Einstein




Alex Gehrig, Program Coordinator
Saint Paul 

Responsibilities:  Providing support for citizens and organizing educational events in the Metro region, facilitating growth of lake/stream groups for the Watershed Association Initiative through the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, empowering new and existing groups to develop and implement management and action plans on issues threatening the health of lakes, streams and watersheds.

“We're all downstream.” Ecologist's Motto  




Carrie Maurer-Ackerman, Program Director
Pine River



Responsibilities:  Organizing and conducting water quality monitoring workshops that train volunteers on Water Quality Sampling, Data Assessment and Interpretation, and Designing Water Quality Monitoring Plans. Coordinating, developing and updating various Minnesota Waters communications tools such as the MN Waters quarterly newsletter, the monthly e-newsletter The Confluence and the Minnesota Waters website.


"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it." Henry David Thoreau